Gifts that are romantic, practical, and of symbolic sentiment are often given as a passing of congratulations and good luck to couples on the successful completion of each year of their marriage.
When it comes to anniversaries this gifting is made a little easier through the use of the traditional and modern gift lists. Designed to offer suggestions for items symbolic of the depth of the relationship, and relative to the number of years spent within the union, these suggested gifts are a sentimentally sweet way to help the couple celebrate their successful marriage.
For the 12th wedding anniversary the traditional gift list calls for items of silk or linen while the modern list suggestion is for pearls or items made of pearl. The symbolic flower for this year is the beautiful full bodied peony while the gem stone is jade. These gifts meaning each in their own way prosperity and wealth which are indeed the intrinsic value of this long term union.
The Gem for this Anniversary is the Lucky Jade Stone
Jade can be found in shades of green, blue, red, black, lavender, yellow, and white. The white variety is referred to as mutton fat and is often the most expensive shade of this ancient stone while the color most associated with it is green.
Jade's symbolism of purity and protection is strong. Viewed as a stone of good luck for health, longevity, and wealth it can offer balance, calm, peace, courage, and wisdom. As a healing stone it is very unlike others as it is one that can cause no harm. The calming shades of this stone are believed to provide harmonious balance within the home and the emotions.
Jade is such a highly valued gem that it is often placed at a level equal to gold. As the symbolic gem of the 12th anniversary it is a stone of high intrinsic value. Gifts of this stone are highly symbolic bringing with them blessings of good fortune and luck. The jade plant is also given a symbolical meaning similar to this stone.
The Flower for this Union is the Flauntingly Luxurious Peony
This love has blossomed into a visible rich luxurious splendor. Admired, respected, and desired for its strength of union. The 12 year anniversary year is one meriting gifts of great beauty and wealth.
The Peony is symbolic of good fortune, prosperity, honor, romance, and contentment within marriage. This large flower with its rich abundant petals so very fitting of its symbolism.
Items containing the image of the peony flower are an ideal twelve year anniversary gift choice. It is a flower of many colors so offers quite a diversity in its decor theme. There are a large number of household products which carry its image and can be themed in decor items from the kitchen to the bedroom.
A bouquet of flowers or plant is also always a touching gift. For an anniversary it is nice to combine this green present with sweets or a bottle of fine wine. The combination of these adds to the romantic nature of this flower. Its a finishing touch that definitely gets noticed.
Gifts of Silk to Represent the Worthiness of this Marriage
Silk is a cloth of quite a high value making it a gift of ideal symbolism for this twelve year anniversary. Its rich luxury being quantitative to the character of this long term relationship.
The durability and devotion of the 12th year martial bond is now evident to all who view it. A treasure of great wealth it is a marriage union that deserves to be treated as such.
This is a relationship that has withstood the test of time to stand strong against any opposing forces. Rather than breaking apart through the trials of earlier years these experiences served to strengthen the devotion and loyalty of one to the another.
The smooth luxury of silk is available in many household or personal items and a gift sentimentally suiting this celebratory year.
The Modern Suggestion for the 12th Anniversary is Pearl
The beautiful opalescent pearl is the modern gift list suggest for the twelve year wedding anniversary year. The pearl's symbolic meaning is one of innocence, fertility, and integrity of thought.
Pearls were traditionally worn by those of nobility as a symbol of their affluence and prosperity but were also the gem chosen by new brides to wear on their wedding day as a symbol of their virtue. This romantic bridal tradition continues today. You will often see pearls adorning the bride's gown, decorations, and cake.
It is said that pearls will bring good luck when gifted in love or worn by those with integrity and purity of heart but this same gem is bad luck when worn by those with ill intentions. A rare gift from the sea this natural gem was an item to be treasured.
The pearl's symbolic meaning as an anniversary gift is quite profound. Just as a marriage union is strengthened through shared time spent together so is this jewel formed as slowly layer upon layer is added over time to create a single gem of iridescent beauty.
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