If you’ve already found the love of your life, chances are you’re always looking for new ways to express what that person means to you. Now, with an anniversary fast approaching, you’re searching for something just a little more special. Might we suggest an anniversary ring?
An anniversary ring’s purpose is obvious enough. But if you don’t know much other than that, no worries! Modern Gents is glad to help.
When Should You Give an Anniversary Ring?
First, you might be interested to know that the origins of anniversary gifts in the United States date back to the 19th century. Until then, most weddings across the world were more akin to business transactions between families than they were commitments of love between two people. When love pairings began to proliferate, however, many critics feared profound changes to society if these unions couldn’t last. It was therefore encouraged to give anniversary gifts as a way of building relationships and celebrating their endurance.
At that time, it was also widely acknowledged that while a lasting marriage required the efforts of both man and woman, most credit should be given to the wife (apparently not much has changed). As a result, anniversary gifts for her became more common than anniversary gifts for him. Either way, popular lists began to circulate around the U.S. designating specific types of gifts for each annual milestone: paper for one year, wood for five, tin or aluminum for 10 and so on. To this day, some couples still try to find fun ways to make gifts out of paper, wood and even aluminum (six-pack?).
Not everyone, though, wants to give or get something playful for an anniversary. Rather, they prefer something timeless and beautiful to express their continued love and devotion. This is why anniversary rings became popular in the 20th century.
Most often, they are purchased to celebrate a marriage’s 10th, 20th and 25th anniversaries. There are no set rules, however, and many people choose to purchase anniversary rings much sooner — to celebrate a one- or five-year anniversary or another significant milestone in the relationship. Perhaps you’re celebrating the birth of a child or you’ve decided to renew your vows. Or maybe, after a difficult year, you just want to reaffirm the meaning of “for better or worse.” Whatever the occasion, a stunning piece of jewelry is always a good idea.
What Does a Typical Anniversary Ring Look Like?
The important thing to remember is that an anniversary ring marks the achievement of your relationship and the journey you’ll continue together. Whichever design best symbolizes that to you is the one you should choose.
Many will wear their anniversary ring in place of their engagement ring or wedding band. But just as many choose to wear them together, on separate fingers or hands. For this reason, any color, style and setting of an anniversary ring can be right for the occasion.
When selecting an anniversary ring, some choose a style that mirrors their engagement rings and wedding bands. Maybe you went vintage and want to maintain that look and feel. But just as people evolve, so do relationships. And that’s why couples will also choose styles that better represent where they are now versus where they were when they got married.
Finally, it’s always great symbolism when couples purchasing rings together choose designs that complement the other.
Does Modern Gents Have Anniversary Rings?
Definitely! As we said, anniversary rings come in many different styles that can be worn in any number of ways. Our high quality, hand-crafted collection of classic, modern and vintage-inspired jewelry includes affordable wedding rings and stackable wedding bands that are perfect for marriage proposals, anniversary milestones and mixing and matching. So be creative – because at our prices, you can afford to be.
Stack a band for every fifth year of your marriage, or every new home you’ve shared together. Add a rose gold band for every daughter welcomed to the family and a silver band for every son.
Each of our bands is made of 925 sterling silver and finished with glistening rose gold or rhodium plating to ensure your ring is as strong as the relationship it symbolizes. Each of our wedding bands will also pair beautifully with our collection of engagement rings.
Or pair any of our rhodium-plated wedding rings with “The Zoey,” featuring a chevron band for a contemporary twist.
Society might say we should prove our love with extravagantly priced jewelry. And in truth, there isn’t anything you wouldn’t pay to keep each other happy. But if that’s what it took to prove your love to one another, you wouldn’t be celebrating an anniversary.
That’s why at Modern Gents, we’re proud to help you say what never has to be said.