Anniversary Gems & Metals

Gemstones or Precious Metal by Anniversary

The concept of wedding anniversary gifts dates back the Middle Ages and originated in the Germanic region of Europe.

Initially these gifts were given to a wife on the 25th and 50th wedding anniversary by her husband or friends. Traditionally the gift was a sliver garland for the 25th anniversary or gold garland for the 50th anniversary. Hence arose the idea of 'silver wedding' and 'golden wedding' anniversaries.

It is believed the Victorians adapted a list of anniversary days and specified materials for gifts to be made of, such as wood, emeralds, and gold.

In 1922 Emily Post listed wedding anniversaries as the: 1st, 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, 50th, and 75th.

The American National Retail Jeweler Association in 1937 issued a list, which associated a given material for each anniversary year up to the 20th and then each fifth year after that until the 75th anniversary.

We did some more research and were able to find a few more: 80th, 85th, 90th, 95th and 100th.

Gemstone or Precious Metal

1 year

Gold

2 Years

Garnet

3 Years

Pearls

4 Years

Blue Topaz

5 Years

Sapphire

6 Years

Amethyst

7 Years

Onyx

8 Years

Tourmaline

9 Years

Lapis Lazuli

10 Years

Diamond

11 Years

Turquoise

12 Years

Jade

13 Years

Citrine

14 Years

Opal

15 Years

Ruby

16 Years

Peridot

17 Years

Watches

18 Years

Cat’s Eye, Tiger’s Eye or Chrysoberyl

19 Years

Aquamarine

20 Years

Emerald

21 Years

Iolite

22 Years

Spinet

23 Years

Imperial Topaz

24 Years

Tanzanite

25 Years

Silver

30 Years

Pearl

35 Years

Emerald

40 Years

Ruby

45 Years

Sapphire

50 Years

Gold

55 Years

Alexandrite

60 Years

Diamond Jubilee

65 Years

Blue Spinel

70 Years

Sapphire Jubilee

75 Years

Diamond Jubilee

80 Years

Ruby Jubilee

85 Years

Diamond & Sapphire

90 Years

Diamond & Emerald

95 Years

Diamond & Ruby

100 Years

10k Diamond