From Paper to Platinum


The traditional names for wedding anniversaries go back many years in social  usage. As names like wooden, crystal, silver and golden were applied to anniversary years, it was considered proper to present the married couple with gifts made of these products or of something related. The list of traditional products for gifts, with a few allowable revisions in parentheses, is presented below, with common modern gifts indicated in boldface. 

1st  Paper,                      clocks  
2nd  Cotton,                    china  
3rd  Leather,                   crystal, glass  
4th  Linen (silk),              appliances  
5th  Wood,                      silverware  
6th  Iron,                           wood objects  
7th  Wool (copper),        desk sets  
8th  Bronze,                     linens, lace  
9th  Pottery (china);        leather goods  
10th  Tin, aluminium,      diamond  
11th  Steel,                      fashion jewellery  
12th  Silk, pearls,           coloured gems  
13th  Lace,                      textiles, furs  
14th  Ivory,                      gold jewellery  
15th  Crystal,                  watches  
20th  China,                    platinum  
25th  Silver,                    sterling silver  
30th  Pearl,                     Diamond  
35th  Coral (jade),          jade  
40th  Ruby,                     ruby  
45th  Sapphire,              sapphire  
50th  Gold,                      gold  
55th  Emerald,                emerald  
60th  Diamond,              diamond 

Courtesy: The World Almanac 1997