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Anniversary Symbols And Colors By Year

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What are the Anniversary Symbols?

We have all of the years listed from all of the gift lists; traditional, modern, gemstones and even flowers. 

Click on the Anniversary year and symbols to find out the meaning behind each gift.

anniversary gift symbols - what do they mean
  • The symbols and colors have come about from all of the gift lists that have developed over the years. 
  • Some of them originate as far back as the Middle Ages
  • From as long as there are records men and women have celebrated love and it's nice to be part of that tradition.

Gift Ideas & Symbols For Your Anniversary

Go straight to your anniversary year to find out the symbols from each of the lists.

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11 12 13 14 15 16

17 18 19 20 21 22 25 29 30

35 40 45 50 55 60 65

When you are planning a party or trying to think of a theme then these symbols can really help you come up with the big idea. The great thing is that they will be linked to the year you are celebrating.

1st Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Paper gift ideas
  • Modern Symbol: Clock
  • Color: Yellow
  • Flower: Pansy
  • Gem: Mother of Pearl
  • Meaning: Paper represents the fragility of marriage and how you need to look after it.
  • Shop for 1st Anniversary Gifts in our store
  • 1st anniversary symbol - paper

    2nd Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Cotton or Straw gift ideas
  • Modern Symbol: China
  • Color: Linen White
  • Flower: Cosmos
  • Gem: Garnet
  • Meaning: Cotton represents the wiping of tears and the growing together.
  • Shop for 2nd Anniversary Gifts in store


  • 2nd anniversary symbol - cotton

    3rd Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Leather gift ideas
  • Modern Symbol: Crystal or Glass
  • Color: Light Brown
  • Flower: Fuchsia
  • Gem: Moonstone
  • Meaning: Leather represents how robust you have become, the strength you have and the protection you give to each other.
  • Shop for 3rd Anniversary Gifts
  • 3rd Anniversary symbol - leather

    4th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Flowers, Fruits, Books
  • Modern Symbol: Silk or Linen
  • Color: Green
  • Flower: Geranium
  • Gem: Blue Topaz
  • Flowers represent the blossoming of your marriage.
  • Shop 4th Anniversary Gifts in our store
  • 4th anniversary symbol -  flowers

    5th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Wood
  • Modern Symbol: Silverware
  • Color: Turquoise
  • Flower: Daisies
  • Gem: Rose Quartz
  • Meaning: Wood represents your strength as a couple and how over the past five years you have grown the roots that will hold you strong together. 
  • Shop for 5th Anniversary Gifts in store
  • 5th anniversary symbol - wood

    6th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Candy or Iron gift ideas
  • Modern Symbol: Wood - see traditional 5th anniversary gift ideas
  • Color: White
  • Flower: Calla Lilly
  • Gem: Amethyst
  • Meaning: Candy for sweetness and a gentle reminder that fun in your marriage is important too, combined with the strength of iron shows how united you both are.
  • Shop 6th Anniversary Gifts
  • 6th anniversary symbol - iron

    7th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Copper gift ideas
  • Modern Symbol: Desk Set
  • Color: Off-white
  • Flower: Jack-in-the-pulpit
  • Gem: Yellow sapphire or Onyx
  • Meaning: Copper is a mineral full of energy and known for its healing properties it represents how you are looking after each other.
  • Shop 7th Anniversary Gifts in store
  • 7th anniversary symbol - copper

    8th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Pottery or Bronze gift ideas
  • Modern Symbol: Linen and Lace
  • Color: Bronze
  • Flower: Clematis
  • Gem: Tourmaline
  • Meaning: Bronze is a metal alloy, a mixture of tin and copper and very strong, just like the two of you are strong together. 
  • 8th anniversary symbol is bronze

    9th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Willow or Pottery gift ideas
  • Modern Symbol: Leather
  • Color: Terracotta
  • Flower: Poppy
  • Gem: Lapis Lazul
  • Meaning: Pottery gifts represent how time changes you both and that together you have become something beautiful and useful.
  • 9th anniversary symbol - pottery

    10th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Aluminum
  • Modern Symbol: Diamond jewelry
  • Color: Silver
  • Flower: Daffodils
  • Gem: Blue Sapphire, Diamond
  • Meaning: Tin is useful, practical and preserves and is something you cannot leave with out. Just like the two of you.
  • Shop 10th Anniversary Gifts
  • 10th anniversary symbol - tin

    The 10th wedding anniversary is usually a milestone in a married couple's life. Ten years is ten years and it is an anniversary worth celebrating. Children might be a part of the equation now. "ME" time for the married couple might be somehow affected by the nitty-gritty of family life. Don't let the kids affect your celebration. Make them part of the celebration. Anniversary symbols are tin and diamonds!

    11th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Steel
  • Modern Symbol: Fashion jewelry
  • Color: Turquoise
  • Flower: Morning Glory
  • Gem: Turquiose
  • Meaning: Steel is one of the strongest metals, showing the strength of both of you together.
  • Shop 11th Anniversary Gifts
  • 11th anniversary symbol - steel

    12th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Silk and Linen
  • Modern Symbol: Colored Gems or Pearls
  • Color: Oyster White
  • Flower: Peony
  • Gem: Jade
  • Meaning: Silk and Linen are made of thousands of threads, their beauty is in how they come together. Your marriage has many threads, shared love, years, experiences and they are all holding you together.
  • Shop 12th Anniversary Gifts
  • 12th anniversary symbol - silk


    13th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Lace
  • Modern Symbol: Faux Fur
  • Color: White
  • Flower: Hollyhock
  • Gem: Citrine
  • Meaning: Lace represents beauty and your marriage is a thing of beauty and one to be treasured.
  • Shop 13th Anniversary Gifts
  • 13th anniversary symbol - lace


    14th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Ivory - we have lots of ethical and alternative ivory themed gift ideas 
  • Modern Symbol: Gold Jewelry
  • Color: Ivory
  • Flower: Dahlia
  • Gem: Opal
  • Meaning: Ivory has always been rare and sought after, your marriage is just that too, unique to you both and treasure.
  • 14th anniversary symbol - ethical ivory


    15th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Crystal gift ideas
  • Modern Symbol: Watches
  • Color: Ruby Red
  • Flower: Rose
  • Gem: Rhodolite Garnet
  • Meaning: There are many meanings of a Crystal anniversary; strength, beauty and a crystal clear understanding of each other.
  • Shop 15th Anniversary Gifts
  • 15th anniversary symbol - crystal

    20th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: China
  • Modern Symbol: Platinum
  • Color: Emerald Green
  • Flower: Day Lily
  • Gem: Emerald
  • Meaning: China represents how you need to look after your marriage, it is more beautiful when it is cared for.
  • Shop for 20th Anniversary Gifts
  • 20th anniversary symbol - china

    The 15th and 20th anniversaries are important milestones too. These occasions are celebrated by the whole family as the couple's children are probably in their teens or late childhood already. Fifteen and twenty years of marriage are traditionally celebrated, though in a quiet and small scale way. The 25th wedding anniversary is commonly known as the silver wedding anniversary and the anniversary symbols are silver. In some countries, the 25th wedding anniversary is celebrated with a renewal of wedding vows.

    25th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Silver gift ideas
  • Modern Symbol: Silver
  • Color: Silver
  • Flower: Iris
  • Gem: Silver or Green Garnet
  • Meaning: Silver has always been a prized gift, it shines just like the two of you after twenty five years of marriage.
  • Shop for 25th Anniversary Gifts
  • 25th anniversary symbol - silver


    30th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Pearl gift ideas
  • Modern Symbol: Diamond gift ideas
  • Color: Green
  • Flower: Lily
  • Gem: Pearl
  • Meaning: Pearls grow from a small speck into a treasure and over the thirty years so has your marriage.
  • Shop for 30th Anniversary Gifts
  • 30th anniversary symbol - pearls

    35th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Coral
  • Modern Symbol: Jade
  • Color: Coral
  • Flower: Red Roses
  • Gem: Coral
  • Meaning: Coral symbolizes immortality and happiness.
  • 35th anniversary symbol - coral


    40th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Ruby gift ideas
  • Modern Symbol: Ruby
  • Color: Ruby Red
  • Flower: Nasturtium
  • Gem: Ruby
  • Meaning: Rubies represent passion and protection, there is a fire that burns brightly inside these stones, just like your marriage of forty years.
  • Shop for 40th Anniversary Gifts
  • 40th anniversary symbol - ruby


    45th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Sapphire
  • Modern Symbol: Sapphire
  • Color: Sapphire Red
  • Flower: any bouquet of flowers of blue, orange, yellow, pink and purple
  • Gem: Sapphire
  • Meaning: Sapphires are the stone of wisdom, something that forty five years of marriage represents, the wisdom of time together and the knowledge of how important you are to each other.
  • 45th anniversary symbol - sapphires

    50th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Gold gift ideas
  • Modern Symbol: gold
  • Color: gold
  • Flower: violet
  • Gem: Golden 
  • Meaning: Nothing shines brighter than gold and your love shines brightly after fifty years.
  • Shop for 50th Anniversary Gifts in store
  • 50th anniversary symbol - gold

    The 50th wedding anniversary is truly a momentous event. Not every couple loves and are lucky enough to share half a century of married bliss. It is but fitting for the golden couple to renew their vows with their family and friends as witnesses. Anniversary symbol is gold.

    55th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Emerald
  • Modern Symbol: Emerald
  • Color: Emerald Green
  • Flower: Bouquet of flowers
  • Gem: Alexandrite
  • Meaning: Emeralds are the stone of lovers.
  • 55th anniversary symbol - emeralds
    60th anniversary symbol - diamonds

    60th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Diamond gift ideas
  • Modern Symbol: Gold
  • Color: White
  • Flower: Bouquet of flowers
  • Gem: Star Ruby or Diamond
  • Meaning: Nothing is stronger than diamonds, nothing can break you after sixty and seventy years of marriage.
  • 70th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Diamond
  • Modern Symbol: Platinum or Iron
  • Color: Diamond White
  • Flower: Bouquet of Flowers
  • Gem: Smoky Quartz
  • 75th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Diamond
  • Modern Symbol: Diamond
  • Color: Diamond
  • Flower: Bouquet of flowers
  • Gem: Diamond
  • 80th Wedding Anniversary

  • 80 years are celebrated with oak
  • Meaning: Wisdom and strength come with eighty years of marriage.
  • Anniversary Colors

    The colors come from the colors of the traditional gifts and to make it easier to see we have put them together in their very own color wheel.

    anniversary colors

    The funny thing about anniversary colors is that there are a number of duplicates, each anniversary does not have it's own distinct color. Quite a few are in different shades of white and this is because the anniversary colors are linked to the traditional and modern anniversary lists. The colors represent the gift of that year.

    Take a look at the full list of anniversary colors and the meaning behind the colors.

    Year

    Traditional

    Modern

    Gemstone

    Flower

    Color

    1st

    Paper

    Clocks

    Mother of Pearl

    Pansy

    Yellow

    2nd

    Cotton

    China

    Garnet

    Cosmos

    White

    3rd

    Leather

    Crystal

    Moonstone

    Fuchsia

    Brown

    4th

    Flowers/fruit

    Silk/ linen

    Blue Topaz

    Geranium

    Green

    5th

    Wood

    Silverware

    Turquoise

    Daisies

    Rose Quartz

    6th

    Candy/ Iron

    Wood

    White

    Calla Lilly

    Amethyst

    7th

    Copper

    Desk Sets

    White

    Jack in the Pulpit

    Onyx

    8th

    Bronze/ Pottery

    Lace / linen

    Bronze

    Clematis

    Tourmaline

    9th

    Willow / Pottery

    Leather

    Terracotta

    Poppy

    Lapis Lazuli

    10th

    Aluminum

    Diamond

    Silver

    Daffodils

    Diamond

    11th

    Steel

    Jewelry

    Turquoise

    Morning Glory

    Turquoise

    12th

    Silk / linen

    Pearls

    Oyster White

    Peony

    Jade

    13th

    Lace

    Faux Fur

    White

    Hollyhock

    Citrine

    14th

    Ivory

    Gold

    Ivory

    Dahlia

    Opal

    15th

    Crystal

    Watches

    Ruby red

    Roses

    Rhodolite

    20th

    China

    Platinum

    Emerald

    Day Lily

    Emerald

    25th

    Silver

    Silver

    Silver

    Iris

    Green Garnet

    30th

    Pearl

    Diamond

    Pearl

    Lily

    Pearl

    35th

    Coral

    Jade

    Coral

    Red Roses

    Coral

    40th

    Ruby

    Ruby

    Ruby red

    Nasturtium

    Ruby

    45th

    Sapphire

    Sapphire

    Blue

    Bouquet

    Sapphire

    50th

    Gold

    Gold

    Yellow 

    Violet

    Golden

    55th

    Emerald

    Emerald

    Green

    Bouquet

    Alexandrite

    60th

    Diamond

    Gold

    White

    Bouquet

    Diamond

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