Anniversary Stones & Other Information
Wedding Anniversary

Wedding Anniversary

Though some of the origins of how certain items were designated to become wedding anniversary symbols are uncertain, most of the symbols can be traced through religion and tradition. For example, in medieval Germany, there was a tradition where after 25 years of marriage, the wife would be presented with a silver wreath, and after 50 years of marriage she would be presented with a gold wreath. Emily Post is given credit for establishing the basis of the Traditional Wedding Anniversary Gifts in her book, "Etiquette in Society, in Business, in Politics and at Home" , which was published in 1922. In the book she presented a list with her suggestions for gifts for 1, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 50 and 75 years. 

Over the years additional gifts were added for the other anniversary years, and also modernized lists have been established. There are some regional differences in the lists around the world, though they all consider the later anniversaries as more important, and bestow items of greater value or importance to these anniversaries.

Additional lists of symbols have also been established for the wedding anniversaries for different purposes. For example there are lists of Anniversary Flowers which are commonly used by florists, and gemstones and jewels used by jewelers.

 

Anniversary

British

American

Modern Gifts

Flowers

Jewels, Gemstones or Crystals 

Austrian Crystals Colors

1st

Paper

Paper

Clocks

Orange Blossom, Pansy

Mother-of-Pearl, Gold Jewelry

White Pearl

2nd

Cotton

Cotton

China

Daisy, Cosmos

Garnet

Garnet

3rd

Leather

Leather

Crystal, Glass

Carnation, Fuchsia

Moonstone,  Pearls

White Alabaster, Rose Alabaster

4th

Jewellery

Fruit, Flowers or Silk

Appliances

Violet, Geranium

Blue Topaz, Light Sapphire

Light Sapphire

5th

Wood

Wood

Silverware

Pansies, Daisy

Rose Quartz

Light Rose

6th

Plate

Sugar, Candy or Iron

Iron, Sweets

Tulip, Calla Lily

Amethyst

Amethyst

7th

Wool

Wool or Copper

Woolens

Camellia, Jack-in-the-Pulpit

Onyx

Jet

8th

Bronze

Bronze or Pottery

Bronze, Pottery

Cat's Tail, Clematis

Tourmaline

Tourmaline

9th

Watch

Willow or Pottery

Lace, Linen

Hollyhock, Poppy

Lapis Lazuli, Amethyst

Caribean Blue Opal

10th

Tin

Tin or Aluminium

Leather

Sweet Pea, Daffodil

Rock Crystal

Crystal Aurora Borealis

11th

Scent or Soap

Steel

Jewelry

Lilac, Morning Glory

Turquoise, Citrine

Turquoise

12th

Silk

Silk or Linen

Pearls

Lily, Peony

Jade (Green, Lavender, Lilac, Yellow, Red, Aqua, Coral, Black, White)

Pacific Opal

13th

Barometer

Lace

Textiles, Fur

Hydrangea, Hollyhock

Citrine

Jonquil, Citrine

14th

Clock

Ivory

Gold Jewelry

Daffodil, Dahlia

Opal, White Opal

White Opal

15th

Crystal

Crystal

Watches

Calla Lily, Rose

Alexandrite

Cantaloupe

16th

Holloware

China or Emerald

Peridot, Chrysolite

Chrysolite, Olivine

17th

Accessories

Carnelian

Indian Red

18th

Coloured Gems

Tigereye, Chrysoprase

Turquoise

19th

Furniture

Aquamarine

Light Azore, Light Sapphire

20th

China

China

Platinum

Iris, Day Lily

Emerald, Olivine

Erinite

21st

Iolite

Dark Sapphire

22nd

Spinel, Blue Zircon

Blue Zircon

23rd

Topaz (yellow)

Colarado Topaz

24th

Tanzanite

Tanzanite

25th

Silver

Silver

Silver

Yellow Rose, Iris

Sterling Silver

Crystal Silver Shade

28th 

Orchid

30th

Pearl

Pearl

Diamond

Amaryllis, Sweet Pea

Pearl

Cream Pearl

35th

Jade

Coral or Platinum

Jade

Poppy

Emerald

Emerald

40th

Ruby

Ruby

Ruby

Peony, Nasturtium

Ruby

Light Siam

45th

Sapphire

Sapphire

Sapphire

Mum

Sapphire

Sapphire

50th

Gold

Gold

Gold

Red Rose, Violet

Gold, Vermeil

Gold Pearl

55th

Emerald

Emerald

Emerald

Jasmine

Emerald

Emerald

60th

Diamond

Diamond

Diamond

White Rose

Diamond

Crystal Aurora Borealis

65th

Star Sapphire, Grey

Sapphire

70th

Smoked Topaz

75th

Diamond

Crystal

80th

Ruby

* The Austrian Crystals listed are a combination of other reference lists, equivalents as generally accepted, and substitutions where new or changed Swarovski colors are available. These Austrian Crystal colors are generally followed by XaGeJa, however we reserve the right to make substitutions at our own discretion.

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