Quirky wedding anniversary gifts

11 Mar 2013 15:35

Here at IJL towers we love all things jewellery, so when the discussion of wedding anniversary gifts came up we were all intrigued as to what gifts you should be giving and when – and more importantly how you could apply each gift to a relevant piece of jewellery. It does seem a bit of a disappointment if you only get paper or cotton; we’d prefer diamonds, which will last forever and are far more sensible.

Last year the Queen celebrated her diamond jubilee to mark her 60 years on the throne, IJL is in its 58th year so we only have a couple more years to go and hopefully we can have a party just as good – and some diamonds.

The list would be very long if we found jewellery pieces for each year so we’ve chosen some of our favourites below, what’s interesting are the different materials out there that can be incorporated to make a jewellery piece.

1 Year - Paper


We giggled when we found this example so of course we felt we had to share. Louise Gray channelled British eccentricities at her recent A/W 13 London Fashion Week Show. You could say that the definition of jewellery was certainly challenged. Toilet paper roll brooch or loo roll ring, anyone?

2 Years - Cotton

RCA Graduate Eleanor Bolton worked for renowned London jewellery designers including Hannah Martin, Laura Tabor and Tatty Devine before branching out to create her own label. This necklace is made from 18 metres of coiled cotton braid, hand-stitched with contrasting wool.

3 Years – Leather

Who could resist this Hermes Rivale bracelet in striking orange?

4 Years - Fruit or flowers

Personally we wouldn’t be totally happy with a piece of jewellery made from fruit or flowers… however this extraordinary flower brooch featuring large sculptural petals hand-set with hundreds of the finest Graff diamonds definitely cuts the mustard. Yummy.

5 Years – Wood, 6 Years - Candy or Iron, 7 Years - Wool or copper, 8 Years - Bronze or pottery, 9 Years - Pottery and willow, 10 Years - Tin or aluminium, 11 Years – Steel, 12 Years - Silk or linen

13 Years – Lace

This season at AW 13 fashion weeks across the globe there was one consistent jewellery trend. When it came to earrings it was all about hoops, ear cuffs and studs. As we saw in the latest report from indtl blog

“…stacking and layering your jewellery is no longer limited to hands, arms and necks. multiple piercings have been creeping their way onto the runways and the ears of the fashion elite with a fresh, delicate and sophisticated edge.”

These vintage rose gold studs encapsulate that trend. Made from vintage lace cast in precious metal. This is a beautiful modern interpretation of vintage lace jewellery. A true statement piece with incredible detailing from Gilded Lab.

14 Years – Ivory, 15 Years – Crystal, 20 Years – China, 25 Years – Silver, 30 Years – Pearl, 35 Years – Coral, 40 Years – Ruby, 45 Years – Sapphire, 50 Years – Gold, 55 Years – Emerald, 60 Years – Diamond, 65 Years - Blue Sapphire, 70 Years – Platinum, 80 Years - Oak, 85 Years – Wine.

Author Jewellery Show - International Jewellery London

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