Symbols For Wedding Anniversary Milestones.

Each anniversary year has a material attributed to it, with gemstones and precious metals representing a large portion of the list. There are two lists now in use.

Where it Began.

The origins of giving specific gifts for particular anniversaries are a little misty. However, the first recorded instance of an anniversary gift came in the 16th or 17th century in central Europe, the Germanic areas. On the 25th wedding anniversary the husband would give his wife a silver garland to mark the occasion.

Bringing it all Together

In 1937 the American National Jewellery Association compiled a more definitive list from traditional gifts given across the globe. These were mostly allotted in five year markers to the sixtieth anniversary, and then one more for the seventy fifth.

Why two Diamond anniversaries? Originally the Diamond was to symbolise seventy five years. However, in 1897 this changed with Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee on the 60th anniversary of her accession to the throne. Diamond has been a symbol for both ever since.

JEWELLERY RELATED ANNIVERSARIES

Traditional List:
30th Pearl
35th Coral
40th Ruby
45th Sapphire
50th Gold
55th Emerald
60th Diamond
75th Diamond
Modern American List:
10th Diamond jewellery
12th Pearls
20th Platinum
30th Diamond
33rd Amethyst
34th Opal
35th Jade
38th Beryl & Tourmaline
40th Ruby
45th Sapphire
50th Gold
52nd Ruby
55th Emerald
60th Diamond
65th Grey ‘Star’ Sapphire
67th Purple ‘Star’ Sapphire
75th Diamond & Gold
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    Pearl Anniversary Collection
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