The sixth anniversary may not be seen as something to celebrate. The date of marriage has long past, and the first milestone of five years is but a distant memory. However, it’s still a momentous occasion and deserves some recognition. Whether you wish to spoil your husband or wife, or you are friends or family of the couple in question, it shows thoughtfulness if you remember and celebrate the anniversary. The symbol for the sixth anniversary is that of iron, which doesn’t mean to say that an actual iron would be welcomed! There are some great ideas for iron wedding anniversary gifts, so I hope you find something suitable from my suggestions.
Why is Iron the Gift for Six Years?
Iron may seem a strange material to be celebrating a wedding anniversary, as its hardly romantic is it? However, the reasoning behind it is that it represents the solidity and strength of the marriage. Iron is both a chemical element and a metal and has been in use for thousands of years. It appears in myths, folklore and mythology, the most common known belief is that of an iron horseshoe bringing good luck, and being able to repel evil spirits. An iron wedding anniversary gift should bring good fortune to the happy couple.
Great Ideas for an Iron Gift
You may be struggling for ideas for this, but a surprising number of items can be made from iron. This includes hand-forged bookmarks, iron jewellery dishes and personalised key chains. For those that prefer to make memories, rather than have a gift, why not consider a visit to the Ironbridge Attractions in Shropshire? The authentic Victorian farm and shops offer a unique glimpse into this era, and you end your day with a fish and chip supper!
For those that love flowers but prefer something that lasts longer, my recommended choice of gift would be these two iron roses twisted together. This hand-forged double rose set is designed to be laid horizontally, rather than placed in a vase, and symbolises a love that will never die. This stunning sculpture is hand-forged by a master blacksmith and has an attractive matt black finish.
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Which Flower is the Symbol for a Six Year Anniversary?
The flower of the sixth anniversary is an unusual one, and perhaps something that not many people have heard of. It is the calla, which once you see it, will recognise straight away as it is a species of lily. It is often used in wedding bouquets, or to decorate a church or civic building for the marriage ceremony and is a very romantic flower. Unfortunately, it has a limited lifespan and dies quickly after having been cut. Its white, waxy blooms are very striking and contrast beautifully with its dark green foliage, but be aware that all parts of this stunning plant are poisonous and not to be taken lightly.
What is a Calla Anyway?
This beautiful lily is native to Africa, and was introduced to Europe in the seventeenth century, but is now grown all over the world. Strangely enough, it is seen as a destructive pest in Western Australia, and the plant cannot be sold there. It is also known as an arum lily and is prized for its ornamental appearance in gardens and its use in cut flower displays. Although most varieties are white, it can also be found in other colours, including pale yellow, coral pink and maroon. Lilies are often seen in paintings, and the calla is a particular favourite of Mexican artist Diego Rivera.
Calla Gift Ideas
The calla lily can be found as a decorative theme on many items including paintings, mouse pads, memory books, note cards and jewellery, especially brooches. An unusual idea is this pastoral table lamp, with a beautifully sculpted display of lilies meandering around the resin base. It would be ideal for a bedside table with is pretty pink shade and old-fashioned pull chain. Other suggestions could include an artificial calla plant, scarves decorated with a lily print or maybe some solar lights for the garden.
Is There a Gemstone for the Sixth Anniversary?
The gemstone to celebrate the sixth wedding anniversary is the stunning amethyst, my personal favourite crystal. It is very popular in jewellery items, having a gorgeous violet colour, making it easy to find suitable gifts. Amethyst has inspired many poets including John Keats, Emily Dickinson and Amy Lowell. Perhaps the most well-known example is The Twilight Turns From Amethyst by the renowned Irish novelist, James Joyce. There is a beautiful painting housed in the Tate Collection entitled The Lady with the Amethyst, by the artist Charles Shannon, dating from 1915.
All About Amethyst
The name comes from an ancient Greek word meaning “not intoxicated” as they believed that wearing amethyst would stop them from getting drunk! Tibetans make prayer beads from amethyst, as they consider the stone to be sacred to Buddha. It originates from Brazil, Siberia and Sri Lanka, but synthetic versions can also be made in laboratories. Amethyst is the official state gemstone of South Carolina. It is known as a healing and protective stone and is said to clear the mind of any negative thoughts.
Amethyst Gift Ideas
There is undoubtedly no shortage of gift ideas featuring the gloriously coloured amethyst. Most obvious of course is jewellery, and this pretty crystal can be found in rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings and cufflinks. For something a little more unusual and thoughtful, I would suggest this amethyst crystal wire wrapped tree. This attractive ornament not only looks lovely on display but is said to create powerful and positive energy around the home. It is hand-made, crafted with natural amethyst stones and has a wooden base. It is sure to be a welcome gift.
Now that six years have passed, and the celebrations are complete, its time to look to the future. Perhaps its now time to start a family or maybe the household is already complete, every relationship is different as no two people are exactly alike. Together, the couple can make all their dreams come true, and always believe that anything is possible. Seven is said to be a lucky number and the next anniversary will be here before you know it, bringing with it moments to be shared and cherished.
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