TRADITIONAL WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
The Anniversary Ring
After the Wedding Band and the Engagement Ring, the next most important ring that a couple will buy is the Anniversary Ring. What is an Anniversary Ring? It is probably best explained by the advertising slogan developed by DeBeers in the latter part of the 20th century, "Tell her you'd marry her all over again!"
The Anniversary Band is symbolic of the wedding promise and celebrates the enduring and shared love and commitment of the couple. There is no particular etiquette describing the ideal time to present an Anniversary Band on a milestone anniversary such as the 10th, 15th, 20th, or 25th anniversary. Others choose a random anniversary, special occasion or Holiday to acknowledge their devotion.
Anniversary Rings come in many designs. For example, an Eternity Ring is a complete circle of diamonds and/or other precious gems. A Half-Eternity Ring is a half circle of stones. Anniversary Bands may be a thinner band that can be worn next to a bridal set on the left hand or a more substantial ring worn independently on the right hand. An excellent example of a right-hand ring would be the three-stone diamond ring, representing one stone for your past, one for your present and one for your future.
A CJA Member can assist you in selecting the perfect Anniversary Ring style. Check our Members Directory for a list of locations near you.
Celebrate another year of wedded bliss by giving your spouse a gift to symbolize the years you’ve spent together in marriage–a sign of your love and devotion. Each year marks another milestone, and what better way to commemorate the occasion than with a unique piece of gemstone jewellery.
The custom of marking each anniversary with a different material dates back to the Middle Ages. During this period, common goods such as paper, cotton and glass were given to honour a wedding anniversary. Over time, these items were replaced with beautiful gemstones like sapphire, jade and garnet. Many of these are traditional birthstones as well.
These gemstones have become synonymous with each anniversary year.
Buy your jewellery from a jeweller who is a member of the Canadian Jewellers Association (CJA). Rely on the knowledge, expertise, and professional standards of our members.
When purchasing jewellery, it is important to remember that gold, platinum, diamonds and gemstones are rare and expensive to mine. Firm industry guidelines ensure that diamonds, gemstones and gold are valued according to current market prices. Market forces, craftsmanship, grading, quality and weight are all taken into account when determining a value.