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Wedding Anniversary

Wedding Anniversary Traditions

Tradition tells us that each wedding anniversary should be celebrated by giving your loved one a gift made from a different material.  Paper symbolizes the first year of marriage, but with each passing year, the gifts become more precious or more rare.  This progression is meant to symbolize the growth in a couple's relationship through the years. 

The origins of the traditional list are not known, however some of the traditions are believed to date back to medieval times.  Today, we accompany these traditions with a more modern list that not only offers greater variety, but in many cases, puts a higher value on earlier anniversaries.  In addition, a list of jewelry and gemstone traditions offers recommendations for those who prefer to adorn their loved one with something truly precious each year.

 
 

Year

 

Traditional

Modern

Jewelry / Gems

1st

 

Paper

Clocks

Gold Jewelry

2nd

 

Cotton

China

Garnet

3rd

 

Leather

Crystal / Glass

Pearls

4th

 

Linen / Silk

Appliances

Blue Topaz

5th

 

Wood

Silverware

Sapphire

6th

 

Iron

Wood

Amethyst

7th

 

Wool / Copper

Desk Sets

Onyx

8th

 

Bronze

Linen / Lace

Tourmaline

9th

 

Pottery / China

Leather

Lapis

10th

 

Tin / Aluminum

Diamond Jewelry

Diamonds

11th

 

Steel

Fashion Jewelry

Turquoise

12th

 

Silk

Pearls

Jade

13th

 

Lace

Textiles / Furs

Citrine

14th

 

Ivory

Gold Jewelry

Opal

15th

 

Crystal

Watches

Ruby

20th

 

China

Platinum

Peridot

25th

 

Silver

Sterling

Silver Jubilee

30th

 

Pearl

Diamond

Pearl Jubilee

35th

 

Coral

Jade

Emerald

40th

 

Ruby

Ruby

Ruby

45th

 

Sapphire

Sapphire

Sapphire

50th

 

Gold

Gold

Golden Jubilee

55th

 

Emerald

Emerald

Alexandrite

60th

 

Diamond

Diamond

Diamond Jubilee