Engagement and weddings usually start with diamond bridal engagement and wedding rings, but how about anniversaries? Did you know that gold is the symbol of the first anniversary? The fifth anniversary stone is the beautiful sapphire,* while on the 10th it's back to diamonds!
Valentine's Day is a perfect time to celebrate your years together with your loved ones, and Waldin jewelers has a beautiful collection of rings, necklaces and earring with precious stones that symbolize your years together!
Giving wedding anniversary gift lists have a long history dating back to the Middle Ages. The common anniversary gifts are based on the lists provided by the Chicago Public Library:
2nd Anniversary: Garnet
3rd Anniversary: Pearls or jade
4th Anniversary: Blue topaz or blue zircon
5th Anniversary: Blue sapphire or pink tourmaline
6th Anniversary: Amethyst or turquoise
7th Anniversary: Onyx, yellow sapphire, or golden beryl
8th Anniversary: Tourmaline or tanzanite
9th Anniversary: Lapis lazuli, amethyst, or green spinel
10th Anniversary: Diamond or blue sapphire
Diamonds make a few appearances on this list of anniversary gemstones. Since they're traditionally used in wedding rings––and because of their price––they are used to celebrate milestone anniversaries.
11th Anniversary: Turquoise, citrine, or yellow zircon
12th Anniversary: Jade or opal
13th Anniversary: Citrine, moonstone, or hawk's eye
14th Anniversary: Opal, agate, or bloodstone
15th Anniversary: Ruby, rhodolite garnet, or alexandrite
16th Anniversary: Peridot (evening emerald) or red spinel
17th Anniversary: Watches are the traditional gift for the 17th anniversary.
18th Anniversary: Cat's eye (chrysoberyl) or aquamarine
19th Anniversary: Aquamarine or almandine garnet
20th Anniversary: Emerald or yellow/golden diamond
21st Anniversary: Lolite
22nd Anniversary: Spinel
23rd Anniversary: Imperial topaz
24th Anniversary: Tanzanite
25th Anniversary: This Silver Jubilee is tsavorite, or green garnet
30th Anniversary: Pearl Jubilee
35th Anniversary: Emerald
40th Anniversary: Ruby
45th Anniversary: Sapphire or cat's eye
50th Anniversary: This is the Golden Jubilee for those who make this milestone and the stone is Imperial or Golden Topaz
Jubilee anniversaries are milestone anniversaries, usually at 25, 40, 50, and 60 years. Hit 75 years of marriage and you'll reach the Palladium Jubilee.
55th Anniversary: Alexandrite
60th Anniversary: This is the Diamond Jubilee and diamonds or the star ruby are appropriate!
65th Anniversary: Blue spinel
70th Anniversary: Sapphire Jubilee or smoky quartz
75th Anniversary: Diamond Jubilee
80th Anniversary: Ruby Jubilee
* Diamonds, sapphires, rubies, and emeralds are considered precious and all other gemstones are semi-precious.