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Jewelry Materials by Year of Marriage:

The following anniversary years have suitable jewelry materials
Yr
Traditional
anniversary materials
 
Alternate modern
jewelry materials
 
 
 
Gold,
Peridot
 
 
 
Garnet
 
Leather
 
Pearls,
Jade
 
Floral designs
 

Blue Topaz,
Blue Zircon

 
Wood
 

Sapphire,
Pink Tourmaline

 
 
 
Amethyst,
Turquoise
 
Copper
 
Onyx,
Yellow Sapphire
 
Bronze
 
Tourmaline,
Tanzanite
 
 
 
Lapis Lazuli,
Amethyst
 
 
 
Diamond,
Blue Sapphire
 
Steel
 

Turquoise,
Citrine

 
 
 
Jade,
Opal
 
 
 
Citrine,
Moonstone,
Hawk's Eye
 
Gold
 
Opal,
Agate,
Bloodstone
 
Crystal,
Watches
 
Ruby,
Alexandrite,
Rhodolite Garnet
 
16
 
 
Peridot,
Red Spinel
 
17
 
 
Watch,
Carnelian
 
18
 
 
Cat's Eye,
Chrysoberyl
 
19
 
 
Aquamarine,
Almandine Garnet
 
Platinum
 
Emerald,
Yellow or Golden Diamond
 
21
 
 
Iolite
 
22
 
 
Spinel
 
23
 
 
Imperial Topaz
 
24
 
 
Tanzanite
 
Silver
 
Silver Jubilee
 
Pearls
 
Pearl Jubilee
 
31
Timepieces
 
 
 
33
 
 
Amethyst
 
34
 
 
Opal
 
Coral,
Jade
 
Emerald
 
38
 
 
Beryl,
Tourmaline
 
Ruby,
Garnet
 
Ruby
 
Sapphire
 
Cat's Eye
 
Gold
 
Golden Jubilee,
Imperial or Golden Topaz
 
Emerald,
Turquoise
 
Alexandrite
 
Diamond,
Gold
 
Diamond Jubilee,
Star Ruby
 
65
Diamond,
Gold
 
Blue Spinel
 
70
Diamond,
Gold
 
Sapphire Jubilee,
Smoky Quartz
 
Diamond,
Gold
 
Diamond Jubilee
 
80
Diamond
 
Ruby Jubilee
 
       
 
 
See the full list of
All Anniversary Materials
 

 

To discover which traditional and alternate gems, stones, and metals go with each anniversary year, please view our list in the lefthand column. While you absolutely do not have to adhere to the material assigned for your anniversary year, it is a great way to start browsing. The jewelry shops in the left purple boxes carry most of the materials listed below.

When you give a gift of jewelry to someone you love, you will be remembered whenever your gift is worn. Jewelry is special because it is an intimate gift worn next to bare skin or clothing. It is also a public gift because it will be seen by friends, co-workers, and family. It is a gift that says to the recipient “I love you”. Because jewelry lasts forever, it may also be passed down through the generations.

But how can you pick out the perfect piece of jewelry from so many choices? Where can you get something unique and beautiful? What if you don’t know much about how to select jewelry?


Here is a useful tip:

Take note of what kind of jewelry your wife already has and, in particular, what items she wears a lot. That will give you some very important clues in making your selection.

  • Yellow gold, white gold, or silver?
  • Classic traditional, or more modern? Bold, conservative, delicate?
  • Rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, brooches, pendants?
  • What shapes? How large or small?
  • Diamonds, precious stones, semiprecious stones, birth stones?

If you are unsure of what to get, try to select something similar but just a little bit different from what she already owns. If she has lots of earrings and wears them often, then she obviously likes earrings so that is a safe bet. Later, as you become more confident regarding her style, you can be more adventurous in your selections.

 

Practical examples using this approach:

  • Try for a complimentary piece. For example, if you know that her favorite necklace is silver, but she does not have a nice pair of silver earrings or bracelet, then find something that would pair well with her existing necklace.
  • If you know for sure that she likes hoop earrings, but she does not have any that are diamond hoops, or some other stone, then go for this elegant, classic style in the same size of hoops that she normally wears. It's a sure bet!
  • On the other hand, if you know she likes dangling earrings that move as she moves her head, go for a style like that.
  • If you see that she only likes white gold rather than yellow gold (or the opposite), try to stick with the type of metal that she likes most because that will go better with the rest of her collection.
  • Think about size. Does she tend to wear large, small, or medium earrings? Or does she wear all kinds? Identify her style in jewelry size and try to stick with that, especially if you are new to jewelry buying for your wife.
  • The safest approach, if you are unsure, is to pick out a style that she already likes and wears often, but then swap in a new stone or color that she does not already have!


Remember, a gift of jewelry is a very special present that is cherished for a lifetime. Whenever she wears it, she will think of you.

You are giving her something beautiful because she is beautiful to you, inside and out!

 

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