Wedding anniversary stones are an excellent way to remember a special day and express your love and devotion in a beautifully crafted piece of jewellery. They can be simple or elaborate, suitable for both men and women. The tradition of giving wedding anniversary stones began over 2,000 years ago in Ireland and has continued in most countries. It is not merely a token of appreciation or a way of showing gratitude - it represents a commitment to continue a relationship regardless of the years since the day you tied the knot.
Use our guide to find the perfect present and download our anniversary chart
Wedding Anniversaries are one of the most important occasions to celebrate each year. They represent the continued journey of a couple together, each year adding significance to the relationship they have built.
For hundreds of years, a couple celebrates their anniversary by giving gifts. There are traditional lists of what to give for each year and lesser-known lists too. The Wedding Anniversary Stone list is less well known but equally important.
Some precious stones are on the traditional wedding anniversary list, but it is good to know that you can give a precious stone as a gift for every anniversary year.
Anniversary Stone Chart
Below is the list of the Wedding Anniversary Stones. If you want to jump to each year, click the link to find details of that anniversary stone and some present ideas.
We also have an Anniversary Stone Chart you can download. So, you always know what to buy each year.
Why chose Wedding Anniversary Stones as a present
Apart from the beauty of the stones themselves, wedding anniversary stones can feature in so many pieces of stunning jewellery. Rings are the most common gift featuring an anniversary stone but don’t forget earrings, necklaces, bracelets, cufflinks for men and watches.
It is often difficult to buy for a couple that already has everything. Couples who have been together longer will have accrued many possessions, so giving a special and unique gift is sure to be well received.
Wedding Anniversary Stones tick all the boxes if you want to give a unique and precious gift to a couple.
Buying for your loved one? Then you may feel, for example, that paper is not precious enough to celebrate your first anniversary. Why not give an Anniversary Stone of Mother of Pearl or Peridot instead. The anniversary stone list allows you to gift something with significance that you know they will love.
Wedding Anniversary Stones are a complimentary list. You can look at the traditional list, compare it to the anniversary stone list and choose the gift you know they’ll love most.
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1st Anniversary Gift: Mother of Pearl or Peridot
Mother of pearl comes from the inside layer of some mollusc’s shell and outer layer of cultured pearls. It is iridescent, so very beautiful.
You could also choose a peridot gemstone in various shades of green, sparkling in the light. Peridots are often mistaken for emeralds and are just as beautiful.
2nd Anniversary – Garnet
The beautiful Garnet gemstone comes in various shades of red but also some other colours too. This gemstone has associations with creativity and passion and would make a perfect 2nd-anniversary gift, either in a ring, bracelet, necklace or earrings.
The pearl is a very romantic and popular stone. Pearls have natural beauty and are associated with purity. Pearls look amazing in all types of jewellery, whether set in rose gold, silver or gold. You can enjoy pearls in necklaces, earrings, rings and bracelets. Pearls are a lovely and meaningful gift for a wedding anniversary.
If you chose pearl for your first anniversary, a second lovely alternative is jade jewellery.
4th Anniversary - Blue Topaz
Blue is the colour for the fourth anniversary. Choose from equally beautiful Blue Topaz. Topaz come in a variety of colours, blue being one of the most popular and London Blue Topaz is the most valuable of the blue variety. Topaz is associated with faithfulness and loyalty, which must put it high on the list of best anniversary presents out there.
5th Anniversary - Sapphire or Pink Tourmaline
There are not many gemstones more iconic and beautiful than sapphire. Sapphires are famous for their blue colour but also come in different colours such as pink and orange. Sapphire is a force for positivity, success and happiness. Ideal attributes for a fifth wedding anniversary.
Pink tourmalines are a pretty stone known as a source of joy, which is a lovely gift to give anyone.
6th Anniversary - Amethyst or Turquoise
The Amethyst offers a range of beautiful purple hues. This natural crystal is very desirable and has good mental wellbeing associations. These crystals also possess natural energy, so look good whilst making you feel good too.
Turquoise is well known as a love charm, giving it ideal credentials for a thoughtful sixth wedding anniversary gift.
7th Anniversary - Onyx or Yellow Sapphire
Onyx is known as a protector of relationships. It is found in black and green. Onyx symbolises the love between two people. Green Onyx is an excellent wedding anniversary gift and creates striking pieces of jewellery, very similar to emerald for a fraction of the price.
Yellow Sapphire has strong and positive energies that eliminate negativity from your aura.
8th Anniversary – Tourmaline or Tanzanite
Tourmaline comes in a variety of pretty colours. If you want that love connection, then pink tourmaline is known to radiate the most love. Perfect for an anniversary gift. Tourmaline also promotes better listening and understanding, ideal for developing relationships.
Tanzanite is rare, even rarer than diamonds. It is found only in Tanzania in a tiny area. It is a beautiful blue, violet or purple stone and looks lovely in tanzanite earrings, rings, necklaces and bracelets.
9th Anniversary – Lapis Lazuli or Amethyst
Lapis has a very intense blue colour which makes it a very striking anniversary stone. It has associations with strength and courage.
Amethyst is a beautiful crystal with violet colours that has become incredibly popular. It has a calming influence and can help ground the wearer. It looks spectacular in jewellery too. Check out our lovely and handcrafted raw amethyst earrings
10th Anniversary – Diamond or Blue Sapphire
Blue Sapphires are stunningly beautiful gemstones. They attract blessings and gifts. Unsurprisingly it is the perfect 10th wedding anniversary gift. Blue Sapphires look fantastic in various settings on rings, bracelets and necklaces. We hand-picked the blue sapphires and arranged them in this ombré design for our gorgeous sapphire necklace.
Diamonds are always to die for and raw diamonds are the next big trend!
11th Anniversary – Turquoise or Citrine
Turquoise is like seeing the ocean in a stone. It is opaque with blue to green hues. Turquoise is a symbol of friendship, bringing peace to the home and good fortune to the owner.
Citrine is associated with positivity and optimism, which is not surprising given its cheerful colour. It's often used to assist in manifesting financial abundance and opportunities. It can also be used to awaken the solar plexus chakra, helping to cultivate confidence and personal power.
12th Anniversary – Opal or Jade
Opal is a stone of love, passion and desire. Everything a good marriage should have. Look into opal and see a kaleidoscope of colours that mimics the galaxies, jellyfish, even lightning. Opals are beautiful and sought after and are a perfect wedding anniversary gift.
13th Anniversary – Citrine or Moonstone
Citrine is a beautiful yellow variety of quartz with varying degrees of colour from pale to brown. This stone looks just as beautiful in its natural state or cut and polished. The Citrine is associated with the vitality of life, like having the sun in a piece of jewellery.
Moonstones are adularescent, likened to seeing the moon behind clouds. They are uniquely beautiful and offer good fortune in love as an added benefit.
14th Anniversary – Opal or Agate
Agate enhances concentration, improves mental function, perception and analytical abilities. It is a soothing and calming gemstone that heals inner anger, anxiety and helps in the strengthening of relationships. Our hand crafted Moss Agate Bracelet is a beautiful choice for sure.
15th Anniversary – Ruby or Rhodolite Garnet
Ruby is one of the most sought after gemstones. It has been associated with improved energy and concentration, creativity, loyalty, honour and compassion. Our Ombré Ruby Earrings are hand-crafted in the UK.
Rhodolite Garnet is a berry red variety of Garnet and crystal of inspiration and emotional healing. It encourages love, kindness and compassion, and promotes self-worth and spiritual growth.
16th Anniversary – Peridot
Called “the extreme gem” by the Gemological Institute of America, Peridot is born of fire and brought to light, one of only two gems (Diamond is the other) formed not in the Earth’s crust, but in molten rock of the upper mantle and brought to the surface by the tremendous forces of earthquakes and volcanoes. A bringer of life and light, Peridot truly blooms into its own when it comes to mental and emotional healing properties.
17th Anniversary – Carnelian
Carnelian restores vitality and motivation and stimulates creativity. It gives courage, promotes positive life choices, dispels apathy and motivates for success. The Sunset Stone of Carnelian was named so by the Ancient Egyptians who marvelled at the collection of fiery hues simmering in shades of burnt orange and pale pink. Our Raw Carnelian Bracelet is extremely popular!
18th Anniversary – Aquamarine and Chrysoberyl Cat's Eye
Aquamarine is the stone of Love and Spirituality and one of the most sought after gemstones of all times. In ancient times, aquamarine was believed to be the treasure of mermaids. Sailors used the stone as a talisman to bring good luck on the open waters. We have many aquamarine jewellery to choose from!
Chrysoberyl Cat's Eye is a gemstone with the properties of bringing in determination, strength, willpower and self-control. The light energy inside would brighten up your life.
19th Anniversary – Red Garnet or Aquamarine
Red Garnet is the stone of passion. It revitalises feelings and enhances sexuality, bringing warmth, devotion, understanding, trust, sincerity and honesty to a relationship. ❤️ Giving someone a piece of jewellery featuring Red Garnet is believed to be the ultimate declaration of Love.
As we mentioned for the 18th Anniversary, we have lots to choose from when it comes to aquamarine as it's one of our favourites too!
20th Anniversary – Yellow Diamond
Diamonds are a symbol of love and devotion. Yellow diamonds have associations with continuing a happy love life. So...The perfect gift for a wedding anniversary!
21st Anniversary – Iolite
Iolite aka Water Sapphire is Iolite is a vision stone. Helps you to express your true self, free from the expectations of others. It clears thought forms, opening intuition. Aids in understanding and releasing the causes of addiction. Our Iolite bracelet is very popular!
22nd Anniversary – Spinel
Black Spinel is a protective stone that repels negativity and grounds the user while evoking inspiration and empowerment, without overwhelming others. Black spinel is a gemstone that is relatively unknown because of its rarity and is commonly mistaken for black diamonds.
23rd Anniversary – Imperial Topaz
Stone of good fortune, Imperial Topaz is one of the most powerful manifestation stones you can get your hands on. It has a direct link to one's solar plexus chakra, activating and enhancing one's personal will. Our hand-crafted Imperial Topaz Necklace is a great choice!
24th Anniversary – Tanzanite
Be dazzled by the violet hues of Tanzanite. The discovery of Tanzanite -the stone of magic- was believed to be one of the most exciting events of the 20th century for gem lovers. Tanzanite is a stone of transformation that can help dissolve old patterns of disease and karma. It enables us to move forward with optimism and inspiration, giving us a sense of direction and allowing us to manifest our powers for the highest good.
25th Anniversary – Tsavorite/Green Garnet
The beautiful green garnet offers various shades of green, just like nature. Garnets represent prosperity and abundance. Couple this lovely stone with a silver setting to cover both the traditional list and the wedding anniversary stone list.
30th Anniversary – Pearl
Although already on our list, the pearl makes an appearance much later in the story of a relationship too. Pearls have natural beauty associated with purity, making them a lovely and meaningful gift for a wedding anniversary. Pearls represent romance, and they make the perfect 30th-anniversary gift.
35th Anniversary – Emerald
Emeralds have a rich green colour that makes them the envy of many other stones. Emeralds are highly sought after and valuable. They look stunning in rings, earrings, bracelets and necklaces. They also represent love and wisdom, perfect for 35 years together.
40th Anniversary – Ruby
Rubies are a highly desirable gemstone. They are beautiful in deep red and are associated with good health, wealth, wisdom and success in life. It is no wonder they are the stone of choice to celebrate forty years together.
45th Anniversary – Green Cat’s Eye (Chrysoberyl)
Chrysoberyl aka Green Cat’s Eye is an unusual gemstone as it has the optical phenomenon of a band of light moving under the surface. These stones are very striking and help to enhance good luck and fortune.
50th Anniversary – Golden Topaz (Imperial Topaz)
Most people already know that the traditional 50th wedding anniversary is golden. The golden topaz offers a perfect solution for those unsure what to get the couple who already have everything. You can set the Golden Topaz in gold to cover both lists and have a stunningly beautiful reminder of such a special occasion always shining brightly.
The history of the Wedding Anniversary Stones List
It is fair to say that the traditional wedding list has been around for hundreds of years. It features all manner of materials, some precious, some less so. However, if you like the idea of jewellery or gemstones as a lovely gift on a wedding anniversary, you will have to wait many years before they start to appear.
The world has many beautiful gemstones not featured on the traditional wedding list. So, an anniversary gemstone list was created. This list offers the opportunity to gift less well-known gems and highly sought-after precious gems throughout a couple’s relationship.
The list, it is fair to say, does vary a little from source to source. But what does not is the beautiful gemstones featured and what giving them as a gift can mean. Each gemstone has symbolism and inherent qualities that can be related to love and relationships. So, if you think wood is not romantic enough, you can give a precious gem instead.
Abiza Jewellery Wedding Anniversary Stones
At Abiza, we create unique and beautiful jewellery using only the best, ethically sourced gemstones. We finish our designs in silver, gold and rose gold. You can choose to have a wedding anniversary stone featured in a necklace, ring, bracelet or earrings.
Discover our beautiful collection of wedding anniversary stone gifts.