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WEDDING STONES: THE WEDDING TRADITION

Traditionally, a precious stone, symbolising enduring love, corresponds to each year’s wedding anniversary. A unique jewel made of a precious metal can also be associated with some occasions. Minerals Kingdom offers the most popular wedding stones to be offered on each year’s celebration. Moreover, some unique jewels can make perfect gifts and are available for you to choose from. Some of them are related to some cultural symbols while some others are the latest fashion statement in jewellery. Feel free to give in to the tradition of showing love by offering a precious present.

Wedding anniversaries have been celebrated since the ancient times. During the Roman Empire, a silver wreath was offered to mark the 25 years of marriage and a gold one for the 50th anniversary. In the 18th century, the same tradition was perpetuated by the French, the English and the Russian bourgeois classes. It then became more popular in the 19th century and celebrations took place every 10 years until 1937. Later on, objects were offered as gifts instead of wreaths. The 1st wedding anniversary was associated with a clock, the 5th one with a wooden object and the 10th with a diamond jewel as precious stones symbolised the union’s longevity. Nowadays, wedding stones are traditionally offered on each year’s anniversary.

THE WEDDING STONES’ TABLE


Anniversary

Corresponding stone or jewellery

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First anniversary

Gold jewellery

Peridot – Pearl

Second anniversary

Garnet

Pink quartz

Third anniversary

Pearl

Jade

Fourth anniversary

Blue topaz

Amethyst – Blue zircon

Fifth anniversary

Sapphire

Tourmaline – Turquoise

Sixth anniversary

Amethyst

Garnet – Turquoise

Seventh anniversary

Onyx

Beryl – Lapis-lazuli

Eighth anniversary

Tourmaline

Tanzanite

Ninth anniversary

Lapis-lazuli

Amethyst – Spinel

Tenth anniversary

Diamond

Onyx – Blue sapphire

Eleventh anniversary

Turquoise

Citrine – Coral – Hematite

Twelfth anniversary

Jade

Agate – Opal

Thirteenth anniversary

Citrine

Malachite – Moonstone

Fourteenth anniversary

Opal

Agate

Fifteenth anniversary

Ruby

Alexandrite – Garnet

Sixteenth anniversary

Peridot

Aquamarine – Sapphire – Spinel

Seventeenth anniversary

Cornaline

Amethyst – Citrine

Eighteenth anniversary

Cat’s eye chrysoberyl

Opal – Turquoise

Nineteenth anniversary

Aquamarine

Garnet – Topaz

Twentieth anniversary

Emerald

Yellow diamond

Twenty-first anniversary

Cordierite

Opal

Twenty-second anniversary

Spinel

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Twenty-third anniversary

Imperial topaz

Beryl

Twenty-fourth anniversary

Tanzanite

-

Twenty-fifth anniversary

Silver jewellery

Tsavorite

Thirtieth anniversary

Pearl

-

Thirty-second anniversary

Copper jewellery

-

Thirty-third anniversary

Porphyry

-

Thirty-fourth anniversary

Amber

-

Thirty-fifth anniversary

Emerald

Coral – Ruby

Fourteenth anniversary

Ruby

Emerald

Forty-second anniversary

Nacre

-

Forty-fourth anniversary

Topaz

-

Forty-fifth anniversary

Sapphire

Alexandrine – Cat’s eye chrysoberyl

Forty-eighth anniversary

Amethyst

-

Fiftieth anniversary

Gold jewellery

Imperial topaz

Fifty-second anniversary

Tourmaline

-

Fifty-fifth anniversary

Emerald

Alexandrine

Fifty-sixth anniversary

Lapis-lazuli

-

Sixtieth anniversary

Diamond

Star ruby

Sixty-fifth anniversary

Star sapphire

Blue spinel

Sixty-eighth anniversary

Granit

-

Seventieth anniversary

Blue Sapphire

Opal – Smoky quartz

Seventy-fifth anniversary

Diamond

Alabaster

Eightieth anniversary

Ruby

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The Early Years’ Wedding Stones

Marriage’s first years are often associated with intense and passionate feelings and each of them is symbolised by a wedding stone. The 1st year is to be represented by a pearl, a symbol of uniqueness, or a gold jewel. The 2nd anniversary is related to garnet which can be used to make a pendant or adorn a silver ring. As for the 3rd, 4th and 5th years, respectively, jade, topaz or zircon and sapphire are offered.


The Intermediate Years’ Wedding Stones

Each successive year is an opportunity to offer a different wedding stone. The 6th wedding anniversary is to be celebrated with amethyst. The 7th year is symbolised by onyx and the 8th one by tanzanite. To mark the 9th anniversary, one of the lapis lazuli’s varieties is to be offered. As for the 10th anniversary, diamond can make a perfect gift for such a special occasion, to represent the spouses’ enduring love.


The Mature Years’ Wedding Stones

Ten years of marriage can make the bond grow in maturity and depth. The spouses can then be introduced to new feelings of fulfilment. Each year is represented by a wedding stone, displaying some unique reflections, symbol of the love and relationship of intimacy between the mates. The 11th anniversary is associated with a blue wedding stone: turquoise. The 12th one is related to opal. As for the 13th year, it is related to the beautiful and mysterious moonstone. Agate, ruby and colourless aquamarine are, respectively, to be offered on the 14th, 15th and 16th years. As for the 20th, the 30th, the 40th and the 45th years, emerald, pearl, ruby and sapphire are to be offered. The 50th anniversary is also symbolised by emerald. To mark the 60th year, diamond is the perfect stone. Sapphire is once again offered to celebrate the 65th and 70th anniversaries. Such long-lasting relationships are still existing, knowing the one (Zelmyra and Herbert Fisher, a married American couple) which holds the record lasted over 86 years.