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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.