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. The most important thing is that your love has remained as bright as on your special day.
It seems fitting then that the traditional gift for the 30th wedding anniversary is all things pearl jewelry!
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 (check out our article on types of pearls to learn more about this ocean gem). That said, sometimes bending the rules a little is half the fun!
Modern 30th Anniversary Gift
If you’d prefer to pick something that reflects the modern 30th anniversary gift, 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 Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Her
Choose a beautiful pearl wedding anniversary gift that will light up your wife’s heart for this memorable anniversary.
1) Pearl Necklace
2) Pearl Bracelet
3) Pearl Earrings
4) Pearl Ring
5) Watch with Mother of Pearl
6) Crystal & Pearl Photo Frame
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!
7) 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.
Pearl Wedding 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) Watch with Mother of Pearl
Rolex. The name says it all.
Along with a mother of pearl dial, it makes for the perfect traditional 30th anniversary gift.
2) Luxury Pen
A brand name fountain pen design with 18 karat solid gold nib. This pen boasts a black and pearl lacquer cap and barrel.
This pen drew me in the moment I saw it. The iridescent mother of pearl panels shift color with red, green, and/or blue overtones. That means no two pens are alike!
4) 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.
Pearl Anniversary Gifts
1) Dog with Pearl Earring Print
by Oliver Gal
Give your husband or wife a smile on your 30th anniversary with a cheeky print of a re-imagined classic portrait by Vermeer. Make their smile even bigger by wrapping up some of their favorite drinks, snacks, and other goodies to go along with it!
2) Olive Wood Bowl with Mother of Pearl
An Etsy seller from Los Angeles who crafts wonderfully unique bowls and decorative items out of olive wood and mother of pearl. The particular item listed above could be sold out, but contact the seller to see if they will create another one for you. Or, browse their existing one-of-a-kind inventory to see if something unique pops out!
3) 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.
4) Mother of Pearl Picture Frames
by Pottery Barn
Patchwork squares of authentic mother-of-pearl artfully frame your most cherished family photos, which can be displayed either on a table as above, or mounted on the wall.
5) Mother of Pearl Floor Lamp
Available in three different heights, these artisan lamps made on the island of Java are the perfect blend of modern and traditional and will fit right into any home’s design scheme.
Now you’ve got some pearls of wisdom when it comes to 30th anniversary gifts, get out there and start celebrating!
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