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!

6th anniversary: amethyst

Usually recognised as purple, with varying shades looking a bit more red or blue, you can also find this type of quartz in other colours like green. Some stones may be heat treated to enhance their colours, which is a permanent treatment. Amethyst is widely available in all styles of jewellery.

7th anniversary: onyx

Onyx is hard, durable and is used for carving and is popular in men's jewellery. So this anniversary is a great opportunity for men to get jewellery as a gift! A bold onyx ring (maybe with diamond accents) is a great way to mark the occasion. For her, black onyx paired with white metal creates a stylish colour-blocking neutral and simple onyx stud earrings are a stylish twist.

8th anniversary: tourmaline

Tourmaline comes in a variety of colours and gemmologists call tourmaline parti-coloured. The 'watermelon tourmaline' is a parti-coloured gem, and gets its name from its mix of green and red, just like the outside and inside of a watermelon. Tourmaline is often heated or irradiated to create the colours, and the treatments are considered permanent.

9th anniversary: lapis lazuli

It's not the most popular blue stone used in jewellery, but you can still find some things using the cobalt blue gem – Pandora makes some charms and jewellery using it. It can also be found in craft jewellery, and it's used in the Chinese practice of feng shui – a method of working with the natural and supernatural to balance positive and negative energies.

10th anniversary: diamond jewellery

Diamond jewellery is the perfect way to celebrate a ten year milestone. For her, this is a great opportunity to add a diamond anniversary band to her engagement and wedding ring. For him, consider his own diamond ring or, if he wears an earring, a sparkling diamond stud.