Each milestone wedding anniversary is associated with a specific precious metal or gemstone. Giving your partner a piece of jewelry featuring the anniversary year’s material is a tradition that makes it easy to find the perfect gift. Find yours as we share the milestone anniversary gifts by year.
1st Anniversary: Gold
The traditional gift for the first anniversary is gold, a symbol of beauty, love, and success. This broad category gives you plenty of options to choose from. You can give your spouse a piece of plain gold jewelry or a gold piece set with diamonds or gemstones.
For the gold anniversary, consider choosing a classic piece that can be worn for many years to come, like a delicate pendant necklace or a pair of diamond studs. Lab-grown diamond studs with gold settings are an excellent choice if you’re looking to maximize your budget. Lab diamonds are just as strong and beautiful as mined diamonds, yet have a much lower price point.
5th Anniversary: Sapphire
The fifth anniversary gift is sapphire, a timelessly beautiful colored gemstone that represents loyalty and devotion. Sapphires come in virtually every color of the rainbow, but the most popular and valuable variety is the blue sapphire. This blue stone has a beautiful depth that looks particularly lovely in white gold settings.
10th Anniversary: Diamond
The 10th wedding anniversary is the diamond anniversary. Diamonds, a symbol of love and eternity, are a fitting gift to mark a decade of marriage. We recommend choosing versatile, wearable diamond jewelry for this anniversary, like diamond studs and a matching diamond pendant. You could also opt for a diamond anniversary band, a traditional gift that can be worn either alongside or in place of their original wedding band.
15th Anniversary: Ruby
The 15th milestone anniversary gift is the ruby, a symbol of passion and success. Rubies have a classic look that suits a wide range of jewelry. We love using rubies in simple settings that allow their beauty to take full focus. The ruby has long been associated as a symbol of love and passion. It is considered a a special mark of the 15th anniversary displaying enduring love symbol of love, desire, and commitment. Ruby gems are one of the hardest gemstones, second only to the diamond on the Mohs scale of hardness. It has a rating of 9. This romantic red gem creates a stunning 15th anniversary gift.
20th Anniversary: Emerald
The 20th anniversary gift is the mesmerizing green emerald, which represents growth, peace, and rebirth. Emeralds have been associated with renewal, growth, and vitality since ancient times. They symbolize rejuvenation and are believed to promote love, friendship, and harmony. Emeralds are often considered a representation of nature and its healing properties. Emerald gemstones are fairly durable, but they’re more prone to cracks than some other gemstones due to their unique crystal-like internal structure. For the emerald anniversary, consider choosing jewelry with a protective setting, like a sleek bezel or glamorous halo setting.
25th Anniversary: Silver Jubilee
The 25th wedding anniversary is the silver jubilee year. Any silver-colored precious metal fits this anniversary theme, including white gold, platinum, and sterling silver. This gives you a broad range of 25th anniversary gift options. To lean into the silver anniversary’s theme, we love silver jewelry set with colorless gemstones such as diamonds, white sapphires, or moissanite.
More Milestone Anniversary Gifts
The traditional gifts for major milestone anniversaries include only precious metals and the four precious gemstones: sapphire, ruby, emerald, and diamond. After the 25th marriage anniversary, these materials start to repeat. These are the precious metals and gems associated with the rest of the milestone anniversaries:
30th Anniversary: Diamond
35th Anniversary: Emerald
40th Anniversary: Ruby
45th Anniversary: Sapphire
50th Anniversary: Golden Anniversary Jubilee
55th Anniversary: Emerald
60th Anniversary: Diamond
70th Anniversary: Platinum Jubilee
75th Anniversary: Sapphire Jubilee
80th Anniversary: Ruby Jubilee
Find Your Milestone Anniversary Gift
Whether you want to give a traditional material or simply a piece of jewelry you know they’d love, fine jewelry is always an excellent special occasion gift. Explore our fine jewelry gift collection to discover more classic diamond and gemstone jewelry pieces they’ll adore.