Most people are familiar with the concept of gemstones being designated for different birth months. But did you know that a similar concept applies to wedding anniversaries? Yep, for each year, you and your partner are supposed to gift each other something incorporating a different gemstone each year.
Many marriages last a lifetime, but the average length of a marriage that ends in a divorce is 8 years, so we'll just walk you through the first 5 anniversary gemstones below.
If you're someone with a normal budget, you likely haven't given gold to your partner since your engagement, so in the first year, couples like to revisit the gifting of gold adornments on their first anniversary.
Especially because the first anniversary feels particularly special, as you both are likely still in your lovey-dovey honeymoon phase.
For your second anniversary, garnet is often the gemstone of choice. Garnet comes in many colors, including yellow, green and pink, but you cannot go wrong with the classic red.
These gems can be incorporated into anything, whether it's a ring, necklace, earrings, or a bracelet. With garnet involved, you can't go wrong.
When it comes to pearls, there are two routes you can take: natural or cultured. Natural pearls are significantly more expensive, but they look especially unique. Either way though, your spouse will love a new piece o pearl jewelry on your third anniversary.
As a simple of purity and elegance, pearl can give your anniversary an air of sophistication it wouldn't have had otherwise. Natural or cultured, pearls also come in several different colors. Pink, green, black, and gray are some of the most popular options.
Topaz, like garnet, comes in many different colors, but blue topaz was always the rarest and difficult to find in nature. Despite modern treatment methods that can turn even colorless topaz blue, blue topaz is still the most highly regarded.
Throughout history, blue topaz has also been regarded as a symbol of love and passion, which makes it the perfect 4th-anniversary gift.
Your 5th anniversary feels like the most significant because it shows you're in it for the long haul. If you can get to five, getting to a 10th anniversary can feel like a breeze.
On your 5th anniversary, people tend to gift each other sapphire jewelry. Sapphire is an incredibly durable gemstone, making it a perfect representation of your marriage. Like topaz and garnet, sapphire comes in many different colors, but blue is definitely the most iconic.
Marriage is something that should always be celebrated, but especially so on your anniversaries. Whether you want to buy anniversary gemstones or different kinds of jewelry, our collection will have something that your partner will be sure to love.
By the end of your lifelong marriage, you and your partner should be decked out in jewels, each one serving as a symbol of your undying love.
Choosing jewelry can be fun, and it's all about finding what fits your style. There are two main types: dainty jewelry, which is small and simple, and statement jewelry, which is big and bold. At Johnston Jewelers, we know a lot about mixing dainty and statement jewelry. We’ve been doing this for over 50 years, and we have lots of choices for you. Our team is here to help you pick the perfect pieces for any time. Whether you like simple or bold jewelry, we can help you find the right mix for your style.