What Is an Anniversary Ring?

What Is an Anniversary Ring?

What is an anniversary ring? Is it the same as an anniversary band? When should you buy an anniversary ring? What do they look like? If any of these questions have ever plagued your mind – or if they’re troubling your mind just now that you’ve read them – fear not. In today’s blog, we’re diving into all things anniversary ring, giving you the ultimate guide to what they are and when they should be included in your life.

The anniversary ring or anniversary band describes a ring that features a row of gemstones on one side of the band. This style is closely similar to a ‘half eternity’ ring, as the gemstones wrap halfway around the band. However, whilst the two look similar, the main difference between an anniversary ring and a half eternity is that there is generally more variety in the anniversary ring. Not only is the size of the gemstones used in an anniversary ring more variable, but the gemstones themselves have a lot more potential combinations.

What Is an Anniversary Ring?
What Is an Anniversary Ring

What’s the Difference Between a Wedding Ring and an Anniversary Ring?

The most obvious difference is in the name; a wedding ring is given during the wedding ceremony to commemorate the bond between one another whilst the anniversary gift is more of a special treat gifted sometimes a year or even decades later! A noticeable difference between a wedding ring and an anniversary ring is that it is not expected of you to wear the anniversary ring on your ring finger as there are no rules when it comes to where this ring will sit. But don’t worry -we’ll chat more on how to wear an anniversary ring later!

When to Buy an Anniversary Ring

An anniversary ring is perfect excuse to show a little extra love for your partner on special milestone, whether you have been married for a year, a decade, or longer than you can quite remember! Of course, if you like the sound of an anniversary ring for yourself – whether you want some form of eternity ring or something completely different – then the lead up to your next wedding anniversary might be the perfect opportunity to start dropping hints!

If you want something made custom, you’ll have to plan in advance – it usually takes a few weeks to craft something from scratch. However, if you’re more interested in antique and vintage jewellery, we have a selection of gemstone rings that would fit the bill perfectly.

Another option for buying anniversary rings is to choose one with a number of gemstones that corresponds to the number of years you’ve been married. We have a wide range of trilogy rings that would be perfect for the third year, as well as five stone rings that would be gorgeous for commemorating your fifth year of matrimonial bliss.

How to Choose an Anniversary Ring

The great thing about an anniversary ring is the opportunity to try something new. If you’re personal style and taste has changed over the years, the anniversary ring is an excellent opportunity to pick something that aligns with your tastes today. Maybe 10 years ago you were a gold girly and nowadays you prefer the cool tones of white gold – now’s the time to get that ring!

The main thing to consider if where you’ll be wearing it – stacked with your engagement ring? Worn on its own? Or even the other hand? Don’t worry if you’re not sure, we’ll explore how style and anniversary ring in just a few sections! For now, just think about whether you would like something entirely different or something that suits your current jewellery.

The great thing about anniversary rings is the variety, whether you’re looking for something a bit more traditional or more on the unique side, we are able to offer a great section of antique and vintage rings in an abundance of gemstones and metals.

How to Choose an Anniversary Ring
Choosing an Anniversary Ring
Choosing the right Anniversary Ring

Traditional Anniversary Metals and Gemstones According to Your Anniversary Year

Traditional Anniversary Metals
Traditional Anniversary Gemstones

If you’re looking for a bit more guidance, we’ve listed the traditional metals and gemstones associated with each year anniversary. Of course, you don’t have to stick to this – the best choice for you or your partner is whatever you feel drawn to, but it’s always nice to have a little help. Something like this vintage 1970’s ruby and diamond half eternity ring would be perfect for a 15th, 40th or 80th anniversary but if you’re partner loves rubies in general don’t be deterred from getting them it for the anniversary you’ve got in mind!

1st Anniversary: Gold

2nd Anniversary: Garnet

3rd Anniversary: Pearl

1st Anniversary: Gold Ring
2nd Anniversary: Garnet Ring
3rd Anniversary: Pearl Ring

4th Anniversary: Blue Topaz

5th Anniversary: Sapphire

6th AnniversaryAmethyst

4th Anniversary: Blue Topaz Ring
5th Anniversary: Sapphire Ring
6th Anniversary: Amethyst Ring

7th AnniversaryOnyx

8th AnniversaryTourmaline

9th Anniversary: Lapis Lazuli

7th Anniversary: Onyx Ring
8th Anniversary: Tourmaline Ring
9th Anniversary: Lapis Lazuli Ring

10th AnniversaryDiamond

11th AnniversaryTurquoise

12th Anniversary: Jade

10th Anniversary: Diamond Ring
11th Anniversary: Turquoise Ring
12th Anniversary: Jade Ring

13th Anniversary: Citrine

14th AnniversaryOpal

15th AnniversaryRuby

13th Anniversary: Citrine Ring
14th Anniversary: Opal Ring
15th Anniversary: Ruby Ring

20th anniversary: Emerald

25th anniversary: Silver Jubilee

30th anniversary: Pearl Jubilee

20th anniversary: Emerald Ring
25th anniversary: Silver Jubilee
30th anniversary: Pearl Jubilee Ring

35th anniversary: Emerald

40th anniversary: Ruby

45th anniversary: Sapphire

35th anniversary: Emerald Ring
40th anniversary: Ruby Ring
45th anniversary: Sapphire Ring

50th anniversary: Golden Jubilee

55th anniversary: Alexandrite

60th anniversary: Diamond

50th anniversary: Golden Jubilee Ring
55th anniversary: Alexandrite Ring
60th anniversary: Diamond Ring

70th anniversary: Platinum Jubilee

75th anniversary: Sapphire Jubilee

80th anniversary: Ruby Jubilee  

70th anniversary: Platinum Jubilee Ring
75th anniversary: Sapphire Jubilee Ring
80th anniversary: Ruby Jubilee Ring

How Do You Wear an Anniversary Ring?

Like all jewellery, this really comes down to personal preference. However most commonly an anniversary ring is worn stacked with your engagement ring and wedding ring or band. If your engagement ring is a solitaire, this looks particularly stunning in between an anniversary ring and wedding band and really makes a sparkly impact.

How to Wear an Anniversary Ring

If you feel like your other hand might be a bit overwhelmed with a stacked style, let the anniversary ring speak for itself on the right-hand ring finger, or any other position you fancy. Afterall, there is not a correct way to wear an anniversary ring! Some men and women take off their wedding set and only wear their anniversary band, or take the anniversary as an opportunity to upgrade their wedding ring and swap one out.

Wearing an Anniversary Ring

In conclusion, an anniversary ring is really all in the name; a ring to celebrate an anniversary or significant milestone. A full eternity ring is often similarly used to symbolise a milestone, often gifted to celebrate the birth of a child, but it really is up to your personal preference. We hope this article is the ultimate guide to picking out an anniversary ring, whether it is for yourself or your partner. Explore our range of unique anniversary and eternity rings at AC Silver.

The author’s views are entirely their own and may not always reflect the views of AC Silver.

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