Anniversary Etiquette

Wedding Anniversaries

Tradition tells us that each wedding anniversary should be celebrated by giving your loved one a gift made from a different material. Paper symbolizes the first year of marriage, but with each passing year, the gifts become more precious or more rare. This progression is meant to symbolize the growth in a couple’s relationship through the years.

The origins of the traditional list are not known, however some of the traditions are believed to date back to medieval times. Today, we accompany these traditions with a more modern list that not only offers greater variety, but in many cases, puts a higher value on earlier anniversaries. In addition, a list of jewelry and gemstone traditions offers recommendations for those who prefer to adorn their loved one with something truly precious each year.

Year Tradition Modern Jewelry/Gems
1st paper clocks gold jewelry
2nd cotton china garnet
3rd leather crystal/glass pearls
4th linen/silk appliances blue topaz
5th wood silverware sapphire
6th iron wood amethyst
7th wool/copper desk sets onyx
8th bronze linen/lace tourmaline
9th pottery/china leather lapis
10th tin/aluminum diamond jewelry diamonds
11th stell fashion jewelry turquoise
12th silk pearls jade
13th lace textiles/furs citrine
14th ivory gold jewelry opal
15th crystal watches ruby
20th china platinum peridot
25th silver sterling silver jubilee
30th pearl diamond pearl jubilee
35th coral jade emerald
40th ruby ruby ruby
45th sapphire sapphire sapphire
50th gold gold golden jubilee
55th emerald emerald alexandrite
60th diamond diamond diamond jubilee

Birthstone Guide

  • Januray GarnetJanuary


    Ancient / Traditional

    Hebrew: Garnet
    Roman: Garnet
    Arabic: Garnet
    Hindu: Serpent Stone
    Polish: Garnet
    Russian: Garnet

  • February AmethystFebruary


    Ancient / Traditional

    Hebrew: Amethyst
    Roman: Amethyst
    Arabic: Amethyst
    Hindu: Chandrakanta
    Polish: Garnet
    Russian: Garnet

  • March AquamarineMarch


    Ancient / Traditional

    Hebrew: Bloodstone
    Roman: Bloodstone
    Arabic: Bloodstone
    Hindu: Gold Siva-linga
    Polish: Bloodstone
    Russian:  Bloodstone

  • April DiamondApril


    Ancient / Traditional

    Hebrew: Sapphire
    Roman: Sapphire
    Arabic: Sapphire
    Hindu: Diamond
    Polish: Diamond
    Russian: Sapphire

  • May EmeraldMay


    Ancient / Traditional

    Hebrew: Agate
    Roman: Agate
    Arabic: Emerald
    Hindu: Emerald
    Polish: Emerald
    Russian: Emerald

  • June PearlJune


    Ancient / Traditional

    Hebrew: Emerald
    Roman: Emerald
    Arabic: Agate
    Hindu: Pearl
    Polish: Agate
    Russian: Emerald

  • July RubyJuly


    Ancient / Traditional

    Hebrew: Onyx
    Roman: Onyx
    Arabic: Carnelian
    Hindu: Sapphire
    Polish: Ruby
    Russian: Ruby

  • August PeridotAugust


    Ancient / Traditional

    Hebrew: Carnelian
    Roman: Carnelian
    Arabic: Sardonyx
    Hindu: Ruby
    Polish: Sardonyx
    Russian: Alexandrite

  • September SapphireSeptember


    Ancient / Traditional

    Hebrew: Peridot
    Roman: Peridot
    Arabic: Peridot
    Hindu: Zircon
    Polish: Peridot
    Russian: Peridot

  • October OpalOctober


    Ancient / Traditional

    Hebrew: Aquamarine
    Roman: Aquamarine
    Arabic: Aquamarine
    Hindu: Coral
    Polish: Aquamarine
    Russian: Beryl

  • November TopazNovember


    Ancient / Traditional

    Hebrew: Topaz
    Roman: Topaz
    Arabic: Topaz
    Hindu: Cat’s Eye
    Polish: Topaz
    Russian: Topaz

  • December TurquoiseDecember


    Ancient / Traditional

    Hebrew: Ruby
    Roman: Ruby
    Arabic: Ruby
    Hindu: Topaz
    Polish: Turquoise
    Russian: Turquoise