Your 25th Wedding anniversary is no small milestone and shouldn’t be overlooked. It’s a celebration between two people that have committed to each other for at least a quarter of a century, which is a relationship goal to aspire to. It’s certainly a reason to gift a little jewellery!
The gift that is traditionally given to celebrate this occasion is silver because the material is a precious, brilliant, radiantly beautiful and long lasting metal, which are also aspects reflected in a loving relationship. The practice to give a silver gift has gone back as far as the Holy Roman Empire, when husbands gave their wives a silver wreath on their 25th wedding anniversary.
In the past, silver has been rumoured to hold magical powers, for it was believed to bring the wearer good luck. It is also known to ward off evil spirits and help to heal diseases. Silver is fondly said to represent harmony, which is something that couples who have been together for 25 years, will no doubt have created amongst themselves. This makes silver a truly suitable gift for the occasion.
Silver can always be recognised for its colour, but it is also distinguished due to its British hallmark of 925 for sterling silver and 958 Britannia silver. For more information on hallmarks, we have a blog post that covers all you need to know!
Silver may be the first theme that springs to mind when thinking of a 25th wedding anniversary, however there are some modern alternatives that add a dash of colour to the event. The gemstone tsavorite (pronounced with a silent T) is another strong gift option for this anniversary and is certainly a more unique and unusual choice.
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First discovered in Kenya and Tanzania by Scottish gemologist Campbell R. Bridges, this new gemstone was first named and marketed to the jewellery industry in 1974. Although it comes from the garnet family, the colour of tsavorite is similar to that of an emerald, bringing vibrant shades of green to the jewellery it is set in. Unlike emeralds however, tsavorite often exhibits far fewer inclusions and on occasion can be flawless.
As they are much rarer in nature then emeralds, large tsavorite gemstones command a high premium. The best tsavorite colour is a deep emerald green, whereas stones with lighter tones and yellowish hues are less desirable. The green colouring is caused by trace amounts of chromium or vanadium in the gemstone’s chemical structure. However in ultraviolet light, tsavorite is a light cream-yellow colour.
THE IRIS FLOWER
A natural accompaniment to an anniversary gift is a beautiful flower or two. Traditional gifts don’t limit themselves to jewellery, as specific flowers are also known to represent specific wedding anniversaries.
Many different countries have their own choices for which flower should celebrate the 25th anniversary, however for the UK it is certainly the gorgeous Iris. The bold Iris was the inspiration for the fleur de lis, which has become a symbol of elegance and sophistication.
A royal purple arrangement of these beautiful flowers will be very romantic, and the bold colouring can only add to the joy of the occasion. The Iris flower takes its name from the Greek goddess of the rainbow, who in turn gave her name to the Greek word for the rainbow itself.