48th Wedding Anniversary

The Basics

The 48th wedding anniversary is a significant milestone that celebrates the enduring love and commitment between a married couple. Traditionally, this anniversary is known as the "Amethyst Anniversary," and the gemstone associated with it is the amethyst.

Some sources also suggest optical goods as a modern gift idea.

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Traditional Gift: None

There is no traditional gift associated with the 48th wedding anniversary.

Modern Gift: Optical Goods

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Gifts may include:

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Associated Gemstone: Amethyst

Amethyst is said to promote calm, balance and peace, as well as eliminating impatience. Of course, it's up to you whether you believe it has these properties, but regardless of this, there's little denying amethyst is a very attractive purple or violet quartz crystal.

Amethyst is the birthstone for February; perhaps something to consider if the dates fall this way.

It comes in a range of colours from a light pinkish violet all the way through to a deep purple, sometimes with secondary hues of red or blue.

It was used as a gemstone by the ancient Egyptians, and the Greeks believed drinking vessels made from amethyst could protect against intoxication. A belief that the semiprecious stone promotes healing and cool-headedness led to mediaeval European soldiers wearing an amethyst amulet, while Anglican bishops may wear an episcopal ring set with an amethyst.

Tibetans consider amethyst sacred to the Buddha and make prayer beads from it, and the quartz stone was a sign of royalty in the Middle Ages, used to decorate English regalia.

Amethyst is the official state gemstone of South Carolina.

The monetary value of amethyst dropped significantly in the 18th century when large deposits of it were found in Brazil. The colour now determines the rarity and hence potential desirability of the stone. That said, amethyst is a beautiful gemstone and any piece of jewelry set with it is sure to be appreciated.

Associated Flower: None

There is no official flower for the 48th anniversary but the color purple is often associated with it, so any purple flower could be a suitable choice for a gift.

Some popular purple flowers that could be given as a gift include: