Wow! Anniversary Rings for Your 20-Year Anniversary
A 20th wedding anniversary is a significant milestone that deserves an equally special gift. Here are some inspired ideas for a 20-year anniversary ring upgrade that’s worthy of your enduring love story.
What Is an Anniversary Ring?
Anniversary rings are designed to honor your enduring commitment by marking specific years in your marriage. Traditionally, the ring design consists of a band with several diamonds and/or jewels. That said, just as there can be many anniversary years, there can also be numerous different anniversary ring designs.
In family life, we all experience different moments, challenges, victories and celebrations. The overall intention of any anniversary ring is to honor the love, joy and memories you share as a couple.
While you can give an anniversary ring every year, the biggest occasions are the 5-, 10-, 20- and 25-year mark. These days, however, it’s common to give an anniversary ring anytime you feel comfortable. There’s really no standard for gifting, so you can select any date as a purpose for an anniversary celebration.
For instance, you can mark the year when your first child was born. Alternatively, you can even give a diamond ring that marks a big move or career change that brought your marriage life to a new level. In other words, there’s no hard and fast rule governing anniversary rings. All that matters is your unique marriage milestone and your desire to celebrate that moment with a special anniversary ring.
20-Year Wedding Anniversary Stones
Traditionally, specific stones are given at specific anniversaries. For instance, while gold is the traditional gift for first anniversaries; sapphires are the traditional gift for 5-year anniversaries, and diamonds are the go-to gift for ten-year anniversaries.
For 20-year anniversaries, the traditional gemstone is the regal-green emerald. With deep, compelling hues, emeralds have been long associated with royalty. The sacred gemstone of the Roman goddess Venus, emeralds are synonymous with enduring love, making them appropriate for couples honoring their two-decade love stories.
The most famous member of the diverse beryl gemstone family, emeralds are known for their depthless green color. There are other green beryl stones, such as tourmaline and peridot, but emerald is the gem associated with the very deepest greens. Ireland, after all, is renowned as the Emerald Isle, due to its lush and verdant landscape.
Like many other gems, emeralds are linked with fascinating legends and lore. Since antiquity, the gorgeous stones have been a symbol of wisdom, protection, love and spiritual awareness. Ancient Greeks and Romans believed emeralds to be the representative of legendary Venus, the goddess of love. Hence, the stones are regarded as conveyors of love and hope.
Even the Incas and Egyptians had strong myths about emeralds. In fact, Queen Cleopatra was widely known to favor emeralds, and the gems were commonly sold in the bustling Babylon markets as far back as 4000 BC.
Twenty times rarer than white diamonds, emeralds yield awe-inspiring jewelry pieces. The gemstone's rich green color looks striking set in timeless yellow gold, icy white gold or romantic rose gold. The stone’s regal effect is beautifully enhanced when paired with luxe diamond accents. All of this has combined to make emeralds the traditional choice for 20-year anniversary rings, which are an exquisite way to honor your two-decade journey together.
Sometimes on 20-year anniversaries, people even decide to trade up or change their existing engagement ring in favor of a custom-made ring featuring a breathtaking emerald center stone.
Does it Have to Be an Emerald?
Emerald is a uniquely distinctive jewel worthy of your 20th anniversary. That said, not everyone prefers the gemstone. It’s perfectly fine to choose a different style of anniversary ring for your 20-year celebration.
John Atencio has a diverse selection of artfully designed anniversary rings for every taste and style. In addition to these gorgeous options, John’s designer rings can also provide a compelling diversity of gorgeous anniversary gift options, allowing you to easily target an alluring piece that will reflect their one-of-a-kind style and complement their existing jewelry collection. From distinctive statement rings to stackable bands, there are countless available designs, whether you prefer a classy, understated ring or a spectacular statement piece that demands attention.
Choosing the ideal anniversary jewelry gift can be intimidating, but your experience needn’t feel that way. At John Atencio, our jewelry consultants can show you how to choose a meaningful jewelry gift to celebrate your love story. Shop online or visit one of our convenient locations and let our knowledgeable staff guide you to the perfect anniversary present.