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Anniversary Rings by Year

Each anniversary can be represented by a gift of gemstones or a metal used in jewelry. You've probably heard of the silver anniversary or the gold anniversary marking the big ones of 25 and 50. And just like those, every year has a specific metal or gemstone associated with it.

This makes anniversary shopping not only easy, but fun too! When you're ready to begin shopping for your special anniversary, our guide of anniversary rings by year will send you in the right direction.

The first year anniversary is the sweetest -- a couple is probably still in the honeymoon phase and all is right with their world. But starting a life together may not leave a whole lot of disposable income. A simple gold stacking band or right hand ring are great ideas for him or her.
 

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Though garnet comes in several colors, including yellow, green (called tsavorite) and pink, the color most often thought of is red. Red garnet -- sometimes called rhodolite garnet -- is the classic garnet choice for use in jewelry. It's a relatively hard stone and can be used in any jewelry piece or design, including rings. Red garnet really pops when set in a white metal, like white gold or platinum.
 

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Pearls can be natural or cultured. Natural pearls are much more expensive than cultured, but that's about the only difference -- even a cultured pearl is a beautiful, luminescent product of nature, growing in the same way as natural pearls. Just be careful, pearls are more fragile than other materials, so a ring should be worn for sedate occasions where there's not much chance of banging it in to anything by mistake. 
 

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Topaz is found in many colors and shades, and blue topaz was originally the most rare. However, today a permanent diffusion treatment turns colorless topaz a light blue. Blue topaz is a hardy stone, and the many shades look gorgeous in anniversary bands. Plus, it has historically been associated with love and affection -- delightfully perfect reasons to give it as an anniversary gift.
 

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Sapphire is also found in many colors, though the classic choice is blue. If blue's not their color, you can also commonly find white, shades of pink and violet. To get the perfect color, a sapphire is permanently treated. Sapphire is a hard and durable gemstone, so it's great for anniversary bands and right hand ring gifts.
 

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Ten years of marriage qualifies as a milestone, so diamond jewelry is a great idea! For her, this is a perfect opportunity to stack a diamond anniversary band into her engagement ring and wedding ring set. 
 

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Yellow beryl is a popular gemstone, not only for its sunny disposition! Yellow beryl's appeal also lies in its vivid saturation of color and hardness -- which makes this stunning gemstone ideal for rings. Gift the light of your life a yellow beryl gemstone set in gold or silver for a memorable 11th anniversary.
 

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Pearls can be natural or cultured. Natural pearls are much more expensive than cultured, but that's about the only difference -- even a cultured pearl is a beautiful, luminescent product of nature, growing in the same way as natural pearls. Just be careful, pearls are more fragile than other materials, so a ring should be worn for sedate occasions where there's not much chance of banging it in to anything by mistake. 
 

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Citrine is like seeing a burst of sunshine on a cloudy day -- a beautiful yellow to yellow-orange gem. It's popular and affordable and lends itself well to any design with any color of metal. Citrine with yellow gold is a warm tone-on-tone look, and can be shot with drama by the addition of diamonds. A white gold or sterling silver setting accentuates its bright and sunny disposition.
 

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There's a lot of variety in opal -- it can be almost transparent to opaque. It can come in many colors, but the most common you'll find in jewelry is a creamy white with a rainbow play of color within the stone. This makes it especially fabulous when used as the focal point of an anniversary band with accent stones picking up or contrasting with the play of colors within the opal. 
 

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Rubies are emblems of love and passion, an equation brought about by their amazing saturated reds. Most rubies you'll find today have been heat-treated to improve their color and clarity. Rubies can be found in every sort of jewelry and look lovely as an accent in an anniversary band.
 

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Peridot comes in various shades of green, but tends toward lighter, grassy greens. It pairs well with white metals, while yellow gold plays up the spring-like yellow undertones. Peridot is fairly soft and can scratch, so take care with rings.
 

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Is purple their color? Available in shades ranging from a light lavender to a deep, dark purple, amethyst is an attractive gemstone set in white gold, yellow gold and even rose gold anniversary bands. Amethyst is not only a sight to behold, but also the color of royalty and a traditional symbol of peace, tranquility and protection. 
 

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There's a lot of variety in opal -- it can be almost transparent to opaque. It can come in many colors, but the most common you'll find in jewelry is a creamy white with a rainbow play of color within the stone. This makes it especially fabulous when used as the focal point of an anniversary band with accent stones picking up or contrasting with the play of colors within the opal.
 

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As that name suggests, the best examples of aquamarine look like the shifting colors of the Caribbean -- from a clear pale blue to darker blues to shades with green. As you pass the 19th year of marriage, it might be good to know that aquamarine has historically been a symbol of fidelity and hope.
 

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Emerald's beautiful green lends itself to any type of jewelry, though it is fragile due to layers and fissures within the gemstone. A ring should be worn with care -- but this is such a classic, elegant stone that saving it for special occasions is easy! Emeralds are often treated with oils, paraffin or resins to fill fissures and improve clarity, and hardeners may be added to increase its toughness.
 

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With a similar creamy white look to opal, moonstone is a beautiful iridescent form of Feldspar, an abundant group of minerals in the earth's crust. Moonstone promotes long life, happiness and loyalty -- all great reasons to gift your life partner this gorgeous gemstone. It is also a popular choice for yellow gold settings. 
 

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Another gemstone that doesn't get enough love, spinel comes in a variety of colors and is durable and affordable. You'll often see it in red, purple, blue and pink, though black spinel is a dramatic look, either as a center stone or as accents.
 

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Sapphire is also found in many colors, though the classic choice is blue. If blue's not their color, you can also commonly find white, shades of pink and violet. To get the perfect color, a sapphire is permanently treated. Sapphire is a hard and durable gemstone, so it?s great for anniversary bands and right hand ring gifts.
 

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First found in the late 1960s, tanzanite is the new kid on the block when you consider how many gemstones have been prized throughout recorded history. It's a blue gem, often with a purplish/violet tone. It pairs best with white metals like white gold, platinum or sterling silver. Stones are often heat-treated to improve the color, and the treatment is considered permanent.
 

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Sterling silver can range from bright white to grayish white and can have a matte or shiny finish. For the Silver Jubilee, consider a sterling silver band to stack with the wedding ring set, inlaid with simple diamonds or bright gemstones like citrine or blue topaz. Or, get creative with a show-stopping right hand statement ring full of rich detailing for this milestone! 
 

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Both cultured and natural pearls are created by layers -- a nice metaphor for the years and love that have grown over time. The layers are called nacre, and the nacre is what gives pearls their luminescence. Since it's also the gem for the third anniversary, now is a perfect time to upgrade with a new stacking ring or right hand ring. 
 

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Emerald is such a classic gemstone, it comes up twice on the anniversary list (it was the selection for 20 years too). A ring should be worn with care -- but this is such a classic, elegant stone that saving it for special occasions is easy! Emeralds are often treated with oils, paraffin or resins to fill fissures and improve clarity, and hardeners may be added to increase its toughness.
 

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Rubies are emblems of love and passion, an equation brought about by their amazing saturated reds. Most rubies you'll find today have been heat-treated to improve their color and clarity. 
 

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Sapphire is also found in many colors, though the classic choice is blue. If blue's not their color, you can also commonly find white, shades of pink and violet. To get the perfect color, a sapphire is permanently treated. Sapphire is a hard and durable gemstone, so it's great for anniversary bands and right hand ring gifts.
 

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What more could you ask for? An excuse to give your love a classic golden anniversary band. Some great options include simple yellow gold perhaps set with diamonds or gemstones.
 

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This gem is named for a Russian czar and, after 55 years, you should be treating each other like royalty. Alexandrite's most striking feature is its ability to change color -- it's purplish red in incandescent light but, under fluorescent light or outside light, it's teal or greenish blue.
 

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You've been together a long time; your love and commitment to each other can never be doubted. It might be time for someone else -- perhaps your kids or grandkids -- to show their love and pride with a gift of diamond anniversary or eternity bands. Celebrate with style; you've earned it.
 

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The 70th anniversary is the platinum jubilee. Platinum is a hard and rare white metal that was largely unavailable at the time anyone celebrating a 70th anniversary got married. Consider a simple platinum stackable band inlaid with diamonds or other gemstones.
 

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The 75th anniversary is the sapphire jubilee, so celebrate with a sapphire ring in many colors, representing the variety of adventures you have experienced together in life.
 

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The 80th anniversary is the ruby jubilee. If she doesn't have a ruby anniversary ring by now, this is the perfect time to give her one!
 

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