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by Lisa Coen, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

It's believed that as far back as Medieval Germany, wedding anniversaries were celebrated by husbands and wives. After 25 years of marriage a woman received a silver wreath. After 50 years she'd receive a gold wreath. While we're all wondering how people in Medieval Germany lived long enough to celebrate a 50th wedding anniversary, let's review the gift tradition ...

The creation of structured gifting for milestone anniversaries has been credited to the American National Retail Jeweler Association and etiquette expert Emily Post. Though it may vary in some countries, the customary anniversary gifts are: paper for the 1st anniversary, wood for the 5th, tin for the 10th, china for the 20th, silver for the 25th and gold for the 50th--with plenty of other choices for all the years in between. Today, many rely on the "modern list" for anniversary gifts: clocks for the 1st anniversary, china for the 2nd, crystal glassware for the 3rd and so on with silver and gold still representing the 25th and 50th years.

Not only do the traditional and modern gift lists exist for inspiration, but there is a gemstone, precious metal, type of jewelry or watch associated with each anniversary year as well. This is exciting news for designers who'd like to branch out into a guaranteed market--similar to birthstones, anniversary gemstones are sure sellers. With these gemstone gift options, designers can create entire lines of anniversary jewelry (or supplement handcrafted designs with finished jewelry) to offer meaningful gemstone anniversary gifts throughout the year.

The widely recognized gemstone and metal list is as follows:

Wedding Anniversary Gift Guide
1st
Design Idea BA4R Necklace
2nd
Design Idea C30B Earrings
3rd
Design Idea BC7X Ring
4th
Design Idea 5878 Earrings
5th
Design Idea A85W Necklace
6th
Design Idea B150 Earrings
7th
Design Idea AA16 Earrings
8th
Design Idea A75N Earrings
9th
Design Idea 9789 Necklace
10th
11th
Design Idea 88QG Necklace
12th
Design Idea B83K Necklace and Earrings
13th
Design Idea 6866 Necklace
14th
Design Idea 931C Necklace
15th
Design Idea 01EL Necklace
16th
Design Idea A34Q Bracelet
17th
Design Idea 01HR Watches
18th
Design Idea A85H Earrings
19th
Design Idea AA67 Earrings
20th
Design Idea BB8H Earrings
21st
Design Idea 5841 Earrings
22nd
Design Idea A866 Earrings
23rd
Design Idea 73J2 Earrings
24th
Design Idea 01E8 Bracelet
25th
Design Idea A66P Bracelet
30th
Design Idea 733T Ring
35th
Design Idea 73G8 Necklace
40th
Design Idea 01EL Necklace
45th
Design Idea A85W Necklace
50th
Design Idea B81Z Necklace and Earrings
55th
Design Idea 782N Earrings
60th
65th
Star Sapphire
 
70th
Design Idea BBDS Necklace
75th
Design Idea A82T Bracelet

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