Thursday, 9 October 2014

Notre anniversaire de mariage

It's 27 years today!  Happy Anniversary to my Partner-who-loves-tea.  There is no traditional form of gift for the 27th anniversary but sculpture is generally accepted as the modern gift.  Instead P-w-l-t got jewellery.  I didn't hear any complaints...

Sapphire is a gemstone variety of the mineral corundum, an aluminium oxide (α-Al2O3). Trace amounts of other elements such as iron, titanium, chromium, copper, or magnesium can give corundum blue, yellow, purple, orange, or a greenish colour.  Sapphires are remarkably hard - 9 on the Mohs scale (the third hardest mineral, right behind diamond at 10 and moissanite at 9.25) - and  are used in some non-ornamental applications.

Colour in gemstones breaks down into three components: hue, saturation, and tone. Hue is most commonly understood as the "colour" of the gemstone. Saturation refers to the vividness or brightness of the hue, and tone is the lightness to darkness of the hue. Blue sapphire exists in various mixtures of its primary (blue) and secondary hues, various tonal levels (shades) and at various levels of saturation (vividness).

Blue sapphires are evaluated based upon the purity of their primary hue. Purple, violet, and green are the most common secondary hues found in blue sapphires. Violet and purple can contribute to the overall beauty of the colour, while green is considered to be distinctly negative. Blue sapphires with up to 15% violet or purple are generally said to be of fine quality.

One of the reasons for a rather more extravagant gift than usual was the fact that I retire officially this month (having been retired on ill health grounds for 20 years).  So my income will drop substantially.  Next year, again, there is no traditional gift for the 28th anniversary but the modern gift is Orchid!  You can get them for £3.99 in Aldi so that will be OK..... 

Love You, P-w-l-t


  1. Congratulations Scriptor and PWLT! Twenty-seven years is no mean feat these days . What a beautiful ring! I love learning about gems , minerals etc. In another life I might have been a rock hound. Sorry official words won't come to me today. I've been teaching rather intensely and I'm tired. Also Haley is still going two steps forward and one step back which is rather wearing. Our 55th anniversary is next week, but I know for a fact a beautiful ring is not in the works. My anniversary present is this lovely little house which I will enjoy for every year the Lord gives me !

    1. 55th anniversary is not bad going, Chris! Jo and I would have to be in our nineties and I doubt I'd be posting on the blog then.

  2. Happy Anniversary! I love the both look fabulous! I did have to smile at the scientific description of the ring...It's a beauty and when I looked at it I didn't notice the science behind the gems...I just noticed the love in the giving....hope you have a wonderful anniversary and many, many more!

  3. John and Jo,
    How very, very lovely, the photos, the beautiful ring, and the beautiful couple.
    Congratulations to you.
    Hope you enjoy every single moment of the day.
    Hugs, McGregor

  4. You're a lovely couple. Twenty-seven years? Congratulations!

    The ring is beautiful too.

    I had no idea you were ill. Enjoy retirement. Take it easy. Love much, eat enough, and just be happy. And be well.

  5. Aaaaw!!! How sweet! The pictures are wonderful, such a radiant bride and groom you both were! Happy Anniversary!

  6. Congratulations and hugs!
    So lovely photos from that special day years ago!

  7. Happy Anniversary. Love the ring, sapphire is my birthstone and my husband gave me a sapphire ring 11 years ago.

  8. Doesn't Jo look so pretty in her wedding finery? I bet she was delighted with her ring! Love to you both. xx

  9. Many congratulations! And what happy and delightful pictures. Really special.

  10. P.S. I have to add this, (I intended to when I made my first comment, but was too tired to think straight. SO.... the photos are absolutely lovely. Precious memories of a precious couple. I've been back to look at them several times. Such happiness is evident.

  11. Congratulations to both of you, and I wish you many happy returns of the day! The wedding photos are lovely, and so is the ring!

  12. What a beautiful ring, and what lovely photos of the two of you. Many many happy returns of the day. Sending lots of love and hugs, Rob, Carol, and Pensby

  13. Congratulations! Sorry to be catching up a bit late, i hope you both had a wonderful anniversary1

  14. Happy happy anniversary! And what a lovely gift! Jo's a lucky girl - and not just because of the ring, either. 8-)

  15. Congratulations, well done to you both John! I am now longer in the cafe but down south for a new job. Enjoy your time together :)

  16. Congratulations and best wishes for many more.

  17. Oh my, what beautiful wedding photos! So happy that you shared them here!
    Sorry, I am so late wishing you both a happy anniversary!

  18. (Sorry for a very belated reply!) Congratulations, Scriptor and Partner-who-loves-tea!!!
    Such beautiful photos, and I think that - far above all more or less extravagant gifts - your words to her (and probably similar words from P-w-l-t to you), and the wise words quoted in the last picture, are the greatest gift.
    Wishing the two of you many happy returns of the day!

  19. I'm late, but my sentiments are sincere, I'm wishing you and Jo a Happy Anniversary.
    Your photos of the two of you are lovely, and to see how cute you were together then (and now) makes me very happy for you both.
    Wishing you many many many more love-filled anniversaries.


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