In bygone years, five years of marriage was celebrated with a gift of Wood but nowadays this wedding anniversary is matched with silverware or a piece of silver jewellery. After all, a wooden cigar box may be perfect for the man in your life, but what girl would choose a wooden trinket above something crafted in silver?
To add to the anticipation of the gift, husbands should take note that the 5th-anniversary gemstone is Sapphire. This luscious deep blue stone, married with silver, will make an ideal ring, bracelet, pendant or pair of earrings for the woman in your life. If you would like to adhere to tradition, why not add a wooden picture frame, with a photograph taken on your wedding day perhaps, to the gift bag. Top that off with a bunch of white daisies –the fifth wedding anniversary flower–for a real winner. Daisies form part of the 5th wedding anniversary tradition of giving. This flower symbolises innocence, love, loyalty and purity. Your bride will be blown away by your thoughtful gesture of presenting her with a gift of daisies on your special day.
If you truly want to display your love for your bride, make sure that you select a blue sapphire. Depending on your budget, you may even opt for the most valuable sapphire on earth –the Kashmir Sapphire which is a deep cornflower blue. These velvety blue stones with a violet tinge are the most highly prized sapphires in the world. Discuss your choices with the professionals at Francois Jewellers. They will guide you in the right direction and assist you when selecting a sapphire from their wide range of gemstones.
Sapphires are said to symbolise faithfulness, good fortune, holiness, sincerity, virtue and wisdom. It is said that this gemstone promotes self-expression, has healing properties, as well as a balancing and calming effect on nervous systems. They are mined in exotic faraway countries like Kashmir, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Madagascar. Sapphires date back more than 150 million years. That was when rock formations inside the surface of the earth were subjected to intense heat and pressure (not unlike a volcanic eruption), resulting in the creation of sapphires.
When it comes to longevity, sapphires are the hardest gemstones known to man, excluding diamonds. That’s what makes these two gemstones the most popular ahead of emeralds, rubies and red coral. It has been said that the Ten Commandments’ tablets were made from sapphires. Our forefathers believed that a giant sapphire held up the earth and, as it rotated, the blue in the sapphire gemstone saturated the skies in the same hue.