Anniversaries are special, not only to celebrate what happened years ago, but to cherish what we have now. They give us a chance to appreciate all the things that have led to this very moment. We can look back on the shared memories, unique to each couple.
Over the years, we focus on the milestones - the special years which deserve a little extra. The “Roots”, if you will. We’d like to take you through the importance of the first few years, towards a lifetime of happiness.
1st Anniversary - Paper
You’ve made it a whole year! While it’s not the decades you’re planning on having together, it’s still worth celebrating. In the US, it’s traditional to give paper gifts on the first anniversary, and cotton or paper in the UK. While this may seem simple, these materials can lead to some surprisingly thoughtful gifts. From paper creations to cotton textile work, there are countless ways to show your devotion, in the traditional manner.
5th Anniversary - Wood
Traditional across both the US and the UK, wood has been the gift associated with 5 year relationships for centuries. It may be no surprise, it’s our favourite anniversary! There are countless gifts you could give, and endless opportunity for gifts with a natural twist. We have an extended range of stunning, handmade Koa wood rings, ideal for the occasion. With inlays of Malachite and Turquoise stone and inspired by the natural beauty of the Hawaiian landscape, our rings are sure to bring a smile to their face after five years.
10th Anniversary - Tin
Congratulations! You’ve made it a decade. Doesn’t the wedding feel like a lifetime ago? We’ve got good news, you’ve made it to the metals! Though many choose to give diamond jewelry as they reach double digits, it’s traditional to give tin (or aluminum) gifts. Once again, the possibilities are numerous, from handmade jewelry to decorative homeware, this is one of the most surprisingly versatile materials. Concerned about the environment? You can always substitute tin with a natural material, such as wood.
15th Anniversary - Crystal
The first stone of the relationship - the crystal has been symbolic in relationships for centuries. Often adorning jewelry or worn as a pendant, the crystal brings a certain light and delicate edge to any anniversary gift.
So there you have it: the first 15 years, the traditional way. Of course, these are only traditions, and can always be replaced with more personal gifts. However, that doesn’t mean tradition isn’t a useful guide.