History of the Gemstone Wedding Anniversary Gift list and Symbols

This list was issued by a Gemstone association and complements the Birthstone list which associates a precious stone against the month when you were born.

This list associates a precious metal or gemstone with wedding anniversaries up to the 25th and then every 5th year up to the 75th. The list converges with the traditional and modern lists on major anniversaries such as 25th (Silver) and 50th (Gold)

Wedding Anniversary

Gemstone associated

Gemstone Details

 
Fresh Water Pearl Freshwater pearls are seldom perfectly round or even nearly round. In rare circumstances perfectly round freshwater pearls are produced, and even more rare are the true gems that have been designated as freshadama by the gem trade. Available in a number of colour, the pastel colour are the most sort after.  
Rose Quartz or Garnet Rose Quartz: Known as the love stone Aids peacefulness and calm in relationships. Said to ease stress and tension and promotes restful sleep.  
Crystal Crystal (Quartz) In ancient times it was thought to be Ice turned to store. Is used as a tool for therapy and acts as an excellent channeller for healing giving it many uses. Claimed it is good for brain and soul by dispelling negativity.  
Amethyst or Topaz Amethyst A very powerful aid to creative thinking, spiritual awareness and healing. Amethyst is said to soothe and clam the mind, raise the spirit and protect against negative vibrations. It is the birthstone for the zodiac sign of Aquarius.  
Turquoise This stone stands for success in Love and is said to keep it's colour only when in sympathy with its wearer. Should the wearer change their affection the stone fades from blue to a greenish tint. Top
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Garnet or Amethyst Garnet An exquisite stone said to be therapeutic in times of trauma. Should be worn close to the skin to get its full effect.
Amethyst A very powerful aid to creative thinking, spiritual awareness and healing. Amethyst is said to soothe and clam the mind, raise the spirit and protect against negative vibrations. It is the birthstone for the zodiac sign of Aquarius.
 
Lapis Lazuli or Onyx Lapis Lazuli Considered to be the “tone of friendship” It is said to protect one from physical danger and encourage honesty and dignity.
Onyx: This was believed to be a witch's stone, and brought bad luck to the wearer, but if worn with a moonstone, it can have no ill effect.
 
Aventurine or Multi-colored Tourmaline Aventurine Helps to reinforce decisiveness and amplify leadership qualities. Good for calming anxiety and fears.  
Tiger Eye or Lapis Lazuli Tiger Eye The confidence stone inspires brave but sensible behaviour. Claimed by some to aid the digestive system.
Lapis Lazuli Considered to be the “tone of friendship” It is said to protect one from physical danger and encourage honesty and dignity.
 
Black Onyx This Stone is believed to be one of the most powerful protection stones. Its way of doing this is to absorb and transform negative energy. Because of this quality people find it helpful in relieving stress and providing emotional stability. Top
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Turquoise or Hematite Turquoise: This stone stands for success in Love and is said to keep it's colour only when in sympathy with its wearer. Should the wearer change their affection the stone fades from blue to a greenish tint.
Hematite.
Hematite is a type of Iron Ore. It is said to enhance personal magnetism, will and courage. Some people also believe it is beneficial for blood flow, stress and the nerves.
 
Agate, Jade or Colored Gems Agate: Treasured as a good overall healing stone thought to balance and calm the mind as well as emotions. Some people also believe it helps ease painful conditions such as bruises, strains and sprains. Also the birthstone for the Zodiac sign of Aquarius.
Jade: This is the stone for luck. It has long been cherished in China as it ensured long life. It is also claimed to help digestive trouble, don't eat it though.
 
Malachite, Citrine or Moonstone Moonstone: A beautiful iridescent form of Feldspar. Some claim it promotes long life, happiness and loyalty to the wearer. Also the birthstone for the zodiac sign of Cancer.
Citrine: Diminishes self-destructive tendencies by raising self-esteem. Good for overall emotional well-being.
 
Moss Agate This stone has traditionally been considered to have a special relationship with nature due to its pattern resembling moss. Traditionally, it's been considered a good stone for people involved in botany or agriculture, and it is also claimed that it can be used to establish a connection with nature spirits  
15th Anniversary Crystal Rock Crystal (Quartz) In ancient times it was thought to be Ice turned to store. Is used as a tool for therapy and acts as an excellent channeller for healing giving it many uses. Claimed it is good for brain and soul by dispelling negativity. Top
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Aquamarine or Peridot Aquamarine: Giving warm-hearted energy, this soothing stone is said to pacify nerves and banish phobias whilst ensuring calm and tranquillity.
Peridot: This gemstone is also know as Chrysolite, it is claimed that wearing this stone drives away sad thoughts.
 
Citrine or Amethyst Citrine: Diminishes self-destructive tendencies by raising self-esteem. Good for overall emotional well-being.
Amethyst: A very powerful aid to creative thinking, spiritual awareness and healing. Amethyst is said to soothe and clam the mind, raise the spirit and protect against negative vibrations. It is the birthstone for the zodiac sign of Aquarius.
 
Opal In Turkey it was believed that Opal came direct from heaven in a flash of lightning. It is said to lose its lustre when worn by one who is unfaithful to the giver. Often considered unlucky unless set in silver which is also, along with Opal, a moon stone.  
Topaz or Aquamarine Aquamarine Giving warm-hearted energy, this soothing stone is said to pacify nerves and banish phobias whilst ensuring calm and tranquility.  
20th Anniversary Emerald This gemstone was once a favourite gift between lovers, as it was believed to lose its colour should either the giver or receiver become unfaithful. It is claimed to help with those who have weak sight and it used to be believed that if a serpent looked at an emerald it would become blind. Top
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Iolite It is claimed to be a good stone for helping find you direction in life as it helps the thought processes. The Shaman's would use this stone to ensure accuracy with visions and in healing ceremonies to influence the spirits. Iolite also helps you to release the discord from your life.  
Spinel (all Colours) Spinel comes in a variety of colours and indeed was mistaken for many years as Ruby, indeed the most famous is the one embedded in the English Crown.  
Imperial Topaz Topaz is the money stone bringing luck in all business enterprises. The term "imperial topaz" is used by reputable  jewellers to refer to topaz that is reddish orange in colour and generally of good quality. Topaz is the birthstone for the Zodiac sign of Sagittarius.  
Tanzanite Found only in Tanzania (hence the name) in 1967, it has since become a well known and widely distributed gemstone. In 2002 the American Gem Trade Association added this stone to their official list of stones for December.  
Sterling Silver You may notice this is not a gemstone, true but it does match the material traditionally associated with the "Silver Anniversary" Sterling silver is an alloy of silver containing 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% other metals, most usually copper. Top
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30th Anniversary Pearls Hanadama Akoya, No I'm not swearing, this is the term you'll see when describing the best quality Pearls available. Hanadama is a Japanese word meaning spherical flower. This is the name given to the highest quality percentage of production by the founder of the cultured Akoya pearling industry, Kokichi Mikimoto. The Hanadama grade is still used to this day to designate the absolute best of each saltwater pearl harvest by the world's best-known pearl companies. Further details are available from here: The Pearl Guide web Site  
35th Anniversary Coral Oh dear, I struggled with this one, it is on the list however nowadays with the gradual depletion of the world's resources by man this is one that has suffered heavily. It used to be a gemstone for children as it was believed to preserve kids from dangers of all kinds.  
Ruby This gemstone is one of the best known, it also comes with a wealth of claims including making all obstacles in the path of happiness to melt away, it repairs broken friendships and can help improve memory!  
Alexandrite This gemstone is named after the Russian tsar Alexander II, the very first crystals were discovered in April 1834 in the  Tokovaya River in the Urals. The discovery was made on the day the future tsar came of age. The most amazing feature of this stone is its ability to change its colour. Green or bluish-green in daylight, it turns a soft shade of red, purplish-red or raspberry red in incandescent light. Extremely rare, you'll have to look to the antique market to find a good example of this gemstone. Synthetic Alexandrite, and hence not technically a gemstone, is often used in Lasers. If you buy Alexandrite check its not fake, this site is a good resource to get you started: Alexandrite Synthetics and Imitations  
Emerald This gemstone was once a favourite gift between lovers, as it was believed to lose its colour should either the giver or receiver become unfaithful. It is claimed to help with those who have weak sight and it used to be believed that if a serpent looked at an emerald it would become blind.  
Diamond A favourite stone for a engagement or eternity ring most likely as it stand for "virtue" however its first meaning was "courage" which came from the Greek word "adamas" which translate to 'invincible' Top
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Star Sapphire This gemstone has long been believed to stand for devotion which as it puts in an appearance for the 65th wedding anniversary is rather apt.  
75th Anniversary Diamond A favourite stone for a engagement or eternity ring most likely as it stand for "virtue" however its first meaning was "courage" which came from the Greek word "adamas" which translate to 'invincible'  
Traditional Wedding Anniversary Gifts List Wedding Anniversaries history; Modern Wedding Anniversary list  
Wedding Anniversaries history; Flower Wedding Anniversary List   Wedding Anniversaries history; above the 75th year

 


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