Which Gift Should You Buy For Your Milestone Anniversary
Every year of marriage is special and each is celebrated by its own milestone marker. As many of these anniversary milestones are a gemstone or metal, jewellery makes the perfect gift.
The classic milestones are as follows:
Beyond this, though, you can actually mark any anniversary at all with a beautiful piece of jewellery as a gift. There is no need, in this day and age, to wait until your 15th year, nor do you have to underplay your 22nd just because it's not a major milestone. Similarly, you certainly don't have to give each other matching writing sets on your first anniversary (traditionally paper), if you'd rather swap presents that twinkle and sparkle.
That being said, if you still feel the need for your anniversary gift to echo tradition in some way, then remember that even if a particular year doesn't have its own gemstone, it will certainly have its own colour associated with it. In turn, these colours each have matching gemstones, offering the ideal gift inspiration.
For instance, the first anniversary colours are gold or yellow, meaning a gold watch or yellow topaz ring would make lovely presents. In turn, the fifth anniversary is white or red, offering gift choices ranging from cufflinks to necklaces. And as the 10th anniversary is silver or blue, why not combine the two with a stunning sapphire jewellery set?
Also, did you know that each milestone even has its own flower? For instance, the fifth is daisy, so a jewellery piece that conjures up the design or colours of this dainty little flower would be ideal. Or what about pink sapphire drop earrings for a 15th anniversary (associated with roses), or an amethyst and gold ring for a 50th celebration (linked to violets)?
Of course, there is absolutely nothing stopping you from ignoring the traditional gemstones, colours and flowers altogether, and simply choosing an anniversary gift that you know someone will treasure. Cartier jewellery always makes an excellent choice, for this timeless French brand has been associated with elegance since the 19th century and was even worn by Queen Elizabeth II at her coronation. With this in mind, a Cartier half diamond love bracelet in yellow gold would make a very thoughtful present, as would an exquisite rose gold love necklace with two interlinked wedding bands for the pendant. Or, for husbands, what about a stylish Cartier Santos watch?
Gifting each other with a new set of wedding rings is also a wonderful idea, especially for bigger anniversaries. This offers the perfect opportunity to update your wedding ring styles or even invest in pieces of greater value than the originals. Women's rings needn't be the traditional plain gold band either and can be inlaid with various anniversary gemstones such as pearl, sapphire or diamond. Men's rings, in turn, can be fashioned in milestone metals like platinum or gold and have their own tasteful gemstones embedded. And don't forget to engrave your rings with the anniversary year.
It's safe to say that when it comes to choosing anniversary jewellery sets, wedding rings and beyond, the possibilities are endless. Many years have their own gemstone or metal for inspiration, and if not, their own colours and flowers. And if you want to ensure that you give a gift with timeless style and taste, Cartier always makes an excellent choice. And remember that these days, you certainly don't have to wait until your 60th year to splash out on that eternal symbol of love, a diamond. So if you want to mark your first year of marriage in style, then there is absolutely nothing stopping you.