The 35th wedding anniversary is a milestone for married couples - falling between the silver (25 years) and gold (50 years). If you or someone you know has been married for 35 years, the following information may help you choose a meaningful gift.
35th Traditional Anniversary Gift: CORAL
Modern Gift: JADE
Popular Songs 35 Years Ago: "THE WAY WE WERE" - Barbara Streisand
"SEASONS IN THE SUN" - Terry Jacks
Price of Gasoline when you were married: $0.55 / gallon
TRADITIONAL GIFT: According to ancient history, coral is said to have a magical power to prevent sterility. Coral is mostly comprised of calcium carbonate. Coral has an opaque quality to it and can be found in pink, white, orange, red and black. Angel-skin coral is considered one of the most valuable of all coral. It is found near Japan and used in most fine coral jewelry. The most valuable coral is called blood coral. Found near Italy, blood coral is the most expensive coral in the world. Any coral that contains parts of blood coral is immediately more valuable. Red coral defends against plague and pestilence. It is thought that uncut coral worn around the neck will lose its color if that person is in the presence of another person who is going to die.
MODERN GIFT: Jade is another gift associated with the 35th anniversary and is emerald green in color. The two minerals that mostly comprise jade are jadeite and nephrite. Jadeite is the more sought after and valuable of the two. The best jadeite is found in Myanmar in Asia. Jade can also be found in yellow, pink, purple and black. The most common color is emerald green. In ancient times it was thought that jade protected the kidney, liver, spleen, heart, larynx, thymus and thyroid. Jade was associated with increased body strength and advanced longevity.
GEMSTONE: The emerald is known for its brilliant green shine. This shine comes from a high content of chromium. Genuine emeralds contain trace amounts of iron, which actually increases the value of the stone. Some of the best emeralds in the world are found in South America, particularly Columbia and Brazil. Ancient Egyptians buried emeralds with mummies. Some of the oldest emeralds in the world were harvested from the infamous “Cleopatra mines”. Emeralds are known to be very tough gems, but they are prone to cracks on the surface, which could devalue the gem. For this reason, before the gems are sold to the public, they are treated with epoxy or oils to fix or prevent any cracks and improve the transparency.
We hope that you have enjoyed reading this historical information about the 35th wedding anniversary. Visit us again in 5 years for the 40th!