See below for some great ideas for gifts following the themes for a 30th wedding anniversary. Remember, there are no definite rules – look at all the options and be creative! If you think your partner will love something different, just go for it.
Emerald gemstones have been synonymous with the colour green since ancient times. Called by some the “Stone of Successful Love,” emeralds are gems denoting inspiration and infinite patience, embodying unity, compassion and unconditional love. Like rubies, there’s a story that they can fade if love dims – and so the gift of a shiny bright green emerald reinforces a love living long into the future.
While emerald jewellery comes to mind, there are wonderful associations with the colour green, with Ireland, with gardening etc that can be explored for gifts too. Of course, a Lily Gardner Emerald XXXX is always acceptable!Emerald jewellery for her (eg an emerald eternity ring)Emerald accessories for him (cuff links, solitaire pinkie ring etc)A Visconti Mirage emerald green fountain pen or similarGreen table linen, glassware, bowls etcFurnishing fabricsA trip around IrelandAn Emerald Cost holiday (be it in Florida, Sardinia or Brittany!)A gardening course (for two!)Shrubs for the gardenA special Spring getaway
Emeralds are gem-quality specimens of the beryl mineral family with a rich, distinctly green colour. Beryl comes from beryllium which occurs in very small amounts in the Earth’s crust. Conditions must be perfect for there to be enough beryllium alongside the chromium and vanadium that give the stone its strong green colour. This is why emeralds are rare and only found in a small number of locations.
Alexandrite’s main characteristic is the ability to change colour if exposed to a light source rich in red rays. The most valuable Alexandrites are brilliant green, and then switch to a fiery red under artificial light. Naturally, such a prominent colour change is highly sought after. Alexandrites from Brazil display a total colour change and are therefore highly prized.
Any jewellery featuring alexandrite or emerald: bracelets, bangles, cuffs, necklaces, pendants, earrings, rings.
Calla (or arum) lilies have a white conical flower with a cheeky yellow ‘spadix’ sticking out. For Christians these lilies can symbolise purity and faith; while the Romans thought they represented lust and sexuality! After 55 years together – you decide!
A bouquet or a pot of calla liliesPresents with a flower theme that embraces calla lilies (e.g an art photo or print, fragrant candles, perfume or room fragrance)
Gifts with a floral motif (e.g handkerchiefs, napkins, underwear).