Pearl vs Diamond: Traditional And Modern 30th Anniversary Gift Ideas


You’ve made it through paper, wood, aluminum, china, and a host of other gift themes. Getting to a 30th wedding anniversary means that you’ve unlocked a new traditional present: pearl (if you want to go the traditional route), and diamond (if you prefer something a little more modern and glitzier).

For the sake of celebrating your 30th anniversary in the most memorable way, we’ve compiled a list of the best 30th anniversary gift ideas that will be sure to dazzle your spouse. Whether you decide to go the traditional route with pearl or go modern with classic and timeless diamond, you’ll find something to suit you and your partner’s tastes!

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Pearl: Traditional 30th wedding anniversary gift ideas

Having pearl as the traditional present for a 30th wedding anniversary makes things a whole lot easier. After all, pearls really do make most things look absolutely beautiful and elegant without you having to try much. Pearls are precious and valuable as well, much like a marriage. They are said to symbolize purity, honesty, durability, and wisdom.

If ever there was something a person needed to know before getting a pearl anniversary gift, it would be that there are levels to this anniversary gift. Pearl and mother of pearl (or nacre) are quite different. The differences begin with how the pearl gemstone is created. A pearl is formed when a foreign object gets into the shell of a mollusk. Mother of pearl is a more iridescent pearl variation that is found on the inner linings of a mollusk’s shell. Fortunately, both pearl and mother of pearl are appropriate for a 30th anniversary gift!

Good to know: Freshwater pearls are usually more affordable, and it is also possible to purchase man-made pearls.


Pearl anniversary gift ideas for her

If you want this anniversary to be memorable for her, consider these pearl 30th wedding anniversary gift ideas for women that she’s sure to find unforgettable!

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Pearl necklace

Since pearls are at the center of a 30th wedding anniversary, what better gift is there to give the special woman in your life than a beautiful pearl necklace? This iconic necklace will be a classic and understated piece that she can wear for any occasion (like a surprise anniversary dinner, perhaps?).

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Pearl studs

Pearl studs are a great add-on to any jewelry box, especially if your significant other really appreciates simplicity and elegance. These studs are just as classy as a pearl necklace but will cost you less and fit well into your budget.

Pearl picture frame

Surprise your wife with a one-of-a-kind pearl picture frame that encases a lovely photo to remind her of the wonderful bond you share. This is the perfect gift if your wife gets excited by your home décor department or if you know she’ll appreciate a gift that’s sentimental.

Pearl keepsake or jewelry box

Whether it’s your 30th wedding anniversary or you’re looking for a nice gift to present to another couple, a pearl keepsake or jewelry box makes an elegant and timeless anniversary present. This gift will suit any woman who enjoys sentimental tokens or loves jewelry. It would be particularly awesome if you combine this gift with some new pearl jewelry that can be stored inside it!

Pearl anniversary gift ideas for him

Since pearls are said to attract prosperity and be good for stress relief, they make for the perfect 30th wedding anniversary gift. There are many pearl items you could get that your husband will be sure to love!

Pearl Cufflink Stud Him

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A pair of pearl cufflinks will be an unexpected yet welcome anniversary gift that your husband will probably want to wear to your anniversary dinner! This style of cufflinks is unique and available at various price points, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to fit them into your budget. This gift is a great option for a man who just loves looking fabulous in a suit.

Good to know: Mother of pearl cufflinks are the most affordable, but this gift can also be made with fresh-water pearls or man-made pearls. You can also choose to go with a more expensive pair of salt-water pearl cufflinks.


Pearl tie clips

A pearl tie clip is a thoughtful gift your husband can either use right away or save for a special occasion. There are a variety of pearl tie clips available, including clips with real pearls or a pearl inlay set in stainless steel, silver, or gold. If you’re considering this gift, keep in mind that there are a number of price points available, and you can just find the one that suits your budget best.

Pearl pens

Custom pens are high on the list of traditional 30th anniversary gifts. They will be appreciated by the man who loves to write and has an eye for quality. These sorts of pens are usually available at various price points and with different accents like silver, gold, and steel. Consider what style your husband might like best so you’re sure to find the right one!

Pearl watches

A mother of pearl watch is a trendy timepiece your hubby will happily be able to add to his anniversary gift collection. These watches tend to cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a couple thousand. This luxury item is one of our top traditional pearl anniversary gifts for men - one he’ll be able to enjoy for years to come.


Diamond: modern 30th anniversary gift ideas

Like most other anniversary years, there is both a traditional and modern option to suit the theme of the 30th wedding anniversary. To mark this momentous occasion, the modern option is diamond, which is said to signify purity and strength. While diamonds can be a little pricy, if you consider the gifts below, you’re sure to find something that works for you!

Diamond anniversary gift ideas for her

There are many gifts you can get your wife to go along with the pearl/diamond theme. In the diamond category, the options are endless, but guaranteed to be received with a smile!

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Diamond earrings

You can’t go wrong by surprising your wife with some diamond earrings on your 30th wedding anniversary. You’ll definitely receive some bonus points if you’ve picked up a style of earrings that you know she’ll love. Diamond earrings are a classic and timeless gift; you’ll just have to find a pair that suits your budget. These earrings are generally quite varied in terms of cost as there are different sizes, cuts, and materials to choose from.

Diamond tennis bracelet

Just in time for your 30th wedding anniversary, gift your wife with a diamond tennis bracelet that’ll certainly fill her heart with love. Tennis bracelets can lighten the darkest mood and always seem to bring smiles. These lovely pieces are usually so delicate, classic, and effortless that it’s hard not to love them. Diamond tennis bracelets can cost from a couple hundred to a couple of thousand dollars.

Diamond wine glasses

Much like the diamond whiskey glasses we mentioned earlier, diamond wine glasses are a simple gift with a lot of flair. You don’t have to splurge on this gift to benefit from its elegance. Your wife will love showing off this gift that’s not only fun to use, but also looks great on your shelf!

Diamond print throw blanket

A cozy throw is on the more practical end of gift-giving. By adding a diamond print to it, you end up with a totally unexpected themed 30th anniversary gift. Your wife will find tons of opportunities to use her diamond print throw blanket to keep warm, and she’ll remember how much she loves the thoughtful and loving partner she has every time she does.

Diamond anniversary gift ideas for him

These diamond wedding anniversary gift ideas for men are certainly something to smile about. We wish you well in selecting one of these unique gifts for the wonderful man in your life!

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New diamond wedding band

There’s no better time than a 30th anniversary to upgrade your wedding rings. Ahead of your anniversary date, you can head out to take a look at what’s available. The cost of diamond wedding bands can vary widely, and you shouldn’t be afraid to switch things up. If his first ring is set in gold, you could get something similar in cost-effective sterling silver or more luxurious platinum. Natural and lab-grown diamond options may both be available, so do your research and consider what your partner might appreciate most.

Good to know: When shopping for a diamond ring, note the price differences with having a single diamond in the band as opposed to having a row of diamonds. This can help you find something wonderful that’s in your price range.


Diamond cufflinks are an anniversary showstopper that he’ll love so much he’ll probably want to wear them right away. Cufflinks with diamonds can usually be purchased for a couple hundred to a couple of thousand dollars, depending on the size, shape, and material.

Diamond whiskey glasses

Pouring whiskey into a diamond glass will certainly add some pizazz to your wedding anniversary. You won’t even need real diamond glasses - a diamond-shaped one will work just fine. This gift option will be something he can actually use, and it is classy as well, which works right along with the 30th anniversary theme.

Diamond stitch jacket

This is gift will be a more figurative take on a diamond anniversary gift. Your partner will love a high-quality diamond stitch jacket because it’s a practical addition to his wardrobe that he’ll be able to put to good use. This is a great option if your partner isn’t too interested in actual diamonds but is still likely to appreciate the effort of a themed gift. This sort of jacket has a really classic design and will be something he can treasure for years to come.


Even more unique 30th anniversary gift ideas for your loved ones

If you’ve gone through this list and your mind is still running at 100mph as you try to decide on the best gift for your loved one, have no fear! We’ve got a few other options that just might work if you’re really looking for that ‘wow’ factor or want a gift that truly showcases your love. The gifts below are perfect if you’re celebrating your own anniversary, but also make great gifts for another celebrating couple.

A surprise romantic getaway to the Caribbean

The Caribbean is among the most romantic places in the world. A tropical getaway to this wondrously sunny region will be something your spouse will not expect for an anniversary present. You can turn this into the ultimate 30th wedding anniversary surprise!

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Of all possible destinations, the Caribbean is a top pick for a romantic vacation as no matter the date that your wedding anniversary falls on, the weather is likely to be perfect. The cherry on top of your amazing announcement can be a stay at a Sandals all-inclusive resort, which creates the most magical experiences just for couples. At Sandals, you won’t have to worry about anything but having a good time and celebrating your love. You’ll even be able to get help from the staff to set up a special date night for your anniversary!

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Pearl sundial

Sundials are an antiquated way to tell time, but these traditional devices are a great symbol for the fullness of time. You can work sundials into a fabulous 30th wedding anniversary gift by getting a personalized mother of pearl dial. It’s an unexpectedly elegant gift that you can even have engraved with your anniversary date. Your spouse will appreciate the sentimental value and it’s something you can easily blend into your home décor.

Wall art

Wall art is the anniversary gift that keeps on giving - in a good way. You can select something that goes along with the diamond theme and purchase it ahead of your anniversary. Go with something that speaks to your love and connection. Options include personalized art or more classic pieces that fit into some traditional aspect of your life.

Personalized photo book

Photo books are always a good idea when you’re celebrating something meaningful like a birthday or an anniversary. For your 30th wedding anniversary, why not create a photo book that walks you both through the happy times you’ve spent together? This gift will be truly sentimental, and you can always include it with one of the other items on this list.

Anniversary wine glasses

Wine glasses are likely to be well received by your spouse or another married couple on their special day, particularly if you personalize them by marking the anniversary date. You can have the date of your anniversary (or that of the couple you’re gifting) printed onto the wine glass. A perfect gift, especially when paired with a bottle of wine!


Celebrate your 30th wedding anniversary in style

Thirty years of marriage is quite an achievement. Reaching this marriage milestone means that you’ve had a lot of time to make amazing memories and overcome challenges together. These 30th wedding anniversary gifts are sure to add even more incredible moments you can both look back on, especially if you lovebirds decide on an all-inclusive anniversary vacation!

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Sandals anniversary celebrations allow couples to plan spa dates, candlelight dinners, and even adventure tours. Not to mention the day and night entertainment, unlimited all-inclusive dining options at up to 16 restaurants per resort, as many cocktails as you can drink at multiple bars, including swim-up bars, and loads of other inclusions geared specifically toward couples in love.

There’s no better way to celebrate a truly special wedding anniversary than with a truly romantic Caribbean getaway!

Expert tip: Still want to shop around? Here are more anniversary gifts by year for some inspiration, and our list of 40th year anniversary gift ideas so you can plan ahead!

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Kylie Morrow

About Kylie Morrow

Born on the tropical island that is Saint Lucia affords a never-ending source of inspiration. In the past 13 years, Kylie loved to work with various newspapers, magazines and blogs in the Caribbean.