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Anniversary Ring Traditions: What to Gift Every Year 

After five or ten years of marriage (or even just one) many couples choose to celebrate their anniversaries with special gifts. An anniversary ring is a way to signify the love and commitment that you share. Depending on the milestone, anniversary rings are often bands embellished with diamonds or gemstones. Though there are no set rules – make sure to choose a design that fits your partner’s personal style and celebrates your unique relationship. 

What is the purpose of an anniversary ring? 

An anniversary ring symbolizes a milestone in a marriage and is typically gifted on a wedding anniversary. Anniversary rings are typically worn stacked with your wedding and engagement ring. Anniversary bands serve as an opportunity to celebrate your commitment to one another now, and your years to come!  

What kind of ring is for an anniversary?  

Anniversary rings are typically in the form of a band or eternity style ring rather than having a focal center gem like an engagement ring. Although distinctive styles of anniversary bands are traditionally associated with different anniversary milestone gifts, there are no fixed rules when it comes to the style of your ring. Anniversary bands are meant to celebrate your unique relationship and should represent your own unique style – whether that be with diamonds, colorful gemstones, or all metal designs.  

What year do you get anniversary bands?  

Fine jewelry is typically gifted on the first, fifth, tenth, and twentieth anniversary. We say: buy an anniversary band whenever it feels right as all relationships celebrate milestones differently. With that being said, guidelines can sometimes prove helpful. Here are our suggestions: 

Anniversary by Year: Milestones, Traditional Metals, and Gemstones 

Anniversary Gifting Years at a Glance:  

Year 1: Gold  

Year 2: Garnet  

Year 3: Pearl  

Year 4: Blue Topaz  

Year 5: Sapphire  

Year 6: Amethyst  

Year 7: Onyx  

Year 8: Tourmaline 

Year 9: Lapis Lazuli  

Year 10: Diamond  

Year 11: Turquoise  

Year 12: Jade  

Year 13: Citrine  

Year 14: Opal  

Year 15: Ruby  

Year 20: Emerald 

Year 25: Silver Jubilee  

Year 30: Pearl Jubilee 

Year 35: Emerald  

Year 40: Ruby 

Year 45: Sapphire 

Year 50: Golden Jubilee  

Year 55: Alexandrite 

Year 60: Diamond  

A Closer Look at Anniversary Milestone Gifting Years  

1st Anniversary: Gold 

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 yellow gold, white gold, or rose gold anniversary band. While some may prefer to have their anniversary band match the metal type of their engagement or wedding ring, it is becoming increasingly popular to opt for a mixed metal look.   

5th Anniversary: Sapphire 

Sapphires, which have historically symbolized truth and loyalty, are the traditional gemstones of fifth year wedding anniversaries. While we typically think of sapphire being royal blue in color, sapphires come in virtually every color of the rainbow including pink, purple, green, and red. Sapphire anniversary bands are not only a classic gift but are a unique way to add personality and make a colorful statement with your ring stack.  

10th Anniversary: Diamonds 

A ten-year wedding anniversary is truly a milestone occasion, so it naturally follows that the traditional gemstones for the occasion are diamonds. Prized for their brilliant sparkle and superior hardness, diamonds adorn many of our most sought-after anniversary rings. A diamond ring is both sentimental and beautiful, often reminiscent of the day you exchanged rings years before. Although diamond eternity bands make a stunning statement, diamond jewelry such as classic stud earrings also make a beautiful choice for an anniversary gift. 

20th Anniversary: Ruby 

Rubies, which are the symbol of love, passion, and prosperity, are traditionally considered the gemstones or celebrating twenty-year wedding anniversaries. Twenty years wed is truly a milestone occasion to be celebrated. Vibrant red ruby gemstone anniversary bands and fine jewelry are sure to make a stunning anniversary gift.  

Anniversary Rings vs. Wedding Bands: What is the Difference? 

wedding ring stands for the official symbol of union and marriage on your wedding day while anniversary rings are a way to celebrate milestones of that same commitment you made so many years ago! The years of commitment towards nurturing your relationship with your partner is most definitely something to be celebrated. Wedding and anniversary rings also differ in how you wear them. While wedding rings are traditionally stacked with your engagement ring, anniversary rings can be stacked alongside them on the same finger, worn on a different hand, or sometimes even replace your original wedding band.  

How to Choose an Anniversary Ring 

  1. The first thing to consider is whether you want your anniversary ring to be similar in style to the wedding and engagement rings. While some opt for anniversary rings that are the same precious metal type as their engagement and wedding band, some may prefer a mixed metal look. Often when someone 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 have been married (a band with five diamond accents  for your fifth anniversary, for example). 
  1. It is important to consider how you are going to style the anniversary band. If it is going to be stacked with your engagement and wedding ring, it is best to opt for a complementary style for your stack. Our Ring Stacking Tool is a great place to get inspiration as it allows you to see your engagement ring stacked with up to 4 additional stacking and anniversary rings. 
  1. 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 them on different fingers for a complementary look.  
  1. If you are choosing to use your anniversary band to replace and upgrade your current wedding ring, our Jewelry specialists are happy to assist you in finding the perfect match. Our Find My Matching Wedding Ring Tool is also a great resource to explore your styling preferences and get inspiration for your new bridal set.  

Anniversary Ring Etiquette: How to Wear an Anniversary Ring 

Which finger should wear an anniversary ring? One modern styling technique for your anniversary band is to wear it in a stacked or nested look on the same finger as your engagement and wedding rings for a full sparkling look. Stacking your anniversary provides an opportunity to repeatedly update the style of your stack for an upgraded look. We suggest starting with our Ring Stacking Tool to explore our style preferences and gather inspiration for curating your unique stack.  

It is also common to wear an anniversary ring on the right hand, or any other finger besides the same as your engagement and wedding rings. Some may choose to wear an anniversary ring on their right hand so that it does not compete with their engagement ring or for a more stylized look. 

Although it is becoming increasingly less common, some choose to wear their anniversary ring instead of their wedding ring. Couples may choose to trade in their wedding band to put the value towards a new anniversary band, while others would not consider removing the band they slipped on their fingers at their weddings. This is an approached to consider if you are looking to modernize or upgrade the overall style of your bridal look. 

Final Thoughts  

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

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Comments (45)

Anna Hicks Says:
July 24th, 2019 at 9:58 am

This is my 60th anniversary and l have my second wedding ring set in white gold so do you.

Valarie C. Mann Says:
March 17th, 2019 at 2:48 pm

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March 15th, 2019 at 5:17 pm

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February 23rd, 2019 at 11:48 am

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December 6th, 2018 at 7:59 am

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April 1st, 2018 at 4:48 pm

What about 35 years.

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February 20th, 2018 at 2:27 pm

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February 19th, 2018 at 11:17 am

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November 20th, 2017 at 8:38 am

Our 32nd wedding anniversary will be on January 25th 2018. This will be the first anniversary that we will actually be together. We missed two anniversaries when my husband was in Afghanistan. Last year he took a promotion out of state so we missed our 31st. The house finally sold in May 2016, so I finally moved to our new home state of Mississippi! We have been remodeling our home since June 2016. Our furniture and appliances will be arriving in a couple of weeks. This will be a very special year for us! I was just 21 when we married and he was 22. I guess you could say that we took each other to raise ***
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September 25th, 2017 at 4:01 pm

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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.

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September 11th, 2017 at 3:32 pm

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September 5th, 2017 at 5:50 pm

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

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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.

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

Yellow and blue. My wife adores roses.

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

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

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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.

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August 8th, 2017 at 8:30 am

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July 16th, 2017 at 7:18 pm

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Keith Gohlke Says:
July 16th, 2017 at 12:45 pm

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

I LOVE MY WEDDING RING..

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

Would like to win

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!

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July 6th, 2017 at 7:00 pm

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

Love the shine and brilliance of them all.

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

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

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February 7th, 2017 at 9:30 pm

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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!! 🙂

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

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

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!

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.

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!!

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!

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.

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