14th Wedding Anniversary
Between raising children, working on your careers, and all the other chaotic details of life, the 14th anniversary is one that some people pass by without marking. Instead, plan to get away together for the weekend or overnight. Ship the kids off to your parents' place at least for one night if you can. By this time in a marriage, we are so busy and often feel pulled in every direction. So plan ahead and set aside alone time for you and your spouse.
The traditional material for the 14th anniversary is ivory, but please
only ever buy products that are made using imitation ivory which is often made using a composite sourced from non-endangered animal bones, or some other non-animal source. Please never purchase
real ivory because that supports an illegal and brutal elephant poaching
industry. Better yet, make a donation to the elephant rescue charity in Tennesee listed to the left. They provide forever homes for elephants who have been mistreated in circuses or found living in inadaquate and cramped zoo conditions. It is truly a gift from the heart!
Along the theme of ivory, any kind of elephant-themed gift would also be perfect!
For jewelry, an elephant design make for a fun and unique gift. Also feel free to go with a classic jewelry designs using the alternative material gold. Perhaps pair it with a material that is visually reminiscent of ivory, such as white pearl. Alternate modern jewelry materials for the 14th anniversary are opal, agate, and bloodstone.
If you do give jewelry, consider presenting it to your wife in the jade-colored elephant jewelry box to the left which will become a permanent keepsake reminder of your 14th wedding anniversary. We feel this adds a really nice special touch to the ivory theme while still being elephant-friendly. Alternatively, this would also be the perfect box in which to enclose a love note or love coupons.
Regarding flowers, you could give carved tagua roses (upper righthand picture), real roses coated in gold (righthand picture), or fresh white roses from a florist.
- From our Visitors -
The traditional 14th anniversary gift is ivory. That created a bit of a
dilemma for me, for two reasons:
1. The modern ivory trade is illegal. That would leave only the possibility
of purchasing antique ivory.
2. I'm vegan. I do my best not to use (or purchase) ANY animal products
because I oppose domestication, captivity, cruelty, and factory farming.
Then it came to me. For years I've heard about artisans using fossil
mammoth ivory to make all sorts of items. For some reason, a
fossil-mammoth-ivory-handled knife seemed like the right gift for my husband
for our 14th anniversary. And since they've been extinct for 30,000 years,
it also wouldn't go against my vegan ideals.
After some searching, I contacted a local knife maker who had lovely,
coloured fossil mammoth ivory (with bits of blue and turquoise from minerals
in the ground during fossilisation) on-hand. Within days, the knife was
assembled and polished, making it a fabulous, timeless, and usable gift, for
Ivory dilemma solved.
-- M. Armstrong
My suggestion is for a 14-year wedding anniversary gift: A small, beautiful Ganesha figurine. Appropriate for either a man or a woman, and you don't have to be Hindu to appreciate the beauty and significance of a lovely Ganesha.
brought out my ivory colored wedding dress, and we danced around
the living room together to our favorite romantic songs. This
really got us in the mood! ;)