The custom of giving and receiving gifts on a wedding anniversary dates back to the Middle ages when silver was associated with a 25th and gold with a 50th wedding anniversary.
Over the years commercial influences have assigned specific gifts to each anniversary year up to 25th and then every fifty anniversary after that. They include iron, sugar, wool, salt, copper, paper, and leather.
The milestone anniversaries are the more traditional and are associated with:
1st Paper or Linen
Nowadays, it is more usual for people to celebrate by having a nice meal, a holiday, or a family celebration. Gifts of flowers and jewellery have replaced the traditional items.
Deblaca Jewellery has a range of handmade jewellery in gold and silver and is popular for all wedding anniversaries. www.deblaca.ie