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Celebrating Wedding Anniversaries: Ruby

Martha Stewart Living, January 2002

In some cultures, a ruby is said to make sorrow disappear and banish bad thoughts. Roman brides wore red veils, called flammea, symbolizing love and fertility. Rubies carry many of the properties associated with red -- ardor, beauty, health, wealth, and love.

Vintage ruby port, like a good marriage, ages gracefully into a sweet depth. Find a bottle from the year of your marriage by consulting with an oenophile. Serve it at an intimate dinner party, with a dessert of Stilton cheese and firm pears.