21st Wedding Anniversary

The Basics

he 21st wedding anniversary is traditionally known as the "Brass Anniversary." Brass is the material associated with this occasion, although couples often give gifts that are representative of the metal, such as jewelry, home décor items, or keepsakes. Some couples choose to celebrate this milestone by taking a trip, having a special meal together, or renewing their vows. Ultimately, the way a couple celebrates their 21st anniversary is a personal decision and can be tailored to their individual preferences and style.

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Traditional Gift: None

There is no traditional gift associated with the twenty-first wedding anniversary as, after the 15th year, gifts tend to be specified only for every fifth anniversary.

That doesn’t mean you should expect to get out of buying a present though!

Modern Gift: Brass/ Nickel


A modern 21st wedding anniversary present is brass or nickel.

Brass is a fairly soft yellow alloy of copper and zinc, so it is easily worked into a variety of items.

Brass is also one of the sections of an orchestra, so if your partner is musical, some kind of brass instrument or accessory could go down very well.

It's also slang for 'money' though simply gifting cash is a bit boring!

Gifts in brass can include mugs and tableware, plaques and signs, watches and compasses, pens, sundials, jewelry components, sculptures, vases, candle holders... the list goes on for this amazingly versatile metal.

Buying a brass instrument definitely deserves visiting a specialist music retailer in order to pick out something just right. Common brasss instruments include trumpets, trombones and tubas.


Nickel is a silvery-white lustrous metal with a slight golden tinge. Nickel gifts include candlesticks, sculptures, metal fittings, jewelry, jewlery boxes and much more.

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Associated Gemstone: Opal/ Iolite


One of the 21st anniversary gemstones 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.

Opal gifts include rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, dinnerware, figurines and many more.


Iolite is also associated with the 21st wedding anniversary.

Rich in iron, it comes in shades of purple and grey, or can be without color, and when it is moved it can exhibit other colours including blue, violet and yellow.

It can be turned into stunning jewelry, or simply left as polished stones.

Associated Flower: None

There is no flower associated with the 21st wedding anniversary.