Bearers of good luck, protectors against harm, or charms of everlasting love, the lore that surrounds gemstones is romantic, magical, and powerful. But, depending on who you ask, what culture they hail from, and what belief system they subscribe to, gemstones possess widely different powers. For example, while ancient Romans believed opal was a "seeing stone," a Cassandra of good luck, the superstitions of British culture maintained the gem would prove an unlucky adornment if opal wasn't the wearer's birthstone. Because myths and legends are rarely static, and generally rooted in oral tradition, part of the allure of gemstone magic is that it is ever evolving. That said, one aspect of the mysticism surrounding gemstones has remained constant across the wide sea of history and culture: gemstones are beautiful, powerful charms of the heart.
After the expense of an engagement ring, a fairy tale wedding, and a dream honeymoon, many couples don't have drawers full of cash lying around the house. Clearly, someone has thought this through. While a traditional non-gemstone anniversary gift is paper (think tickets to a hot show, gorgeous stationery, or even a heartfelt card), the corresponding gemstone is the very favorably priced freshwater pearl. Whether necklace or bracelet, a simple strand makes an elegant gift. And the unusual, one-of-a-kind shape of each pearl makes each jewel a true standout. Best of all, fine quality freshwater pearls belong to the rare family of gifts that are both generally inexpensive and well admired.
The fifth anniversary gemstone -- the sapphire -- is a mysterious, luxurious stone. But don't be intimidated by the hypnotic glimmer of this beauty. Sapphires are available in a wide range of prices, from ultra-expensive, to extremely affordable. For example, GlamForLess offers a stunning sapphire jewelry set for under $50.
Or put your own twist on a historically traditional gemstone gift. For example, ask your jeweler to create a custom design featuring your birthstone, that of your beloved, and your anniversary year. If you have children, design a special piece that celebrates the most important times of your life, your anniversary year, and the months your children were born. Or, in the tradition of Victorian Regard rings, where jewelers used gemstones to spell out names or sentiments like Lapis Lazuli, Opal, Vermarine, Emerald, create a design featuring your anniversary stone framed by your combined initials.
Anniversaries are times to celebrate your marriage, your future, and your past. Regardless of the gifts you give or receive, your anniversary stands apart from all the other days in your life as a triumph of love. So, whatever you choose, whether it be gemstones, clocks, or paper, may your love always glisten, glimmer, and gleam.