28th Wedding Anniversary

The Basics

The 28th wedding anniversary seems a strange one to be so popular, and yet it's consistently searched for. People do seem to be interested in the 28th anniversary even though it sits awkwardly between 25th (silver) and the 30th, which are the two anniversaries with traditional gifts associated with them.

We've read that the 28th year of marriage can be a period of adjustment, as children leave home or perhaps grandchildren start arriving on the scene. That does depend a lot on when and if children were conceived and raised in the marriage.

That said, it may often be a time when a couple is older and starts to have more time for themselves, without the pressures of seeing children grow and getting them through education, trying to give them the best start in life.

Traditional Gift: Amber, Carnations, Nickel

In the UK and the US there is no traditional gift associated with the 28th anniversary. After about 20 years, traditional gifts tend not to be specified every year.

Although, in Spain and Italy the traditional gift is said to be amber, while in Germany it's carnations (year 1's flower), and in Russia and France it's nickel (which is also the modern gift suggestion for the 21st anniversary).

Isn't it amazing how gifts and customs vary around the world?

Modern Gift: Orchids

The modern gift is the orchid, a beautiful, exotic and graceful flower which is said to represent love, luxury, strength, beauty, and even virility.

The gift doesn't have to be an orchid itself, but could be something associated with it like a beautiful photograph or painting, carefully framed for a room in the house.

Associated Gemstone: Amethyst

The gemstone for the 28th wedding anniversary is amethyst (also noted for the 6th and 33rd anniversaries). This stone comes in a variety of color shades from a light pinkish violet to a deep purple.

Amethyst is considered by many to be sacred. Buddhists make prayer beads from it. It's the birth stone for February. In the Middle Ages amethyst was considered a symbol of royalty.

Amethyst is believed to have a calming and meditative effect, offering balance, patience and peace.

Associated Flower: Orchid

So, we've said that the modern gift is an orchid flower. You can either give an orchid plant, or an orchid bulb which, with the right care, will grow into a beautiful flower.

Artificial orchid flower ornaments are also a possibility, though this will depend on whether your spouse already likes artificial rather than natural flowers.