30th Year Pearl Wedding Anniversary

30th year wedding anniversaryTraditional Wedding Anniversary List

30 years of marriage is traditionally represented by the symbol of Pearls, it is for this reason why the 30th year Wedding Anniversary is traditionally  know as the Pearl Wedding.

Pearls have long been cherished due to their beauty and relative scarcity although nowadays cultured pearls have made them far more abundant and affordable.

For this anniversary any type of Pearl can be used; there are more than one type at the basic level there are fresh water pearls and saltwater pearls.  Both contain the same properties that make them desirable and nowadays they are equally attainable. One difference is the larger types are typically the saltwater variety as the shellfish they come from can grow larger.

Naturally developed Pearls are still the most sought after due to their rarity cultured Pearls can be as good a quality especially the ones from the top Pearl culturists.

The best know cultured Pearl producer is Mikimoto, a Japanese producer named after the founder who discovered how to grow Pearls ‘on demand’ The results are beautiful, check out these Fine Mikimoto gift ideas from one of our partners.

If choosing Pearl as a gift please always ensure it is real Pearl, we’ve seen many items designed with Mother of Pearl which, unless you know, can be confused with Pearls. Mother of Pearl is actually the shell of the mussel or oyster that can produce a pearl.

Pearl FactsPears are the traditional 30th year wedding anniversary gift theme

  • Only Gem made by a living organism
  • 95% of Pearls are now cultured
  • The name Margaret is Greek for Pearl
  • La Peregrina is possible the most famous Pearl in the world
  • Cultured Pearls typically take about 7 years to grow

An easy way to tell the difference between fake Pearls and real are the fake Pearls have a high surface shine and if you rub them against your teeth they will feel smooth, real ones feel rough.
The Modern List suggests Diamond Jewellery as the theme for the 30th year wedding anniversary

Modern Anniversary List

The Modern/Contemporary wedding anniversary list strangely suggests Diamond Jewellery as the appropriate gift idea for the 30th year Wedding Anniversary, why the authors of this list choose to diverge from the traditional list for this major anniversary appears to have been lost in time however it does provide a great alternative to Pearls especially if the recipient dose not like them.

gemstone 30th year wedding anniversary gifts jadeGemstone Anniversary List

Even more bizarre than the modern anniversary list is the gemstone list as this states Jade as the appropriate semi-precious gemstone for the 30th year wedding anniversary. We assume this is to offer a variation on Pearls as why just have one gem for an anniversary when you can have two?

Sweet Pea is the appropriate flower for the 30th year wedding anniversaryFlowers Anniversary List

The appropriate flower for the 30th year wedding anniversary is Sweet Pea.  The language of flowers states Sweet Pea can mean blissful pleasure or thank you for a lovely time.

The 30th year wedding anniversary Facts and Figures

On the 30th anniversary of your marriage you would have been married for

  • 10,950 days or
  • 262,800 hours or
  • 15,768,000 minutes
  • which is over 946 million seconds

During this time you would have shared, on average, over  82,000 hours of snuggle time (sleeping!) or over 9 years; assuming you don’t work together you’ve been apart for over 63,000  hours which is about 7 years and you would have had over 23,000 meals together which equates to approximately 568 days of continuous eating!



30th Year Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas

Please see out 30th Anniversary Gifts page for our full range of gift ideas some are below;