The traditional 16th wedding year anniversary gift list suggestion is for items of silver holloware. These being items with a hollowed space within them. Shaped items such as silver teapots, cups, creamers, vases, and tureens fall into this category of gift items.
It is believed that the very first silver holloware items were chalices designed for the Church of England. Silver holloware is a traditional symbol of prosperity which fits well with the symbolism connected to the sixteenth year of marriage.
A marriage of this duration is a valuable entity and one to be cherished for the wealth of happiness and security it brings to those within its union. It is a delightful gift choice as silver is both a practical gift as well as an investment. Most holloware pieces are wonderfully decorative with a largely practical purpose but a hidden wealth gleams proudly from each select piece. The metal can at any time be sold for its monetary value should the need arise.
The gem peridot is believed to attract wealth and happiness to its owner, it is the stone designated for the 16th anniversary. Interestingly there is no symbolic flower appointed for this year.
Silver is an Investment Intended to be Kept or Spent by its Owner
In the early 1300's England appointed the metal silver to be used in its coinage. With silver being deemed so valuable that it was set into monetary coin it also become a coveted symbol of wealth, prosperity, and power.
Thus is the reason that the first holloware designed from silver was made for high ranking members of the church and royalty. These items were proudly displayed as a cherished symbol of their owner's power and prosperity.
Today silver is still cherished for its monetary value, gleaming beauty, and symbolism. Often gifted for births, weddings, and anniversaries it is as much an investment in the future as it is decorative. This metal's worth tends to increase with time so the receiver of the gift is insured of its currency value should the gift ever need to be converted into cash.
Silver Tea and Coffee Sets are a Luxurious Symbol of the Home
Collectable Antique Silver Holloware is Also an Acceptable Gift
One of the most fabulous aspects of sterling silver is its heirloom quality. Antique silver can be of even higher value than newer pieces and is also highly collectable. The ornate nature and increasing worth of this metal insures that most pieces are well cared for throughout their lifetime.
Vintage silver is highly desirable even as an anniversary gift. The history behind each piece adds to the excitement of owning it.
Silver holloware can also be of a highly historical significance as in pieces of railway kitchen ware or religious significance. Who owned the piece in the past will often play significantly into the piece's value as well.
Thrift stores, estate sales, eBay and other auctions are great places to acquire good quality silver pieces. Watch items including history for an interesting add on to the gift.
Something to Toast the Occasion Can be Delightful
Gifts of Romance or Entertainment are Always Ideal
If you are unsure what to purchase for the couple on your list picking them up a gift card to a local restaurant is generally always a welcome item to receive. Every couple enjoys a date night out so this type of gift is always in vogue and they can use it at their leisure.
A spa gift card for two can also be fun. Just check to insure that there isn't an expiration date on the card you elect to purchase.
Matching his and her jackets or robes are a cute couple gift while other wonderfully romantic anniversary gifts include wine, champagne, and a set of his and her crystal, silver, or copper, goblets or flutes. A gift basket of special treats or a special feast sent into their home are also delightful items to receive.
The Green Peridot is the 16th Anniversary Gem
There is a Mystical Quality in the Peridot Gemstone
There is a magical wonder in the symbolic gem chosen to represent the 16th anniversary. Classed also as a crystal and at other times a stone it is often found within lava flows and meteorites. This gem is formed deep within the earth and then naturally brought to the surface with the volcanic flow.
This crystal is an iron magnesium silicate and it is the amount of iron within the stone that determines the vividness of its color. With a distinctive yellow green coloring the peridot is referred to as relating to the sun. It is a beautiful gem able to reflect light the darker peridot gems have been mistaken as emeralds.
As is standard with most crystals it carries a strong symbolic message and mysticism in its healing properties. It can clear ones thoughts or renew ones purity of mind and heart, and in this regard is also worn with deep religious significance. It is a stone believed to bring happiness and prosperity to its owner. Used as a stone of protection, attraction, healing, renewal, and rebirth. When gifted as a 16th wedding anniversary gem it is a highly symbolic item for the couple to possess.
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