The pristine lamb, born in the spring and wearing its coat of soft wool has always been a symbol of hope and renewal. The birthing of lambs combined with our ancient dependence upon sheep for clothing and food provides a connection to the cycle of life. At the same time, the traditional association of women with wool and spinning is celebrated in marriage rituals, such as the Roman tradition of the bride touching wool to her new doorpost as she enters.
In Chinese traditions, a womanâ€™s body is thought to be governed by seven-year cycles, making wool, a traditional symbol of womenâ€™s work, a fitting gift for the seventh anniversary. Modern uses of wool also enhance its traditional representation of durability, comfort and warmth.
Paraphrased from The Meaning of Wedding Anniversaries by Gretchen Scoble and Ann Field, Chronicle Books LLC, San Francisco, CA, 2004