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anniversary gifts by year

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.