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Wedding Anniversary Traditions

Anniversary Traditions

Tradition tells us that each wedding anniversary should be celebrated by giving your loved one a gift made from a different material.  Paper symbolizes the first year of marriage, but with each passing year, the gifts become more precious or more rare.  This progression is meant to symbolize the growth in a couple’s relationship through the years.

The origins of the traditional list are not known, however some of the traditions are believed to date back to medieval times.  Today, we accompany these traditions with a more modern list that not only offers greater variety, but in many cases, puts a higher value on earlier anniversaries.  In addition, a list of jewelry and gemstone traditions offers recommendations for those who prefer to adorn their loved one with something truly precious each year.

Year
Traditional
Modern
1
Paper
Clocks
2
Cotton, Straw, Calico
China
3
Leather
Crystal or Glass
4
Flowers, Fruit, Books
Appliances
5
Wood
Silverware
6
Iron or Sugar
Wood
7
Copper, Wool, Brass
Desk Sets
8
Bronze, Rubber
Linens & Laces
9
Pottery
Leather
10
Tin or Aluminum
Diamond Jewelry
11
Steel
Fashion Jewelry
12
Silk or Fine Linen
Pearls
13
Lace
Textiles or Furs
14
Ivory or Agate
Gold Jewelry
15
Crystal, Glass
Watches
20
China
Platinum
25
Silver
Silver
30
Pearl
Diamond
35
Coral
Jade
40
Ruby or Garnet
Ruby
45
Sapphire
Sapphire
50
Gold
Gold
55
Emerald, Turquoise
Eemerald
60
Diamond
Diamond
75
Diamond
Diamond