Remember when turning the big 3-0 seemed like a massive milestone? Well, now your marriage is about to pass that same threshold. No doubt you’ve both changed a lot since you said ‘I do’ all those years ago, but the most important thing is that your love has remained bright. It seems fitting then that the traditional gift for the 30th wedding anniversary is pearls.
What is the Traditional 30th Wedding Anniversary Gift?
As the ever-glamorous Jackie O said, ‘pearls are always appropriate’. I agree, but I would suggest they’re especially apropos on your 30th wedding anniversary. What better reason to bring home some timeless pearls for your loved one to wear, share, or display? Do bear in mind that while mother-of pearl-items are lovely, they’re technically different than pearls. That said, sometimes bending the rules a little is half the fun!
Modern 30th Anniversary Gift
If you’d prefer to pick up a gift that reflects the modern 30th anniversary, then diamonds are your best friend.
Symbolic Flower: Lily
There are few flowers as grand and dramatic as lilies and this year you have the perfect excuse to buy them. What’s more, they symbolize humility and devotion – two of the magic ingredients for any good marriage.
Symbolic Gemstone: Diamond
The symbolic gemstone for this anniversary is the diamond – known for its enduring qualities and sparkling facets.
Pearl Anniversary Gifts for Her
Choose a beautiful pearl gift that will light up your wife’s heart for this memorable anniversary.
1) Pearl Bracelet
by James Allen
This sophisticated pearl bracelet is a totally modern take on the traditional gift. No doubt it’s sure to take pride of place in her jewelry box (when she’s not wearing it, that is!).
2) Pearl Art
This is a sweet idea that romantics will love. You get a precious pearl in a beautiful setting and space to add your wedding anniversary and a personalized message.
3) Pearl Necklace Book
If your sweetheart is a big reader, bring a smile to her face with a book that’s perfectly suited to the occasion. She’ll swoon even more if you follow this gift up with the next one on the list…
4) Pearl Necklace
by Blue Nile
The quintessential jewelry piece for elegant women throughout the ages, a high-quality pearl necklace never goes out of style. Give her a gift she’ll love wearing for years to come with this contemporary take on the traditional necklace.
5) Crystal Clam Shell with Pearl
You can always rely on Swarovski to take glamor to the next level. Give your wife a keepsake that will bling up her dressing table with this crystal and pearl piece. She’ll be reminded of your great taste every morning and evening!
6) Diamond and Pearl Earrings
by James Allen
You can’t go wrong when it comes to classy pearl earrings and I think this pair is simply divine. She’ll love slipping these on for special occasions and will remember your wonderful 30th wedding anniversary every time.
7) Pearl Ornament
by Michael Aram
Did you tie the knot during the festive season? This delicate pearl ornament depciting two turtle doves is an adorable way to mark the occasion. Safely stow it with your Christmas decorations the rest of the year or find a permanent place to display it year-round.
8) Akoya Pearl and Diamond Ring
This is a fantastic way to link two special 30th anniversary treats into one glamorous gift. Both diamonds and pearls are especially precious this year – let her show them off with this beautiful ring.
9) Bouquet of Lilies
A bouquet of lilies commemorates your 30th year together in spectacular style. It makes an ideal extra gift or even the main one, if you’ve promised to keep things modest.
10) Ball Point Pen
If your leading lady loves to write, this limited edition Marilyn Monroe pen will be ‘write’ up her alley. The rose gold clip is set with a pearl, making it a ballpoint she’ll always treasure.
Pearl Anniversary Gifts for Him
Finding fantastic pearl gifts for ladies is a breeze, it’s a little harder for gentlemen. Here are a few suggestions to get you started – some of them require a gentle stretching of the rules!
1) Pearl Anniversary Sundial
Make sure your husband knows the sun will never go down on your love for him with this kooky-yet-romantic pearl sundial.
2) Tahitian Pearl Bracelet
If your man loves the outdoors and is fashion-forward this rugged bracelet with pearls could be his new favourite accessory (besides his wedding ring, of course).
3) Dog with Pearl Earring Print
by Oliver Gal
Give your husband a smile on your 30th anniversary with a cheeky print of a re-imagined classic portrait by Vermeer. Make his smil even bigger by wrapping up some of his favorite beers, snacks, and other goodies to go along with it!
4) Janis Joplin – Pearl
by Janis Joplin
A copy of this iconic album is an excellent choice for your music-loving husband. Looking to splash a little more cash? Team it up with a pair of Bluetooth headphones, a record player, or a home speaker system.
5) Black Pearls of Modena
by de Nigris
OK, this one is definitely a bit of a twist on the traditional gift, but who doesn’t love some quality caviar? Plan a romantic picnic together and bring along a bottle of bubbly for a meal you’ll never forget.
6) Mother of Pearl Cuff Links
Mother-of pearl cuff links are a great way to mark this landmark anniversary. Tell him he’ll have an occasion to wear them soon and make a reservation for two at a swanky restaurant he loves.
7) Jersey Pajamas with Mother of Pearl Buttons
by Derek Rose
There are few things I find as irresistible as a man in a stylish pair of pajamas. Pick up this pair with pearly buttons and make plans for a romantic movie night at home with cozy blankets and snacks to boot.
8) 30th Anniversary Digital Poster
If you know your other half isn’t going to be impressed with anything pearl-related, I recommend this fun digital poster as an alternative. It marks your wedding day in a way that will melt his heart and bring him back to that special time in your life together.
Now you’ve got some pearls of wisdom when it comes to 30thanniversary gifts, get out there and start celebrating!