Gemstone Anniversary Gifts by Year

May 4, 2020 – Posted in: Jewelry Blog

Anniversaries are special moments shared between couples, and we all know the importance of them. Each one represents a significant period of life and should be celebrated accordingly. Everyone knows that for a 25th anniversary you should gift your loved one something silver, and for the 50th something gold.

In fact, every year has a specific gemstone or a particular metal that represents it. We’re here to help you choose a perfect gift for your loved one. In this article, you’ll find plenty of shopping ideas for your next anniversary.

First Anniversary: Gold

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The first year is one of the most significant years of your marriage. You’re learning more about each other and forming bonds that bring you even closer together. The traditional ring for the first anniversary is something golden. Maybe a golden ring featuring her favorite gem.

Another idea is to buy your wife a simple charm bracelet. You can start a tradition and add new gems for every anniversary or significant event in your life. That way, you’re creating precious memories you’ll remember forever.

Just imagine looking at that bracelet twenty years from now and remembering all the happy moments you’ve shared.

Second Anniversary: Garnet

Garnet and Diamond Ring
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Red garnet is a traditional gift for a second anniversary. It’s a sign of your love and appreciation for your spouse.

There are various combinations with garnet. It fits with every type of jewelry and is usually featured on rings and earrings. For the best effect, you should opt for a combination of garnet and white metal. It’s a great contrast that makes the stone really stand out.

Many people don’t know that garnet comes in various colors. Of course, red is the most popular. However, if your spouse doesn’t like red stones, you can find more subtle shades such as pink.

Third Anniversary: Pearls

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Pearls not only look charming, but also symbolize many things. Most people associate pearls with luck, health, and wealth. Gifting pearls is often considered as a sign of loyalty and dedication.

White pearls are a universal piece of jewelry. You can rarely go wrong with them as they never go out of fashion. Women proudly wear their pearls for years, and always look gorgeous.

Every woman needs at least one piece of jewelry with pearls. It could be a necklace or a pair of earrings. They’re perfect for those occasions when a lady doesn’t quite know what to wear. For that reason alone, pearls are always the right choice! If your spouse doesn’t have any pearls yet, it may be the right time to choose some for her.

If your spouse doesn’t like white pearls, consider other shades as well. Many people forget that you can find them in different colors, such as light pink or pastel blue. A unique gift, as they’re not very common.

Fourth Anniversary: Blue Topaz

Blue Topaz Gold Ring
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Topaz can come in various colors, but blue is associated with love. You may ask why blue and not red or pink – the colors we usually associate with love and passion. Throughout history, blue topaz has been very difficult to find. Gifting someone a blue topaz was a sign that you cared about them, and would do anything to make them happy.

You can choose from various shades of blue topaz. The three most popular are Sky blue, London blue, and Swiss blue. If your spouse particularly likes one of these tones, is there any better gift?

Alternatively, if your spouse has blue eyes, you can match the gem accordingly. It will certainly make them stand out even more.

Fifth Anniversary: Sapphire

5th Year anniversary sapphire gemstone gift
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The fifth anniversary deserves to be celebrated in a unique way. Throughout history, spouses have been gifting each other sapphire jewelry for this important anniversary.

What’s so special about sapphire? This gemstone has a double meaning. Firstly, it celebrates everything you’ve been through together. It’s a way to thank your partner for all their love and support over the years. Secondly, it’s a symbol of hope. Gifting a gorgeous blue sapphire means that you hope your marriage will continue to be as beautiful as the gem.

It’s also a reminder and a promise that you’ll always be there for each other. Moreover, sapphires are a very durable gemstone, perfect for rings and earrings. You can wear them every day, and they won’t change a bit.

Sixth Anniversary: Amethyst

Amethyst Rings 6th Wedding Anniversary Gemstone
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Due to its variety of colors, amethyst is a very popular choice. The most common options are purple and blue, but there are in fact lots of different shades.

The best thing about amehtyst jewelry is that you can choose the shade that complements your spouse’s eyes or hair color. You can choose from a necklace, a ring, or a pair of earrings. Anything that you know your spouse likes and wears often.

Interestingly, some types of amethyst consist of more colors. It’s a unique feature that not many other gems boast.

Seventh Anniversary: Onyx

Onyx Seventh Anniversary Gem

Onyx is an elegant gemstone that many believe is possessed of special properties. They say that onyx can prevent energy drain and protect you from stress and anxiety. If your spouse is going through a particularly challenging period, they might appreciate this gift.

A versatile as well as an attractive stone, it’s an ideal present for both men and women. Onyx looks neutral, and you can wear it on any occasion. Onyx earrings or a simple ring will always be a great choice. Also, onyx can be an excellent gift for minimalists, women who don’t like eye-catching jewelry, for instance.

Eighth Anniversary: Tourmaline

Tourmaline and Diamond Ring

If your spouse is picky when it comes to colors, your eighth anniversary is the right time to surprise her. Tourmaline comes in so many colors, all you have to do is choose their favorite. Blue, green, purple, you name it!

Tourmaline jewels can look youthful and elegant at the same time. They complement different clothing styles and make a perfect accessory for trendy women who follow the latest fashions. Moreover, tourmaline has a deep spiritual meaning. It’s a fantastic gift for highly-sensitive and intuitive women.

Ninth Anniversary: Lapis Lazuli

Van Cleef Lapis Bracelet
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Many people celebrate their tenth anniversary with a big party, but why don’t you go big on the ninth anniversary as well? According to the tradition, the anniversary gift for your ninth year should be Lapis Lazuli.

There are a lot of stories about this intense blue gemstone. In the past, Lapis Lazuli was very difficult to find. In fact, it was reserved only for royalty and aristocracy. As it symbolizes wisdom and honesty, is there any better gift for your spouse?

Besides, Lapis Lazuli isn’t something you see every day. Therefore, it carries a profound message. Also, it may be your chance to give your spouse something unique that others don’t have.

Tenth Anniversary: Diamond

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Ten years of marriage is a major milestone. As such, it’s certainly worth celebrating in style. It’s also an excellent opportunity to surprise your spouse with a diamond. You know she deserves it! They say true love is as rare as diamonds, so what you have together must be something very special. Diamond is the hardest mineral, and therefore, it’s a symbol of real and never-ending love.

Another good option for marking this special anniversary is to add a diamond to your engagement ring. It’s a symbolic act of strengthening your commitment. Every lady loves diamonds, so you really can’t go wrong here. There are so many options when it comes to diamonds, we’re sure you’ll find a way to impress your lady.

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Fifteenth Anniversary: Ruby

Large Ruby Buccellati Ring

If we were asked which gemstone is a symbol of love, everybody would say the ruby. We associate it with passion and desire, but it also symbolizes dedication and mature love.

There’s no better way of showing love and appreciation to your spouse than gifting them a piece of ruby jewelry. Luckily, there’s a wide choice of ruby jewelry to choose from, if most people opt for a ring or a pair of earrings. A ruby is one of those stones that look great on every woman, no matter her hair color or complexion.

If you want to go the extra mile, you can gift her a necklace with a ruby heart. It’s a kind of present women remember forever and will show off proudly.

Twentieth Anniversary: Emerald

Emerald Cocktail Ring on Grass Surface
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Emeralds are a precious stone that women usually wear on special occasions. They remind us of royalty and Old Hollywood divas. A woman wearing emerald jewelry certainly won’t go unnoticed. It’s a very elegant but somewhat fragile stone. However, we’re sure your lady will take good care of it.

Twenty years of marriage is a great accomplishment. Therefore, you should mark this anniversary with something unique. Emerald represents growth, peace, and balance. It symbolizes everything you’ve worked so hard for and everything you’ve achieved together.

Twenty-Fifth Anniversary: Silver

Victorian Silver Engagement Ring

It’s your silver jubilee, congrats! Your love must be getting stronger each year. No doubt you’ll want to respect tradition. To mark the occasion, you should get your spouse something silver. The good thing is there’s a lot of silver jewelry available both for men and women.

However, this shouldn’t stop you from expressing your creativity. You can always add unique details, in your spouse’s favorite color, for instance. We’re sure they’ll appreciate the gesture. It could be anything, from a pendant with her favorite gemstone to a new feature for her charm bracelet. By now, you know your spouse’s taste much better than when you were first married.

For those who don’t like silver, white gold or platinum can be a good alternative.

Thirtieth Anniversary: Pearls

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The thirtieth anniversary is known as the Pearl wedding. It’s an excellent opportunity to surprise your spouse with a pendant or a pearl string.

This is a powerful metaphor. You know that it takes many years to create a pearl. It’s not an overnight process. Your relationship is similar. You had to work on it for years and now you can enjoy the fruits of it to the full.

If you’ve already bought pearls for your third anniversary, don’t worry. This may be the perfect opportunity to get something matching. All of which will no doubt see her bursting with joy as she remembers your first years together.

Fortieth Anniversary: Ruby

Diamond and Ruby Wedding Band Stacking with Flowers
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If you haven’t got your wife rubies for your fifteenth anniversary, now is the time to do so. Rubies represent eternal love, and it’s never too late for them. The fortieth anniversary is a big milestone. Therefore, it deserves a glamorous celebration.

Rubies and gold are a combination you can’t argue with. You could opt for a beautiful golden ring with a ruby stone. Another option is a pendant for your spouse’s necklace or bracelet.

Fiftieth Anniversary: Gold

Yellow Gold Engagement Ring
Diamond Engagement Ring in Yellow

Your golden jubilee deserves a golden gift! It is an occasion to show your spouse how much you love and appreciate them.

There is an infinite number of combinations of gold and gemstones. Everything depends on what your wife likes best. If there’s a particular jewel she’s been admiring for years, now might be the perfect time to get it.

On the other hand, wives usually buy golden watches for their husbands to mark this occasion. A great choice for a gift, as gold is something everlasting.

Every Year Is Important

Group Picture Sapphire Emerald Ruby Gemstone Rings

We hope that our guide helped you find an ideal gift for your significant other. Even though years may just be numbers, we believe you should grab every opportunity to show your love and appreciation for your partner. Sometimes, the gesture is more important than the actual gift itself. More than anything, they’ll be glad that you remembered such a special day.

Of course, everything depends on your and your spouse’s taste. After all, you know them better than anyone else and know how to make them happy. These are just some examples to help you decide.