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Anniversary Gems

Anniversary gifts in 1957

1st anniversary

Paper

For the first year of marriage a gift of paper was appropriate.

5th anniversary

Wood

After five years, you could expect wood.

10th anniversary

Tin

On your tenth anniversary you would have reached the luxurious level of aluminum or tin.

20th anniversary

China

You could finally put away the plastic plates after twenty years of marriage because you would be receiving china.

60th anniversary

Diamonds

A gift of diamonds was not even in the cards until your sixtieth anniversary. BARBARIANS!

Anniversary Gemstone / Metal
01 Gold Jewelry
02 Garnet
03 Pearls
04 Blue Topaz
05 Sapphire
06 Amethyst
07 Onyx
08 Tourmaline
09 Lapis Lazuli
10 Diamond Jewelry
11 Turquoise
12 Jade
13 Citrine
14 Opal
15 Ruby
16 Peridot
17 Watches
18 Cat’s-Eye Chrysoberyl
19 Aquamarine
20 Emerald
21 Iolite
22 Spinel
23 Imperial Topaz
24 Tanzanite
25 Silver Jubilee
30 Pearl Jubilee
35 Emerald
40 Ruby
45 Sapphire
50 Golden Jubilee
55 Alexandrite
60 Diamond Jubilee
70 Sapphire Jubilee
80 Ruby Jubilee

Thank goodness you live in the age of enlightenment. The traditional list of anniversary gemstones is now the more favored guide. Its origins date back to 1912 as established by European jewelers’ guilds. The Anniversary Gemstones shown above is the list officially recognized by Jewelers of America, the American Gem Society, the American Gem Trade Association, and the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).