24th Wedding Anniversary

The Basics

The 24th wedding anniversary is traditionally known as the "Music Anniversary." Couples may choose to celebrate by enjoying a concert or musical performance together, buying each other musical instruments or lessons, or even writing a special song for each other. However, as with all anniversaries, the way a couple chooses to celebrate their 24th anniversary is a personal decision and can be tailored to their individual preferences and style.

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Traditional Gift: Opal

Opal pendant

Although traditional gifts tend to be specified for every fifth year after year 15, we found a list which suggested opal to be a traditional twenty-fourth wedding anniversary gift.

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.

Modern Gift: Musical Instruments

Acoustic guitar

A modern 24th wedding anniversary present is a musical instrument.

Purchasing a musical instrument will depend on budget and the musical interest of your spouse. If your partner already plays an instrument, some kind of accessory might be appreciated. Or, if they’ve been dropping hints about learning to play a particular instrument, this might be the perfect opportunity to surprise them.

Musical instruments vary tremendously in type, size and price. Popular instruments include guitars, music keyboards, harmonicas, ukeleles and smaller percussion instruments.

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Associated Gemstone: Tanzanite

Blue and purple tinged tanzanite in silver set necklace

Tanzanite is associated with the twenty-fourth wedding anniversary although as opal is the traditional gift, this would also be appropriate.

Tanzanite is the blue and violet variety of the mineral zoisite, and as the name suggests, is found only in the country of Tanzania.

This trichroic stone appears alternatively blue, violet and burgundy, depending on crystal orientation.

Named and introduced by Tiffany & Co, Tanzanite is relatively new to the scene, being first marketed in 1968. It also became associated as one of December's birthstone.

Tanzanite gifts include pendants, keychains, bracelets, earrings, necklaces and rings.

Associated Flower: 2 dozen roses

Red rose

We had not found an official flower associated with the 24th wedding anniversary, but one listing site suggested two dozen (twenty-four) roses as a flower gift.