Your 9th anniversary gemstone is Lapis Lazuli, a gorgeous deep intense blue stone that is believed to promote harmony and friendship. A pretty perfect combination for married bliss!
Not only is it a gorgeous blue semi-precious stone, perfect for jewelry, it has also been used in the past to create a beautiful blue pigment, Ultramarine which was used in paintings in the Renaissance time. It was incredibly expensive so it was quite often reserved for the more important paintings.
The stunning deep blue of Lapis Lazuli gives the color to the 9th Anniversary and therefore gifts in blue also fit very well into the theme.
Although it may not be possible to gift a Renaissance masterpiece for your 9th Anniversary, maybe you could look at buying a poster instead. A classic painting would be The Girl With The Pearl Earring by Vemeer,
Or how about an anniversary city break visiting famous art galleries with even more famous paintings?
Or you could look to visit the origins of the Lapis Lazuli stone;
Or travel back even further in time and visit Roman and Ancient Egypt to see some truly gorgeous Lapis Lazuli examples.
Lapis Lazuli was used to decorate Tutankhamen's death mask and it was used in cosmetics for Cleopatra.
So although it is not possible to actually travel back in time you could visit Italy and Egypt to see some of the wonders.
You could also visit one of the great old museums that have many examples of Ultramarine.
When you come to choosing Lapis Lazuli for your 9th Anniversary Gift you want to choose the best for your money.
You can tell if Lapis Lazuli is real by a number of factors
Lapis Lazuli is also the Anniversary gemstone for your 32nd Anniversary.