I recently had the pleasure of making a sweet customer a 35th Anniversary gift. The traditional gift for 35 years of marriage is coral! I love this gifting tradition. I always enjoy a good theme to work with- it narrows down the possibilities but still allows room for creativity!
The Traditional Anniversary gifts are as follows:
4th: Fruit & Flowers, or Linen & Silk
6th: Iron / Candy
7th: Wool/ Copper
10th: Tin/ Aluminum
As you may notice- the traditional list has a theme for the first 15 years, then it switches to every 5 years after that. The practice of traditional anniversary gifts dates all the way back to central Europe during the middle ages!
The piece I created to commemorate 35 years together was crafted with hand-knotted coral heshi beads and a lovely antler found on the couple's farm. The whitetail deer antler had a lovely corkscrewing form- truly a one-of-a-kind treasure!
The neat thing about coral commemorating 35 years together is that coral structures are formed by a myriad of individual teensy polyps. All these small polyps working together is what gives the coral strength and beauty- much like how all the little moments, memories, hardships, and triumphs over the years fill a marriage with the strength, respect, love, and care that it takes to reach 35 years together.
So happy to have been able to create a special, wearable piece for the occasion <3