The traditional theme for the 35-year wedding anniversary is coral, which has the appropriate symbolic meaning of longevity and strength. While some coral reefs are now endangered, red corals grow mainly in the Mediterranean Sea, either in the depths or in dark caverns. The hard skeleton of red coral branches is naturally matte but can be polished to a glassy lustre.
Due to its softness and opacity, coral is usually cut ‘en cabochon’, which means shaped as opposed to faceted. Often made into beads, coral stones exhibit a range of warm colours from pale pink to deep red. Thus the word coral is also used to describe such colours.
Coral stone jewellery or cufflinks
Coral-coloured items (housewares, tablecloths, bedding etc)
Carved coral stone e.g chess set
Visit an aquarium (or buy a small one for home)
A diving holiday (visit Papua New Guinea or Egypt to see coral reefs)
Jade is an ornamental mineral, mostly known for its green varieties. It’s actually two different minerals: nephrite or jadeite. Jade features prominently in ancient Asian art, but also has an important place in many other cultures – as greenstone (pounamu) in Maori culture, for example. Green jade is a symbol of serenity, tranquillity and purity, and it’s a stone that’s thought to bring good luck, peace and harmony.
Jade jewellery items
Jade cuff links or Maori pendants for him
Jade-coloured fabrics or clothingJade tableware e.g bowls
Emerald gemstones have been synonymous with the colour green since ancient times. A fine emerald is an impressive sight, and this member of the beryl family deserves its place among the traditional ‘big four’ gems along with diamond, ruby, and sapphire. Called by some the “Stone of Successful Love,” emeralds are gems of inspiration and infinite patience, embodying unity, compassion and unconditional love. Best grab one then!
Any jewellery featuring emeralds, jade, or coral: bracelets, bangles, cuffs, necklaces, pendants, earrings, rings.
Unusually, there is no flower ascribed to this anniversary. But you can take the colours of coral and jade and thus find appropriate blooms or vases.