Story of the
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
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.
25 Anniversary is Roses
Tie a cluster of Roses
together with a Diamond Bracelet
|Whatever Year you are celebrating
Design Wise Fine Jewelry has the perfect Anniversary Gifts
|Fun Anniversary Gift Ideas