After a weekend of celebrating with family and friends, you and your new husband are more than thrilled to have a few days to yourself. Next weekend you leave on your honeymoon, but today you have a chance to enjoy time together and open gifts. Many of the presents are items from your bridal registry, others are monetary. One gift, however, is very special. A sterling tray and set of silver picture frames that once belonged to your grandmother given to you by your mother is very thoughtful.

Your husband has invested a few times with antique silver buyers and is quite possibly even more excited about the gift than you are. You love the gift because of the sentiment involved, but he knows that these pieces are also quite unique. As you listen to him talk about silver overlay patterns and other characteristics that make a piece valuable, you realize that this may be a topic that you will soon be interested in as well.
The Best Wedding Gifts Carry Special Meanings
Whether it is a hand sewn quilt or a family heirloom that has recently been appraised by antique silver buyers, the value of a wedding gift is not always monetary. If, for instance, you know that the photo frame that your mother gifted you was one that sat atop your grandmother’s piano or that the quilt required hours of detailed needlework, the value of some wedding gifts is difficult to determine. And while the words for “silver” and “money” are the same in at least 14 different languages, the emotional value of a wedding gift is often far more important.

Although there are many items that couples list on their bridal registries as they prepare to begin their lives together, it is important to realize that sometimes there are gifts that might hold even more value. From a set of silver candlesticks that have been handed down from generation to generation or treasured hand crafted item, some wedding gifts carry as much, if not more, sentimental value than monetary. According to the Royal Society of Chemistry, the first evidence of silver mining dates back to 3000 B.C., in Greece and Turkey, so it is no wonder that there are many items that continue to hold, and grow, in value.

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