What’s Your Anniversary Gemstone, Flower or Gifts?

Wedding anniversaries — or birthdays — become significantly more special on the 25th or the 50th, and silver and gold respectively symbolize these monumental moments. But trust on events organizers, businesses and all-too-enamored customers and celebrants to create other symbols for just about any anniversary. There’s now a long list of other named anniversaries to accompany them, each representing a different facet of the couple’s commitment, the stage of their relationship, and the number of years they have been together; or a person’s birthday.

Here’s the standard list:

  • 1st anniversary:
  • Gift: Paper
  • Flowers: One’s birth or month-of-wedding Flowers or usually Carnations or Pansies
  • Gemstone: Pearl: freshwater pearl or gold
    Already, even after just the first turn of ones’ year, we start celebrating with themes: Paper gifts do not mean any plain piece of paper, mind you. Think paper bills, gift vouchers, spa certificates. Aha, how about a plane ticket (the paper type, not the digital version) to some exotic place anywhere in the world, say a return to your honeymoon location? For your lover or partner, any jewellery with the anniversary stone should suffice: freshwater pearl or mother of pearl.

More than once, I have been flabbergasted when I see pictures on Facebook of a child’s first birthday. Quite extravagant. The parents looked like they have all the money to throw a big, expensive party for their one-year-old.

Tsk, tsk, tsk, I tell you, it can get very expensive right off the first anniversary if you get too carried away with those sly jewellery stores and events organizers.

And for the married partner who starts off with a bang on their first anniversary, I can’t help feeling a bit uneasy since it’s hard to maintain that momentum all through the coming years without spending much of your savings and more.

But then, novelty — that first time feeling thingy — knows no bounds, right?

Anniversary gemstones may vary from culture to culture, but many are standard ones worldwide. (ctto: dawnhilldesigns.blogspot.com

2nd anniversary: Cotton/One’s birth flower or generally Cosmos; Garnet or rose quartz:
Thank goodness, the second time around is not for charms or for bragging rights! People normally keep it simple and practical: cotton clothing, like pajamas or cotton-shirts with witty sayings. Good enough to give and get.

Gemologists, people making and selling gemstones, put a spin into garnet, claiming the gem balances energy and sex drive, inspires love, and passion. Considered a lucky stone for love, it helps you let go of past patterns of behavior and enhances self-confidence. Who wouldn’t go for that, yes, gullible ones?

3rd: anniversary: Leather; Fuchsias; Pearl, cultured pearl or crystal quartz
Time to slow down, shall we, as we prepare for the big 5 or even bigger 10? A leather wallet or bag, or a leather photo album might do. Maybe, in that wallet insert some crisp bills. That should do it. No need for a Gucci leather bag and those sorts of extravagance. Keep your money, to be placed in that wallet or bag, instead of spending everything on the bag or wallet itself with no more diduy left.

My wife’s gift with a mother of pearl faceplate: it took me an insurance claim to afford this.

4th anniversary: Linen; Geraniums; blue topaz or amethyst
Linen? As in new bedlinen or cushions for your bed? A white linen for the dining table, with geranium-filled vase? If your budget allows, hide that blue topaz or amethyst ring beneath that geranium vase, but just make sure the ring does not get thrown out with the wilted geranium days later, ha? Topaz stone is available in many colours, but the blue topaz was originally considered to be the rarest. However, blue topaz can be man-made by using heating and irradiation which has made it more readily available.

5th anniversary: Wood; Daisies; Sapphire or turquoise
Maybe skip the idea of a wooden gift, unless it’s an antique wooden furniture. Just go right away to getting a sapphire (or turquoise) to make the 5th quite significant. The size of the stone might not matter, as long as it’s sapphire. Or size still matters to her?

6th anniversary: Iron; Calla Lillies; Amethyst or garnet
In “The Diary of Samuel Pepys,” the British naval administrator Pepys (1633-1703) once wrote about going home “to be merry, it being my sixth wedding night.” Make yours just as magical even with practical gifts like wrought iron decors or an amethyst ring. Don’t stress over the 6th since you did great on the 5th already, didn’t you?

7th anniversary: Wool; Jack-in-the-Pulpit; Onyx or lapis lazuli
A new cashmere sweater? How about a wool jacket or coat?

Onyx is a durable stone often used for carving and creating men’s jewellery, making it perfect for men’s anniversary gift. I wonder why we men love black, so a bold ring for him will be extremely well received; get a pair of stud earrings for her. Now, you’re matching, and isn’t that just romantic?

8th anniversary: Bronze; Clematis; Tourmaline or aventurine
There’s no shortage of bronze nick-nacks in the market.

9th anniversary: Pottery; Poppies; Lapis lazuli or Tiger eye or blue sapphire
Think: ceramic pottery. A coffee mug is cheap and endearing enough. If your artistic and creative skills are up to it, create a personalized masterpiece for your loved one.

When practising feng shui lapis lazuli balances positive and negative energies, I was told. For those into horoscopes and mystic “sciences” here’s an interesting post I copied from http://www.antiqworld.com site regarding blue sapphire.

10th anniversary: Tin; Flowers: Daffodils; crystal quarts or black onyx
10th is a big one! In western society, not many marriages survive that long so celebrate this milestone of togetherness, and even better with family and close friends. In a culture where marriage is “till death do us part,” 10th is still a great number, and share your marital bliss with those who have seen you grow and mature and prosper.

11th anniversary: Steel; Morning Glory; Turquoise or hematite

12th anniversary: Silk/Associated Flowers: Peonies; Jade or agate
An interesting story I gathered: Danes (from Denmark, not the dog breed) traditionally make a big fuss of the 12-and-a-half-year anniversary, called a copper wedding where friends and family build the couple half an arch made from spruce (you get the other half when you reach your 25th).

I’ll settle for silk underwear. Silk lingerie for her is very sexy for both partners. You know what I mean.

Jade is known for its use in ornaments and carvings in Japan and China. Jade represents luck, wealth, wisdom and passionate love in relation to so many years of marriage. It’s available in a wide range of colours, although green is the most common.

13th anniversary: Lace; Hollyhocks; Citrine, malachite, or moonstone
Lace can come in frilly outfits, embellishments for anything, or lace tablecloth and matching table napkins.

14th anniversary: Ivory; Dahlias; Opal or moss agate
Be nice to elephants and follow animal cruelty-free practices, so avoid gifting anything made of elephant tusks; choose the modern alternatives of opal or moss agate gifts instead.

15th anniversary: Crystal; Roses; Ruby, crystal quartz or alexandrite
For those in situations where counting years is a come-and-go thing, 15th is another big one. Another excuse to spend big, like on ruby jewellery. Or, at least toast each other with champagne in new crystal glasses.

  • 16th anniversary: Topaz, peridot or aquamarine
  • 17th anniversary: Amethyst, citralian or amethyst
    18th anniversary: Garnet, tiger eye, cat’s eye or chrysoprase/chrysoberyl
    19th anniversary: Aquamarine or topaz
20th anniversary gemstones

20th anniversary: China; Day Lilies; Emerald, yellow or golden diamond
You can always add another piece to your wedding china, as it’s fun to collect things over time. Make 20th a remarkable anniversary with that yellowish bling bling: yellow diamonds.

I know the sparkling, clear diamond is the gemstone for the 60th and the 75th (if people survive that long), and yellow diamond is for the 20th but don’t wait that long. 20th is a very, very good excuse.

  • 21st anniversary: Brass; iolite
  • 22nd anniversary: Copper; Zircon or spinel
  • 23rd anniversary: Silver plate; Yellow topaz or imperial topaz
  • 24th anniversary: Musical instruments; Tanzanite


25th anniversary: Iris; Silver or sterling silver
Silver weddings have a long tradition worldwide. 25th is another excuse to have your wedding vows renewed, complete with a wedding party.Couples may want to buy something very special to commemorate this first major milestone in their relationship. Choose from a huge range of silver items to celebrate your quarter century of togetherness — this could be a lovely sterling silver frame for one of your wedding photographs, or even a piece of jewellery for each of you. Go big, even broke. It’s worth it.

  • 26th anniversary: Original pictures; Roses; Jade
  • 27th anniversary: Sculpture; Jet stone
  • 28th anniversary: Orchids; Amethyst or orchid tourmaline
  • 29th anniversary: New furniture; garnet

30th anniversary: Sweet Pea; Pearl
A strand of pearl necklace can be pricey, but a pearl-drop pendant or a set of pearl earrings will do. A ring with pearl that is set in silver would be very tempting, too.

In Indian mythology, pearls are said to be dewdrops from heaven that fell into the sea. These jewels represent peace, nobility and beauty, and would make a wonderful gift – but if you can’t stretch to pearls, use their colour as an inspiration for a beautiful white gift, or just get romantic over a dozen oysters. Caviar is traditionally eaten with a mother of pearl spoon… I see an evening of Champagne and caviar!

Why are certain materials associated with different anniversaries? As the years pass, you’ll see that the materials become more durable and more valuable the longer the marriage – just like your relationship! Another theory is that they are designed to help you replace wedding gifts at the time they wear out.

  • 31st anniversary: Timepieces; Ebony
  • 32nd anniversary: Conveyances (vehicles); Lapis lazuli
  • 33rd anniversary: Tin; Strawberry; Amethyst
  • 34th anniversary: Poppy; Opal or amber
  • 35th anniversary: Coral or emerald or jade
  • 36th anniversary: Bone china; Tea rose;
  • 37th anniversary: Alabaster
  • 38th anniversary: Beryl or tourmaline
  • 39th anniversary: Lace; Lace flower; Agate
  • 40th anniversary: Nasturtiums or gladiolas; Ruby
    Life begins at 40, and the 40th wedding anniversary is considered to be one of the most important after the 25th. Not surprisingly it’s been attached to one of the world’s most precious gems. Rubies are said to be rarer than diamonds – they symbolise health, wealth and wisdom and, of course, passion.

It looks as if all anniversaries can be an excuse for a celebration. Definitely on your 40th.

  • 41st anniversary: Land or pottery
  • 42nd anniversary: Real estate
  • 43rd anniversary: Travel
  • 44th anniversary: Groceries
  • 45th anniversary: Sapphire or alexandrite
  • Sapphires come in an array of colours – pink, yellow, white, green and red as well as blue. So get the shaker out and celebrate your 45th with a multi-coloured cocktail drinks party.
  • 46th anniversary: Poetry
  • 47th anniversary: Books
  • 48th anniversary: Optical goods
  • 49th Anniversary: Purple orchids; Zircon

Get very creative now, as you prepare for the really BIG ONE! For example, Prince Albert reportedly gave Queen Victoria a set of gold and porcelain jewellery bit by bit – a brooch before their wedding, a brooch and earrings for Christmas and a wreath on their fifth wedding anniversary in 1845…you get the idea, and you don’t have to be a royalty to do this.

Yes, yes, yes, just one more year to what is, for many couples, the motherlode of all anniversary milestones. In the meantime… congratulations on your 49th wedding anniversary.

50th anniversary: Violets; Gold
Already half a century! Much can be said about this. Everything is golden: including a new set of your wedding rings.

My major childhood memory was the Golden Wedding Anniversary of my Lola Fely and Lolo Kikong. Everyone from far and wide came home to Valencia where my grandparents lived. Family members had to wear their best, preferably in gold. The ancestral home was filled with relatives and friends after the early morning “wedding mass,” for a whole-day fiesta, merriments, and family reunion capped with family pictorials. In the family photos. everyone looked dapper in hand-tailored silk barong Tagalog and golden silk gowns, hair combed or coiffed impeccably, and everyone standing tall as instructed by the professional photographer.

Golden Wedding Anniversary of Aunt Rosie and Uncle Anter Bongbong: a great time for a family reunion!

55th anniversary: Emerald or alexandrite
These precious stones symbolise love and rebirth and make beautiful jewellery.

Now’s your chance to take a dream trip to Ireland – the Emerald Isle, in celebration of your anniversary. You could even stay in a romantic castle. If you fancy somewhere a little warmer, try Sardinia’s Emerald Coast.

60th anniversary: Diamond
The word ‘diamond’ originates from the Greek adamus, meaning unconquerable – which, if you’ve lasted 60 years, is the perfect epithet for your own marriage. Being married for 60 years is an incredible milestone for a couple. It’s your personal diamond jubilee, and it’s all about celebrating a love that is strong, clear, and pure.

The traditional 60th wedding anniversary gift is nothing less than a girl’s best friend. Diamonds have been associated with 60th anniversaries ever since Queen Victoria’s 60th jubilee was celebrated with a diamond theme in 1897.

70th anniversary: Platinum or sapphire
After 70 years together, you’ve earned your own platinum record. And like the metal, your marriage is strong, precious and rare.

Eternity rings are a popular anniversary present. Of course, you can buy one whenever you feel like it, but it might be an ideal gift to mark a special anniversary like the 70th.

Diamonds can come in various cuts or shapes, but regardless of what cut you finally pick, it’s gonna be expensive.

75th anniversary: Diamond
Although the 75th is the second diamond wedding in the anniversary calendar, it was actually the first to exist – the 60th was added when Queen Victoria celebrated her Diamond Jubilee. There’s no modern symbol for a diamond wedding. Perhaps that’s because nothing beats a diamond.

Your Diamond Anniversary bash will probably include generations of family and friends and should be an event to remember. Hire a professional photographer and videographer, so the whole family can simply soak up the significance and joy in this time-tested anniversary celebration.

Wedding anniversaries — or birthdays — become significantly more special on the 25th or the 50th, and silver and gold respectively symbolize these monumental moments. But trust on events organizers, businesses and all-too-enamored customers and celebrants to create other symbols for just about any anniversary. There’s now a long list of other named anniversaries to […]

Wedding anniversaries — or birthdays — become significantly more special on the 25th or the 50th, and silver and gold respectively symbolize these monumental moments. But trust on events organizers, businesses and all-too-enamored customers and celebrants to create other symbols for just about any anniversary. There’s now a long list of other named anniversaries to accompany them, each representing a different facet of the couple’s commitment, the stage of their relationship, and the number of years they have been together; or a person’s birthday.

Here’s the standard list:

  • 1st anniversary:
  • Gift: Paper
  • Flowers: One’s birth or month-of-wedding Flowers or usually Carnations or Pansies
  • Gemstone: Pearl: freshwater pearl or gold
    Already, even after just the first turn of ones’ year, we start celebrating with themes: Paper gifts do not mean any plain piece of paper, mind you. Think paper bills, gift vouchers, spa certificates. Aha, how about a plane ticket (the paper type, not the digital version) to some exotic place anywhere in the world, say a return to your honeymoon location? For your lover or partner, any jewellery with the anniversary stone should suffice: freshwater pearl or mother of pearl.

More than once, I have been flabbergasted when I see pictures on Facebook of a child’s first birthday. Quite extravagant. The parents looked like they have all the money to throw a big, expensive party for their one-year-old.

Tsk, tsk, tsk, I tell you, it can get very expensive right off the first anniversary if you get too carried away with those sly jewellery stores and events organizers.

And for the married partner who starts off with a bang on their first anniversary, I can’t help feeling a bit uneasy since it’s hard to maintain that momentum all through the coming years without spending much of your savings and more.

But then, novelty — that first time feeling thingy — knows no bounds, right?

Anniversary gemstones may vary from culture to culture, but many are standard ones worldwide. (ctto: dawnhilldesigns.blogspot.com

2nd anniversary: Cotton/One’s birth flower or generally Cosmos; Garnet or rose quartz:
Thank goodness, the second time around is not for charms or for bragging rights! People normally keep it simple and practical: cotton clothing, like pajamas or cotton-shirts with witty sayings. Good enough to give and get.

Gemologists, people making and selling gemstones, put a spin into garnet, claiming the gem balances energy and sex drive, inspires love, and passion. Considered a lucky stone for love, it helps you let go of past patterns of behavior and enhances self-confidence. Who wouldn’t go for that, yes, gullible ones?

3rd: anniversary: Leather; Fuchsias; Pearl, cultured pearl or crystal quartz
Time to slow down, shall we, as we prepare for the big 5 or even bigger 10? A leather wallet or bag, or a leather photo album might do. Maybe, in that wallet insert some crisp bills. That should do it. No need for a Gucci leather bag and those sorts of extravagance. Keep your money, to be placed in that wallet or bag, instead of spending everything on the bag or wallet itself with no more diduy left.

My wife’s gift with a mother of pearl faceplate: it took me an insurance claim to afford this.

4th anniversary: Linen; Geraniums; blue topaz or amethyst
Linen? As in new bedlinen or cushions for your bed? A white linen for the dining table, with geranium-filled vase? If your budget allows, hide that blue topaz or amethyst ring beneath that geranium vase, but just make sure the ring does not get thrown out with the wilted geranium days later, ha? Topaz stone is available in many colours, but the blue topaz was originally considered to be the rarest. However, blue topaz can be man-made by using heating and irradiation which has made it more readily available.

5th anniversary: Wood; Daisies; Sapphire or turquoise
Maybe skip the idea of a wooden gift, unless it’s an antique wooden furniture. Just go right away to getting a sapphire (or turquoise) to make the 5th quite significant. The size of the stone might not matter, as long as it’s sapphire. Or size still matters to her?

6th anniversary: Iron; Calla Lillies; Amethyst or garnet
In “The Diary of Samuel Pepys,” the British naval administrator Pepys (1633-1703) once wrote about going home “to be merry, it being my sixth wedding night.” Make yours just as magical even with practical gifts like wrought iron decors or an amethyst ring. Don’t stress over the 6th since you did great on the 5th already, didn’t you?

7th anniversary: Wool; Jack-in-the-Pulpit; Onyx or lapis lazuli
A new cashmere sweater? How about a wool jacket or coat?

Onyx is a durable stone often used for carving and creating men’s jewellery, making it perfect for men’s anniversary gift. I wonder why we men love black, so a bold ring for him will be extremely well received; get a pair of stud earrings for her. Now, you’re matching, and isn’t that just romantic?

8th anniversary: Bronze; Clematis; Tourmaline or aventurine
There’s no shortage of bronze nick-nacks in the market.

9th anniversary: Pottery; Poppies; Lapis lazuli or Tiger eye or blue sapphire
Think: ceramic pottery. A coffee mug is cheap and endearing enough. If your artistic and creative skills are up to it, create a personalized masterpiece for your loved one.

When practising feng shui lapis lazuli balances positive and negative energies, I was told. For those into horoscopes and mystic “sciences” here’s an interesting post I copied from http://www.antiqworld.com site regarding blue sapphire.

10th anniversary: Tin; Flowers: Daffodils; crystal quarts or black onyx
10th is a big one! In western society, not many marriages survive that long so celebrate this milestone of togetherness, and even better with family and close friends. In a culture where marriage is “till death do us part,” 10th is still a great number, and share your marital bliss with those who have seen you grow and mature and prosper.

11th anniversary: Steel; Morning Glory; Turquoise or hematite

12th anniversary: Silk/Associated Flowers: Peonies; Jade or agate
An interesting story I gathered: Danes (from Denmark, not the dog breed) traditionally make a big fuss of the 12-and-a-half-year anniversary, called a copper wedding where friends and family build the couple half an arch made from spruce (you get the other half when you reach your 25th).

I’ll settle for silk underwear. Silk lingerie for her is very sexy for both partners. You know what I mean.

Jade is known for its use in ornaments and carvings in Japan and China. Jade represents luck, wealth, wisdom and passionate love in relation to so many years of marriage. It’s available in a wide range of colours, although green is the most common.

13th anniversary: Lace; Hollyhocks; Citrine, malachite, or moonstone
Lace can come in frilly outfits, embellishments for anything, or lace tablecloth and matching table napkins.

14th anniversary: Ivory; Dahlias; Opal or moss agate
Be nice to elephants and follow animal cruelty-free practices, so avoid gifting anything made of elephant tusks; choose the modern alternatives of opal or moss agate gifts instead.

15th anniversary: Crystal; Roses; Ruby, crystal quartz or alexandrite
For those in situations where counting years is a come-and-go thing, 15th is another big one. Another excuse to spend big, like on ruby jewellery. Or, at least toast each other with champagne in new crystal glasses.

  • 16th anniversary: Topaz, peridot or aquamarine
  • 17th anniversary: Amethyst, citralian or amethyst
    18th anniversary: Garnet, tiger eye, cat’s eye or chrysoprase/chrysoberyl
    19th anniversary: Aquamarine or topaz
20th anniversary gemstones

20th anniversary: China; Day Lilies; Emerald, yellow or golden diamond
You can always add another piece to your wedding china, as it’s fun to collect things over time. Make 20th a remarkable anniversary with that yellowish bling bling: yellow diamonds.

I know the sparkling, clear diamond is the gemstone for the 60th and the 75th (if people survive that long), and yellow diamond is for the 20th but don’t wait that long. 20th is a very, very good excuse.

  • 21st anniversary: Brass; iolite
  • 22nd anniversary: Copper; Zircon or spinel
  • 23rd anniversary: Silver plate; Yellow topaz or imperial topaz
  • 24th anniversary: Musical instruments; Tanzanite


25th anniversary: Iris; Silver or sterling silver
Silver weddings have a long tradition worldwide. 25th is another excuse to have your wedding vows renewed, complete with a wedding party.Couples may want to buy something very special to commemorate this first major milestone in their relationship. Choose from a huge range of silver items to celebrate your quarter century of togetherness — this could be a lovely sterling silver frame for one of your wedding photographs, or even a piece of jewellery for each of you. Go big, even broke. It’s worth it.

  • 26th anniversary: Original pictures; Roses; Jade
  • 27th anniversary: Sculpture; Jet stone
  • 28th anniversary: Orchids; Amethyst or orchid tourmaline
  • 29th anniversary: New furniture; garnet

30th anniversary: Sweet Pea; Pearl
A strand of pearl necklace can be pricey, but a pearl-drop pendant or a set of pearl earrings will do. A ring with pearl that is set in silver would be very tempting, too.

In Indian mythology, pearls are said to be dewdrops from heaven that fell into the sea. These jewels represent peace, nobility and beauty, and would make a wonderful gift – but if you can’t stretch to pearls, use their colour as an inspiration for a beautiful white gift, or just get romantic over a dozen oysters. Caviar is traditionally eaten with a mother of pearl spoon… I see an evening of Champagne and caviar!

Why are certain materials associated with different anniversaries? As the years pass, you’ll see that the materials become more durable and more valuable the longer the marriage – just like your relationship! Another theory is that they are designed to help you replace wedding gifts at the time they wear out.

  • 31st anniversary: Timepieces; Ebony
  • 32nd anniversary: Conveyances (vehicles); Lapis lazuli
  • 33rd anniversary: Tin; Strawberry; Amethyst
  • 34th anniversary: Poppy; Opal or amber
  • 35th anniversary: Coral or emerald or jade
  • 36th anniversary: Bone china; Tea rose;
  • 37th anniversary: Alabaster
  • 38th anniversary: Beryl or tourmaline
  • 39th anniversary: Lace; Lace flower; Agate
  • 40th anniversary: Nasturtiums or gladiolas; Ruby
    Life begins at 40, and the 40th wedding anniversary is considered to be one of the most important after the 25th. Not surprisingly it’s been attached to one of the world’s most precious gems. Rubies are said to be rarer than diamonds – they symbolise health, wealth and wisdom and, of course, passion.

It looks as if all anniversaries can be an excuse for a celebration. Definitely on your 40th.

  • 41st anniversary: Land or pottery
  • 42nd anniversary: Real estate
  • 43rd anniversary: Travel
  • 44th anniversary: Groceries
  • 45th anniversary: Sapphire or alexandrite
  • Sapphires come in an array of colours – pink, yellow, white, green and red as well as blue. So get the shaker out and celebrate your 45th with a multi-coloured cocktail drinks party.
  • 46th anniversary: Poetry
  • 47th anniversary: Books
  • 48th anniversary: Optical goods
  • 49th Anniversary: Purple orchids; Zircon

Get very creative now, as you prepare for the really BIG ONE! For example, Prince Albert reportedly gave Queen Victoria a set of gold and porcelain jewellery bit by bit – a brooch before their wedding, a brooch and earrings for Christmas and a wreath on their fifth wedding anniversary in 1845…you get the idea, and you don’t have to be a royalty to do this.

Yes, yes, yes, just one more year to what is, for many couples, the motherlode of all anniversary milestones. In the meantime… congratulations on your 49th wedding anniversary.

50th anniversary: Violets; Gold
Already half a century! Much can be said about this. Everything is golden: including a new set of your wedding rings.

My major childhood memory was the Golden Wedding Anniversary of my Lola Fely and Lolo Kikong. Everyone from far and wide came home to Valencia where my grandparents lived. Family members had to wear their best, preferably in gold. The ancestral home was filled with relatives and friends after the early morning “wedding mass,” for a whole-day fiesta, merriments, and family reunion capped with family pictorials. In the family photos. everyone looked dapper in hand-tailored silk barong Tagalog and golden silk gowns, hair combed or coiffed impeccably, and everyone standing tall as instructed by the professional photographer.

Golden Wedding Anniversary of Aunt Rosie and Uncle Anter Bongbong: a great time for a family reunion!

55th anniversary: Emerald or alexandrite
These precious stones symbolise love and rebirth and make beautiful jewellery.

Now’s your chance to take a dream trip to Ireland – the Emerald Isle, in celebration of your anniversary. You could even stay in a romantic castle. If you fancy somewhere a little warmer, try Sardinia’s Emerald Coast.

60th anniversary: Diamond
The word ‘diamond’ originates from the Greek adamus, meaning unconquerable – which, if you’ve lasted 60 years, is the perfect epithet for your own marriage. Being married for 60 years is an incredible milestone for a couple. It’s your personal diamond jubilee, and it’s all about celebrating a love that is strong, clear, and pure.

The traditional 60th wedding anniversary gift is nothing less than a girl’s best friend. Diamonds have been associated with 60th anniversaries ever since Queen Victoria’s 60th jubilee was celebrated with a diamond theme in 1897.

70th anniversary: Platinum or sapphire
After 70 years together, you’ve earned your own platinum record. And like the metal, your marriage is strong, precious and rare.

Eternity rings are a popular anniversary present. Of course, you can buy one whenever you feel like it, but it might be an ideal gift to mark a special anniversary like the 70th.

Diamonds can come in various cuts or shapes, but regardless of what cut you finally pick, it’s gonna be expensive.

75th anniversary: Diamond
Although the 75th is the second diamond wedding in the anniversary calendar, it was actually the first to exist – the 60th was added when Queen Victoria celebrated her Diamond Jubilee. There’s no modern symbol for a diamond wedding. Perhaps that’s because nothing beats a diamond.

Your Diamond Anniversary bash will probably include generations of family and friends and should be an event to remember. Hire a professional photographer and videographer, so the whole family can simply soak up the significance and joy in this time-tested anniversary celebration.

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