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Wedding Anniversary Gift Guide

Giving particular gifts on wedding anniversaries is thought to have originated in Central Europe. In medieval Austria, friends customarily presented a wife with a wreath of silver on her 25th wedding anniversary, the silver representing the harmony that had been necessary to last so long. Similarly, after fifty years the wife was presented with a golden wreath. Thus the silver wedding and golden wedding arose, and this has been elaborated upon in modern times. There are records from 1800 which show the modern list, which has expanded to include the first fifteen years, and every five years after that.

Freshwater pearl bracelets

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Interestingly note that there are two Diamond Anniversaries – one at the 60th Anniversary and the other at 75th. The 75th is the original diamond anniversary, and the 60th was added when Queen Victoria celebrated her Diamond Jubilee on the 60th anniversary of accession to the throne in 1897.

Diamond and pearl stud earrings.

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Over time, the tradition of celebrating anniversaries and of giving traditional gifts has developed a list of metals and stones, and these are now incorporated into jewellery. A lovely way to honour the representation of the strength and commitment of the relationship with the durability and beauty of the gemstones.