Anniversary Gemstone Guide

Anniversary Gemstones and Jewellery

Silver and gold wedding anniversaries are well known, marking the milestones of twenty five and fifty years of marriage respectively. A gemstone anniversary list was endorsed by the Jewellers of America and many other gem associations, matching each anniversary year to a specific gemstone or metal. It differs from the traditional anniversary gift list, allowing you to get to the good gifts quicker – making anniversary shopping much easier and far more enjoyable!

11th anniversary: turquoise

Turquoise can range in colour from green, greenish-blue to light or deeper blue. It's been used in jewellery and as adornment throughout recorded history. It looks great in sterling silver, and is available as the primary focus of a piece of jewellery or as accents. Turquoise looks especially modern when paired with leather, in bracelets and necklaces, and is a great choice for men or women.

12th anniversary: jade

Jade has been popular around the world for centuries, particularly in China and Japan. The signature colour of jade is green, although it can be found in many other colours. In jewellery, it's usually carved into beads for necklaces and earrings. Jade looks especially beautiful when it is crafted into rings that are shaped into a round domed shape called 'cabochon.' You can also find cabochon pendants and carved pendants.

13th anniversary: citrine

Citrine is a beautiful yellow to yellow-orange coloured gemstone; its very much like seeing a burst of sunshine on a cloudy day. Popular and affordable, it lends itself well to any design and with any metal colour. Citrine with yellow gold is a warm tone-on-tone look, and can look dramatic with the addition of diamonds. A white gold or sterling silver setting accentuates its bright and sunny disposition.

14th anniversary: opal

Opal comes in a variety of colours but is commonly found in jewellery as a creamy-white and sometimes holds a rainbow play of colour within the stone. This attribute makes opal the perfect focal point in a piece of jewellery with accent stones contrasting with the play of colours within opal. The bright flame-orange variety is known as 'fire opal.'

15th anniversary: ruby

Rubies symbolise love and passion, due to their spectacular saturated red colour. Many rubies are heated to improve their colour and clarity but they can be found in various shades from light pink to dark red. Rubies work particularly well in rings, necklaces and earrings.