Many people love to give and receive a gift commemorating their time together. And, we love that many people commemorate being together with the gift of jewelry! But anniversary gifts come in all shapes and sizes. Some are more traditional. Others are more modern. When did this practice begin? The idea of marking a wedding anniversary some say traces back to Ancient Rome, or Medieval Germany. Of course, there is really no sure way of knowing. However, by the 18th century, the evidence seems to point to its wider use in Germany. For example, friends of the married couple might give the wife a wreath made out of silver to commemorate 25 years of wedded bliss. Should they reach 50 years, that wreath would actually be gold! Among English-speaking regions, that tradition started showing up in the 1800’s. During that time frame the idea of marriage was growing in leaps and bounds, but there were strict gender roles. And it was believed that wives should be celebrated (far more than men) because at the time it was believed that it was the wife who deserved more recognition since it took more work on the wife’s part.