60 Year Anniversary

The 25th wedding anniversary is silver, and the 50th anniversary is gold. Do you know what to buy or how to celebrate a 60th anniversary celebration?

We’ll fill you in on the official theme and unofficial flowers in our 60year anniversary guide. We’re also going to share some ideas of ways to commemorate the milestone. After all, 60 is significant!

60 Year Anniversary Facts

  • Anniversary Stone/Material: Diamond Jubilee or Star Ruby
  • Anniversary Flower: No official flower, but we have a few ideas listed below
  • Modern U.S. Gift: Diamond
  • Traditional U.S. Gift: Yellow Diamond
  • Traditional U.K. Gift: Diamond
Elderly Couple walking on the street

How Many People Reach their 60 Year Anniversary?

As you can see from our list of official 60 year anniversary gifts and themes, it’s all about the diamond. And, why shouldn’t it be, as diamonds are durable, sparkling, and everyone wants them.

Couples who celebrate 60 have all of those qualities and more. They’re also relatively rare.

A select few

There aren’t any official figures as the anniversary data compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau stops at the 40th. By most estimations, though, just under 5% of couples reach the six-decade mark. So, if you’re one of them, you’re in an elite group.

The tide is slowly turning, though.

A brighter outlook for future 60 year anniversaries

If we hop in our time machine and travel a half-century into the future, there may be more people planning 60 year anniversary celebrations. While it’s not highly publicized, the divorce rate has started dropping in the United States since 2011.

Ten years ago, the divorce rate was 3.6 people per 1,000 (total population). But in 2019, that number hit an all-time low of just 2.7 per 1,000 of the entire population. From 2018 to 2019, there was a whopping 4.48% decline in divorces in just one year.

If that trend continues, you and your spouse will be the trendsetters, and more couples will eventually be celebrating 60 years of marital bliss.

60 Year Anniversary Gifts

As you can see, we’ve listed the diamond as the modern U.S. and traditional U.K. gift for 60 year anniversaries. The classic U.S. theme goes a step further, specifying the yellow diamond.

Why the diamond, though? We’ll you can figure out some of the reasons, but there are quite a few.

  • “Diamonds are forever” (diamonds are the strongest precious gems)
  • Symbol of enduring love
  • Precious (like 60 years of marriage)
  • Represents perfection
  • Invincibility
  • Common in engagement rings – so symbolic of how far you’ve come together

Diamonds are ideal for 60 year anniversary commemoration. So, are you curious as to why the U.S. traditional gift specifies a yellow diamond?

Rare and valuable in yellow

Yellow diamonds are considerably more rare, similar to marriages that hit the 60 year mark. Most yellow diamonds come from South Africa instead of worldwide.

In addition to sharing similar meanings as colorless diamonds, the precious yellow gemstones also represent the continuation of life, love, and happiness.

While diamonds could be your primary inspiration for gift-giving, most anniversaries also have flowers associated. For example, carnations are the first year flower, and iris is the go-to for 25 years.

There doesn’t happen to be an official 60 year anniversary flower, but we’ve got a few suggestions that’ll fit the bill.

  • The Diamond Wedding Rose – This particular choice is like a floral counterpart to the diamonds, as the diamond wedding rose is white, with a yellow center. It’s a hybrid rose with a sweet fragrance.
  • Orchid – The orchid is another popular choice for 60th anniversaries. They’re beautiful and represent long life and enduring love.
  • White Freesia – The white freesia is a common choice for weddings, and it also works for 60 year anniversaries. Its color (or lack thereof) is a diamond white, representing both the diamond milestone and the day it all began.

We’ve got a one-of-a-kind 60 year anniversary gift guide that’ll provide you with plenty of ideas. But keep in mind that if you’re gifting a couple approaching their 60th, instead of the one celebrating it, you don’t have to stick to conventional diamond jewelry. Just pick out something that you feel honors 60 years of love and commitment, and it’ll be perfect.

Buckingham Palace’s Tribute to 60 Year Anniversaries

Sixty and beyond – it’s been more than a decade since Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip celebrated their diamond anniversary. They’ve already passed 73.

In the U.K., 60 appears to be the magic number, though.

Diamond recognition

Whereas U.S. Presidents will send personal congratulations to couples starting with gold (50th), the Queen’s well wishes require diamonds.

However, not just anyone can get a royal pat on the back. Personalized Buckingham Palace cards are reserved for current citizens of Commonwealth realms and U.K. overseas territories. You can make the request at apply.royal.gov.uk.

A Sparkling Diamond Celebration

Whether you want to plan a party or take the celebration on the road, a 60 year anniversary shouldn’t be the same old, same old.

Romance is in the air (and on the water)

Besides all of the standard on-deck amenities, Celebrity Cruises has an anniversary package and vow renewal options.

As far as the destination, pretty much anything goes. Cruises start at three to six days, sticking closer to home. Or, you could book the South Pacific, Australia, Panama Canal, or Japan.

Party time!

A 60 year anniversary party depends on whether or not there was a 50th golden celebration and how elaborate it was at the time. If you’ve already thrown the happy couple a wedding re-do, then you probably don’t want to do the same thing for the 60th.

When the 50th featured a big party, maybe the 60th should be something a bit more intimate and elegant, or vice versa. Alternatively, you could merge ideas.

Denim and Diamonds

You’ll find plenty of inspiration online for denim and diamond parties. That way, you could stick to the diamond theme but plan something more casual at the same time. It would be fun to mix it up with something like passed hors d’oeuvres combined with a hot dog station.

Whatever you do, do it up big. After all, 60 years is impressive (and rare!).