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Anniversary Guide

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
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