Anniversary Jewelry: Gemstones by Year

Gems and previous metals don't just look beautiful; they represent distinct virtues and promote unique healing qualities. Here are the traditional anniversary gemstones by year. Who says it's all about diamonds, anyway?

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1st Anniversary: Gold and Pearl

Gold is precious and pure, which is why it represents the first wedding anniversary. It also symbolizes wealth – something to aspire to down the line!

Pearl symbolizes purity and wisdom. It also comes in many different colors and shapes, much like the varied nature of relationships.

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