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What’s the difference between China, Pottery and Porcelain

We’ve been updating the gift ideas for our anniversary suggestions and wanted to clarify what the difference is between China, Pottery, Porcelain and Bone China as each of these are a different wedding anniversary symbol.

Pottery (Traditional 8th Wedding Anniversary gift symbol) is a very generic term.  It is generally used to refer to items made from clay.  Within this context we think it refers to handmade items by the artisan, or craftsperson using their hands, molds, or a potter’s wheel.

China (Traditonal 20th Wedding anniversary gift symbol), in this context, refers to a dinnerware coming out of the country of China which is particularly fine and generally with a white base.  The mineral Kaolin is used to achieve this look. When original defined the china symbol inferred good quality products and not the cheap mass produced items that china produce nowadays, you can still find good quality china products in places like Debenhams and House of Fraser.

Bone china, which is a generic term as it actually has bone ash added to the clay and was the English response to china’s high quality porcelain exports. It’s characteristics give it whiteness and translucency that is often considered better that chinese porcelain however its high manufacture costs have always kept it in the luxury market rather than the broad spectrum some porcelains enjoy. Originally developed by Wedgewood the name is still synomous with Bone China today.

Porcelain (Modern 18th Wedding anniversary gift symbol) is the term used to refer to high quality ceramics typically originating from the China region.  Kaolin is used in the manufacture, and it is usually delicate however it is also relatively tough. With good quality Porcelain you should be able to see the shadow of your fingers if you hold it up to the light with your  fingers behind it.

21st Birthday Signature Commemorative Plate

This great gift is ideal for an 21st birthday celebration and can be completed with a personal touch to make the plate priceless to the recipient. The Bone China plate comes with a special pen to write your messages on it. Once completed the plate must be fired in a normal domestic oven at 170 degrees for 30 minutes for the messages to be permanent and for the plate to be dishwasher safe. The Plate can also be personalised with a special message detailed below.
Dimension: Diameter 8.5

A range of presentation boxes are available as detailed below.”

Personalised Wedding Anniversary Loving Cup

A loving cup decorated with a photograph of your choice makes a perfect gift to mark a special occasion. With your message for the recipient included on the back of the cup, and any photograph printed directly onto the front, this loving cup will stand proud on the mantle of the recipient’s home. This bespoke gift is sure to be treasured for years to come. Kiln fired, this bespoke cup is dishwasher safe.

Personalisation details:
Maximum Characters:100
Personalised on the rear across 4 lines with a maximum of 25 characters per line.

Weight (grams) 400
Dimensions (mm) 140 x 140 x 100

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Photo Wedding Commemorative Plate

Cherish that special day by sending in a photograph and a message to personalise this lovely bone china plate
Dimension: Diameter 8.5″
Personalisation details:
Maximum Characters:75
Personalised on the front across 3 lines with a maximum of 25 characters per line.

A range of presentation boxes are available as detailed below.

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18th Birthday Signature Commemorative Plate

This great gift is ideal for an 18th birthday celebration and can be completed with a personal touch to make the plate priceless to the recipient. The Bone China plate comes with a special pen to write your messages on it.

Once completed the plate must be fired in a normal domestic oven at 170 degrees for 30 minutes for the messages to be permanent and for the plate to be dishwasher safe.

The Plate can also be personalised with a special message detailed below.

Dimension: Diameter 8.5″

20th wedding anniversary gifts and ideas

20th wedding anniversary gifts have a traditional theme of China Contemporary or Modern Twentieth anniversary gift has a theme of Platinum or Bone China. The flowers associated with the 20th anniversary are Day Lily. The Gemstone list shows associated with the 20th Wedding Anniversary.

 

36th wedding anniversary gifts and ideas

This Wedding Anniversary does not have a traditional gift theme however a Contemporary or Modern Thirty sixth anniversary gift has a theme of Bone China. The flowers associated with the 36th anniversary are . The Gemstone list shows associated with the 36th Wedding Anniversary.

 

Modern Wedding Anniversary Gifts List

Two silver metal lovehearts intertwined seamlessly

Themes for modern wedding anniversary gifts come from a list of materials that are associated with each specific year. The different years, the majority of the time, have different themes or materials associated with that year along with different lists, here we are talking about the Modern Anniversary List, other popular lists include the the Traditional, Gemstone or Flower lists. The general idea behind this is so that you can select a gift with the theme of the material mentioned for the year thus making it easier to select an appropriate gift.

The Modern Wedding Anniversary Gifts Listhashtag loveheart and kiss emojis

The Modern wedding anniversary list was first launched in 1946 into the one shown below, some of the years have variations on the theme depending upon who has published the list subsequently. More history of how the wedding list evolved is available on our Modern Wedding List History page.

The reason it is called the modern list is simply because at the time it was published it included modern gift theme designed to encourage and promote sales of items in a time of austerity.

Below in the list the anniversary year will link you to pages with ideas available from all the Gift lists (e.g. Traditional, Modern, Gemstone and Flower) or choose the modern material for the year you are celebrating, or buying for, for a list of wedding anniversary gifts specific to that modern material and year.
The Modern Anniversary gifts list has a material theme against every year up to the 50th year and there after every fifth year until the 75th Wedding Anniversary. 

Modern Wedding Anniversary Material List

1st year wedding anniversary Clocks
2nd year wedding anniversary China
3rd year wedding anniversary Crystal or Glass
4th year wedding anniversary Electrical Appliances
5th year wedding anniversary Silverware
6th year wedding anniversary Wood
7th year wedding anniversary Desk Set
8th year wedding anniversary Linen or Lace
9th year wedding anniversary Leather
10th year wedding anniversary Diamond Jewellery
11th year wedding anniversary Fashion Jewellery
12th year wedding anniversary Pearls or Coloured Gems
13th year wedding anniversary Textiles or Furs
14th year wedding anniversary Gold Jewellery
15th year wedding anniversary Watches
16th year wedding anniversary Silver Holoware
17th year wedding anniversary Furniture
18th year wedding anniversary Porcelain
19th year wedding anniversary Bronze
20th year wedding anniversary Platinum
21st year wedding anniversary Brass or Nickel
22nd year wedding anniversary Copper
23rd year wedding anniversary Silver Plate
24th year wedding anniversary Musical Instruments
25th year wedding anniversary Silver
26th year wedding anniversary Original Pictures
27th year wedding anniversary Sculpture
28th year wedding anniversary Orchids
29th year wedding anniversary Furniture
30th year wedding anniversary Diamond Jewellery
31st year wedding anniversary Timepieces
32nd year wedding anniversary Conveyances
33rd year wedding anniversary Amethyst
34th year wedding anniversary Opal
35th year wedding anniversary  Jade
36th year wedding anniversary Bone China
37th year wedding anniversary Alabaster
38th year wedding anniversary Beryl
39th year wedding anniversary Lace
40th year wedding anniversary  Ruby
41st year wedding anniversary Land
42nd year wedding anniversary Improved Real Estate
43rd year wedding anniversary Travel
44th year wedding anniversary Groceries
45th year wedding anniversary Sapphire
46th year wedding anniversary Original Poetry Tribute
47th year wedding anniversary Books
48th year wedding anniversary Optical Goods
49th year wedding anniversary Luxuries, any kind
50th year wedding anniversary Gold Jewellery
55th year wedding anniversary Emerald
60th year wedding anniversary Diamonds
70th year wedding anniversary Platinum
75th year wedding anniversary Diamonds

There are a few variations with the modern wedding anniversary gifts list shown

 

All Important Modern wedding anniversary gifts

The modern wedding anniversary gifts list converge with the Traditional Wedding Anniversary Gifts List on what are deemed to be the major Anniversaries e.g 25th Anniversary is Silver, 40th Anniversary Is Ruby and the 50th Anniversary is Gold on both lists.

 

31st to 40th Wedding Anniversary Gifts

older married couple walking hand in hand through forestThese years contain the under celebrated, in our opinion, wedding anniversary for 35 years which is known as the Coral Wedding. It’s possibly because everyone is looking forward to the Ruby Wedding which is 5 years later and celebrates 40 years of marriage.

31st Wedding anniversary

The thirty-first wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Timepieces.

32nd Wedding anniversary

The thirty-second wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Conveyances.

33rd Wedding anniversary

The thirty-third wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Amethyst.

34th Wedding anniversary

The thirty-fourth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Opal.

35th Wedding anniversary also known as the Coral Wedding

The traditional thirty-fifth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Coral. The modern thirty-fifth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Jade.

36th Wedding anniversary

The thirty-sixth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Bone China.

37th Wedding anniversary

The thirty-seventh wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Alabaster.

38th Wedding anniversary

The thirty-eighth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Beryl.

39th Wedding anniversary

The thirty-ninth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Lace.

40th Wedding anniversary also known as the Ruby Wedding

The traditional fortieth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Ruby. The modern fortieth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Ruby. The gemstone fortieth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Ruby. The appropriate flowers for the fortieth wedding anniversary are Nasturtium.

11th to 20th Wedding Anniversary Gifts

kissing couple giving anniversary giftThe 15th and 20th year are the most celebrated wedding anniversaries during this time, effectively every 5th year is seen as a major milestone in a marriage. Did you know legally a marriage is considered a long marriage after seven years?

11th Wedding anniversary

The traditional eleventh wedding anniversary has a theme of Steel. The modern eleventh wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Fashion Jewelry. The appropriate gemstone for the eleventh wedding anniversary has a theme of Turquoise; an alternative gemstone for the eleventh wedding anniversary can be themed with Hematite. The appropriate flowers for the eleventh wedding anniversary are Morning Glories.

12th Wedding anniversary

The traditional twelfth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Linen; an alternative traditional twelfth wedding anniversary gift can be themed with Silk. The modern twelfth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Colour Gems; an alternative modern twelfth wedding anniversary gift can be themed with Pearls. The appropriate gemstone for the twelfth wedding anniversary has a theme of Agate. The appropriate flowers for the twelfth wedding anniversary are Peonies.

13th Wedding anniversary

The traditional thirteenth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Lace. The modern thirteenth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Textiles; an alternative modern thirteenth wedding anniversary gift can be themed with Furs. The  appropriate gemstone for the thirteenth wedding anniversary has a theme of Malachite; an alternative gemstone for the thirteenth wedding anniversary can be themed with Citrine; another alternative gemstone 13th wedding anniversary can be themed with Moonstone. The appropriate flowers for the thirteenth wedding anniversary are Hollyhock.

14th Wedding anniversary

The traditional fourteenth wedding anniversary has a theme of Ivory. The modern fourteenth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Gold Jewelry. The appropriate gemstone for the fourteenth wedding anniversary has a theme of Jewelry; an alternative gemstone for the fourteenth wedding anniversary gift can be themed with Moss Agate. The appropriate flowers for the fourteenth wedding anniversary are Dahlia.

15th Wedding anniversary

The traditional fifteenth wedding anniversary has a theme of Crystal. The modern fifteenth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Watches. The appropriate flowers for the fifteenth wedding anniversary are Roses.

After the fifteenth Wedding Anniversary the traditional anniversary gift list only provides a theme for every fifth year up until the 50th and then the Diamond Anniversary being the Seventy-fifth year.

16th Wedding anniversary

The modern sixteenth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Silver Hollowware.The appropriate gemstone for the sixteenth wedding anniversary has a theme of Peridot; an alternative gemstone for the sixteenth wedding anniversary gift can be themed with Aquamarine.

17th Wedding anniversary

The modern seventeenth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Furniture. The appropriate gemstone for the seventeenth wedding anniversary has a theme of Amethyst; an alternative gemstone for the seventeenth wedding anniversary can be themed with Citrine.

18th Wedding anniversary

The modern eighteenth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Porcelain. The appropriate gemstone for the eighteenth wedding anniversary has a theme of Opal.

19th Wedding anniversary

The modern nineteenth wedding anniversary has a theme of Bronze. The appropriate gemstone for the nineteenth wedding anniversary has a theme of Aquamarine; an alternative gemstone for the nineteenth wedding anniversary can be themed with Topaz.

20th Wedding anniversary

The traditional twentieth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of China. The modern twentieth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Bone China; an alternative modern twentieth wedding anniversary gift can be themed with Platinum. The appropriate flowers for the twentieth wedding anniversary are Day Lily.