Forty years together is a hugely impressive achievement and it needs an exceptionally glamorous theme. Rubies are pink to blood-red coloured gemstones – the redder the better – and one of the traditional cardinal gems together with amethyst, sapphire, emerald, and diamond. For thousands of years, the ruby has been considered the stone of love, energy, passion, power, and a zest for life. Therefore a beautifully faceted ruby stands for that fire that still burns in a long and happy marriage.
You can obviously drop some serious cash on pukka jewellery! But look along the spectrum from Tiffany to Ernest Jones to Argos… and you’ll find something you like.
Cuff links or tiepins can work for gents. Or be a bit creative – that dark ruby colour is the hue of many a fine wine. Or simply use the colour as the springboard for any other imaginative gift.
Ruby jewellery for her
Ruby accessories for him – a smart fountain pen with a ruby-coloured barrel, for example
A case of fine Bordeaux or BurgundyWine tasting for two (in France, South Africa, Australia…)
Red glass tableware or drinks set
A very classy Indian meal (“go for a ruby…”)
A gem cutting and lapidary course
Diamond? Yes, that’s maybe better known as the Traditional theme for a 60th wedding anniversary. But let’s be honest, you’ve got to start pretty young for that to be mathematically possible for many couples. And 30 years together is a good effort that should be recognised and celebrated. Diamonds have taken millions of years to become one of the hardest substances on the planet – and yet so pure and beautiful when cut.
The old Oriental description of a ruby is as “a drop of the heart’s blood of Mother Earth”. Can’t argue with that, and the Modern anniversary theme is the same as the Trad.
Jewellery gift ideas for her 40th anniversary: Any jewellery featuring rubies: bracelets, bangles, cuffs, necklaces, pendants, earrings, rings.
The gladiolus, (from the Latin meaning a ‘sword’) is sometimes called the 'sword lily', but more usually by its generic plural. Said to symbolise strength and moral integrity, gladioli also represent infatuation, which could stretch moral integrity somewhat! However, a bouquet certainly shows the recipient that they pierce the giver's heart with passion. Fans of Morrissey must wear them in their back pocket.
A bouquet or a pot of nasturtiums or gladioli
Presents with a flower theme that embraces nasturtiums or gladioli (e.g an art photo or print, fragrant candles, perfume or room fragrance)
Gifts with a floral motif (e.g handkerchiefs, napkins, underwear)