Traditional Anniversary Gifts
Over the years, each anniversary year has become associated with a special gift to be given to the spouse or a celebrating couple. Nobody’s quite sure how the tradition evolved as it is today – and why some of the more obscure items are connected with an anniversary – but the list is more a handy shopping guide than a hard-fast rule.
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Each gift inspiration will have a unique and special meaning for a couple as they count forward the years passed together.
- 1st Anniversary: Gold Jewelry
Gold is the most widely accepted gift the bridegroom presents to his lady on their first anniversary. Gold jewelry is history’s most universal token of value and worth. It’s a classic, elegant way of expressing the simple thought “This is the first of many…“
Consider a gold anniversary band to complete her wedding set, or a lovely gold pendant & chain.
- 2nd Anniversary: Garnet
This rich, dark gem is the traditional birthstone for January and one of the most popular in Old World style. It was greatly prized in the age of knights & ladies as a symbol of love and loyalty. It’s named for its resemblance to the pomegranate seed – an allusion to the sweetness of enduring romance.
A gift of garnet is great for him or her. Find the deep, warm color in men’s rings and other accessories.
- 3rd Anniversary: Pearls
No woman’s wardrobe is complete without pearls. It’s the quintessential jewel of womanhood and its unique living heritage gives a hint of the miracle of life. Maybe the third anniversary is year that “baby makes three”! Try a classic strand of white pearls for the traditional mom, or sleek black pearls for the more contemporary taste. If a new baby girl is in the company, make an heirloom gift of seed pearls.
- 4th Anniversary: Blue Topaz
Blue topaz is an alternative birthstone for December and its striking blue brilliance seems to say, “The sky’s the limit!” Find this sunny, vivid gem in settings of white or yellow gold, to match the rest of her collection. It’s easy to find in a wide variety of designs – pendants, earrings, rings, and more – so it will be easy to find something perfect just in time!
- 5th Anniversary: Sapphire
September’s beloved birthstone has stood for wisdom and faithfulness since ancient times. Five years together has given you both a lot of time to live and learn, and a gift of sapphire (for him or her) is a symbol that you’re still going strong!
Don’t forget that the durable, versatile sapphire comes in all the colors of the rainbow. White sapphires are often used in contemporary pave settings for a glowing, sophisticated look. Pink sapphires and yellow sapphires are soft and feminine. For a bolder look, opt for the mysterious and striking star sapphire.
Petra Azar’s Pave White Sapphire & Resin pendant with adjustable chain
The First 5 Years
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