The tradition of giving a gift to mark a milestone wedding anniversary dates back hundreds of years. The practice began in Europe in the Middle Ages, with silver being the traditional gift for a 25th wedding anniversary and gold being the traditional gift for a 50th wedding anniversary.

Emeralds were later added to the list of traditional anniversary gifts, with the gemstone being associated with the 20th wedding anniversary, 35th wedding anniversary and 55th wedding anniversary. The practice of giving emeralds as a gift for these anniversaries has become increasingly popular over time.

Emeralds symbolise renewal, growth, and prosperity, making them a fitting choice for celebrating wedding anniversaries. As a gemstone associated with springtime and the vibrant green hues of nature, emeralds represent the rejuvenation of love and the ongoing growth of a relationship over time. Emeralds are also believed to bring harmony, balance, and domestic bliss to marriages, making them a cherished symbol of enduring love and commitment.

When choosing an emerald anniversary gift, it’s important to consider the quality of the gemstone. Look for emeralds that have a deep, rich green colour and few inclusions. Emeralds can be paired with a variety of metals, including white gold, yellow gold, rose gold and platinum, and can be set with other gemstones to create a stunning piece of jewellery.

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