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.
|Anniversary Year||Anniversary Gemstone of the Year|
|1st Anniversary||Mother of Pearl or Peridot|
|3rd Anniversary||Pearls or Jade|
|4th Anniversary||Blue Topaz or Blue Zircon|
|5th Anniversary||Sapphire or Pink Tourmaline|
|6th Anniversary||Amethyst or Turquoise|
|7th Anniversary||Onyx, Yellow Sapphire or Golden Beryl|
|8th Anniversary||Tourmaline or Tanzanite|
|9th Anniversary||Lapis Lazuli, Amethyst or Green Spinel|
|10th Anniversary||Diamond or Blue Sapphire|
|11th Anniversary||Turquoise, Citrine or Yellow Zircon|
|12th Anniversary||Jade or Opal|
|13th Anniversary||Citrine, Moonstone or Hawk’s Eye|
|14th Anniversary||Opal, Agate or Bloodstone|
|15th Anniversary||Ruby, Rhodolite Garnet or Alexandrite|
|16th Anniversary||Peridot or Red Spinel|
|17th Anniversary||Watches or Carmelian|
|18th Anniversary||Cat’s Eye Chrysoberyl or Aquamarine|
|19th Anniversary||Aquamarine or Almandine Garnet|
|20th Anniversary||Emerald or Yellow Diamond|
|23rd Anniversary||Imperial Topaz|
|25th Anniversary||Silver Jubilee, Tsavorite or Green Garnet|
|30th Anniversary||Pearl Jubilee|
|45th Anniversary||Sapphire or Beryl Cat’s Eye|
|50th Anniversary||Golden Jubilee, Golden Topaz|
|55th Anniversary||Green Tourmaline|
|60th Anniversary||Diamond Jubilee or Star Ruby|
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.
Check out our Anniversary Stones page to see some great gift ideas for those close to you.
The Best Wedding Anniversary Stones Gifts
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 or Blue Zircon
Blue is the colour for the fourth anniversary. Choose from equally beautiful Blue Topaz or Blue Zircon. Topaz come in a variety of colours, blue being one of the most popular. Topaz is associated with faithfulness and loyalty, which must put it high on the list of best anniversary presents out there.
Blue Zircon is a pretty stone. It symbolises energy and prosperity, which again are perfect assets to attach to any wedding anniversary gift.
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, Yellow Sapphire or Golden Beryl
Onyx is known as a protector of relationships. It is found mainly in black with layers of white. Onyx symbolises the love between two people. Onyx is an excellent wedding anniversary gift and creates striking pieces of jewellery.
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, Amethyst or Green Spinel
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
Spinel comes in many colours, green being the rarest. Green Spinel leads to prosperity and keeps your passion burning. Black Spinel is the stone of revitalisation and brings inspiration. Check our Black Spinel Necklace handcrafted with natural stones.
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 handcrafted an ombre blue coloured sapphire necklace with genuine gemstones.
11th Anniversary – Turquoise
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.
12th Anniversary – Opal
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 – Bloodstone
Bloodstones have excellent healing powers and promote balance. Bloodstones come in opaque green and have tiny red inclusions. These resemble spots of blood, giving the stone its name.
15th Anniversary – Alexandrite
This beautiful stone has a lovely hidden ability. It changes colour. In sunlight, it dazzles in green and lamplight will turn it red. Now that is a unique gift to give for 15th wedding anniversaries.
20th Anniversary – Yellow Diamond
Diamonds are a symbol of love and devotion. Yellow diamonds have associations with continuing a happy love life. Perfect.
25th Anniversary – 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 – Beryl Cat’s Eye
Beryl 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
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.