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!

1st anniversary: gold

The first year anniversary gift is gold – it isn't a gemstone, but who's complaining, right? It's the sweetest of anniversaries – when you're still in your honeymoon phase and all is right with your world. You could get a simple gold necklace or bracelet for her, maybe starting a tradition with a charm bracelet you can add to with the signature gem for subsequent anniversaries or other significant events in your life together. For him, a gold necklace, ring or cuff links could be wonderful.

2nd anniversary: garnet

Though garnet comes in several colours, including yellow, green (called tsavorite) and pink, the colour most often thought of is red. Red garnet – sometimes called rhodolite garnet – is the classic garnet choice for use in jewellery. It's a relatively hard stone, and can be used in any jewellery piece or design, including ring, earrings and pendants. Red garnet really pops when set in a white metal, like white gold or platinum.

3rd anniversary: pearls

Pearls can be natural or cultured; natural pearls are more expensive than cultured, but that's about the only difference. Cultured pearls are a beautiful, luminescent product of nature, growing in the same way as natural pearls. All pearls are available in many colours other than the classic white – pink, blue, green, golden, gray and black are all available. Pearl jewellery can be a matched string, a pendant. Be aware that pearls are more fragile than other materials, so pearl jewellery, particularly rings and bracelets should be worn for special occasions, where there's little chance of it banging in to anything by mistake. For men, anything inlaid with mother of pearl is also a great gift for this anniversary.

4th anniversary: blue topaz

Topaz is found in many colours and shades and blue topaz was originally the rarest. However today, a permanent diffusion treatment is used to heat Topaz with a coating of an element such as beryllium and turns colourless topaz a light blue. The treatment is permanent. Deeper blues, known as "London blue" and "Swiss blue," are caused by irradiation and heating and the treatment is considered permanent. Blue Topaz is a hardy stone, and the many shades look gorgeous in a variety of jewellery styles, from earrings and pendants to bracelets and rings. Blue topaz has historically been associa ted with love and affection, making it a perfect anniversary gift.

5th anniversary: sapphire

Sapphire is also found in many colours, though the classic choice is blue. Sapphire is a hard and durable gemstone, so it's great for any piece of jewellery such as rings, earrings and pendants.