Traditionally used in early photography and made popular as mirrors, the reflective property of silver gives the 23rd anniversary a contemplative mood. Within a relationship, each member acts as the mirror and camera for the other and casts their partner in a â€œsilverâ€ light.
Originally developed by Thomas Boulsover in the eighteenth century, silver plating, the act of covering copper in a thin sheet of silver, allowed ordinary families to experience the luxury of the rich. The gift of silver plated objects creates a sense of wealth within a simple home.
Paraphrased from The Meaning of Wedding Anniversaries by Gretchen Scoble and Ann Field, Chronicle Books LLC, San Francisco, CA, 2004