The 17 year anniversary does not have a traditional wedding anniversary material, symbol or flower associated with the celebration, as you can see below the other lists do have symbols to use or if you have been using the traditional list then effectively you have a free choice for a gift.
Modern 17th Anniversary gifts
The Contemporary or Modern anniversary list states the gift theme for the 17th anniversary is Furniture. After 17 years of marriage it may be appropriate to look at some of your furniture to see if it needs updating or restoration as the theme is furniture it does not necessary mean new items and thus updating tired looking items may be a great way to approach this theme.
Some items however may need renewal, do you still have your original mattress from the year you wed, if so it may be worth considering an update especially with the introduction of memory foam mattresses over the past decade which provide far more comfort (or perhaps not if you have trouble getting up!) Apparently, the average life span of a mattress is 7-15 years although this is very dependent upon the quality of item.
Gemstone 17th Anniversary gifts
The Gemstone Anniversary List shows Citrine as the gemstone associated with the 17thWedding Anniversary. Other references we have seen also mention Amethyst as the appropriate Gemstone for this year. Lots of folklore and traditions surround gemstones. Citrine is believed by some to diminish self-destructive tendencies by raising self-esteem and provide good for overall emotional well-being and helps strengthen the immune system. Citrine is also classed as a stone of abundance and is often placed in the money corner of a feng-shui’d house.
Amethyst is a form of quartz with a beautiful purple or violet hue. This gemstone takes its name from a Greek word that to its supposed powers of counteracting the effects of wine fumes when worn. It was believed to have a calming or soothing effect and when brought near poisoned food it was said to lose its brightness. It is used in crystal therapy as a very powerful aid to creative thinking, spiritual awareness and healing. Amethyst is said to soothe and clam the mind, raise the spirit and protect against negative vibrations.
Amethyst is the birthstone for the zodiac sign of Aquarius as well as the jewel associated with St Valentine. Apparently it is best worn on a Thursday and luckiest for blondes or those with fair complexion.
Should the gemstone for this year not be a popular choice there is also the appropriate gemstone for the month you married in.
17 year Anniversary facts and figures
On the anniversary of your wedding you would have been married for about
- 6,205 days (this is dependent upon when leap years have occurred) or
- 148,920 hours or
- 8,935,200 minutes which is over
- ½ billion seconds. (536,112,000 seconds approx.)
During this time you would have shared, on average, over 46,538 hours of snuggle time (sleeping!) or 1,939 days which equates to about 5 years 4 months in bed!
Assuming you don’t work together you’ve been apart for over 35,945 hours (1,498 days) or approximately 4 continuous years.
During this time you would have shared over 13,500 meals together which equates to approximately 7,884 hours of continuous eating!
Next year, being the 18th Wedding Anniversary there is no traditional gift theme assigned as the appropriate gift theme. The Modern gift list suggests Porcelain as the theme. The Gemstone Anniversary List offers Opal as the gift theme. There are no appropriate flowers assigned for the year.
Last year, the 16th Wedding Anniversary there is no traditional gift theme assigned as the appropriate gift theme. The Modern gift list suggests Silver Holloware as the theme. The Gemstone Anniversary List offers Peridot or Aquamarine as the gift themes. There are no appropriate flowers assigned for the year.