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Traditional Anniversary Gem Stones

The following gem stones are associated with specific anniversaries, both wedding and other less formal arrangements. This is one of several anniversary gift lists in existence, but most of them differ in just a few minor details.

The gem stone gift lists originated with the European jewelers' guilds, and this version dates from around 1912.

Many people ignore anniversary gift lists and buy whatever they prefer for a loved one, but others enjoy the fun of following traditions like these. Some of the gems appear on more than one occasion, although the gaps are usually fairly large.

The list is a good starting point for stimulating some excellent gift ideas.

Year 1 Gold anniversary 1 gold
Year 2 Garnet anniversary 2 garnet
Year 3 Pearl anniversary 3 pearls
Year 4 Blue Topaz anniversary 4 topaz
Year 5 Sapphire anniversary 5 sapphire
Year 6 Amethyst anniversary 6 amethyst
Year 7 Onyx anniversary 7 onyx
Year 8 Tourmaline anniversary 8 tourmaline
Year 9 Lapis anniversary 9 lapis
Year 10 Diamond anniversary 10 diamond
Year 11 Turquoise anniversary 11 turquoise
Year 12 Jade anniversary 12 jade
Year 13 Citrine anniversary 13 citrine
Year 14 Opal anniversary 14 opal
Year 15 Ruby anniversary 15 ruby
Year 16 Peridot anniversary 16 peridot
Year 17 Amethyst anniversary 17 amethyst
Year 18 Cat's Eye anniversary 18 cat's eye
Year 19 Aquamarine anniversary 19 aquamarine
Year 20 Emerald anniversary 20 emerald
Year 21 Iolite anniversary 21 iolite
Year 22 Spinel anniversary 22 spinel
Year 23 Imperial Topaz anniversary 23 imperial topaz
Year 24 Tanzanite anniversary 24 tanzanite
Year 25 Silver anniversary 25 silver
Year 30 Pearl anniversary 30 pearl
Year 35 Emerald anniversary 35 emerald
Year 40 Ruby anniversary 40 ruby
Year 45 Sapphire anniversary 45 sapphire
Year 50 Gold anniversary 50 gold
Year 55 Alexandrite anniversary 55 alexandrite
Year 60 Diamond anniversary 60 diamond
Year 65 Blue Spinel anniversary 65 blue spinel
Year 75 Diamond anniversary 75 diamond

For more information on gem stones, including lists of birthstones and zodiac stones, visit our jewelry articles page.

You can also visit our Traditional Anniversary Gifts List

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