Marriage is a long-lasting commitment and celebrating each anniversary is a significant milestone, so what better way to do it than with a representative gemstone? Gifting a piece of jewelry as a wedding anniversary gift is a time-honored tradition. The list of gems used to mark the anniversaries have been endorsed by the Jewelers of America, The American Gem Society, The American Gem Trade Association, and the Gemological Institute of America.
If you are looking for the perfect gift for your spouse on your wedding anniversary, take a look at our complete guide of significant gemstones. In our last few blog posts, we have discussed anniversary gemstones from years one through twenty, in this post, we continue the list throughout the years of further marriage.
21st Year: Iolite
Iolite is a blue to a violet-blue gemstone that’s often overshadowed by more popular blue stones, making it quite difficult to come across. The Vikings reputedly used iolite to find the sun on cloudy days, maybe a perfect metaphor for a long-lasting marriage.
22nd Year: Spinel
Spinel comes in a variety of colors, you’ll often see it in red, purple, blue, pink, and sometimes black. The good news about spinel is that it is durable, affordable, and is usually free of inclusions. It comes in crystals large enough to produce beautiful gems, plus, along with peridot, spinel is an August birthstone.
23rd Year: Imperial Topaz
The colors of Imperial Topaz are golden orange-yellow to dark pinkish red and orange-red in color. Another term for its coloration is “the shade of the setting sun.” Either way, in 19th century Russia, one color of topaz was so valued that only the royal family was allowed to own it: it was called Imperial Topaz. Legend has it that topaz worn above the heart guarantees long life, beauty, and intelligence.
24th Year: Tanzanite
Tanzanite is one of the newer gems to be discovered, found in 1967 by Manuel de Souza. It is only located in one place on earth, in the hills of northern Tanzania in the shadows of Mount Kilimanjaro. It is a Royal blue colored gem, often with a purplish/violet tone. A pure blue similar to fine sapphire with an intense violet-blue are usually the most valuable colors.
25th Year: Silver Jubilee
Congratulations, you have been married for a quarter of a century! 25 years which is widely known as the silver jubilee, and there is plenty of silver in a variety of forms to be found and gifted, so the choice is yours! Just be sure to make it something special.
If you are searching for the perfect gemstone for your spouse, visit Precious Metals Refinery and talk with our professional experts to help you find the perfect gift.