History of the Wedding Anniversary
Did you know, traditionally, wedding anniversaries were
and still celebrated by giving a gift made from different
materials. The first wedding anniversary is symbolized
with paper, and from there anniversary gifts become
more precious or scarce to reflect the growing number of
years couples are together.  
Anniversary Gifts made with Precious and Semi~Precious
Stones have become part of a lavished gift to give.
The Anniversary Stone Gift List has been endorsed by
the Jewelers of America, American Gem Society,
American Gem Trade Association and the Gemological
Institute of America (GIA). This list differs from the
Traditional and Modern lists of different materials in that
it only includes gemstones and precious metals.
It isn't clear when the traditional list (material list) came
into existence, it probably evolved over time. The years
twenty-five and fifty 'Silver' and 'Gold' may have
originated in medieval Europe, where wives were given a
Silver wreath to celebrate their twenty-fifth year of
marriage and a Gold wreath for their fiftieth
anniversary. Diamonds were traditional in both the
sixtieth and seventh-fifth years of the traditional
wedding anniversaries.  Year sixty was probably added
when Queen Victoria celebrated her Diamond Jubilee
after sixty years on the British throne.
The Traditional Anniversary Gift List today is based on
Emily Post’s original suggestions from her book
“Etiquette”, while the Modern Anniversary Gift List is
based on additions from various other sources. Using the
Traditional or Modern (materials) list and combining it
with the yearly Gemstone List can be a fun way for your
gift giving on that special Anniversary.
Whatever Year you are celebrating
Design Wise Fine Jewelry has the perfect Anniversary Gifts


1st Anniversary is Paper
Give a Gift Certificate
from Design Wise Fine Jewelry

3rd Anniversary is Leather
Tuck a Ring in a Leather Glove

7th Anniversary is Wool
Attach Diamond Stud Earrings
on a pair of wool ear muffs.

8th Anniversary is Bronze
Wrap a Ankle Bracelet around
the bottle of bronze tanning lotion

12th Anniversary is Silk
Hide a Necklace
inside the pocket of a silk robe

25th Anniversary is Roses
Tie a cluster of Roses
together with a Diamond Bracelet
Fun Anniversary Gift Ideas