Commemorating the Ruby Wedding With Traditional 40th Anniversary Gifts
Whether it is you yourself, your family members or your special friends who are celebrating the occasion of the 40th wedding anniversary, it is certainly time to show the happy couple how much they are appreciated and admired. As so few marriages last a lifetime these days, it is important to commemorate those which have been successful for such a long time, and the best way to show your esteem is to surprise the anniversary pair with a traditional 40 year anniversary gift that will stand as a testament to their enduring love and devotion. The key to choosing a traditional 40th wedding anniversary gift is to select something that is thoughtful and memorable while still being something that the couple would be delighted to receive. There are many traditional fortieth anniversary gifts which are sure to impress and delight while still embracing the essence of this marital year’s customs. Mix and match these suggestions and find inspiration for a present that will truly convey your sentiments and loving best wishes for the couple’s future happiness.
Ruby – The Traditional Fortieth Wedding Anniversary Gift
Traditionally, the 40th wedding anniversary has been associated with rubies ever since the 1920s when the first official lists of anniversary materials were drawn up. Ever since, couples celebrating 40 happy years of marriage have received beautiful ruby themed gifts from their friends and loved ones as a commemoration of their adoration for each other and as a token of appreciation that will endure for a lifetime. Rubies are a stunning red coloured stone, known for their radiance, clarity and of course, their valuable nature. Mined in many locations all over the world, originally the best rubies were found in Myanmar, although in more recent times deposits have been discovered in locations as diverse as Japan, Pakistan, Thailand, Macedonia and the USA. The world’s largest mined ruby is the Liberty Bell Ruby, although it was stolen in 2011 and the most expensive ruby in the world is the Sunrise Ruby which was auctioned during 2015 for the mind boggling sum of $30 million. In Asia, rubies have always been held in high regard, having been used to decorate armour and horses harnesses as well as being placed under the foundations of important buildings to guarantee their success. It is therefore a symbolic gift to give any couple on the occasion of their 40th wedding anniversary as rubies were considered in ancient times to be the gemstone of love, with their red colouring indicating passionate fire and the red of the human heart.
Traditional Ruby Jewellery 40 Year Anniversary Gifts
Rubies are a valuable and expensive gift, however if you are searching for a special token of esteem for a loved one on the occasion of their 40th wedding anniversary, a ruby jewellery gift is the ideal expression of your most heartfelt sentiments. A gorgeous ruby pendant, pair of earrings or ring is the ideal forty year anniversary gift for her while a pair of stylish and extravagant ruby cufflins are sure to impress as the perfect 40th anniversary gift for him. For those who want to give a gift that reflects the essence of rubies without the expense, a jewellery gift of garnets will look extremely similar at a fraction of the price.
Red Themed Traditional 40th Wedding Anniversary Gifts
For those who cannot afford the expense of actual rubies on the occasion of a loved ones 40th wedding anniversary, the red theme represents an equally traditional and popular alternative. Choosing red gifts to surprise the happy couple on their anniversary date is equally appropriate and will still convey the traditional sentiments associated with this marital year. Opting for a personalised red gift would be even more special, bringing a truly bespoke and personal touch to the occasion. A pair of engraved wine glasses with a bottle of red wine, for example, would be a lovely way to mark the date while a red silk cushion, embroidered with the couple’s names and anniversary date would be another lasting memento of the 40th anniversary. Another alternative is a set of monogrammed red towels or a pair of matching monogrammed red silk bathrobes for the couple as a personal and delightful touch to the day.
Traditional 40 Year Anniversary Gifts of Flowers
Perhaps a floral gift is the perfect choice for your loved ones on the occasion of their 40 year wedding anniversary? If so, you have several traditional options to choose from. There are actually two traditional blossoms associated with the 40th year of marriage, the gladioli and the nasturtium, both of which have special meanings in the language of flowers. The nasturtium is associated with victory, and reflects the success of a happily married couple in overcoming 40 years of trials and tribulations together. The gladioli signifies sincerity and admiration for the couple on their happy day. Alternatively choose a bouquet of deep red roses to reflect the ruby theme of this anniversary year, or a single red glazed Eternity Rose as a lasting reminder of the special nature of this milestone year. Each Eternity Rose is made by skilled artists from a single handpicked natural rose bloom and is glazed in an intricate process before being trimmed with a 24 karat gold edging. When presented in its own prestigious leather case, it is ideal for display in the couple’s home and is sure to be admired for its luxurious appearance and symbolic meaning.