Each wedding anniversary has traditional and modern gifts, as well as traditional flowers, colors, and gemstones. But where do these traditions come from? These long-standing conventions date all the way back to the medieval period and were chosen as agents of good fortune and prosperity for the marriage.
However, the tradition didn’t really gain popularity until the Victorian era. Contemporary opinions diverge from traditional lore and believe that each gift should be chosen to gradually increase in value as you invest more time into the relationship—serving as a recognition of a successful marriage and, often, as a reward for the wife. This created the foundation for modern gift interpretations, which were published by the American National Retail Jewelers Association in 1937.
Whether it’s your first year of marriage or you’re shopping for the perfect sentimental gold gift for your parents’ 50th, check out our reference guide below.