We've all heard that the gift for a first anniversary is paper, but it's not exactly romantic, is it? This list of anniversary stones yields much better gift options. Instead of paper, cotton, or wool, choose a piece of jewelry with the appropriate anniversary gemstone to celebrate your relationship.
1st Anniversary: Gold jewelry or peridot
Okay, so gold isn't a gemstone, but the theory is that a couple is still finding their footing at the one year mark, so instead of investing in a stone, a simple piece of gold jewelry is the perfect gift.
2nd Anniversary: Garnet
3rd Anniversary: Pearls or jade
4th Anniversary: Blue topaz or blue zircon
5th Anniversary: Sapphire or pink tourmaline
6th Anniversary: Amethyst or turquoise
7th Anniversary: Onyx, yellow sapphire, or golden beryl
8th Anniversary: Tourmaline or tanzanite
9th Anniversary: Lapis lazuli, amethyst, or green spinel
10th Anniversary: Diamond or blue sapphire
Diamonds make a few appearances on this list of anniversary gemstones. Since they're traditionally used in wedding rings––and because of their price––they are used to celebrate milestone anniversaries.
11th Anniversary: Turquoise, citrine, or yellow zircon
12th Anniversary: Jade or opal
13th Anniversary: Citrine, moonstone, or hawk's eye
14th Anniversary: Opal, agate, or bloodstone
15th Anniversary: Ruby, rhodolite garnet, or alexandrite
16th Anniversary: Peridot (evening emerald) or red spinel
17th Anniversary: Carnelian
Watches are the traditional gift for the 17th anniversary. If you can find a watch made with carnelian, an orange-red stone that symbolizes endurance, you can cover both bases with your gift.
18th Anniversary: Cat's eye (chrysoberyl) or aquamarine
19th Anniversary: Aquamarine or almandine garnet
20th Anniversary: Emerald or yellow/golden diamond
21st Anniversary: Lolite
22nd Anniversary: Spinel
23rd Anniversary: Imperial topaz
24th Anniversary: Tanzanite
25th Anniversary: Silver Jubilee, tsavorite, or green garnet
30th Anniversary: Pearl Jubilee
35th Anniversary: Emerald
40th Anniversary: Ruby
45th Anniversary: Sapphire or cat's eye
50th Anniversary: Golden Jubilee or Imperial/Golden Topaz
Jubilee anniversaries are milestone anniversaries, usually at 25, 40, 50, and 60 years. Hit 75 years of marriage and you'll reach the Palladium Jubilee.
55th Anniversary: Alexandrite
60th Anniversary: Diamond Jubilee or star ruby
65th Anniversary: Blue spinel
70th Anniversary: Sapphire Jubilee or smoky quartz
75th Anniversary: Diamond Jubilee
80th Anniversary: Ruby Jubilee