Anniversary Rings

The celebration of a year’s marriage, or sixty years of marriage, are milestones that should be marked with a special gift. Equally, every anniversary demands a gift to reinforce the commitment made at the wedding.

Diamonds are the most popular but there are other options too. If a coloured stone is chosen, it should be one which is suitably hard for daily wear and tear. Diamonds are associated with the first, tenth and sixtieth anniversaries.

Significant milestones are

1st Diamond
10th Diamond
16th Topaz
17th Amethyst
18th Garnet
23rd Sapphire
25th Silver
26th Star Sapphire
30th Pearl
35th Jade
40th Ruby
45th Alexandrite
50th Gold
55th Emerald
60th Diamond

Traditionally, an eternity ring is worn on the same finger as the engagement and wedding ring. An eternity ring is one in which the stones go all the way round the finger forming a complete circle without beginning or end. This represents the love between the two people.

The disadvantage of a full eternity is that it is more difficult to alter the size if this should become necessary later. Some would argue that having stones set on the side that faces inwards is a waste when you could opt for fewer and bigger stones on the front. This is known as a half eternity ring.

However, today we are equally familiar with an anniversary ring being worn on another finger, particularly if the ring chosen is wider and doesn’t easily stack with the others.