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Anniversary Bands: When to Give Them, How to Choose

Anniversary Bands

After five or ten years of marriage (or even just one) many couples choose to celebrate their anniversaries with special rings. Anniversary rings are often bands embellished with diamonds, though there are no set rules – make sure to choose a design that fits her personal style.

Anniversary Rings by Year

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The old-fashioned list of anniversary gifts says couples should give each other wood on their fifth anniversary, tin or aluminum on their tenth, and wait until fifty years of marriage before celebrating with gold jewelry! The modern list says that diamond jewelry should be given on your tenth anniversary. We say: Buy an anniversary band whenever it feels right. To truly surprise your wife, give her a ring on an “off” anniversary (fourth or sixth or eleventh, for example). It’s certain to be a welcome surprise. That being said, guidelines can sometimes prove helpful. Here’s what we suggest:

1 Year: Gold

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The first year of marriage is filled with precious memories, and the gift of something gold is a fitting way to commemorate them. For a classic first anniversary present, choose a piece of jewelry in yellow or white gold. Consider rose gold for a more distinctive look, especially popular in contemporary or vintage styles.

5 Year: Sapphire

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Sapphires, which have historically symbolized truth and loyalty, are the traditional gemstones of fifth year wedding anniversaries. Available in nearly any hue, from regal blues to feminine pinks, sapphires can suit many styles. A sapphire anniversary band is a classic gift that is sure to please. Sapphire pendants and earrings are also lovely, time-honored gifts. Brilliant Earth sapphires, which are sourced from Sri Lanka, Australia, and Malawi, are an eternally popular fifth anniversary present.

10 Year: Diamonds

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A ten year wedding anniversary is truly a milestone occasion, so it naturally follows that the traditional gemstones for the occasion are diamonds. Prized since antiquity for their brilliant sparkle and superior hardness, diamonds adorn many of our most sought after jewelry pieces. A diamond ring is both sentimental and beautiful, often reminiscent of the day you exchanged rings years before. Diamond earrings, whether classic studs, sophisticated drops, or glamorous hoops, are also a beautiful choice.

Choosing an Anniversary Ring

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The first thing to consider is whether you want the anniversary ring to be similar in style to the wedding and engagement rings. The advantage to coordinating rings is that you can wear them together on the same finger. Often when a woman has a simple wedding band, the couple opts for an anniversary band with more embellishment.
Eternity bands, featuring diamonds or other precious gems encircling the finger, are one popular choice, or you might choose a ring  featuring the same number of diamond accents as years you’ve been married (a band with five diamond accents  for your fifth anniversary, for example).

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If your wedding ring already contains precious gems, consider an anniversary band in a similar style but with different gems—the birth stones of your children perhaps?  If your rings contain different gemstones, we typically recommend wearing on different fingers for a complementary look. Or, if your wedding ring is a white gold eternity band you could choose an eternity band in rose or yellow gold as an anniversary band, for a beautiful mixed metal look. But feel free to choose an anniversary band in an entirely different style than that of your wedding and engagement rings.  If your taste has evolved in the years since you’ve been married, this is a great chance to choose a ring that reflects where you are today, style-wise.

How to Wear an Anniversary Ring

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Which finger should wear an anniversary ring? There’s no hard and fast rule. Some women wear the rings alongside their engagement and wedding rings, others wear the new ring on the third finger of their right hand instead of their left, and still others choose to wear the anniversary ring instead of their wedding and/or engagement rings.  Some women trade in their wedding band to put that value toward a pricier new anniversary band, while others wouldn’t consider removing the band they slipped on their fingers at their weddings.

Thinking about giving an anniversary band, or asking for one? Our jewelry experts would be happy to guide you through the process, or help you create a custom ring.

Final Thoughts

Are you shopping for an anniversary band, or hoping to receive one?  What’s your favorite style?  Let us know on Facebook or Twitter, or in the comments section! For all of Brilliant Earth’s anniversary styles, shop our Anniversary Collection and Anniversary Gift Guide!

COMMENTS

Brittany Says:
May 7th, 2015 at 4:08 pm

I love white Gold, but since my wedding and engagements rings were heirlooms, the white gold has faded to a yellower white gold. So I’m thinking I’ll get rose gold for my fifth anniversary to compliment the yellowing white gold.

MariJoy Says:
August 3rd, 2015 at 1:42 pm

For the 25th wedding anniversary, I got a gorgeous Gabriel & Co. 3-row anniversary ring…did not know how eye-popping the look of pave diamonds could be!

Isabella Says:
September 26th, 2015 at 10:06 am

I agree that you shouldn’t get too hung up on the ‘rules’ of anniversary gifts. Although it is nice to give a nod to tradition when possible, spontaneity is always far more sexy and exciting so surprise your wife with a diamond ring at any year anniversary and she’ll feel swept off her feet all over again.

Pamela E. Says:
February 16th, 2016 at 11:22 am

I say “Do what you feel”! After 7 yrs of being married we have upgraded my wedding ring every other 5 to7 yrs. to a bigger ring and style. And on my 32nd Anniversary he surprised me with an Anniversary ring with 32 diamonds. But I still own my original wedding rings. Gotta Love him and I appreciate his spontaneity and his appreciation of a good looking diamond!!

Marsha Rosen Says:
June 29th, 2016 at 11:19 am

I can only wear 18 carat gold earrings, and I already have cubics that I can’t wear because of the 14 carat gold that they are set in. I don’t want to invest in real diamonds right now, but if you have 18 carat gold settings with cubic stones in one carat (each ear), I’d truly be interested. I loose too many earrings to invest in real diamonds. Please advice.

B. Earth Says:
June 29th, 2016 at 11:38 am

Hi Marsha,

We do not offer 18K gold earrings with cubic zirconia, but you may be interested in our 18K White Gold Garnet Stud Earrings, our 18K White Gold Emerald Stud Earrings, or our 18K White Gold Akoya Pearl Earrings. Thanks for your interest!

Barbara Miller Says:
December 1st, 2016 at 6:39 am

they look like big money for diamond chips!!!!

Karen Says:
January 20th, 2017 at 4:42 pm

Last year on our 25th wedding anniversary my husband surprised me with a diamond anniversary band, which I wear on my 4th finger on my right hand! Its simple & classic looking, I love it! Now we will be celebrating our 26th in a few short days! There are no rules do what YOU want to do!! 🙂

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February 7th, 2017 at 9:30 pm

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Helen Elwell Says:
February 28th, 2017 at 11:22 am

I have a anniversary ring husband added a diamond every anniversary have 43 diamond last one added 3 years ago because of his dead and I still wear it a lot of comments on how they like the ring

Kenneth Says:
June 17th, 2017 at 3:31 pm

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Gloria. Lyons Says:
June 30th, 2017 at 4:33 pm

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Gloria. Lyons Says:
June 30th, 2017 at 4:36 pm

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July 6th, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Please send me information on what ‘promise rings’ you have in stock

Thanks

Mary Franke Says:
July 12th, 2017 at 1:04 pm

Hi Alan, you can find information on our promise rings here: https://www.brilliantearth.com/news/promise-rings/. Thanks for your interest!

Darlene Johnson Says:
July 16th, 2017 at 5:41 am

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SUÁREZ RICARDO Says:
July 16th, 2017 at 8:25 am

I LOVE MY WEDDING RING..

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July 16th, 2017 at 12:45 pm

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July 16th, 2017 at 7:18 pm

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August 8th, 2017 at 8:28 am

I would love to win its our 44th year

Cynthia Says:
August 8th, 2017 at 8:30 am

I would love to win our 44th aniversary..

Lucinda Says:
August 17th, 2017 at 5:24 pm

I do like to have for 35 Anniversary next year. but it’s not going to happen.

Kathleen Delevati Says:
August 23rd, 2017 at 5:13 pm

Absolutely gorgeous..

Janet Woods Says:
August 27th, 2017 at 1:24 pm

These are all so beautiful:-)

Robert Hamilton Says:
August 28th, 2017 at 6:32 pm

Yellow and blue. My wife adores roses.

Linda Dulacy Says:
August 28th, 2017 at 7:40 pm

Would love to win. Our 50 year Anniversary is in Sept. 1967-2017 my original wedding/engagement rings were stolen in 1995..still heartbroken over the loss.

Linda Dulacy Says:
August 28th, 2017 at 7:42 pm

Celebrating 50 yrs marriage. Would love to win

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September 2nd, 2017 at 2:47 pm

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Terrilynn Rife Says:
September 5th, 2017 at 5:50 pm

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Terrilynn Rife Says:
September 5th, 2017 at 5:50 pm

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Vita Sanders Says:
September 11th, 2017 at 3:32 pm

they all is beautiful

Leon G Miller Says:
September 16th, 2017 at 6:55 pm

Her wedding & engagement rings were stolen several years ago. Now i wiuld like to get her something for our 61st anniv. Coming up next June 2018.

Rita Gildon Says:
September 25th, 2017 at 4:01 pm

Stayed at a Hotel in Louisiana on vaction after going out to dinner I left my ring on the nightstand they were stolen this is my 29th year of marriage it would be great to win .

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