Traditional, Modern and Symbolic Anniversary Gifts
Below is a list of both traditional and modern gift materials, as well as classic flower and gemstone symbols, which mark a couple’s 14th wedding anniversary in countries around the world…
|Traditional Gift – UK||Ivory|
|Traditional Gift – US||Ivory|
|Traditional Gift – Spain||Ivory|
|Traditional Gift – Germany||Ivory|
|Traditional Gift – Russia||Agate|
|Traditional Gift – France||Lead|
|Traditional Gift – Italy||Ivory|
|Modern Gift||Gold Jewellery|
About 14th Wedding Anniversaries
Ivory is a wonderfully appropriate traditional symbol for your 14th wedding anniversary – albeit with an important caveat when it comes to buying gifts. Rare and beautiful, ivory is a precious commodity that signifies the integrity and fidelity of a marriage relationship, and the abiding loyalty and devotion shared by two people. These are qualities truly worthy of a memorable celebration. Hence, this year is popularly known as the Ivory Anniversary.
How to Celebrate a 14th Wedding Anniversary
Because of the threat to elephant populations, the UK, US and many other countries have banned the import of ivory products.
You can buy ivory products but they tend to be hugely expensive and often available only within a dubious legal context. In any event, here at My Wedding Anniversary we are committed to focusing on the most ethical gifts that couples can give to each other.
With that in mind, below we have outlined a selection of associated gift ideas and other exceptional gift options to help make your 14th wedding anniversary a day full of beautiful memories.
Surely Love is a wonderful thing. It is more precious than emeralds, and dearer than fine opals. Pearls and pomegranates cannot buy it, nor is it set forth in the marketplace. It may not be purchased of the merchants, for can it be weighed out in the balance for gold.” Quoted by: Oscar Wilde
14th Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Him, Her… and the Couple
The precious metal for 14th wedding anniversaries is gold, a symbol of both wealth and optimism – as well as good health. Gold jewellery is always a great idea to celebrate 14 years of marriage, and there are plenty of options… necklaces, earrings, rings, bracelets, cuff links, watches and tie pins.
The traditional gift is a clock, with options ranging from classic carriage clocks to more modern pieces for your home. There is also an excellent choice of designer clocks for those seeking something a little more chic. Using the themes of gold, ivory and clocks for inspiration, you will be sure to find the ideal 14th wedding anniversary gift for your partner.
Delicate and graceful, the orchid represents luxury, love, beauty and strength. It is the traditional flower that symbolisms a 14th wedding anniversary, so a bouquet of orchids would make a thoughtful and romantic gift.
Another symbolic flower is the dahlia, also representative of strength. Featuring a variety of shapes and colours, it would make a stunning alternative to the orchid.
Opal, a stone believed to show your emotion when worn close to the skin, and moss agate (considered to have mystical healing powers) are the dual symbolic gemstones for a 14th wedding anniversary – and both stones would make fantastic jewellery gifts.
14th Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Him
What can I buy my husband for our 14th wedding anniversary?
Ivory should definitely not be given as a gift in these modern times, with a greater commitment and sensitivity to wildlife preservation – but no problem if you want to consider ivory colours.
Here are a few more gift suggestions for the man in your life on your 14th wedding anniversary. We also have hundreds of additional gift ideas on our other anniversary pages.
14th Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Her
What should I buy my wife on our 14th wedding anniversary?
You can stick with traditional gift suggestions featured above, or opt for something a little different from our list of options below.
Travel & Experience Gifts
- Location visit such as a safari (could be quite expensive)
- Travel gift vouchers (a bit cheaper)
- Special 14th wedding anniversary location and meal
- Luxury afternoon tea for two after visiting a zoo
- Family wildlife experience
- Luxury spa day for two
- Cocktail-making and spirits tasting
The traditional 14th wedding anniversary gemstones are opal, moss agate and gold.
- Themed earrings (for example, ivory-coloured)
- Gold eternity ring
- Tie Pin
Something Different & Unique
- Visit a wildlife park followed by an al fresco lunch.
- Buy an elephant sculpture for your garden or home.
- Save up for a holiday to Australia including an opal mine tour of Coober Pedy.
- Always popular… invite friends and family to a celebration party at home or in a local pub, bar or restaurant.
There are so many fascinating options to celebrate 14 years of marriage, so no excuses for not coming up with gift and party ideas that provide cherished memories for many years to come. Nevertheless, whatever the gift and however you decide to celebrate, make sure the day is full of love, romance and absolute enjoyment.
14 Fun Facts about Opals
Opals are highly sought after by jewellery lovers and merchants, being especially appreciated for their stunning spectrum of colours…
- The rarest and most valuable are black opals, although they can be a variety of dark colours.
- Other opal colours include white, yellow, blue, green, purple, orange, red, grey and brown.
- Opals featuring the most intense and diverse play (or multi-dimensional display) of colour are generally the most expensive and valued.
- The only opal that can display the entire rainbow within one stone is the boulder – seven colours in all, including indigo.
- The word “opal” derived from the Latin “opalus”, meaning precious stone.
- Opals are, together with diamonds, emeralds and sapphires, considered the most precious stones in the world.
- Though the process remains disputed, opals are generally believed to form when silica is carried down into rock crevices by heavy rains. A silica gel is left when the water evaporates, and this hardens over millions of years.
- Between 95 and 97 per cent of the global supply of opal comes from three states in Australia – New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia.
- The largest and most valuable gem opal ever found (and recognised by the Guinness Book of Records) is the “Olympic Australis”, mined in 1956 at the Eight Mile Opal field in Coober Pedy. Valued at US$1.8 million, it is on display at the Altman + Cherney showroom in Sydney.
- Now on view in Buckingham Palace’s collection of the Crown Jewels, the “Andamooka Opal” (or “Queen’s Opal”) was given to Queen Elizabeth II to mark her royal visit to Australia in 1954.
- Opals have been synthesised since the 1970s, with natural opals sliced and adhered to onyx and other gem material to create “doublets”.
- The monthly birthstone for October, opals are said to symbolise hope, innocence, confidence and purity, bring happiness and beauty, and promote kindness, compassion, generosity – and love.
- Opal has been discovered on Mars, in the Nakhla meteorite, which has been found to contain microscopic traces of a mineral known as fire opal.
- According to Australian Indigenous lore, opal is our creator’s footprint, having touched the Earth at the base of a rainbow to bring harmony.