Are you looking for anniversary gift ideas? When it comes to marriage, your love is unique and it deserves a celebration. Wedding anniversaries are the perfect time to show your love and adoration to your partner. And what’s more beautiful than saying that with stunning jewelry?
Whether you’re celebrating your 1st anniversary or your 50th, we’ve put together a comprehensive list of wedding anniversary jewelry by year. You can’t go wrong with stunning fine jewelry, from simple gold to captivating diamond jewelry.
Read on to find out which gemstone matches your upcoming wedding anniversary year and find out the unique meaning behind it.
1st Anniversary Gemstone: Gold
Your first wedding anniversary is certainly an important milestone. Make it even more memorable with a wedding anniversary gift of gold jewelry. Not only does it pair well for just about any occasion, but there are also many unknown fun facts about gold that you might be surprised to find out.
2nd Anniversary Gemstone: Garnet
Garnet gemstones are a group of silicate minerals and come in almost every color, with red being the most popular. It’s a truly romantic stone that showcases your unique and relatively new love for a second wedding anniversary.
3rd Anniversary Gemstone: Pearl
For centuries, pearls have been a symbol of both beauty and purity. They are classic yet contemporary, making them a jewelry statement that will never go out of style. Pearls are formed inside mollusks and create a stunning accent to any piece of fine jewelry, such as earrings, bracelets, and anniversary rings.
4th Anniversary Gemstone: Blue Topaz
Blue topaz is an eye-catching stone that comes in a range of shades, from light blue to dark blue. Some legends say that topaz has the ability to harness the power of the sun, but modern tales suggest topaz will bring love and good fortune. This makes it the perfect gift for your 4th anniversary.
5th Anniversary Gemstone: Sapphire
Sapphire is a precious gemstone made from corundum. It comes in a wide range of colors, though blue is one of the most popular. In Ancient Persia, the sapphire was hailed as the ‘Celestial Stone’ and thought to have great spiritual powers. Whether it has powers is up for debate, but there’s no denying its beauty. Sapphires perfectly symbolize the fifth wedding anniversaries.
6th Anniversary Gemstone: Amethyst
Amethyst is a purple variety of quartz. It features an enchanting glassy luster, unique to this gemstone. Amethyst is said to represent spiritual healing, calmness, and wisdom. Its purple color can be cool and bluish or a reddish purple that’s sometimes referred to as “raspberry.” The unique amethyst color you choose will symbolize your unique love on your sixth wedding anniversary.
7th Anniversary Gemstone: Onyx
Onyx is a type of chalcedony, which is a form of microcrystalline quartz. Onyx is black in color, though red, brown, yellow, and blue can sometimes be seen in its many layers. Onyxes can make durable jewelry stones as their hardness of 7 means they can resist scratching. Celebrate the depth of devotion in your marriage on your seventh anniversary.
8th Anniversary Gemstone: Tourmaline
Tourmaline gemstones are made from crystalline silicate minerals and come in almost every color of the rainbow. The most popular varieties range from rich reds, pinks, and peach colors, to emerald greens and yellows, to blues and even violets. Tourmaline is said to be a stone of reconciliation that fosters compassion and cool-headedness, perfect for your eighth wedding anniversary.
9th Anniversary Gemstone: Lapis Lazuli
Lapis lazuli is a metamorphic rock, which means it’s an aggregate of several minerals. Lapis often contain flecks or veins of glinting yellow pyrite. It has an opaque or waxy finish that makes it unique. And while many people associate lapis with dark blue, it’s also found in other shades of blue or other hues.
10th Anniversary Gemstone: Diamond
Your tenth wedding anniversary is certainly a special milestone. Ten years of partnership and love deserve a special gift, which is why the beautiful diamond is the tenth wedding anniversary gemstone. A diamond is made from carbon and represents strength, love and health. For your tenth wedding anniversary, choose a lab diamond eternity ring or lab diamond bracelet to show your love.
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15th Anniversary Gemstone: Ruby
Ruby is believed to promote love, nurturing, health, knowledge, and wealth. Ruby is a red gemstone made from the mineral corundum. Ruby is one of the most popular traditional jewelry gems and is very durable, making it the perfect fifteenth wedding anniversary sentiment.
17th Anniversary Gemstone: Carnelian
Carnelian is a brownish-red mineral made from the silica mineral chalcedony. However, it can range in color from pale orange to rich, near reddish-orange to a deep reddish-brown. Carnelian is known for being a stone of courage, endurance, energy, leadership, and motivation.
20th Anniversary Gemstone: Emerald
Emerald is a precious gemstone made from the mineral beryl. It gets its unique green color from trace amounts of chromium or sometimes vanadium during the growing process. Emeralds were known to be one of Cleopatra’s favorite stones, which is where it originally got its popularity. For a 20th anniversary, choose a stunning piece of emerald fine jewelry.
25th Anniversary Gemstone: Silver
Silver jubilee marks a 25th anniversary, also known as a quadricentennial anniversary. Since it’s your silver anniversary, a sustainable jewelry set in silver or white metal can be a great anniversary gift. White gold and platinum are classic choices, and silver has been a popular option for many years. Choose a silver chain link ring or set of earrings to commemorate your 25th anniversary.
30th Anniversary Gemstone: Pearl
Your 30th wedding anniversary is a momentous event. 30 years as partners deserves a special gift. And there’s nothing as beautiful as the luster of pearls. They are classic, contemporary, and oh-so stunning. Choose pearl earrings, bracelets, and anniversary rings to surprise the one you love.
35th Anniversary Gemstone: Emerald
By your 35th wedding anniversary, your love has grown deep for one another. Choose a rich, deep emerald to celebrate the occasion. Emerald is one of the more durable gemstones, which means they’re durable enough for everyday jewelry.
40th Anniversary Gemstone: Ruby
Just as your 15th wedding anniversary celebrates the nurturing characteristics of your love, so does your 40th. Ruby jewelry makes the perfect 15th anniversary sentiment. From a stunning pair fo ruby red earrings to a necklace that features a center gem, you can’t go wrong with the gift featuring ruby.
45th Anniversary Gemstone: Sapphire
A lot has changed from your fifth wedding anniversary to your 45th, no doubt. Yet the wedding anniversary gift of a stunning sapphire stone is the same. Choose a deep blue Sapphire to represent your everlasting love. There’s no denying the beauty of sapphire to commemorate your 45th anniversary.
50th Anniversary Gemstone: Gold
If there’s any wedding anniversary to celebrate, it’s certainly your 50th. Being married for 50 years is one of the greatest and most precious moments someone can celebrate. Through the years, you’ve stuck by each other’s sides. Cherish the moment and celebrate your love throughout the years with the gift of gold anniversary jewelry.
55th Anniversary Gemstone: Alexandrite
Alexandrite is the very rare color-changing variety of the mineral chrysoberyl. In daylight, it shows a Bluish green glow, and by night it can be seen as a purplish red in color. Symbolize your ever-changing love on your 55th anniversary with a stunning piece of alexandrite jewelry.
60th Anniversary Gemstone: Diamond
There truly is nothing as beautiful than a love that’s lasted 60 years—besides the beauty of diamonds, that is. Diamonds stand the test of time and are the symbol of everlasting love. Celebrate 60 years of marriage with a sparkling piece of lab diamond jewelry. Whether you choose a glamorous lab created diamond anniversary band, diamond eternity ring or a pair of precious diamond earrings is up to you. But there’s no doubt that the gift of diamond jewelry on your 60th anniversary will be the perfect symbol of your forever love.