51st Wedding Anniversary

The Basics

The 51st wedding anniversary is traditionally known as the "Emerald Anniversary" because emerald is the gemstone associated with this milestone. This anniversary marks the celebration of 51 years of marriage, a remarkable achievement for any couple.

At this stage in a couple's journey together, they have likely experienced many ups and downs, but have also built a strong and enduring bond with one another. It is a time to reflect on the joys and challenges of the past 51 years, and to celebrate the love, commitment, and dedication that have brought them to this point.

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Traditional Gift: None

There is no official traditional gift for the 51st wedding anniversary.

Modern Gift: Emerald / Blue Sapphire

As is quite common after years of anniversary celebrations. the exact modern gift is not standardised.

Some sources suggest the emerald is the modern gift and gemstone for the occasion, while others say it's the blue sapphire.

Either way, or if you choose your own meaningful gift, it is sure to be well received if you have chosen and given it with thoughtfulness and love.


Vibrant green emeralds are commonly used to make beautiful, attention-grabbing jewelry, with those featuring optimal shade and transparency potentially being more valuable than diamond.

Denoting such qualities and truth and love, the ancient Greeks and Romans saw emerald as the gemstone of the goddess Venus, representing love and hope.

The Inca and Egyptian cultures also treasured the emerald, seeing it as a source of eternal life, and being a gift from Thoth, the ancient god of wisdom.

Although the color green may be associated with envy, it also represents vitality. This is perhaps not surprising as nature is full of green, as we see each spring as new life bursts forth.

Emerald can represent new beginnings, which is possibly something a two decade marriage may desire or need. It also marks a faithful, deep and mature love.

Gift ideas include:

Blue Sapphire

Sapphire is a precious gemstone that has been highly valued for centuries for its beauty, rarity, and durability.

In many cultures, sapphire is associated with wisdom, loyalty, and faithfulness, making it an especially fitting gemstone for a wedding anniversary. It is believed to bring peace, tranquility, and spiritual enlightenment to the wearer. Additionally, sapphire is often associated with protection, and it is thought to shield the wearer from negative energy and harm.

Throughout history, sapphire has been prized by royalty and the wealthy, and it has been used to adorn everything from crowns and jewelry to religious artifacts and even spacecraft. In some cultures, sapphire is also believed to have healing properties and has been used in traditional medicine for its purported health benefits.

Some gift ideas to consider are:

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Associated Gemstone: Emerald / Blue Sapphire

Emerald and blue sapphire can both be associated with the 51st wedding anniversary.

Associated Flower: Violet

The flower associated with the 51st wedding anniversary is the violet. Violets are delicate and colorful flowers that symbolize loyalty, devotion, and faithfulness, making them a fitting tribute to a couple's long-lasting commitment to one another.

The sweet fragrance and vibrant colors of violets make them a popular choice for bouquets and arrangements, and they can also be used to create floral centerpieces or decorative accents for the home. Some ideas for incorporating violets into a 51st anniversary celebration might include:

Overall, violets are a beautiful and meaningful way to honor a couple's enduring love and commitment on their 51st wedding anniversary.