30th year Pearl Wedding Anniversary

30 years of marriage is traditionally represented by the symbol of Pearls. It is for this reason why the 30 year Anniversary is know as the Pearl Wedding.

Pearls have long been cherished due to their beauty and relative scarcity although nowadays cultured pearls have made them far more abundant and affordable.

For this anniversary any type of Pearl can be used; there are more than one type at the basic level there are fresh water pearls and saltwater pearls.  Both contain the same properties that make them desirable and nowadays they are equally attainable. One difference is the larger types are typically the saltwater variety as the shellfish they come from can grow larger.

Naturally developed Pearls are still the most sought after due to their rarity cultured Pearls can be as good a quality especially the ones from the top Pearl culturists.

The best know cultured Pearl producer is Mikimoto, a Japanese producer named after the founder who discovered how to grow Pearls ‘on demand’

If choosing Pearl as a gift always ensure it is real Pearl, we’ve seen many items designed with Mother of Pearl which, unless you know, can be confused with Pearls. Mother of Pearl is actually the shell of the mussel or oyster that can produce a pearl.

Pearl Facts

  • Only Gem made by a living organism
  • 95% of Pearls are now cultured
  • The name Margaret is Greek for Pearl
  • La Peregrina is possible the most famous Pearl in the world
  • Cultured Pearls type about 7 years to grow

An easy way to tell the difference between fake Pearls and real are the fake Pearls have a high surface shine and if you rub them against your teeth they will feel smooth, real ones feel rough.

The modern wedding anniversary list suggests Diamond Jewelry as the appropriate gift idea for the 30th Wedding Anniversary.

The appropriate flower for the 30 year anniversary is Sweet Pea.  The language of flowers states Sweet Pea can mean blissful pleasure or thank you for a lovely time.

30 year Anniversary facts

On the 30th anniversary of your marriage you would have been married for 10,950 days or 262,800 hours or 15,768,000 minutes which is over 946 million seconds!

During this time you would have shared, on average, over  82,000 hours of snuggle time (sleeping!) or over 9 years; assuming you don’t work together you’ve been apart for over 63,000  hours which is about 7 years and you would have had over 23,000 meals together which equates to approximately 568 days of continuous eating!