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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
Gold jewelry
2nd
Garnet
3rd
Pearl
4th
Blue topaz
5th
Sapphire
6th
Amethyst
7th
Onyx
8th
Tourmaline
9th
Lapis lazuli
10th
Diamond
Item Number H20-4741JE H20-4741JE
11th
Turquoise
12th
Jade
13th
Citrine
14th
Opal
15th
Ruby
16th
Peridot
17th
Watch
18th
Cat's Eye
19th
Aquamarine
20th
Emerald
21st
Iolite
22nd
Spinel
23rd
Topaz
24th
Tanzanite
25th
Sterling Silver
30th
Pearl
35th
Emerald
40th
Ruby
45th
Sapphire
50th
Gold
55th
Alexandrite
60th
Diamond/Gold
Item Number H20-4737JE H20-4737JE
65th
Star Sapphire
 
70th
Smoky Quartz
75th
Sapphire

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