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Tips for Re-Setting an Heirloom Ring!

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Heirloom stones passed down through the family are perhaps the most meaningful for an engagement ring, linking you to the generations of giddy brides-to-be who preceded you. That said, what if you like the stone but hate the setting? Perhaps it doesn’t reflect your personality, is completely impractical for your lifestyle, or is just plain hideous. Tread carefully: Before you reset, consider the following to keep the stone—and the spirit in which it was given to you—intact for the next generation.

Resetting Etiquette

Being offered an heirloom stone can be tricky territory. On one hand, it’s a sign of family acceptance and trust, plus it saves your future fiance a lot of money! On the other hand, perhaps you’ve had a vision of your dream engagement ring since grade school, and it looked nothing like what’s been offered. Two options: Accept it graciously and scrap those childhood fantasies, or reset the stone to make it your own.

Tread Carefully

Before you head down to the jewelry store, consider this cautionary tale: When Julie, a magazine editor, discovered that her fiance was proposing with his mom’s engagement ring, she was thrilled—about the stone. “It was a beautiful diamond in an ugly yellow-gold, dainty, high prong-set setting. It looked like an old lady’s ring, and I’ve always hated yellow gold, so my fiancé and I made immediate plans to reset the stone in something more me,” Julie says. They chose a substantial platinum setting with two trilliant-shaped stones flanking the now low prong-set family diamond. Everyone thought it was beautiful, except Julie’s future mother-in-law. “We didn’t think to tell her our plans because we assumed that the stone was the important part, not the ring, but she felt that our rejection of the setting was at best rude, and at worst a rejection of her.”

A Little Finesse

The moral of this story: If you and your fiancé plan on resetting the stone, discuss your intentions with the person who gave it to you. This shows respect, and a genuine interest in his or her blessing. Make it clear how honored and thankful you are, but [insert one of following]:

  • You’re worried about wearing it every day in its current setting (you’re an elementary school gym teacher, avid rock climber, potter, or chef, to name a few hands-on careers and hobbies).
  • The setting needs repair but the expertise involved would be prohibitively expensive.
  • You’d like to add your own personal touch—baguettes from your mom’s engagement ring, for example.
  • It doesn’t flatter your hand—it’s visually too big or small for your finger.
  • It won’t work with the wedding bands you’ve chosen.

If the ring has gone unchanged for generations, you may have to suck it up—and wear it only when you’re with members of the family from which it came!

Safety First

You’ve had a heart-to-heart, you’ve gotten the green light and you’re ready to reset. The first step is to get the stone appraised for insurance and identification purposes, but also so that you know exactly what you’re dealing with—the older the stone, the greater the chance that it has been chipped or cracked along the way (even if you don’t see visible flaws). When you have a complete description of its properties and stability, you can choose an appropriate setting. For example, if the stone’s girdle (perimeter) is chipped, you may want to choose a bezel setting over prongs to conceal the imperfection and protect it from further damage. Work with a jeweler whom you absolutely trust (and who ideally has experience working with antique or estate jewelry) to be sure you’re truly getting the ring of your dreams.

Vendor Spotlight : Wolfe Gourmet Cakes

Hello everyone and happy September! It’s officially fall and we are thrilled! Although it doesn’t feel like it, just yet, we know it will in no time! My favorite part – pumpkin spice everything is back!!

This week’s vendor spotlight is on Nicole Wolfe, owner and founder of Wolfe Gourmet Cakes. She has been with StudioWed since nearly the beginning and we just love her…and her cakes are AMAZING! Read below to get to know more about her and her work!

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About Wolfe Gourmet Cakes : 

Nicole Wolfe was born and raised in the greater New Orleans area, growing up around some of the most delicious and diverse cuisine in the world. While attending college at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, her love of baking and cooking grew as she worked towards her degree in Hospitality Management. After graduating, she realized her passion was not in management, but in actual hands-on production and development of gourmet cuisine. The foundation was laid for her pastry career at Flour Power in Chalmette, LA under the tutelage of Doyle Deforrest. In 2004, she accepted a career opportunity in Nashville, TN. Since then, Wolfe has worked as a pastry chef in several of Nashville’s most prestigious restaurants and catering venues including: Watermark, The Red Pony, The Bake Shoppe, and The Turnip Truck Gulch location.

 

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Wolfe’s long-time goal has been to own her own cake and dessert business, and in 2011, she opened Wolfe Gourmet Cakes. She was  delighted to have the opportunity to team up with Chef Jason McConnell again, and kick start her business off at McConnell House. Wolfe Gourmet Cakes is now located in Sylvan Park at 4611 Alabama Ave., Nashville, TN 37209. By appointment only.

Get to Know Nicole Wolfe : 

1. My favorite vacation spot is anywhere off the grid and away from my kitchen!

2. When I’m not going at full steam, I like going to dinner. Josephine, Lockeland Table, and Little Octopus are favorites. I’m an Eastside girl, so 3 Crow, Red Door, and Fran’s if I can stay up late enough.

3.I love going to Saints games, but I’d be lying if I said I was a die hard fan. I just can’t plan my life around sporting events, but I’m always up for games whether they are of the board or drinking variety.

4. I would like to think my work ethic and attention to detail make me send out. I am very committed to using high quality ingredients and making everything from scratch. You will not find any Betty Crocker BS up in my kitchen.

5. My ideal day starts at about 5am. I answer emails, go over orders, place orders for supplies I may need. If I am really busy, I get to the kitchen early and stay until 5 or 6. I do everything from dishes to consultations, but I have been letting go of some things and focusing more on the actual growth of my business.

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Wolfe Gourmet Cakes offers :

Wedding cakes, custom cakes, king cakes, breakfast pastries, petite pastries(tarts, macarons, eclairs, profiteroles, etc.), pies, plated deserts

What Others are Saying : 

I don’t know what others are saying, but it better be good!

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Get in Touch : 

Nicole Wolfe, Owner

wolfegourmetcakes.com

info@wolfegourmetcakes.com

504-214-4410

StudioWed Venues

 

There are many venues that we love around Nashville. We can honestly say that each venue is unique and you will like it according to your wedding style. For example, let’s say that your wedding has a very rustic style, in that case you probably won’t like something such as The Schermerhorn for your event. Instead, something more like Cedarwood or Houston Station would be more up your alley.

There are many crucial decisions you have to make while choosing your venue. Having a venue and style that compliments each other is such a wonderful feeling! Let’s say that you decide to have a chic rustic wedding, you would more than likely want to look for places that have a rustic feel, but maybe more of a city chic location or vise versa.

Because there are so many venues in Nashville and greater Nashville, we completely understand that this decision can be beyond overwhelming. We want you to know that StudioWed is not only here to help you choose the vendors that fit you perfectly, but we are also here to help you choose the right venue!

If you haven’t already scheduled a consultation with us, please be sure to do so! We would love to get to know you and your fiance! It’s our goal to make your dream wedding happen!

Contact us today!

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Detail Photos : Kristyn Hogan Photography

On your wedding day AKA the biggest day of your life, you will want to make sure that every detail and every aspect is captured throughout the day. Not only when it comes to yourself and your partner getting ready, but more the details that could be easily forgotten.

Every detail matters. Your favors, coffee bar, centerpieces, and every other detail that goes into making your wedding special. Make sure that your photographer and/or videographer knows that these details are important to you, because whats important to you is important to them.

Check out some of these awesome detail snap shots from one of our lovely photographer vendors, Kristyn Hogan. These photos capture certain details of this wedding perfectly!

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As always, please let us know what you think of this blog post and feel free to send us any questions you may have about your wedding! We love to help! studiowednashville@gmail.com