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Why do people give gifts and celebrate their Anniversaries?

By the mid-to-late 1930s, people began to celebrate 1st, 10th, 20th and 70th anniversary along with 25th and 50th anniversaries. A gift for each of these milestone anniversary years was also decided by the society. The logic of presenting gifts was that stability deserves a reward and the more the stability, the greater should be the reward.

What is the appropriate "jewelry" gift for any given anniversary?  Below are the jewelry gifts, by anniversary:

1st  .....   Gold Jewelry
2nd  .....  Garnet
3rd  .....   Pearl
4th  .....   Blue Topaz
5th  .....   Sapphire
6th  .....   Amethyst
7th  .....   Onyx
8th  .....   Tourmaline
9th  .....   Lapis Lazuli
10th  .....  Diamond Jewelry
11th  .....  Turquoise
12th  .....  Jade
13th  .....  Citrine
14th  .....  Opal
15th  .....  Ruby
16th  .....  Peridot
17th  .....  Watches
18th  .....  Cat's Eye
19th  .....  Aquamarine
20th  .....  Emerald
21st  .....  Iolite
22nd  ..... Spinel
23rd  .....  Imperial Topaz
24th  .....  Tanzanite
25th  .....  Silver Jubilee
30th  .....  Pearl Jubilee
35th  .....  Emerald
40th  .....  Ruby
45th  .....  Sapphire
50th  .....  Golden Jubilee
55th  .....  Alexandrite
60th  .....  Diamond Jubilee

 

Wedding Anniversary Day of the Week: The day of the week when wedding anniversaries takes place has its own superstitious beliefs. It is considered unlucky to get married on a Friday – especially the 13th.

Monday: Wishes happiness and health for the Bride
Tuesday: Wishes wealth and prosperity for the Bride
Wednesday:
Brides do best of all.
Thursday: Brings suffering and Loss for the Bride
Friday: Will Bring suffering and crosses for the Bride
Saturday: Brides will have no luck at all.

 

Wedding Anniversary Month: Like the week days, the month of the anniversary also has its own importance. Check out below to learn the importance of months in a married life.

January: Marry when the year is new, always loving, always true
February: When February Birds do mate, you may wed or dread your fate
March: If you wed when March winds blow, joy and sorrow both you’ll know
April:Marry in April when you can, joy for maiden and for man
May: Marry in the month of May, you will surely rue the day
June: Marry when June roses blow, over land and sea you’ll go
July: They who in July do wed, must labor always for their bread
August: Whoever wed in August be, many a change are sure to see
September: Marry in September’s shine, your living will be rich and fine
October: If in October you do marry, love will come but riches tarry
November : If you wed in bleak November, only Joy will, remember
December: When December snows fall fast, marry and true love will last
 

Wedding Dress: In the ancient times of the Greeks and the Romans, brides used to wear white gowns. These white robes were the symbol of youth, joy and purity. However, in recent times, the bride tends to choose the wedding dress as per their preference and fashion. The following is an interesting rhyme to caution the bride about her selection of colors:

White Wedding Dress: Married in white, you have chosen alright.
Green Wedding Dress: Married in green, ashamed to be seen.
Red Wedding Dress: Married in red, You will wish yourself dead.
Blue Wedding Dress: Married in blue, you will always be true
Yellow Wedding Dress: Married in yellow, ashamed of your fellow.
Black Wedding Dress: Married in black, you will wish yourself back.
Pink Wedding Dress: Married in pink, of you he’ll think.

Sources:  information compiled from various sources, including but not limited to Wikipedia, about.com, google results and others.

 

 As times have changed, so have the gift lists.  There are traditional and modern gifts.  We've listed both, as some of our clients are very creative.  For the first anniversary (Plastic) they've given plastic pre-paid credit cards... how fun is!

Anniversary

Traditional

Modern

    1st

Paper

Clocks, Plastic, Gold Jewelry

    2nd

Cotton

China, Cotton, Calico, Garnet

    3rd

Leather

Crystal, Glass, Pearls

    4th

Fruit, Flowers

Appliances, Linen, Silk, Nylon, Blue Topaz

    5th

Wood

Silverware, Sapphire

    6th

Sugar, Iron

Wood, Candy, Amethyst

    7th

Wool, Copper

Brass, Desk Sets, Onyx

    8th

Bronze, Pottery   

Appliances, Linens, Lace, Tourmaline Jewelry

    9th

Pottery, Willow

Leather, Lapis Jewelry

  10th

Tin, Aluminum

Diamond Jewelry   

  11th

Steel

Fashion, Turquoise Jewelry

  12th

Silk, Linen

Pearls, Jade

  13th

Lace

Textiles, Furs, Citrine

  14th

Ivory

Gold Jewelry, Opal

  15th

Crystal

Glass, Watches, Ruby

  16th

 

Silver hollowware, Peridot

  17th

 

Furniture, Watch

  18th

 

Porcelain, Cat's Eye Jewelry

  19th

 

Bronze, Aquamarine

  20th

China

Platinum, Emerald

  21st

 

Brass, Nickel

  22nd

 

Copper

  23rd

 

Silver plate

  24th

 

Musical instruments

  25th

Silver

Sterling silver

  26th

 

Original pictures

  27th

 

Sculpture

  28th

 

Orchids

  29th

 

New furniture

  30th

Pearl

Diamond

  31st

 

Time Pieces

  32nd

 

Conveyances (e.g., automobiles)

  33rd

 

Amethyst

  34th

 

Opal

  35th

Coral (Jade)

Jade

  36th

 

Bone china

  37th

 

Alabaster

  38th

 

Beryl, Tourmaline

  39th

 

Lace

  40th

Ruby

Ruby, Garnet

  41st

 

Land

  42nd

 

Developed real estate

  43rd

 

Travel

  44th

 

Groceries

  45th

Sapphire

Sapphire

  46th

 

Original poetry tribute

  47th

 

Books

  48th

 

Optical goods

  49th

 

Luxuries, any kind

  50th

Gold

Gold

  55th

Emerald

Emerald, Turquoise

  60th

Diamond

Gold, Diamond

  75th

Platinum

Diamondlike Stones, Gold

  80th

 

Diamond, Pearl

  85th

 

Diamond, Sapphire

  90th

 

Diamond, Emerald

  95th

 

Diamond, Ruby

100th

 

10 Carat Diamond

 

  coffee beadAn appliance is a practical 8th anniversary gift, but make it more romantic by tucking something she really wants in with the package, like an adorable coffee bead charm for her bracelet.  She may love coffee in the morning, but the thought behind this will make her smile for years to come.

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