With Wedding Anniversary Stones, you can mark each year of your marriage with a unique piece of art. Every wedding anniversary is a milestone that deserves celebration. When shopping for something special to mark the occasion, you’ll come across the list of traditional gifts per year. On this list, you’ll note that the first precious metal is copper, and that’s only after reaching the 7th year! Not ideal if you were hoping to buy – or receive – jewellery!
Fortunately, it turns out there are wedding anniversary stones for each year of marriage, and you can learn more about them here:
1st Anniversary Gemstone: Gold
While this isn’t a gem, gold symbolises the first year together as a shining time in a couple’s lives. It signifies a happy time and holds plenty of hope for the future.
2nd Anniversary Gemstone: Garnet
The garnet gemstone comes in a wide variety of colours, although red is the most popular. This is a hardy stone that suits a wide range of jewellery designs. There’s bound to be an option suitable for a second wedding anniversary gift.
3rd Anniversary Gemstone: Pearls
When choosing a pearl, you can choose between natural or cultured, the latter being the most cost-effective option. Pearls also come in a wide range of colours and are versatile – although they are fragile and should only be worn on special occasions – like a 3rd wedding anniversary!
4th Anniversary Gemstone: Blue Topaz
While the topaz stone is available in many colours, the blue topaz was originally considered to be the rarest. However, blue topaz can be manufactured using heating and irradiation which has made it more readily available. This stone is also associated with love and affection, of which there should be plenty on a 4th wedding anniversary.
5th Anniversary Gemstone: Sapphire
6th Anniversary Gemstone: Amethyst
7th Anniversary Gemstone: Onyx
8th Anniversary Gemstone: Tourmaline
If you pick a colour, you’ll more than likely find a tourmaline in it. You can choose from a variety of colors including black tourmaline, pink tourmaline and even watermelon tourmaline for your 8th anniversary gift.
9th Anniversary Gemstone: Lapis Lazuli
10th Anniversary Gemstone: Diamond
Ten years is quite a milestone and needs a worthy celebration. Mark the year by gifting your loved one the king of all gems, a diamond. This stone needs no introduction and can be set in most types of jewellery.
11th Anniversary Gemstone: Turquoise
This greenish-blue stone has been in use throughout history and continues to remain a popular option in modern times. This 11th wedding anniversary gemstone looks best set in silver jewellery in a statement piece.
12th Anniversary Gemstone: Jade
13th Anniversary Gemstone: Citrine
14th Anniversary Gemstone: Opal
Opal gemstones are generally transparent or opaque, and come in a wide range of colours sure as fire opal. It’s often used as a focal point in jewellery and makes for a wonderful 14th wedding anniversary gift.
15th Anniversary Gemstone: Ruby
16th Anniversary Gemstone: Peridot
Peridot is available in different shades of green and is best set in white metal when representative of a wedding anniversary stone. It’s a soft yet stunning stone and reminds those celebrating their 16th anniversaries that tenderness is always a good quality!
17th Anniversary Gemstone: Carnelian
18th Anniversary Gemstone: Cat’s Eye
This gemstone in a rounded cabochon cut features tiny inclusions that resemble a cat’s eye. This phenomenon can occur in many gemstones, but this one is unique to the 18th wedding anniversary.
19th Anniversary Gemstone: Aquamarine
20th Anniversary Gemstone: Emerald
21st Anniversary Gemstone: Iolite
22nd Anniversary Gemstone: Spinel
Spinel is another option often overlooked, although it is affordable, hardy, and durable. The most common colours include pink, red, black, and blue.
23rd Anniversary Gemstone: Imperial Topaz
This form of topaz ranges from yellow to gold. If you’re buying a gift for a man, you don’t have to strictly go for the anniversary stones by year, you can use the topaz’s golden colour as inspiration for similar gifts, such a good bottle of cognac.
24th Anniversary: Tanzanite
25th Anniversary Gemstone: Silver Jubilee
The quarter of a century celebration involves silver jewellery, which means that the options are endless. You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing the perfect 25th anniversary gift.
30th Anniversary Gemstone: Pearl Jubilee
Your 30th anniversary is an opportunity to upgrade the pearl piece of jewellery you bought for your third anniversary, or go for something completely different all together!
35th Anniversary Gemstone: Emerald
40th Anniversary Gemstone: Ruby
Another opportunity to express your love and passion using this beautiful red ruby stone. Once again, you can look for something to complement an existing gift, or look for something completely different for your milestone ruby anniversary.
45th Anniversary Gemstone: Sapphire
In case you missed the opportunity to buy a beautiful piece of sapphire jewellery, you have another opportunity! The 45 year anniversary is the sapphire anniversary and this deserves a second sparkling gem.
50th Anniversary Gemstone: Golden Jubilee
We’ve circled back to the beginning, only this time, you may have a bigger budget to buy gold jewellery for your loved one. This also gives you the flexibility to choose any gemstone or style that you like, and set in gold for a golden 50th anniversary.
55th Anniversary Gemstone: Alexandrite
60th Anniversary Gemstone: Diamond
It’s once again time to splurge and buy every woman’s favourite stones – the diamond. Celebrate your diamond anniversary in style and spoil the one you love.
70th Anniversary Gemstone: Platinum Jubilee
Reaching your 70th wedding anniversary is truly a milestone and needs to be celebrated with a beautiful, rare white metal. This also allows you to choose any gem option, as long as it’s set in platinum.
75th Anniversary Gemstone: Sapphire
The beautiful blue sapphire stone is making another appearance as you celebrate your 75th wedding anniversary. This stone works well in most types of jewellery and is widely popular.
80th Anniversary Gemstone: Ruby
If you still haven’t invested in this beautiful red stone, now is the opportunity to do so with a stunning ruby.
Celebrate Milestones With Anniversary Stones
Every anniversary is an opportunity to celebrate your partner, and what better way to do so than with a beautiful piece of jewellery? Use our list to choose the anniversary stones that match your milestone!