Marriage is a long-lasting commitment and celebrating each anniversary is a significant milestone, 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 has 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.
1st Year Gold
Gold will last forever and is subsequently a great gift to represent your marriage after your first year together. Gold has been used for centuries and is associated with abundance, prosperity, and well-being. In competitions a Gold Medal is given to the winner, associating gold with prestige and victory. However, there are also many gemstones which possess the gold color, these include: Citrine, Yellow Topaz, Golden South Sea Cultured Pearls, Yellow Sapphire, Amber, and Zircon.
2nd Year Garnet
Garnets are usually thought to be always red, however, they actually come in a range of colors so there is sure to be one that your spouse will love.
3rd Year Pearls
Cultured Pearls are affordable, diverse and beautiful and can be found in many jewelry pieces and offer an alternative to Natural Pearls which are very rare and expensive.
4th Year Blue Topaz
Blue Topaz has historically been a symbol of love and affection. The Greeks believed that it provided strength, and during the Renaissance period, the Europeans believed that the Gemstone would thwart magic spells and help drive away wrathful thoughts.
5th Year Sapphire
Sapphires are associated with wisdom and royalty. In Ancient Greece and Rome, as well as kings and queens believed that wearing Blue Sapphires protected them from harm. The clergy during the Middle Ages wore Blue Sapphires to symbolize heaven, while the faithful believed it attracted blessings. Sapphires come in a variety of colors besides the most common color of blue.
6th Year Amethyst
St. Valentine, the patron saint of love, supposedly wore an Amethyst ring carved with the image of Cupid, Amethyst is also the February birthstone. Usually associated with the color purple, this gemstone can be found in a variety of jewelry.
7th Year Onyx
Onyx is a semi-precious variety of Agate. In Ancient times, the Greeks put these stones in amulets to protect sailors that encountered dangerous ocean waters. A thirteenth-century writer claimed it bestowed health, success in legal matters, and safety in travel. In the 1700s, Onyx stones were believed to have kept away phantoms and visions at bay. Onyx is popular in men’s jewelry pieces.
8th Year Tourmaline
Tourmaline is a semi-precious stone and the most common color is black, but they can also be found in many different colors, so there is sure to be one to match your marriage.
9th Year Lapis Lazuli
Lapis Lazuli is a bright blue semi-precious stone. Finding Lapis Lazuli isn’t easy, it is primarily mined in Badakhshan, a province in Afghanistan. In mountains that soar to 17,000 feet. These mountains have been mined since 700 BCE. In the United States deposits are found in California and Colorado.
10th Year Diamond
Congratulations! You have reached a decade of marriage, and what better way to reminisce over your engagement than with a diamond! Diamonds are one of the hardest minerals, that represent everlasting love and are perfect for a 10-year anniversary gift.
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.