11th Wedding Anniversary
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Traditional Gift: Steel
Steel is a traditional eleventh wedding anniversary gift. A supremely strong alloy made from iron, it is widely used in construction and fabrication.
Many ornate and practical steel gifts can be bought including stainless steel cutlery, utensils and kitchenware, steel jewellery, ornamental lettering, photo frames and sculptures, and many more.
Modern Gift: Fashion Jewellery
A modern 11th wedding anniversary present is that of fashion jewelry, also known as costume jewelry.
Such jewelry tends to be used for ornamentation and to complement a particular outfit, rather than for containing any precious metals or gemstones. However, it can still be a thoughtful gift, particularly if it reflects something about the recipient.
In the past, less costly simulated gemstones such as rhinestone or lucite may be set in pewter, silver, nickel or brass.
During World War Two, sterling silver was often incorporated into costume jewelry because other base metals were needed for war time production and hence a ban was placed on their use in the private sector. This means that it can be possible to find costume jewelry containing sterling silver in the vintage jewelry marketplace.
Modern costume jewelry may be made from high end crystals, cubic zirconia simulated diamonds, and semi-precious stones. Metals may include gold- or silver-plated brass, vermeil or sterling silver. Other materials may include plastic, acrylic, leather or wood. Care should also be taken as some countries still use lead in production.
A range of rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings can be bought in a range of materials including sterling silver.
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Associated Gemstone: Turquoise
The eleventh anniversary gemstone is turquoise.
The turquoise gemstone comes in a range of colours from blue to green, including Persian Turquoise which is a sky blue historically favoured by the Persians.
Beliefs attributed to turquoise include its help to the owner to start new projects, to warn the wearer of danger or illness by changing colour, and protecting the wearer from falling. It is said to bring happiness and good fortune, and promotes spontaneity in romance, stimulating romantic love.
Turquoise jewelry can be purchased. It is worth noting that genuine turquoise does require some maintenance in order for it to remain at its best, including avoiding solvents (including perfume), and prolonged direct sunlight. Turquoise may be quite soft and so can be damaged by contact with harder or sharper objects, including other gemstones.
Associated Flower: Tulip/ Morning Glory
The 11th anniversary flower is the tulip.
These beautiful spring-blooming flowers are often large, showy blooms and come in a range of colors including red, pink, yellow or white. Perhaps for the spring anniversary, some pre-planning by planting bulbs in the fall could produce a wonderful garden display at just the right time. Alternatively, cut flowers may be just as welcome, although they may be harder to come by in other seasons of the year.
Alternatively, items incorporating tulip designs can be gifted, including jewelry, mugs, prints, and other homeware.