Only Five Years Away from a Half Century – Celebrate with Great 45th Wedding Anniversary Gifts

Just a mere 5 years away from half a century of living together is the 45th wedding anniversary. This happens to be a significant achievement and we’d love to pass on our congratulations. Before you start forking out any cash on 45th anniversary gifts you might want to keep reading. The main aim of our website is to offer up some suggestions for 25th anniversary gift ideas. However, we think that all wedding anniversaries are memorable, which is why we’ve also been looking at anniversary gift ideas for a number of other milestones. Here on this particular page we’ll be sharing some of our favourite 45th wedding anniversary gift ideas.

You probably already appreciate that there are a number of themes associated with wedding anniversaries, but for a forty fifth wedding anniversary the theme is sapphires, for both modern and traditional anniversary themes. Such a beautiful and stunning jewel should definitely be considered if you’re looking for 45th anniversary gift ideas. Next to diamonds, sapphires are one of the most popular gemstones available today, and can be found in just about every type of jewellery. They look stunning made into brooches, pendants, rings, necklaces and earrings. And look equally good in classical or more up to date designs.

Tips on buying jewellery with sapphire precious stones

sapphire wedding anniversaryBuying jewellery for an anniversary gift never seems to go out of fashion. And as well as being a memorable gift it can also be a sound investment. Sapphire is one of the most popular gemstones to be included in a piece of jewellery and look great in any setting from platinum and silver to yellow gold. Sapphires come from Sri Lanka, Madagascar and Australia and are made from corundum or aluminium oxide. Aside from their beauty they are also extremely hard, making them scratch resistant and durable. Anyone born in September has this as their birthstone, and they have aksi become popular in recent years as an alternative stone for engagement rings.

Sapphires are famous for their stunning blue colour
Sapphires come in various shades of blue. The lightest is called Sweden princess blue and the darkest shade of blue looks almost black. Royal blue is the most popular colour and hence the most expensive. One shade lighter than royal blue are camelot and commodore blue. Therefore they are a little more affordable, but still just as popular. When you’re buying an item of jewellery containing a sapphire, or purchasing an individual stone, look at it carefully before you make your purchase. Pure stones are far more valuable. The colour of the stone can effect its value, with stronger tints being more valuable. You may not realise that sapphires also come in white, pink and yellow.

Cut and clarity are important factors
The facets on the surface of the stone is called the cut. Through these facets light and colour shine through. A sapphire with a deep cut has a rich colour, while a shallower cut makes the stone lighter in colour. Gems are rated according to the facet, from poor right up to excellent.

The inclusions of a stone are referred to as the clarity. Inclusions include such flaws as cracks, chips, colour distortions or cavities in the stone. When buying a sapphire you should be looking out for surface blemishes as well, such as scratches and abrasions. Ideally you should be looking at the stone under a microscope, but obviously this isn’t always possible. In such a case you should look at the stone from as many angles as possible.

Sapphire grades
The grade of a sapphire depends on carat size. Carat refers to the mass of the stone, and is measured to the nearest hundredth of a carat. The cut and shape of the gemstone can also determine the carat size. Two stones that are exactly the same size can have completely different carat weights, if they’ve been cut differently by the jeweller. As well as different carats, you may also come across the label ‘created’ or ‘cultured’. Which refers to the manufacturer creating the sapphire in a lab.

Sapphires come in a wide variety of shapes and settings
Like many other precious stones, sapphires can be found in a wide range of settings and shapes.

Sapphire shapeFeatures
OvalIn the shape of an oval
Heart shapedIn the shape of a heart
MarquiseAn oval shape but with pointed ends
EmeraldA rectangular shaped cut with stepped corners
PrincessA square or rectangular shape
RadiantIn the shape of a square with hard edges and many facets
CushionIn the shape of a square but with rounded sides
TrilliantIn the shape of a triangle

Oval and cushion shapes are the most desirable because the majority of the original stone has been preserved. Round shapes are the most expensive, as far more labour is involved in chipping away the stone.

You should now have all the information you need if you’re planning to buy sapphires for your 45th wedding anniversary gift. Time to get out there and put all you’ve learned into practise.