Celebrating a wedding anniversary is an important part of maintaining a strong relationship. For centuries it has been common practice, but usually only the major milestones received any special recognition. Lucky for you, a 35 year wedding anniversary is one of those significant events and is generally associated with coral and jade.
Three and a half decades as man and wife is a sure sign you are both doing well from your union, so why not say thanks to each other with a 35th wedding anniversary gift? Obviously it’s going to be difficult to come up with a different idea. You’ve already spent 35 years poring over all the choices, and you may be all out of good ideas. There’s no need to worry because we’re here to help, along with the aid of a couple of anniversary theme lists. And we’ll be sharing some inspiring suggestions.
35th Anniversary Gift Ideas for Her
Silver-Dipped Rose Silver
- A real rose coated in pure silver
- In a stylish display case, with an authenticity certificate.
- Bright and lustrous mirror finish
Gold-Dipped Rose Gold rose
- A real rose dipped in 24 karat gold
- Comes with a certificate of authenticity.
- In a beautiful PU leather display case
- Brilliant and lustrous mirror finish
Jewelry Set Sets
- Includes a real glazed rose, trimmed with 24k gold
- Combined with pendant and earrings from natural rose petals
- In a high quality leather display case
A traditional or modern theme – The choice is yours
The traditional list of anniversary themes lists coral if you’re looking for a 35 year anniversary gift for her. The modern list, however, has taken an ethical stance and chosen jade for the 35th wedding anniversary theme.
Coral comes from a Greek word that means ‘nymph of the sea’. It was thought, many years ago, when Medusa was slain by Perseus, the blood from the head turned the twigs and branches growing along the shoreline into coral. Sea-maidens then took the petrified branches back to their caves on the ocean floor, when they returned to the sea.
It is thought that wearing coral had health benefits, and the main claim was that it warded off evil spirits, and demons of the darkness that cause nightmares. Many countries have given it to children, as an amulet or rattle. Corals are a protected species nowadays, as we’ve become far more aware of the benefits they bring to the environment. And maybe for this reason, the modern list compilers decided on jade for a 35 year anniversary gift. Jade is also a theme for a 14 year anniversary, and we’ve featured a number of great ideas on the relevant page.
What type of coral is best for making jewelry?
If you’re not buying coral to put in an aquarium, it’s highly likely you’re going to be looking at coral jewelry as another option. Coral grows in a wide range of colors, including red, pink, blue, brown, white, even black. There are around 25,000 different types of coral, but only a handful are suitable for making into jewelry. Many are very fragile and far too porous.
Red coral is the most popular, because it is fairly sturdy, and its color is intense. When harvested coral is very easy to turn into an item of jewelry. All it takes is a clean, polish, and to be ground into a certain shape. In their natural state coral is generally opaque. Its shine is achieved with careful polishing. Top quality corals will have no flaws. There will be no holes, stripes, cracks, or spots. It is extremely rare to find a high quality coral that has been untreated, and this is why they are very expensive.
Coral is most often turned into small figures, oval polished beads, cabochons, or heart shapes. They can be set in silver or gold, and used in all types of jewelry. Coral bead necklaces have become very popular, because they have a very ethnic feel, which is a popular trend nowadays.
Advice on taking care of coral jewelry
A certain amount of care is required with jewelry made using coral. Your wife won’t be able to just throw it in a drawer and hope it stays as beautiful as the day she received it. Coral is a sensitive organic gemstone and needs a special kind of care.
Coral has a tendency to pale over time, and has been known to change color, if not treated correctly, and contact with cosmetics, perfume, and makeup should be avoided.
Cleaning only requires cold or lukewarm water, and a clean cloth. And it should be done on a regular basis to remove dirt and oils it will have picked up from the wearer’s skin.
Never expose to direct sunlight and store the item in a cool place away from any other jewelry that could damage it. If your wife mentions her coral jewelry has changed color, despite the correct care, it is possible to restore its beauty with a professional polishing.
The gift of coral will be more than a decorative accessory
Coral was used when human society first began as a talisman against evil spirits and black magic. It was also used to help collect happiness, good energy, and strength. It was also given a high level of power by healing practitioners. A person’s ability to love and their ability to form a partnership or friendship will be greatly improved, as it is thought to lessen a person’s tendency towards feeling envious and jealous.
Corals are also supposed to be beneficial on the blood, for protecting against infections, and to prevent poor circulation. It is also thought that they help fight osteoporosis, and lessen menstruation pain. If you decide to give your wife a 35th anniversary gift made from coral, for its healing purposes, it should be worn as a pendant around her neck. Then it will have the optimum effect as it will be in direct contact with her skin.