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WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES

Oh no, it’s that time
of year again

The Wedding
Anniversary!

Most of us remember that the 25th is Silver, 40th Ruby and
50th Gold, but what about those in between or beyond.

Amaze your partners by getting them a really
appropriate present.

I have often been asked what a particular wedding anniversary is e.g. 25
years is Silver, but what about 10 years, to help you remember here is a little verse.

Please bear in mind that these
can differ from country to country;  as far as I am concerned the
following are general in the UK
 

The 1st  is
PAPER, on which you can write 
The
2nd is
COTTON
,
all crisp and white,
The 3rd is LEATHER, a bag or
some gloves,
The 4th is BOOKS, Lady
Chatterley’s loves!
The 5th is WOOD, a box full of
dreams,
The 6th is IRON, metal not steam
The
7th is WOOL, soft and warm
The
8th is BRONZE, metal in an
elegant form
The 9th is COPPER, and
10th is TIN,
If you have got this far you are bound to win.


The
11th is
STEEL,
so shiny and bright
            

The 12th is SILK, so soft and so
light,
              

The 13th is LACE, maybe a cloth
for a tray,
The 14th is IVORY, leave it for
Jumbo,
Its better that way!

(Years 11 – 15 were kindly contributed by
Polly & Mike Kelly)

The 15th is
CRYSTAL,
cut glass at its best,
The 20th CHINA, cups, plates and
the rest,
The 25th is SILVER – really
swell
The 30th is PEARL – from an
oyster’s shell
The 35th is CORAL, from under
the sea
The 40th is  RUBY, as red
as red can be
The 45th is SAPPHIRE – precious
and blue
The 50th is GOLDEN
Congratulations to you!
The 55th is
EMERALD
– so green
and so pure,
The 60th DIAMOND – an
achievement for sure. 
The 65th
BLUE
SAPPHIRE
, and 70th PLATINUM 

The last two which are reached by some
The
75th  is
DIAMOND AND GOLD 
The
80th OAK
** 

Or something suitable for the very old!

(but
probably not matching oak coffins as suggested by Jake Kydd
)

 

** David Burton kindly sent in this addition.

 

I have just been
advised Anne Gozney that her local paper states the
75th to be

“Radium”
– this does not seem very appropriate and goodness
knows what gifts would be applicable!

My doubts may have been justified as
I have just been contacted by Iain Pearson
who advises –

You have been advised that
the 75th anniversary is Radium (the radioactive isotope) Its’ more
likely to be Rhodium a precious metal used in jewellery and
electronics and traded similarly to Gold and Silver, except where gold
is worth around £330 an ounce Rhodium is worth £2500 an ounce!


Another version sent in by Vicky Short has 4th as Flowers, 6th as Candy, 7th as Copper and 9th as Pottery, so
take your pick.


Deborah tells me that 16 years is Sapphire and the gift
should be silver holloware or peridot (but I have always understood Sapphire to be 45
years).

Mr. Bill Fraser has
cleared this one up – Sapphire for 16 years is apparently applicable in
America not the UK.

 



BIRTHSTONES

MONTH

STONE

January

Garnet

February

Amethyst

March

Aquamarine

April

Diamond

May

Emerald

June

Pearl

July

Ruby

August

Peridot

September

Sapphire

October

Opal

November

Topaz

December

Turquoise

 

 


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