- The day you land a new job.
- The day you find out you’re expecting a little one.
- The day you purchase a home or move to a new city.
- The day you welcome the birth of a grandchild.
- The day you celebrate your wedding anniversary.
Anniversaries offer you the chance to look back at all of the things you’ve witnessed and how far you’ve come. Chances are you’ll look for gift ideas to mark the occasion, especially for the milestone anniversaries – or even for a year that’s been especially hard or meaningful.
Any beautiful piece of jewelry can be a great gift, but there are ‘traditional’ ideas for certain wedding anniversaries at 1, 5, 10, 25, and 50. Read on to learn more about the symbols for these anniversaries and gift ideas that just might be perfect for your loved one.
1 Year Wedding Anniversary - Looking Back over the First Year
The first year of marriage is one of the biggest lessons in how to live and love someone; celebrating it should be a grand event with just the two of you. After all of the trials and tribulations of the first year, it is nice to spend time together remembering what you love about the other person.
The traditional marker for first year anniversaries is not a stone – it is a simple piece of gold jewelry.
Many couples are still feeling that new sense of love and connectivity that comes with being newlyweds. A piece of gold jewelry is classic and elegant, reflecting how the couple is still building the foundation of their life together.
A gold necklace is perfect for both men and women. You can also get the woman of your life a gold bracelet; for the man of your life, a gold ring can be your gift to him. On another anniversary, you can add a gemstone to the jewelry or another piece entirely, allowing your lady to stack the pieces or wear them separately. Whether you choose white, yellow, or rose gold, you can’t go wrong as you celebrate one year of marriage.
Here are some gift ideas to help you get started:
5-Year Wedding Anniversary - Half a Decade of Learning
By five years of marriage, couples are usually accustomed to each other’s little habits and have witnessed some really high and low points of their life together – babies, funerals, vacations, new jobs, new homes, and more.
Sapphires are the most common gemstone used to mark the occasion, in large part because they come in such a wide variety. Blue is the classic color of sapphires, but if you prefer something a little different, sapphires come in other colors as well. They’re also durable, perfect for symbolizing how you’ve moved beyond the honeymoon phase and moved into something deeper.
The cut can be anything you would like, but the best cuts keep a balance between the stone’s proportions and weight. Most sapphires are less than 5.00 carats, but they can still look stunning when properly cut and placed in the jewelry.
Looking for inspiration on what to get? Here are some of our current sapphire rings, bracelets, and more:
14K WHITE GOLD SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND OPEN PEAR-SHAPE 18-INCH NECKLACE
14K WHITE GOLD ROUND SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND MELE HALO STUD EARRINGS
14K WHITE GOLD ROUND SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND HINGED BANGLE BRACELET
14K WHITE AND ROSE GOLD SCALLOPED DOUBLE HALO-STYLE RING WITH RADIANT-CUT PEACH SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND SETTING
MARK PATTERSON 18K WHITE GOLD SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND TANGO 16-INCH NECKLACE
14K WHITE GOLD MILGRAIN ALTERNATING DIAMOND AND SAPPHIRE WEDDING BAND
10-Year Wedding Anniversary - A Decade of Good Times and Bad
After 10 years of marriage, couples can pretty much finish each other’s sentences and know how the other person will respond to questions. It’s the perfect time to celebrate how strong your relationship has become, which is why the symbol for this anniversary is the diamond.
The sky is the limit when it comes to choosing a diamond piece of jewelry, so it really depends on the style you’re looking for. You can choose a vintage-inspired right-hand diamond ring, a classic pair of diamond stud earrings, a diamond tennis bracelet, or a diamond necklace that reflects the latest in high fashion.
Consider a diamond eternity ring or an anniversary ring. Here are some of our favorite diamond pieces to help you gather some ideas:
If you want something a little more colorful, the blue sapphire is an alternative. It can add a little more color to your jewelry, bookending the sapphire from your five-year anniversary.
25-Year Anniversary - A Quarter Century Together
After 25 years of marriage, it might be hard for couples to remember their lives before they got married. You have come a long way, and the gifts reflect just how much you have been through together.
The 25th year jewelry is the silver jubilee, a completely unique piece that is unlike any other anniversary gift. The precious gold used for the other anniversaries is replaced with silver, representing longevity. Two lives that were once separate have melded into one. You might even have a few silver hairs! However, many couples forego silver and choose to make a significant jewelry purchase for their 25-year anniversary, upgrading their original engagement ring or choosing something completely new.
Feel free to shop alone for the perfect piece to give to your husband or wife, but it can be just as fun to make a date out of it and find something together.
If you want something a little more unique, the tsavorite and green garnet are alternatives.
Here are some of our favorite options as you look to celebrate 25 years!
PLATINUM THREE-STONE EMERALD-CUT DIAMOND RING WITH DIAMOND ACCENTS
PLATINUM AND DIAMOND CATHEDRAL-STYLE RING WITH A 4.01CT OVAL BRILLIANT CENTER DIAMOND AND DIAMOND SETTING
MONICA RICH KOSANN 26-INCH STERLING SILVER ROUND DIAMOND LOCKET FOR TWO PHOTOS
MONICA RICH KOSANN STERLING SILVER WHITE SAPPHIRE RECTANGULAR GATE FRAME PENDANT NECKLACE FOR THREE PHOTOS
EFVA ATTLING STERLING SILVER REFLECTIONS LONG NECKLACE
EFVA ATTLING STERLING SILVER LITTLE REFLECTIONS SHEPHERD HOOK EARRINGS
EFVA ATTLING STERLING SILVER TWISTING CHOKER
50-Year Anniversary – Marking a Half a Century in Love
Being able to celebrate 50 years of marriage is one of those things that most people aspire to, especially for couples who still are loving and affectionate after all that time. If you’ve spent 50 years with your spouse, we want to applaud you. Your devotion to one another is inspiring, and it certainly deserves to be celebrated!
The 50th anniversary is celebrated with a golden jubilee. Like your 25th anniversary, you get to choose something that shows who you are as a couple, something that represents all of the lows and highs. Together you pick out something that is golden and that works for the two of you. It can be any piece of gold jewelry with any stones you want. You can also select any color of gold to make it a two of a kind piece of jewelry. Whether you want something that is a matching pair or something that you can split and both of you wear half, this is the time to show that your significant other is even more a part of your life as 50 years ago.
JON ANDERSON 18K YELLOW GOLD 5-WIRE ROUND BRILLIANT DIAMOND THREE-STONE RING
18K YELLOW GOLD DIAMOND-BY-THE-YARD NECKLACE, 82 INCHES
18K YELLOW GOLD DOUBLE TWISTED WIRE CUFF BRACELET WITH PAVE DIAMOND SQUARES
PLATINUM, YELLOW AND ROSE GOLD MENS WEDDING BAND BY JON ANDERSON
MARK PATTERSON 18K YELLOW GOLD TANGO CUFF DIAMOND BRACELET
Your Wedding Anniversary Gifts at Henne Jewelers
If you like any of the jewelry we’ve shown or need help selecting (or creating) an anniversary gift, our friendly, no-pressure sales associates would love to help.
If you’re not a fan of the ‘traditional’ anniversary symbols, we can suggest other alternatives, from an amazing luxury watch to a custom-made piece with an exotic gemstone. For all of life’s unforgettable moments, we’re here to serve you.