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6th Anniversary Gifts: Amethyst or Turquoise
Traditionally the sixth wedding anniversary is known as the Iron Anniversary. Iron represents the irrevocable bond between a married couple. This anniversaruy is also associated with Amethyst and Turquoise gemstones.
Amethyst has been a treasured gem since antiquity and is included in royal collections all over the world. For centuries amethyst was valued even higher than rubies and sapphires and only worn by royalty or by the clergy. Making this beautiful gem the appropriate choice for the queen (or king) of your heart. St. Valentine, the patron saint of romantic love, supposedly wore an amethyst ring carved with the image of Cupid. Amethyst ranges from bluish-purple to purple to reddish-purple. It is used in all styles of jewellery so there is an option to suit everyone. View our Amethyst Guide to learn more about this romantic purple gem.
Turquoise jewellery is a wonderful way to celebrate the life you’ve created together as it symbolises a prosperous and healthy future. Dating back to 4,000 BCE, turquoise is one of the 1st gems used in jewellery. The colour turquoise is named after this gem. Turquoise is a blue/ green mainly opaque gem. Like Lapis lazuli it doesn’t have a crystalline structure so gems are usually cut as cabochons. As it’s one of the softer gemstones, it is often carved into ornamental objects and used for inlay.