The 20 Best Anniversary Jewelry Pieces
Each year of marriage is a milestone, whether it’s your very first anniversary or your fiftieth—and what better way to commemorate the occasion than with a special piece of jewelry? If you’re searching for a something that will hold a sentimental place in your partner’s heart, jewelry is a timeless, thoughtful present that can be worn both every day and on special occasions.
Whether you want to add a new band to your wedding ring stack or have your eye on a pair of diamond stud earrings, there are many options when it comes to anniversary jewelry. With so many choices available, we reached out to jewelry experts to help us compile a list of the best anniversary jewelry. We included a range of budgets and styles, as well as pieces made from high quality materials that won’t break or tarnish easily.
Read on for the best anniversary jewelry pieces.
A diamond tennis bracelets is a classic anniversary gift that stands the test of time. While tennis bracelets come in a variety of metal options and carat sizes, this row of 0.25 carat diamonds is a great option for both first-time tennis bracelet owners and those looking to add a second strand to their jewelry box.
Price at the time of publish: $12,699
Metal Type: 10K White Gold | Stone: Diamond | Total Carat Weight: 8 CT | Length: 7 inches
What is a more iconic symbol of love than a simple red heart? This 14K gold piece is delicate enough to wear on its own or along with a stack of lightweight bracelets. It’s a sweet way to say, “I love you” and it’s something she’ll be thrilled to look at every day as a reminder of your relationship.
Price at the time of publish: $168
Metal Type: 14K Yellow Gold | Length: 6-7 inches
Diamonds aren’t the only stone that signify a committed relationship. While this amethyst necklace features five stones, this gift is a beautiful gesture even if it’s not your fifth anniversary. And if your wedding anniversary is in February, the month’s birthstone adds an extra layer of sentimentality with a nod to the birth of your new married phase of life.
Price at the time of publish: $729
Metal Type: Sterling Silver | Stone: Amethyst | Total Carat Weight: 0.1 CT | Length: 18 inches
Add a personal touch to your partner’s anniversary gift with their name spelled out on a customized nameplate necklace. And if you’re buying a gift for yourself, you can choose to keep your partner close to your heart by customizing your necklace with their name. You can also get creative—feature your new last name, your child’s name, or even the name of a treasured pet you share.
Price at the time of publish: $186
Metal Type: 14K Yellow Gold, 14K White Gold, 14K Rose Gold | Length: 14-22 inches
Add a pop of color to your finger with this dazzling aquamarine ring. Whether you love the ocean, got married at the beach, or just love the serenity of this blue-green color, this aquamarine ring is a beautiful anniversary option and is available in a variety of your favorite metals.
Price at the time of publish: $990
Metal Type: 18K White or Yellow Gold, 14K Rose Gold, Platinum | Stone: Aquamarine | Shape: Round
Symbolizing infinite love, an eternity band is a popular choice for those looking to “put a ring on it” for their anniversary. Think of an eternity band as the ring version of a tennis bracelet, individual diamonds that wrap “infinitely” around the band to represent your never-ending love.
Price at the time of publish: $1,703
Metal Type: 14K White Gold | Stone: Diamond | Total Carat Weight: 1 CT | Color: I | Clarity: I2
A more literal spin on an eternity band, this infinity sign-inspired ring is a reminder that your love can endure forever and is just one of so many varieties of anniversary rings that are symbolic of the lifelong love you and your partner share.
Price at the time of publish: $1,800
Metal Type: Platinum | Stone: Lab-created diamond | Total Carat Weight: 0.25 CT | Color: F | Clarity: VS2
Wearing this diamond ring stack is like giving your engagement ring a sparkly hug. A pear diamond on each side of the stack surrounded by round diamonds creates a stunning halo effect to draw attention to your engagement stone in the center.
Price at the time of publish: $1,890
Metal Type: 18K White Gold, 18K Yellow Gold, 14K Rose Gold, Platinum | Stone: Lab-grown Diamond | Total Carat Weight: 0.25 CT | Shape: Round, Pear | Color: F/G | Clarity: SI1
Classic and elegant, this sparkly pair of diamond studs will reflect glowing rays of light wherever you turn. Available in platinum and white, yellow, or rose gold, you can wear them as your go-to earrings for a daily dose of sparkle.
Price at the time of publish: $1,490
Metal Type: 18K White Gold, 18K Yellow Gold, 14K Rose Gold, Platinum | Stone: Lab-created diamond | Total Carat Weight: 0.25 to 4 CT | Color: H/I | Clarity: SI
If you’re partner loves a more minimalist look, this ring will create a beautiful, barely-there statement in yellow or rose gold. Thanks to its affordable price point and thread-sized thickness, you might just want to make it an annual tradition to add another one of these shiny gold rings to your anniversary stack.
Price at the time of publish: $48
Metal Type: 14K Yellow or Rose Gold
There’s a reason that Vermeer’s Girl With a Pearl Earring painting is so famous—pearl earrings are iconic. A pair can literally dress up any outfit and make you feel elegant, even if you’re just running errands in your yoga pants.
Price at the time of publish: $95
Metal Type: Silver, 14K Yellow Gold, 14K Rose Gold | Stone: Pearl | Size: 5mm
The demand for initial necklaces is rising, and you don’t have to break the bank to get your own. Get one for you, your partner, and even your children to celebrate your anniversary as a family.
Price at the time of publish: $88
Metal Type: 18K Gold Plated Sterling Silver | Length: 17″; 4mm pendant; 2″ extender
Intended to be passed on from generation to generation, these colorful gemstone pendants are the perfect addition to your favorite gold chain. The only question is, are you going with the garnet, honey quartz, or London blue topaz?
Price at the time of publish: $148
Metal Type: 14K Yellow Gold | Stone: Garnet, Honey Quartz, London Blue Topaz | Shape: Oval
Perennial flowers rebloom each growing season, much like your love that grows year over year. This floral symbol of enduring love can also serve as a gorgeous reminder of your wedding bouquet, now in diamond form.
Price at the time of publish: $750
Metal Type: 14K Gold | Stone: Diamond | Total Carat Weight: 0.47 CT | Shape: Round Brilliant, Pear, Marquise | Color: Colorless (DEF) | Clarity: VS2+
If an eternity band is not your preferred gift (we get it, rings aren’t for everyone, especially if you work with your hands all day) this diamond bracelet offers an alternative symbol of eternal love. The silver hoops represent your unbreakable union. The thin chain makes it perfect someone who prefers more delicate pieces.
Price at the time of publish: $65
Metal Type: Sterling Silver, 14K Gold Fill, 14K Solid Gold | Length: 6-8 inches
Accessorize her neck in sparkles with this lab-grown white sapphire necklace. Get dressed up for your next night out with the help of this elegant piece and pair it with dorsey’s white sapphire bracelet for a shiny matching set.
Price at the time of publish: $565
Metal Type: Sterling Silver | Stone: Lab-grown White Sapphire | Total Carat Weight: Starting at 10 CT | Length: 15′ – 18′
There’s something about the simplicity of this dainty gold band that makes it strikingly beautiful. Like the detailed rim of a coin, the edge of this ring gives it subtle detail and dimension. Wear it on its own or add to it on your anniversary for a mix-and-match ring stack.
Price at the time of publish: $138
Metal Type: 14K Yellow Gold
These chic gold hoops can easily go from work to the grocery store to a date night out. It’s great addition to her collection for when you want a piece you can wear any time, for a lifetime.
Price at the time of publish: $78
Metal Type: 14K White Gold, 14K Yellow Gold | Size: 18 mm
You can’t go wrong with a classic lab-grown diamond stud for your anniversary. All eyes will be on this sparkling pair—it helps pull together any outfit, and will even make her feel glamorous in her work-from-home hoodie on a Zoom call.
Price at the time of publish: $600
Metal Type: 14K Yellow Gold | Size: 4.10mm ± 0.1 | Stone: Lab-grown diamond | Total Carat Weight: 0.25 CT per stud | Color: G-J | Clarity: VS2+
With a sleek, modern design and sparkling marquise-shaped lab-grown diamonds, these drop earrings will make her feel like royalty. They’re sure to add a level of elegance to any formal (or not so formal) occasion.
Price at the time of publish: $990
Metal Type: 18K Yellow Gold, 18K White Gold | Size: 4.10mm ± 0.1 | Stone: Lab-grown diamond | Total Carat Weight: 0.25 CT per stud | Color: F/G | Clarity: SI
What to Look for in Anniversary Jewelry
At the root of it, anniversary jewelry should be something that fits your partner’s style and has meaning. Meaning can come in many forms—think sentimental personalization or incorporating your spouse’s favorite stone.
For a personal touch, consider customization with a monogrammed nameplate necklace or adding charms to a bracelet or necklace with the initials of your family members. If outward sentimentality is not your style, have a special love note or date inscribed inside a ring, bangle or locket to acknowledge your anniversary.
Personalization doesn’t have to just come in the form of words. For example, a pair of earrings with their favorite gemstone, a stone that represents the month you got married, or a special token from a trip can offer meaning that’s unique to your relationship.“Outside of it being a classic, every day piece, I think a lot of people want a story behind their piece,” says consultant Megan Crabtree.
In addition to personal taste, keep an eye on the details of your jewelry listings when choosing your anniversary gift. If your partner only wears 14K yellow gold, make sure the pieces you’re looking at are available in 14K yellow gold. For the spouse that only wears dainty jewelry, you might consider a low total carat weight bracelet or pair of studs like VRAI Solitaire Stud instead of a flashy tennis bracelet. If you typically see your loved one only wearing an occasional jewelry piece for a fancy date night out, look for a piece that makes a statement while still looking natural, like James Bezel, Lab-Grown White Sapphire Silver Riviere Necklace.
“Start your search for the perfect anniversary gift early (3-6 months beforehand) so you have time to make any adjustments or sizing needs,” says jewelry expert Adrianne Sanogo. She adds that if you’re planning a surprise, ask questions about your spouse’s favorite colors and styles, as well as their opinions on pieces that other people are wearing.
While there’s no one specific style of jewelry that universally symbolizes an anniversary (the way a diamond ring represents an engagement), there are a few pieces our experts say withstand the test of time.
“Over the past few years, especially during COVID, we’ve seen a significant demand and increase in the sales of diamond studs because they’re something classic and simple that you can wear every day and can pass down generations,” says Crabtree. In the past few years, lab-grown diamonds have risen in popularity due to their sustainable and ethical practices.
“Another classic we see outside of diamond studs is an eternity band,” adds Crabtree. “There’s a story behind it—especially when you tie it to a marriage—and much like studs you can wear them every day.” They also come in a range of sizes and price ranges for every budget.
If diamonds aren’t your partner’s thing, that doesn’t mean your jewelry gift won’t have an anniversary feel to it. The most important thing is that it’s something thoughtful your partner actually likes and will want to wear.
“I’m seeing more and more colored gems being used alone in a nniversary rings, and colored gemstones alongside diamonds,” explains Sanogo. She adds that the Toi et Moi (French for” You and Me”) style ring dating from the 1700s, is making a strong comeback thanks to several celebrities sharing images on social media. “For this nostalgic style, couples are using birthstones, different shaped diamonds, or a combo of a diamond and a colored gem to show their love.”
Gone are the days of saving three months’ salary for an engagement ring, and our experts agree that any rules about how much to spend on anniversary jewelry have gone with them. There’s no “should” when it comes to a suggested price tag for your anniversary gift. Instead, it’s about setting an appropriate budget that’s in line with your personal finances.
“If you want to plan for it and perhaps make a bigger than usual splash, start a monthly dedicated savings goal for an entire year, and don’t touch that money,” says Sanogo. There are also many brands creating affordable jewelry. We adore Catbird’s Threadbare Ring, which you can add to for every anniversary for a symbolic touch.
While traditions around anniversary gifts are deeply rooted in assigning certain items or stones to how many years you’ve been married, that doesn’t always leave room for giving based on your partner’s likes and tastes. For example, if you know your partner would rather receive a piece of jewelry than a set of wine glasses for the third anniversary, by all means, buy them jewelry.
An anniversary piece should be something that feels unique. Maybe you’re purchasing a custom piece of jewelry for a milestone anniversary (think five, 10, 25, 50, etc.) or choosing a more affordable piece to give on the years in between.
Giving jewelry as an anniversary gift should come from the heart. It’s not about just buying any pretty piece to check buying a present off the list, it’s about showing your love and celebrating the time you’ve spent together with something meaningful. Make sure to plan in advance and think about what your partner truly likes and would actually wear.
Meet the Expert
- Megan Crabtree is the Founder & CEO of Crabtree Consulting, a firm which has successfully helped to grow jewelry retailers and manufacturers for over two decades.
- Gemologist Adrianne Sanogo studied at the world renowned Gemological Institute of America [GIA] where she earned a GIA Graduate Gemologist® (GG) diploma, and Graduate Pearl (GP) diploma. She is a co-founding Board Member and Education Chair of the Black in Jewelry Coalition, and the education columnist for Rapaport Magazine.
Why Trust Brides
Emily Rochotte is a lifestyle writer who has featured (and tried on) numerous engagement, wedding and anniversary jewelry. She believes every couple should celebrate their relationship in the ways that make them happiest (no matter what tradition says) and that rings are not the only symbol of love that represents a couple and the bond they share. With over nine years in the wedding industry, Emily has covered proposals and engagements, wedding and engagement jewelry, planning ideas, bridal fashion, real wedding features and much more.