13th Wedding Anniversary
Thirteen may be seen as an unlucky number in Western societies, but to be honest reaching 13 years of marriage is not an achievement to be underestimated, particularly in today’s world.
It is known as the "Lace Anniversary".
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Traditional Gift: Lace
Lace is a traditional thirteenth wedding anniversary gift.
Lace is exquisite and many clothing and household gifts can be bought as gifts, including decorative tablecloths.
Modern Gift: Textiles/ Furs
Modern 13th wedding anniversary presents are textiles and furs.
Textiles could cover many different types of material so really it shouldn’t be too difficult to find some clothing or decorative item, perhaps a wall hanging, which is just perfect for your partner.
Real fur has definitely fallen out of favour in recent years due to concerns over animal cruelty. However, a large number of fake furs can be purchased for coats, glovesand hats.
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Associated Gemstone: Citrine/ Moonstone
Citrine is a yellow-to-orange colored gemstone that is often used in jewelry and other decorative items.
Symbolically it is said to represent abundance, success, and good fortune. It is also associated with the solar plexus chakra, which is said to be the center of personal power, will, and self-esteem.
Some believe that wearing citrine or having it in one's home can attract abundance and success, as well as enhance creativity and individuality.
Moonstone is a pale, iridescent gemstone often used in jewelry and other decorations.
It is associated with the moon and is said to embody the qualities of mystery, intuition, and femininity. It is also believed to have a calming and soothing effect and to enhance intuition and psychic abilities. Some cultures have also linked moonstone to fertility and maternal energy.
In spiritual and metaphysical traditions, moonstone is said to promote balance, harmony, and stability, especially in matters related to emotions and relationships. Some believe that wearing moonstone or having it in one's home can bring good luck and enhance the wearer's connection with the natural world and the lunar cycles.
Associated Flower: Chrysanthemum/ Hollyhock
A 13th anniversary flower is the chrysanthemum.
Although in some cultures, chrysanthemums are used as a sign of death or grief, others also see them as a sign of honesty, while in most of the United States they are a positive, cheerful flower.
The chrysanthemum can be associated with optimism, joy, and long life. In Japan, the chrysanthemum is the symbol of the emperor and the imperial family and is considered a symbol of the sun and autumn.
In Chinese culture, the chrysanthemum symbolizes the ninth month of the lunar calendar and is associated with a long and happy life, as well as a carefree spirit.
It is also widely used in traditional Chinese medicine and is believed to have medicinal properties and to promote physical and emotional well-being.
Hollyhocks are a type of flowering plant known for their tall stalks and colorful blooms. They are often associated with ambition, fruitfulness, and fertility. The tall stalks of the hollyhock are said to symbolize reaching for the stars and achieving one's goals, while the abundant blooms represent fertility and abundance.
In some cultures, hollyhocks are also associated with strength and resilience. The plant's ability to grow tall and withstand harsh conditions is seen as a symbol of inner strength and the ability to overcome adversity.
In addition to its symbolic meaning, the hollyhock is also valued for its beauty and is often used in gardens and landscaping as an ornamental plant.