Gemstone Anniversary Gifts

Though our forte may lie in custom bridal jewelry, don’t think Knox Jewelers has omitted gifts for an equally important annual occurrence, the wedding anniversary.  If you would like to create a meaningful one-of-a-kind gift this year, colorful gemstones offer a wealthy avenue of inspiration and symbolism. Using the modern wedding anniversary gemstone list, we can help you find or custom build an amazing piece of jewelry for any anniversary you are celebrating this year!

It has long been a tradition to gift a certain gemstone in commemoration of an anniversary.  Though the designated gems may have adjusted through time, due to popularity or availability, the sentiment of giving a rare stone to the one you love has not altered in its endearment. Immortalizing each year together with a token of gemstones is the perfect way to express your adoration and continuing commitment.

In coordination with the most current gemstone anniversary list, noted below are selected gifts for years one through ten. Starting the tradition of gifting gemstones is the perfect way to celebrate every year spent with the love of your life.

First Anniversary: Gold

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Knox Jewelers Custom Design Juliet

Gold, the precious metal, is usually recommended as the gift for the first anniversary. Thoughtfully constructed to symbolize the golden glow of your first year together. One of our signature custom created unique bands, like the design featured above, made in yellow or rose gold, would make a beautiful compliment to her wedding set. If you prefer a piece centered with a gemstone, there are several available that offer a golden hue. Yellow sapphire, yellow diamond, citrine or topaz could all make a dazzling alternative.

Second Anniversary: Garnet

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Garnet Drop Pendant

Though many associate garnet with a deep red color, the mineral is actually available in a vast array of hues including oranges and greens. This allows you to choose a garnet that most reminds you of your loved one.

Third Anniversary: Pearls

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Pearl Rope Bracelet

Pearl jewelry is staple in anyone’s gemstone wardrobe. Your third anniversary would be the perfect time to gift a classic pair of pearl studs or a uncommon versatile bracelet like pictured above. Pearls are adaptable to any taste and personality.

Fourth Anniversary: Blue Topaz

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Victorian Topaz Pendant

The spellbinding color of blue topaz would make a wonderful addition to any custom creation you have in mind. If blue is not your desired shade, like garnet, topaz is available in several other hues.

Fifth Anniversary: Sapphire

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Knox Jewelers Custom Design 1707

Blue sapphire has long been a symbol of faithfulness. What better way to celebrate an anniversary than with a declaration of commitment in the guise of a beautiful blue sapphire custom created band. Sapphire is durable and can be featured in any Knox created piece.

Sixth Anniversary: Amethyst

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Amethyst Dangle Pendant

Long been associated with royalty, purple amethyst is the ultimate anniversary gift for the queen or king in your life. Though only available in a limited range of colors, the mineral can be found in large crystals allowing custom piece made with many carat sizes and shapes.

Seventh Anniversary: Onyx

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Onyx Drop Earrings

A diversion from the run of precious gemstones, the seventh wedding anniversary boasts a semi-precious stone, onyx. Stylish black onyx compliments and coordinates with any collection of jewelry.

Eight Anniversary: Tourmaline

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Knox Jewelers Custom Design Britty

The mineral tourmaline, the gemstone tied to the eight anniversary, is naturally occurring in any hue. This gives you the freedom to build your perfect custom piece around your favorite color. Tourmaline’s shades are rich and vibrant, lending passion to any gift of jewelry.

Ninth Anniversary: Lapis Lazuli

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Lapis and Pearl Drop Earrings

Lapis lazuli is a aggregate of several minerals include pyrite and calcite. The coming together of several elements to make one beautiful stone is a wonderful representation for a ninth wedding anniversary gift. This semiprecious gemstone has been prized for centuries due to its intense deep blue color.

Tenth Anniversary: Diamond

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Bezel Diamond Studs

What better way to celebrate a huge milestone in your married life than with a immensely symbolic gemstone like diamond. Your love is one of a kind and extremely rare, just like a diamond. It is also the hardest mineral on earth, representing your enduring bond. Your tenth anniversary would be the perfect time to add a custom diamond anniversary band to her wedding set or gift her another everyday essential like gorgeous diamond stud earrings.

Where is Garnet Found?

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GIA Garnet Map
Garnet, most commonly the rhodolite variety, is the  gemstone coupled to the month of January. Every species of garnet, and there are many, posses similar crystal formations and physical properties, but differ in chemical composition. These mineral variations form a set of closely related gemstones, called a mineral group. The gemstone species of garnet include pyrope, almandine, spessartine, grossular, uvarovite and andradite. Most gem quality varieties of this mineral are a mixture of two or three of these mineral species. For example, rhodolite garnet, is a mixture of pyrope and almandine.
The most popular varieties of garnet include the reddish and purple hues of the gemstone. These shades have a very long history, appearing in pieces found in both ancient Egypt and Rome. The popularity of red garnet may stem from its amble availability. It forms in metamorphic rocks that are found on every continent.
Today there is a wide array of garnet hues available to choose from including reds, pinks, oranges, yellow, greens, browns, and even blues. New species and deposits of garnet have been found all over the world. Listed below are the locations where garnet naturally occurs and is mined to be transformed into beautifully faceted gemstones.
  • Brazil – Brazil is home to a vast array of garnet varieties.
  • Namibia – Namibia produces stunning spessartine garnets with strong orange hues.
  • Kenya – Kenya is home to the famous Scorpion mine that is world-renowned for its tsavorite garnets.
  • Tanzania – Tsavorite, a green variety of garnet, was first discovered in Tanzania.
  • Iran – A recent discovery of demantoid, a green garnet variety, has made Iran a new supplier of the gem.
  • Afghanistan – Afghanistan is one of the largest suppliers of spessartine garnet.
  • Pakistan – Dazzling spessartine garnets can be found in the Kashmir reign of Pakistan.
  • Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka is a major supplier of rhodolite garnet, the common deep reddish purple variety of the gemstone.
  • India – Red garnets can be found in Orissa, India.
  • Myanmar – Rare and beautiful reddish orange spessartine garnets can be found in Myanmar. Several other varieties are also mined here.
  • Russia – Russia is the original source of demantoid garnets, the rare deep green variety of the gemstone.
If garnet is your gem of choice, let us at Knox Jewelers help you custom create a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry to showcase this beautiful gemstone. The possibility are endless with a mineral available in so many sizes, shapes and a rainbow of colors. A Knox Jewelers custom created piece, featuring a beautiful garnet is the perfect way to celebrate any occasion falling within the month. Contact us today and lets get started. We have a vast inventory of garnets, in many colors, just waiting to be transformed!