Wedding anniversaries are a time for celebration for married couples and a time to remember precious years together. Compatible couples spend their lives forging a strong marital bond and if they are lucky they will celebrate 40 years together, known as the ruby anniversary. Anniversaries are named according to the number of years and what type of gift relatives and friends should purchase for the occasion. Each year has a gift suggestion, from crystal and China, through silver and pearl. Ruby anniversary gifts are available on eBay and include but are not limited to personalised glassware, plates, photo albums, gift frames and an array of celebration materials such as cards, banners and confetti. As a milestone in married life the ruby anniversary is a mark of how much the couple love and appreciate each other. The tradition of named gift anniversaries is thought to have originated in Germany where the wife of a couple celebrating their 25th anniversary would be presented with a silver wreath by friends and neighbours to congratulate them on their good fortune. Conventions for the current list of anniversaries date to 1937 but vary by country. What is certain is that the ruby anniversary is a time to commemorate and celebrate married life with a gift that the couple can treasure.