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:
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- 1st Anniversary: Gold
- 2nd Anniversary: Garnet
- 3rd Anniversary: Pearls
- 4th Anniversary: Blue Topaz
- 5th Anniversary: Sapphire
- 6th Anniversary: Amethyst
- 7th Anniversary: Onyx
- 8th Anniversary: Tourmaline
- 9th Anniversary: Lapis Lazuli
- 10th Anniversary: Diamond
- 11th Anniversary: Turquoise
- 12th Anniversary: Jade
- 13th Anniversary: Citrine
- 14th Anniversary: Opal
- 15th Anniversary: Ruby
- 16th Anniversary: Peridot
- 17th Anniversary: Carnelian
- 18th Anniversary: Cat’s Eye
- 19th Anniversary: Aquamarine
- 20th Anniversary: Emerald
- 21st Anniversary: Iolite
- 22nd Anniversary: Spinel
- 23rd Anniversary: Imperial Topaz
- 24th Anniversary: Tanzanite
- 25th Anniversary: Silver Jubilee
- 30th Anniversary: Pearl Jubilee
- 35th Anniversary: Emerald
- 40th Anniversary: Ruby
- 45th Anniversary: Sapphire
- 50th Anniversary: Golden Jubilee
- 55th Anniversary: Alexandrite
- 60th Anniversary: Diamond
- 70th Anniversary: Platinum Jubilee
- 75th Anniversary: Sapphire
- 80th Anniversary: Ruby
- Celebrate Milestones With Anniversary Stones
1st Anniversary: 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: 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: 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: 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: Sapphire
6th Anniversary: Amethyst
7th Anniversary: Onyx
Onyx is a durable stone often used for carving and creating men’s jewellery, making it the perfect 7th men’s anniversary gift. Consider a bold ring for him or a pair of stud earrings for her.
8th Anniversary: Tourmaline
If you pick a colour, you’ll more than likely find a tourmaline in it. You can even find more than one colour in a single stone to create a truly unique piece.
9th Anniversary: Lapis Lazuli
10th Anniversary: Diamond
Ten years is quite a milestoneand 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: 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: Jade
13th Anniversary: Citrine
14th Anniversary: Opal
15th Anniversary: Ruby
16th Anniversary: 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: Carnelian
An orange red stone that signifies endurance, the carnelian is a delightful 17th wedding anniversary gemstone. The gift for this year is a watch, so if you can combine the two, even better!
18th Anniversary: 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: Aquamarine
20th Anniversary: Emerald
The beautiful green emerald is a fragile stone that needs to be well looked after and worn with care. It’s a classic, elegant stone that will make this occasion extra special.
21st Anniversary: Iolite
22nd Anniversary: 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: 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
This stone is still fairly new, as it was first discovered in the 1960s. This blue gem is best paired with white metals.
25th Anniversary: 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: 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: Emerald
Yes, this stone is featured for a second time! Your 35th anniversary is the perfect opportunity to complement the piece of jewellery you bought 15 years ago!
Another opportunity to express your love and passion using this beautiful red stone. Once again, you can look for something to complement an existing gift, or look for something completely different for your milestone ruby anniversary.
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.
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 occasion.
55th Anniversary: Alexandrite
Alexandrite can change colour and was named for a Russian czar. It’s truly a royal piece of jewellery and should be treated as such.
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.
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: 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: Ruby
If you still haven’t invested in this beautiful red stone, now is the opportunity to do so!
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!