Most couples celebrate all of their wedding anniversaries but there are certain anniversaries that couples really like to "go big" on the celebration and gifts that they present to one another. Here is a list of special milestone anniversaries for years 1-10 along with gemstone and jewelry suggestions to celebrate your special event.
For your first anniversary it is traditional to present one another with a piece of gold jewelry. Traditional purchases for the wife are a nice pair of gold earrings, a gold pendant or bracelet as a gift that she will cherish for years to come. Gifts for the husband are usually a nice gold neck chain or bracelet if he wears men's jewelry.
For your third anniversary the gemstone of choice is the pearl. Surprise your wife with a lovely pair of pearl stud earrings or a unique freshwater pearl bracelet. The modern gift for this anniversary is crystal so it's the perfect occasion to enclose your jewelry gift in a gorgeous crystal trinket box. Pearls for men aren't common and fortunately this anniversary has an alternate gemstone of Jade. Jade is striking when set into rings or cuff links styled for men. The traditional gift for the third anniversary is leather, making it the perfect anniversary to give him a leather valet box to hold his watches and jewelry.
For your fifth anniversary it is traditional to present one another with a piece of jewelry that contains the beautiful blue sapphire gemstone. A beautiful gift for your husband would be to purchase a band ring with a sapphire cabochon set into it and present it to him in a keepsake box. If you are the husband, you can purchase your wife a nice pair of sapphire earrings, ring or beautiful pendant to hand from her favorite neck chain. The fifth anniversary is traditionally considered the "wood" anniversary, so this is the perfect occasion to present your gifts in fine wood jewelry presentation cases or to buy matching jewelry boxes and jewelry valets for each other.
On your tenth anniversary a traditional jewelry selection would be to present one another with a piece of jewelry that contains a faceted diamond. Although traditionally diamonds are clear, the popularity of colored diamonds for the past decade also makes those acceptable gifts to give as meaningful anniversary gifts too.
If you are purchasing a 10th anniversary diamond jewelry gift for your husband, a thoughtful choice would be to purchase a nice watch with diamonds set around the face of the watch or you can purchase diamond cuff links or tie pins. If you are the husband, traditional selections for your wife are a nice diamond tennis bracelet, anniversary band, or a pair of diamond stud earrings.
You can make your anniversary gifts special by following some of the guidelines for jewelry purchases celebrating your milestones. The selections are plentiful and unique and the impact will be wonderful!
Here is a summary of traditional wedding gifts for anniversaries 1-10.
Anniversary) Gemstone - Flowers - Traditional Gift - Modern Gift:
1st) Gold jewelry - Pansy - Paper - Clock
2nd) Garnet - Cosmos - Cotton - China
3rd) Pearls/Jade - Fuchsia - Leather - Crystal
4th) Blue Topaz - Geranium - Books - Linen/Silk
5th) Sapphire - Daisy - Wood - Silverware
6th) Amethyst - Calla Lily - Iron - Wood
7th) Onyx - Jack in the pulpit - Copper - Desk Sets
8th) Tourmaline - Clematis - Bronze - Lace/Linen
9th) Lapis Lazuli - Poppy - Pottery - Leather
10th) Diamond - Daffodil - Aluminum - Diamond Jewelry
by Gregg Nosaji, Contributing Editor for ChasingTreasure.com, online retailer of jewelry boxes, jewelry armoires and jewelry related gifts. Gregg is an event consultant and writes about gift ideas and special occasions.