WEARING ANNIVERSARY RINGS
This is the best thing about anniversary rings – there are no rules. Anniversary rings can be worn every day or occasionally when desired, worn sometimes for fun as an alternative to engagement and wedding rings, worn alongside your diamond engagement ring and wedding ring, or on another finger on your left or right hand, or they can even replace wedding bands. The possibilities are numerous and exciting! But you’ll need to put some thought into this before selecting an anniversary ring
If you think you’d prefer to ‘co-ordinate’ your anniversary ring with your existing engagement and wedding rings – and wear them all together on the same finger, then you’ll clearly need to match the anniversary ring so that it fits alongside and nicely complements the rings from the big day.
This usually means a ring in the same style and precious metal as your wedding band, in the same size and probably the same sort of gemstones, if you have them on your wedding band. Different types of gemstones which complement those in your wedding band and/or engagement ring could work here, but it would need to be carefully assessed. An anniversary ring to be worn on the same finger as the existing rings is usually a band in a style close to the wedding band but perhaps with additional embellishments.
For instance, many people have a spectacular diamond engagement ring and a relatively simple wedding band which are worn together on the third finger of the left hand. A popular choice for anniversary rings is a band which can be worn up against the plain wedding band, in the same style and precious metal but with a row or rows of diamonds which present as a classy counterpart to the diamond or diamonds in the engagement ring.
If you have a central diamond flanked by smaller sapphires on your engagement ring, perhaps you can bring sapphires into play with your anniversary band. A ring like this is known as an Eternity Band. Concepts with eternity bands can include diamond accents which reflect the actual anniversary – e.g. 5 diamond accents for a 5 year anniversary. Or you might like to have a band featuring your children’s birth stones. Or if your wedding ring is an eternity band in yellow gold with inset diamonds, you could go for an eternity band (with inset diamonds) in white gold or rose gold – the mixed metals work beautifully together.
Of course, if you plan to wear the anniversary ring on the other hand, then it doesn’t need to complement your engagement and wedding rings, unless you prefer to carefully co-ordinate your overall look. The choice is yours. You might like to have anniversary rings which are quite different in style and form, which more accurately express the person you are 5 or 10 years on from your wedding, which you can wear on the other hand, or for instance to a party - in lieu of your usual rings. You can really make a statement with an anniversary ring if you want to; go on - say it loud - if that’s your personality! As US industry expert, jeweller Zaven Ghanimian advocates, “Jewelry should always be reflective of the person wearing it. When looking for anniversary rings, think about what is most important to you as a couplke. What about this moment are you trying to capture?”
1st YEAR ANNIVERSARY
Why not go for gold! That’s a nod to the suggestion in popular culture, as mentioned above. It’s classic, speaks of romance; looks great in contemporary or traditional designs. It can be in matching gold or complementary (one of the other golds), and possibly a more elaborate creation.
2nd and 3rd YEAR ANNIVERSARIES
Celebrating these anniversaries with special rings might not be common, but gifts of beautiful jewellery are never wrong! Consider the ‘theme’ stones mentioned above (garnet and pearl, respectively). These can feature on ‘dress rings’ which might be worn on a date night or to a concert or party; or as the highlight on elegant earrings or necklaces. Sparkling diamond studs, drops and pendants are of course a wonderful gift. We definitely recommend a special anniversary gift which comes out of the blue – not just 1 year, 5 years, 10 years etc. – and diamond earrings, necklaces and bracelets are perfect for romantic surprise gifting!
5th YEAR ANNIVERSARY
Five years is one of the most popular anniversaries and the traditional stone for this is the sophisticated and gorgeous sapphire. Sapphires traditionally represent honesty and loyalty, so befitting for this important anniversary. Most people associate sapphires with a rich, majestic blue colour, but they also come in many other hues, including yellow and pink, and they are totally versatile in terms of styles and settings.
10th YEAR ANNIVERSARY
A decade of domestic bliss is certainly a major milestone and deserves to be celebrated accordingly! A romantic getaway could be a good idea; most definitely a fabulous night out together at least – and for the ring – it’s got to be a diamond! A beautiful diamond ring is arguably the best gift going around at any point in time, but for this anniversary which is such a happy occasion and a landmark to be proud of, a diamond speaks to the passage of time in a wonderfully sentimental way. A diamond ring literally reminds you both of that time when you exchanged engagement and wedding rings all those years ago. A spectacular diamond eternity band could be a terrific option, or a ring which takes its cues from the original engagement ring – perhaps featuring a gorgeous solitaire, but with a ten year twist?
20th YEAR ANNIVERSARY
Platinum and emeralds are suggested as the precious metal and gemstones for the double-decade anniversary. If these aren’t your favourite combinations, don’t worry, 20 years is an impressive achievement, and you deserve to treat each other to whatever you want!
Of course, there are many years in between the milestone years, and for many couples there are many anniversaries beyond 20 years which are up for celebrating. There are plenty of traditional and contemporary suggestions and recommendations around - on the internet, amongst family and friends - and of course your jeweller will be happy to discuss ideas with you.
As we said, we recommend at least once surprising your partner with a special anniversary gift they’re not expecting.
At Diamond Exchange we love helping our customers choose amazing anniversary gifts. If an anniversary is coming up for you and your special someone, Diamond Exchange can assist you with stimulating inspiration and expert advice.
Do anniversary rings need to match with my wedding and engagement rings?
No. This is what makes anniversary rings so much fun. You can really mix it up, especially if the anniversary ring is only to be worn occasionally. If you are going to wear it all the time though, you probably want it to complement your other jewellery in some way.
What are the important anniversaries?
It’s good to celebrate anniversaries every year of course, but the milestones which generally get the most attention are 10 years, 15 years and 20 years.
Do you have to get anniversary gifts according to the custom, i.e. paper for one year, etc.?
No of course you don’t have to. Whilst some of these may be cute, there may be others which just aren’t to your taste at all, and a gorgeous ring or other item of jewellery might be a far more attractive proposition.