Themes for gemstone wedding anniversary gifts come from a list of precious and semi-precious gemstones that are associated with each specific year. The different years, the majority of the time, have different gemstone associated with that year, here we are talking about the Gemstone Anniversary List, other popular lists include the the Modern, Traditional and Flower lists. The general idea behind this is so that you can select a gift with the theme of the material mentioned for the year thus making it easier to select an appropriate gift.
The Gemstone Anniversary Gifts List
The gemstone wedding anniversary list has developed over the generations into the one shown below, some of the years have variations on the theme depending upon who has published the list. More history of how the wedding list evolved is available on our Gemstone Wedding List History page.
Below in the list the anniversary year will link you to pages with ideas available from all the Gift lists (e.g. Traditional, Modern, Gemstone and Flower) or choose the gemstone for the year you are celebrating, or buying for, for a list of wedding anniversary gifts specific to that gemstone and year.
Some years have no material or theme under the gemstone anniversary list, below the fiftieth these anniversaries will have a theme in the Modern Anniversary List. Above the 50th they have no theme or material.
Gemstone Wedding Anniversary Gifts
|1st Wedding Anniversary||Fresh Water Pearl|
|2nd Wedding Anniversary||Garnet or Rose Quartz|
|3rd Wedding Anniversary||Crystal|
|4th Wedding Anniversary||Amethyst or Topaz|
|5th Wedding Anniversary||Turquoise|
|6th Wedding Anniversary||Amethyst or Garnet|
|7th Wedding Anniversary||Lapis Lazuli or Onyx|
|8th Wedding Anniversary||Aventurine or Multi-coloured Tourmaline|
|9th Wedding Anniversary||Tiger Eye or Lapis Lazuli|
|10th Wedding Anniversary||Black Onyx|
|11th Wedding Anniversary||Turquoise or Hematite|
|12th Wedding Anniversary||Agate|
|13th Wedding Anniversary||Malachite or Citrine or Moonstone|
|14th Wedding Anniversary||Jewellery or Moss Agate|
|16th Wedding Anniversary||Peridot or Aquamarine|
|17th Wedding Anniversary||Amethyst or Citrine or Opal|
|19th Wedding Anniversary||Aquamarine or Topaz|
|21st Wedding Anniversary||Iolite|
|22nd Wedding Anniversary||Spinel (all Colours)|
|23rd Wedding Anniversary||Imperial Topaz|
|24th Wedding Anniversary||Tanzanite|
|25th Wedding Anniversary||Sterling Silver|
|30th Wedding Anniversary||Pearl|
|35th Wedding Anniversary||Emerald|
|40th Wedding Anniversary||Ruby|
|45th Wedding Anniversary||Alexandrite|
|50th Wedding Anniversary||Gold|
|55th Wedding Anniversary||Alexandrite|
|60th Wedding Anniversary||Diamonds|
|65th Wedding Anniversary||Star Sapphire|
There are a few variations with the gemstone wedding anniversary gifts list shown above where we have found variations we have listed them with the most common/popular listed first.
List Sources: Anniversary Gift List – American Gem Society. A Brief Dictionary of American Superstitions – Vergilius Ferm, The Philosophical Library, 1959.
Milestone Gemstone wedding anniversary gifts
As with other Wedding Anniversary Lists the Gemstone list converges with the other lists on the milestone anniversaries so the material or theme is the same as the other lists e.g. 25th Anniversary is Silver and the 40th Anniversary is Ruby
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