40th Wedding Anniversary Gifts

The Red Gem Anniversary

red heart couple
The color red is a powerful hue, historically symbolizing love, passion, and power. It is bold and unyielding; it will not fade into the background. It is not surprising, therefore, that 40th wedding anniversary gift ideas ranging from traditional to modern-day all have red as the common thread to signify unyielding love and passion.

Ruby: the Traditional 40th Anniversary Gift
The traditional gift for couples celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary is the ruby. Known for their striking red color and unsurpassed beauty, rubies have been viewed as one of the most valuable gemstones on earth for many thousands of years. A favorite among royalty and dynasties, the ruby has always held both a captive audience and a group of captive collectors.

The presentation of ruby jewelry for a 40th year wedding anniversary gift will provide a spectacular celebration in and of itself. Deriving its name from the Latin word rubeus, meaning red, the color of a ruby is its most important feature. Although price varies by stone, synthetic rubies tend to be less expensive than natural rubies. Synthetic rubies are produced in labs, but it is important to note that they still posses the same chemical composition and structure as natural rubies. The most common cuts are oval, cushion, and round, and rubies are abundant in classically-styled as well as modern jewelry. With pendants, earrings, rings, and bracelets to choose from, the perfect piece is just waiting to be discovered.

Garnet: the Modern 40th Anniversary Gift
The modern gift suggestion for the 40th wedding anniversary gift is the garnet. Although one can find garnets in a range of lovely colors such as green, yellow, and orange, garnets are famous for their rich, red color. Garnets have been found in the cherished jewelry collections of ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. In addition to their decorative status, they were also valued as talismans and protective stones. Garnet jewelry is stunning, stylish, and available in a variety of styles and cuts.

40th Wedding Anniversary Flowers
The Nasturtium, the 40th wedding anniversary flower, is an amazing plant! Also available with bright red blooms in addition to its yellow, orange, and cream flowers, it is a horticultural delight. Both the leaves and flowers of this plant are edible. In fact, one can add nasturtium pieces as a salad garnish. They are not only delicious, but they have ten times more vitamin C than lettuce. Considered a gardener's dream, this hardy and decorative plant would make a healthy and ornamental 40th year wedding anniversary gift.

Perhaps a bouquet of 40 blooms would help the celebration? Red roses would help enhance the crimson motif, but a presentation of many different colored blooms would also be breathtaking.

If one wants to stick with the flower theme, but doesn't want to give actual flowers, consider a book about the Nasturtium. Whether you choose a coffee table book with breathtaking photos, or a Nasturtium Cook Book with recipe after recipe of delectable tips, you will be sharing facts and images to remember!

The 40th wedding anniversary celebration is a magnificent reminder of all that can be enjoyed and accomplished over the years. It is a triumph and a revelry; a time of realization and remembrance. But, above all, it is a day to honor and cherish the unyielding power of love.

Written by: Carol S. Rothchild