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14th Wedding Anniversary

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Traditional Gift: Ivory

Ivory cheese knife set

Ivory is a traditional fourteenth wedding anniversary gift.

Like fur, ivory is a rather sensitive material now because of how it’s often obtained. However, antique ivory may be an option, or perhaps something that resembles ivory like a modern piano.

We would generally keep well away from any genuine ivory products. Just as with fur, there are many artificial ivory pieces which can be bought. Alternatively, why not consider an art piece or other gift which makes reference to elephants, the wonderful creatures who need their tusks (and lives) far more than we should desire to take ivory from them.

Perhaps a gift which has an ivory color would be appreciated, such as a special piece of clothing or other material.

Modern Gift: Gold Jewellery

Gold statement necklace

A modern 14th wedding anniversary present is gold jewellery.

Gold has long been revered as an extremely precious metal. There are three types of gold available in the modern jewelry market: yellow, white and rose.

Yellow gold is naturally occurring and is the purest form of the precious metal. However, pure gold is far too soft to be used directly in jewelry and so it is mixed with an alloy. The material used in that alloy determines both the color and the hardness of the final metal.

Yellow gold is alloyed with metals such as zinc and copper. White gold is mixed with either palladium or nickel, giving a silver/platinum coloring. Rose gold includes about a quarter of copper, giving the pink hue.

Choosing the color of gold is very much a personal preference and should reflect the taste of the recipient. Fashions come and go, but a piece of gold jewelry is timeless and can become of great sentimental value to both giver and receiver.

Rings, necklaces, earrings, watches, cufflinks and other accessories all make wonderful gifts, with plenty of selection for both men and women.

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Associated Gemstone: Opal

Opal pendant

The fourteenth anniversary gemstone is opal.

Opal comes in two distinct varieties. Precious opal exhibits iridescence, meaning that different colors can be seen as the angle of light changes. Most precious opal gemstones are cut and polished to form cabochons. Very thin opals can be combined with other materials such as ironstone, dark or black common opal, onyx, or obsidian to form attractive gems.

Common opals include milk opal, resin opal and wood opal. These are not typically used in jewelry.

In the Middle Ages, opal was considered to provide luck. In later times, thanks in part to Sir Walter Scott's Anne of Geierstein novel in 1829, opal developed a reputation for bringing bad luck and death, even seeing a slump in sales during the 19th century. Now, however, many simply see opal as a beautiful gemstone to be cherished.

Associated Flower: Dahlia

Closeup photograph of orange dahlia flower

The 14th anniversary flower is the dahlia. These beautiful, striking flowers are very popular in gardens around the world, growing in a wide range of colors including a deep burgundy which is often mistaken/labeled as black. Other colors include red, pink, white, orange, yellow and purple.

Dahlias are related to other sun-loving flowers such as the sunflower, chrysanthemum, zinnia and daisy.

They have come to symbolise elegance, inner strength, creativity, change, and dignity. The Victorians saw them as a sign of commitment, an everlasting bond or union. They are often used in marriage celebrations.

These wonderful flowers can be gifted in a flower arrangement. Alternatively, and particularly if the couple is at all green-fingered, why not gift them as tubers to be grown in the garden. In warmer climates, they can even be treated as perennials, so they'll come back year after year, adding wonderful blooms to the summer and early autumn borders.

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