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Traditional Wedding Anniversary Gifts



History of the Traditional Anniversary Gift

The tradition of giving defined gifts to mark wedding anniversary dates began several hundred years ago, in the Germanic region of medieval Europe. The 'Silver' anniversary was one of the first significant celebratory marriage landmarks, marking the twenty-fifth year of marriage with the gifting of a silver garland.

Wood as a traditional anniversary gift has its roots in 17th century Wales, when a gift of a carved wooden spoon ("Celtic Love-spoon") was given as a token of affection, and to demonstrate the male suitor's abilities as a craftsman. There is also the symbolic relationship to the basic household cawl, or soup spoon [2], which embodies the concept of domesticity.



The giving of precious gemstones as an anniversary gift began during the Mid-Victorian Period, and was popularized by Queen Victoria's 'Diamond Jubilee' in 1897, marking the 60 year anniversary of her crowning as the British Monarch.


Modern Anniversary Gift Guide

The complete list of "suggested" wedding anniversary gift ideas (below) was compiled by the American National Retail Jewelers' Association (ANRJA), now the Jewelers of America, in 1937. According to the current edition of Emily Post's Book of Etiquette, strict adherence to the list of traditional gifts is not obligatory, and is only a idea guideline, but as time goes on, the list is has taken on more significance.


Traditional & Modern Anniversary Gift Ideas

1 Year Anniversary: Traditional Gift: Paper Modern Gift: Clock
2nd Anniversary: Traditional Gift: Cotton or Straw Modern Gift: China or Garnet
3rd Anniversary: Traditional Gift: Leather Modern Gift: Crystal
4th Anniversary: Traditional Gift: Flowers or Fruit Modern Gift: Appliances
5th Anniversary: Traditional Gift: Wood Modern Gift: Silverware
6th Anniversary: Traditional Gift: Iron or Sweets Modern Gift: Wood
7th Anniversary: Traditional Gift: Copper or Wool Modern Gift: Desk Set
8th Anniversary: Traditional Gift: Bronze or Pottery Modern Gift: Lace or Linen
9th Anniversary: Traditional Gift: Pottery Modern Gift: Leather
10 Year Anniversary: Traditional Gift: Aluminum or Tin Modern Gift: Diamonds
11th Anniversary: Traditional Gift: Steel Modern Gift: Fashion Jewelry
12th Anniversary: Traditional Gift: Silk or Linen Modern Gift: Pearls
13th Anniversary: Traditional Gift: Lace Modern Gift: Fur or Textiles
14th Anniversary: Traditional Gift: Ivory or Agate Modern Gift: Gold Jewelry
15th Anniversary: Traditional Gift: Crystal Modern Gift :Watches
16th Anniversary: Traditional Gift: Silver Holloware Modern Gift: Silver
17th Anniversary: Traditional Gift: Furniture Modern Gift: Furniture
18th Anniversary: Traditional Gift: Porcelain Modern Gift: Porcelain
19th Anniversary: Traditional Gift: none Modern Gift: Bronze or Garnet
20 Year Anniversary: Traditional Gift: China Modern Gift: Platinum
25th Anniversary: Traditional Gift: Silver Modern Gift: Silver
30 Year Anniversary: Traditional Gift: Pearls Modern Gift: Diamonds
35th Anniversary: Traditional Gift: Coral Modern Gift : Jade
40 Year Anniversary: Traditional Gift: Ruby Modern Gift: Ruby
45th Anniversary: Traditional Gift: Sapphire Modern Gift: Sapphire
50 Year Anniversary: Traditional Gift: Gold Modern Gift: Gold
55th Anniversary: Traditional Gift: Emerald Modern Gift: Emerald
60 Year Anniversary: Traditional Gift: Diamonds Modern Gift: Diamonds
70 Year Anniversary: Traditional Gift: Modern Gift: Platinum
75th Year Anniversary: Traditional Gift: Diamonds Modern Gift: Diamonds







Bibliography & References for Wedding Anniversary Traditions


1. Shirley Adler, Carving Spoons: Welsh Love Spoons, Celtic Knots . Fox Chapel Publishing

2. Llwyau Sgwd, Origins of the Love Spoon Custom www.waterfall-lovespoons.com

3. Sharon Littley, Celtic Carved Lovespoons . Fox Chapel Publishing

4. Emily Post, Emily Post's Etiquette . Collins

5. Oppi Untracht, Jewelry Concepts & Technology - Complete Reference Guide . Doubleday

6. Naogya University, The Victorian Literary Studies Archive . www.lang.nagoya-u.ac.jp

7. Alison Gernsheim, Victorian and Edwardian Fashion . Dover Publications

8. Jewelers of America (JA), National Association for Professional Retail Jewelers . www.jewelers.org





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Bibliography on Art Nouveau Jewelry


1. Artcyclopedia, Artists by Movement: Art Nouveau . www.artcyclopedia.com

2. Art Movements, Art Deco . www.artmovements.co.uk

3. Oppi Untracht, Jewelry Concepts & Technology - Complete Reference Guide . Doubleday

4. The Center for Jewelry Studies, Antique, Period, & Vintage Jewelry . www.center4jewelrystudies.org



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