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30th Wedding Anniversary Gifts: 40 Thoughtful Pearl Anniversary Ideas

Whether you're looking for a gift for a special couple you know or you're celebrating your own 30th wedding anniversary, don't miss our roundup of the best 30th wedding anniversary gift ideas

Pearl ring with flowers

Pearl ring with flowers

A 30th wedding anniversary is one you really want to celebrate in style - after all, this is a huge milestone to reach! We've rounded up the best 30th wedding anniversary gifts to inspire you.

The traditional gift for 30 years of marriage is a pearl – something extra special that takes time to grow. Historically, wives celebrating their 30th year of marriage were often presented with pearls, as natural pearls were hard to find. Like pearls, it was relatively rare for couples to reach their 30th anniversary, so this jewel appropriately symbolizes the beauty of this exceptional milestone. 

Pearls make a lovely addition to homeware and jewellery. Whether it's your 30th wedding anniversary or the anniversary of someone you know, we have some of the best pearl wedding anniversary gift ideas for all budgets. 

Oh, and don't forget to check out our selection of cute 30th wedding anniversary cards at the bottom!

Pearl Wedding Anniversary Gifts

The traditional 30th wedding anniversary gift is a pearl – whether you take that literally or use pearl as an inspiration for your gift, we have a selection of the most beautiful pearl wedding anniversary gift ideas.

1. Happy Anniversary Pearls – £5, Marvling Bros

If you're looking for the perfect 30th wedding anniversary gift for a couple then this adorable pair of pearls by Marvling Bros held within an oyster shell in a matchbox would be a lovely keepsake.

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2. Delicate Pearl Necklace And Bracelet Jewellery Set - £100, Lily & Roo 

Woman wearing a delicate 14ct gold drop pearl necklace and bracelet

If you are looking for a romantic yet timeless piece, then look no further than this beautiful necklace and bracelet set from Not On The High Street. The versatile pieces are perfect to wear for any occasion while adding a hint of glam to your everyday look. 

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3. Francesca Necklace - £72, Cinco

Woman in a white blouse wearing a long gold plated necklace with pearl centre

This elegant Francesca necklace certainly makes a statement. Choosing this high-quality piece not only is a thoughtful gift but something that can be passed down for generations to come. 

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4. Vera Wang With Love Nouveau Pearl Photo Frame - £65, Wedgwood

  Picture Frame

A romantic, delicate gift that has clear sentimental appeal, this four by six-inch picture frame will look divine on your bedside table or dressing table.

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5. Pearl Drop Earrings - £28, Etsy

Pearl scalloped earrings with gold fittings

Perfect for the art enthusiast, these gorgeous pearl drop fan white earrings by Silk Purse Sows Ear are the ideal statement piece. Add a touch of style to any outfit with these earrings that your loved one is sure to adore.

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6. Vera Wang Pearl Toasting Flutes - £74.99, Hitched Shop

Toasting flutes

If you know a happy couple celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary and want to gift them something they'll be able to keep forever, these stunning pearl-lined toasting flutes are a fabulous option. 

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7. Freshwater Pearl Tension Ring - £110, Anthony Blakeney

A silver ring with a pearl in the centre enclosed by solid gold shoulders hangs off a sleek brown branch  

The natural freshwater pearl takes centre stage in this gorgeous ring from Anthony Blakeney. An everyday piece that makes a statement, this ring hits all the right notes.

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8. Mother of Pearl Letter Opener - £63, Etsy

Letter opener with a mother of pearl handle

This small yet stylish letter opener by London Cutlers makes for the perfect 30th wedding anniversary gift. Complete with a stainless steel blade and a carved mother of pearl handle, this knife is a chic yet convenient addition to the home. 

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9. Isla Mother Of Pearl Necklace - £109, Daisy Jewellery

Pearl and gold necklace

A pearl necklace with a bit of a difference, this piece will make a statement worn alone or would be the perfect base for layering with lots of other necklace styles.

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10. Mother of Pearl Porcelain Bowls - £39.99, Etsy

Three pearl bowls

You don’t have to buy jewellery as your pearl anniversary gift. These pearl porcelain bowls make for a unique yet special present that won’t set you back too many extra pennies!

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11. Baroque Pearl Claw T-Bar Bracelet - £135, Missoma

A hand drapes over blue denim jeans wearing a T-bar pearl bracelet and matching gold bracelets and rings

Add some luxury to your partner's jewellery collection with this Baroque Pearl Claw T-Bar Bracelet. The T-bar style is a coveted design in the world of gems and jewels and this beautiful bracelet proves why.  

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12. Mother of Pearl Cuff Links - £65, Simon Carter

Pearl cufflinks

Suits will look all the more stylish with a pair of these ultra-chic mother of pearl cufflinks. Now to book somewhere fancy enough to wear them!

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13. Rani Oval Mother Of Pearl Silver Clutch – £150, Atiya Choudhury

What do you buy the person who has everything? Well, a pearl-encrusted handbag of course! This clutch would be a beautiful and unique 30th wedding anniversary gift idea. It would also make a pretty lovely bridal clutch bag!

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14. Karolina Solar Watch – £169, Skagen

Navy and pearl watch

With an iridescent mother of pearl dial and beautiful navy strap, this watch is the perfect accessory to suit every outfit. Plus, it has an eco-friendly battery that is powered by the sun meaning it never needs to be replaced. Discover more stylish wedding watches here.

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15. Pearl & Blue Topaz Petal Drop Earrings – £309, QP Jewellers

Blue topaz and pearl earrings

These pearl earrings from QP Jewellers are also available with other gemstones, such as ruby and sapphire, to make a lovely personalised gift if you match them to your other half's birthstone.  

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16. Vera Wang Pearl Cake Knife & Server – £59.99, Hitched Shop

Pearl cake knife and server

For the couple who loves to host or a partner who adores baking, this pearl decorated cake knife and server is a beautiful keepsake to commemorate a 30th wedding anniversary. After all, what better way to celebrate than with a slice of cake!

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17. Hand and Pearl Single Huggie Earring – £50, Scream Pretty 

A smiling, brown-haired woman with closed eyes smiles wearing single silver hand charm earring

This trendy silver hand and pearl huggie hoop earring is the ideal buy for your fashion-forward partner. With iridescent white hues hanging from a hand charm, this piece can be mixed and matched with other earrings or worn alone to make a splash. The hand charm can also be removed and worn on a pendant for the ultimate versatile piece. 

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18. Pearl 30th Wedding Anniversary Personalised Print – £12.50, Not on the High Street

This 30th wedding anniversary print from PaperPaper is a romantic way to celebrate your special anniversary - especially as the print can be personalised with your names. It’s the perfect gift for your other half or for a couple you know.

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19. Floating Pearl Necklace – £155, Not on the High Street

If you're looking for something a little more simple then this floating pearl necklace on a rose gold chain from Joulberry is perfect. Choose from a black, white, grey or blush pearl for the necklace and you can also add a polishing cloth and have the necklace gift wrapped for an extra special touch.  

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20. Vintage Mother of Pearl and Brass Trinket Pot – £31.98, The Georgian Cottage

A vintage-style white pearl pot with gold centre set against a wooden backdrop

Give your other half somewhere safe to store their bracelets and earrings in this gorgeous pearl trinket pot. A wonderful addition to the bedside table, this elegant jewellery holder is sure to serve as a touching reminder of the milestone occasion. 

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21. Personalised Pearl Heart Picture – £65, Not on the High Street

This pretty framed picture from Sweet Dimple is a beautiful piece of art that you can hang in your home to remind you of your special anniversary. You can personalise it with your names and your wedding date, too - so romantic! 

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22. Calla Lily Pearl Bracelet – £129, Emma-Kate Francis

This calla lily bracelet from Emma-Kate Francis is a unique piece of pearl jewellery to celebrate your 30th anniversary. If your wedding bouquet featured calla lilies then that would make this gift even more meaningful.

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23. Mother of Pearl Cufflinks – £75, Posh Totty Designs

These gorgeous mother-of-pearl cufflinks from Posh Totty can be personalised with your other half’s initials and also come in a beautiful presentation box. They can then be worn again and again on special occasions to remind you of your special day.

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24. Pearl & Crystal Necklace & Earring Set - £30, Hitched Shop

Pearl and crystal necklace and earring set

What's better than gifting a gorgeous set of pearl earrings to the one you love? Giving them the matching necklace as well, of course! This set is a steal at just £21. 

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25. Handcrafted Baroque Freshwater Pearl Bracelet – £56, Myleti Jewellery

  A gold cable chain bracelet with a geo shaped pearl sitting inside an open jewellery box

Put a smile on your partner's face with this handcrafted baroque freshwater pearl bracelet. Blending sophistication with contemporary glamour, this bracelet is sure to tick all the right boxes. 

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26. Pearl & Aquamarine by the Yard Pendant Necklace in Nine-Carat White Gold – £265, QP Jewellers

Necklace

Does it get any more classic? This necklace glitters thanks to the aquamarine while the pearl pendant completes the overall look. You may just find your partner making every excuse to wear it.

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27. Personalised Pearl Keepsake Decoration – £24, Clouds and Currents

Decoration

This decoration by Clouds and Current is a unique way to show your love on your 30th anniversary. The colourful design suits any season as well!

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28. Unique 30th Wedding Anniversary Sundial Gift – From £72.95, Etsy

Sundial

Created by TheMetalFoundry, this personalised sundial is both beautiful and durable, much like your love. It'll look lovely on a mantel or on a bedside table.

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29. Pearl Anniversary Wine Charms – From £20, Etsy

Wine Charms

As you enter your 30th year as a married couple, there are probably going to be a fair share of wine bottles opened. These personalised wine charms should be all the more fitting then!

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Pearl Wedding Anniversary Cards

When you're choosing a pearl wedding anniversary card, not just any off-the-shelf anniversary card will do. Take a look at some of our favourite 30th wedding anniversary cards that are simply stunning.

30. Personalised Pearl 30th Anniversary Sail Boat Card - From £9.50, Etsy

Boat pearl wedding anniversary card

What an unforgettable, impressive way to say happy anniversary! There’s nothing quite like this unique card with pearl bunting, which your partner will want to keep forever!

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31. Pearl Wedding Anniversary Greeting Card – £2.95, Bold & Bright

This pearl wedding anniversary card from Busy Being is so fun and super cute, it’s sure to be like no other anniversary card! We love how the two pearls are used to make a happy little couple.

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32. 30th Wedding Anniversary Card – £3.95, The Hummingbird Card Company

This pearl wedding anniversary card from The Hummingbird Card Company would be perfect for your other half or for a couple you know celebrating 30 years of marriage. The word pearl is mounted on the card to give a 3D appearance and it comes with a dove grey envelope and a heart sticker to use as an extra special seal.

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33. Pearl 30th Wedding Anniversary Map Heart Card – £14, Bombus

This unique card from Bombus can be personalised to show a specific location on a map. Add names and a date, and it's one special gift perfect for congratulating two lovebirds on 30 years together.

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34. Personalised Anniversary Card – £4.95, Etsy

This laser-cut anniversary card from Pretty as a Picture Gift can be personalised and you can choose from a variety of colours to use for the background. The card is left blank inside so you can add your very own heartfelt message.

35. Sparkle Wedding Anniversary Card – £12.90, Sew Very English

This 30th wedding anniversary card from Sew Very English is extra special – it is a heart made up of happy and romantic words, complete with a sparkling heart in the centre – in your choice of colours.

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36. Bunting 30th Anniversary Card – £2.20, Etsy

A small square card with bunting says

Keep it simple with this bunting 30th-anniversary card. The handmade item is blank on the inside, allowing you to write a heartfelt and personal message to the one you love. 

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37. 30 Years Down Forever To Go Anniversary Card – From £6, Etsy

Peal gem card

Created by the DogsCollarsUK, this cute card has little stick figurines with a pearl gem and leather detailing. It makes for a unique and cheerful design that is sure to put a smile on a happy couple's faces.

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38. Handmade Personalised Pearl Wedding Anniversary Card – £3.50, Etsy

A white card with three rows of three scalloped hearts featuring the couple's names and anniversary date

This handmade card lets you add your own personalisation to make it extra special. Include the couple's names and wedding dates to show how much they mean to you. Add a sweet message inside for an added personal touch. 

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39. 30th Pearl Anniversary Card – From £5.15, Etsy

Pearl Card

Designed by AnnieMoonStudio, this understated card says a lot! The elegant design can be customised as well, making it even more personal.

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40. Personalised Pearl Wedding Anniversary Card – £3.95, Etsy

A card featuring a bottle of champagne and two flutes with stars and hearts illustrated around them with the couples names beneath

Get the celebrations started with this fun wedding anniversary card. Personalise the front with the couple's names and the blank space inside is perfect for adding your special message to the pair-of-honour. 

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Why is a 30th Wedding Anniversary Celebrated with Pearl? 

Giving pearls as a 30th wedding anniversary gift is a long-standing tradition. Pearls represent symbols of wisdom, love, and purity, and are also solid, long-lasting stones. Hence, the reason they are used to celebrate 30 whole years of marriage. A traditional gift would be a pearl necklace or pearl earrings, but today's choices are so much more expansive than that. Couples can get creative with the pearl tradition and choose from cards, jewellery, trinkets, and even home décor pieces.

What Does Pearl Symbolise? 

The pearl most commonly symbolises wisdom. How do you acquire wisdom? Through experience. It certainly makes sense why the pearl is the 30th wedding anniversary gift of choice. If you've shared 30 years of married life with someone, you're bound to have gained some wisdom from experience along the way. Pearls are also said to symbolise purity, loyalty, and love. 

How Do I Celebrate My 30th Anniversary? 

You can celebrate however you'd like! That being said, if you want to stick with the pearl theme, you could do something ocean-themed like a sunset cruise (or even a week-long cruise if you want to go all out!). You could also keep things more casual and pop into a seafood restaurant for dinner. If you want to do something totally different, why not find a pearl farm to visit with your loved one?

What is the Significance of a 30th Anniversary? 

30 years of marriage is pretty significant if you ask us. Pearls grow within oysters; their beauty and strength grow over time as they live in the oyster. Similarly, couples grow both as individuals and a pair over the course of their marriage, which is why the pearl is such a great gift for the 30th wedding anniversary. 

If you are searching for even more ideas for your wedding anniversary then start browsing our complete guide to wedding anniversaries.