Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 27, 1975 · Page 72
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July 27, 1975

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 72

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Julv 27,1975 Smrfoy Old-Fashioned Rings Return To Popularity SENTIMENTAL FASHIONS: A diamond duo between which a solitaire may be slipped to make a really elegant combination; a ring combining diamond and contrasting finishes for fashion and the nostalgic star of the year--a wedding band and engagement ring made of hand crafted pink and green gold flowers fashioned together with yellow gold and made into rings. This was popu* lar in the 7890s. By WILMA BIGG1NBOTHAM Daily Mail LifeStyles Editor Nostalgia has invaded the world of wedding and engagement rings. Designs popular in the 1890's are beginning to nose out the clean-cut designs with diamond solitaire for engagement rings and the plain wedding band to match. Young couples are looking for more ornate designs, many of them reproductions of antiques sold in the 1890's according to William McCormick. president of McCormick Jewelers, and Bob Shay, secretary- treasurer of Galperin Jewelers. "For some months, smaller diamonds have been costing as much as the larger diamonds did before," says Mr. Shay. "This may have some influence. One used to get a very fine l k karat diamond for $500. They now pay the same for 1/3 karat. For this reason, many are choosing wedding rings without diamonds. They're choosing reproductions of antique filigree designs making use of pink and green and yellow golds together, the kind that were very popular at the turn of the century. "Another new thing we're seeing is the "wedding jacket" with an engagement ring that fits into an ensemble of three or four rings. "We find a 25-year-old couple will spend a lot more money making up a complete set of rings. An older couple will spend $1,000 for a diamond. It isn't that they're thinking of a diamond in terms of investment. They seem to be thinking of the beauty and the sentiment involved." William McCormick agrees that the trend definitely is to more ornate designs, although plain rings are popular. He finds more and more couples searching for something different. Great popularity is being enjoyed by large wedding bands (in sets for the bride and groom) done in combination finishes. The designs are engraved in and highlighted with alternating finishes. Some use a dark background to give an antique look. Mr. McCormick says the return of more elaborate designs is made possible by new engraving equipment capable of doing what used to be a hand operation. But there's a return to fine handcrafting, too. He finds "A strong trend back to the old designs with rings antiqued to resemble those worn by grandmothers and great- grandmothers. One very popular number combines yellow, rose and green golds in floral patterns. These rings have to be handmade in sections and put together to form the rings. "We also find sapphires and emeralds in combinations with diamonds for the engagement ring. Young people like coior and they like things that are real. Our generation was not intrigued with real gems as are today's young people. "Most people still want a plain wedding band and generally buy one later on, if not in the beginning." Both men say most young couples shop together for the engagement and wedding rings. In earlier years, the potential groom did the choosing and surprised the lady when he popped the'question. Mr. McCormick and Mr. Shay emphasized the importance of taking time with the young couple and explaining about the range in quality of gems available and what they have to offer within the store's price range, then letting them decide. They agree that jewelers should always think in these terms: People who are buying this sentimental merchandise are making a once-in-a-lifetime purchase, something that should be enduring and capable of giving pleasure throughout a lifetime of wear. COLOR NEW TREND: Young couples are choosing combinations of diamonds, sapphires and emeralds with diamonds for engagement rings and fitting them together with ornate solitaires or diamond trimmed wedding bands. The center shows a modern design with an antique look to flatter a trio of diamonds. On the right is a combination of rings fitted together as a wedding band. Daily Mail Photos by William Tiernan CIRCLES OF LOVE YOUR JEWELERS SINCE 1907 241 CAPITOL ST. (Opposite Lee St. Triangle) Catering Your Own Wedding Will Make Day More Special BY CAROL HADDIX Knight Newspapers Writer Old fashioned weddings are losing ground to newer, more personal ways of saying "I do" by independent-minded kids who want their wedding day to be a reflection of 'themselves. That's why you'll find more weddings taking place in unusual places with the couple often doing more talking than the clergyman or judge. They are small, do-it- yourself weddings, lovely and very well done. And that goes for the reception, too. In times past, a bride would never have thought about catering her own wedding. How, however, with more receptions in the home and fewer guests, it's a practical and exciting way for the bride and groom to express themselves and make their day even more special. If you are thinking of taking the plunge soon, or sometime in the distant future, and you want a small gathering say, under 50, then consider catering your own wedding. After you've convinced Mom and Dad that you're really serious about it, then start gathering paper and pencils for a planning session. It's not silly to make lists or assign duties-in fact, a well-organized reception demands it. It's possible to have the planning done, most of the dishes prepared and frozen weeks before the big day including your own homemade wedding cake. As for help, it's amazing how many relatives and friends "heave to" when someone mentions a wedding--you'll probably have too many willing helpers. Don't fail to ask them for extra freezer or refrigerator space, linens, dishes, pots and pans or for help preparing a dish'for the buffet. Choosing the menu is where you can really shine, whether it's just cake and punch and hors d'oeuvres or a multi- course buffet. And it's fairly easy to outshine ordinary catered food, and even save some money doing it. Caterers will charge $200 and up for a buffet for 50, including the.usual roast beef, chicken, spaghetti, bean salads. If you request fancier fare, the price will go up. One recent bride who catered her own reception with elegant dishes like poached salmon and quiche paid only about $300 for 35 guests, including champagne and wine. Her secret was planning ahead to use fruits and vegetables in season--strawber- ries, spinach, watermelon--plus using some main dishes with economical meats like turkey or chicken. Meatballs, which can be very elegant when sauced, are also inexpensive. The item most likely to save money is your own wedding cake. For 50 servings, a traditional wedding cake at a bakery can cost between $25 and $50. Making it yourself will trim that cost'down to about,$12 using cake mix and buttercream frosting' and including about $5 for a" top decoration. If you can't borrow cake pans or pastry tubes to do the decorative frosting, these will cost a little more. And if decorating cakes is not your forte or that of any of your relatives, cake decorating shops will have plenty of sugar decorations you can use, plus advice on how to do the trimming. Here is a list of foods which are compatible. Choose from the list several hors d'oeuvres or finger foods, two entrees, two or three salads or vegetables, rolls oiy bread and dessert, and you should have plenty of variety to serve 50. Possible Hors d'oeuvres Marinated Mushrooms Roquefort Turnovers Pear Cubes in Pfosciutto Cucumber-Crab Boats Possible Entrees Beef Tenderloin with Strawberries Poached Salmon and Green Mayonnaise Sherried Chicken Wings Turkey-Walnut Pate Orange Buffet Ham with Raisin Sauce Parslied Ham in Aspic Possible Side Dishes New Potatoes with Caviar Mixed Said with Lemon Vinaigrette Raw Spring Vegetables with Curry- Garlic Dip or Horseradish Dip Cheese Platter French Bread Baguettes Hard Rolls Possible Drinks Champagne White or Rose Wine Wedding Punch Possible Desserts Wedding Cake \ French Pastries \ Watermelon Fruit Bowl with Orange Liqueur Great if b for the bride iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiuiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiimmii. WE TE THE LOVELIEST KNOTS IN CHARLESTON When it comes to weddings, think of the Daniel Boone. We will be happy to share our experience with you in making the event as lovely as the bride. From our delicious array of foods to our efficient and careful service we can help smooth the way to certain success! · Be'the perfect host or hostess and enjoy your own party as well! From a small party of the most lavish . reception, our experienced staff will be happy to arrange all the troublesome details for you. To make your wedding a truly memorable event, make us a member of your wedding party. ·WEDDMG SHOWERS ·ANNffERSARES ·BANQUETS ·MEETMGS ·CONVENTKWS H O T E L Capitol Washington Phone 343-6131 Call Our Cater ing Manager 343-6131 Wedding Specialists. CALL LARRY or CLEO For More Information Prices COMPLETE SERVICE · WEDDING CANDIDS · BRIDE PORTRAITS · INVITATIONS · GUEST BOOKS · WEDDING ALBUMS · PERSONAL ITEMS We are CIVIC CENTER APPROVED We accept BANKAMERICARD MASTER CHARGE We also do catering for wedding receptions individuality designed and planned. This includes.. . Cake, Nuts, Mints, Punch, Dishes and Table Covers. PUNCH FOUNTAINS AVAILABLE If You Desire We Also Do Buffets Complete with Meat Balls, Cocktail Sausages, Cheese Trays, Relish Trays, Finger Sandwiches, Cold Cuts Chicken, Shrimp, Salads. 2301 MYERS AYE. DUNBAR. W. VA. PH. 768.2552 a. Wm. Bounds Combination salt shaker/pepper mill. Attractively ·styled in clear lucite and specially priced at a low'11.25 b. Imported crystal wine glasses elegantly styled... a compliment to any table. Only $3.88 each. Stainless steel flatware, reasonably' priced by the dozen only. c. Oneida Chateau pattern 1 pc. hollow handle knife, per doz. 5 28. teaspoon, per doz. S 5.44; ice tea, per i S 8.74; salad fork, per doz s 9.75; dinner fork, per doz S 9.75; cocktail fork, per doz S 8.74; tablespoon, per doz., S 9.75; bouillon spoon, per doz. S 9.75 TOTAL $90.80 d. Delcos Old English pattern 1 pc. hollow handle knife, per doz., S 2p.50; teaspoon, per doz., '5.50; ice tea, per doz., 8.50; salad fork, per doz., S 8.50; dinner fork, per doz., S 8.50; cocktail fork, per doz., S 8.50; tablespoon, per doz., S 8.50; bouillon spoon, per doz, S 8.50; TOTAL S 83.00 corner 518 CAPITOL ST. · WITHIN CAPITOL RESTAURANT EQUIPMENT CO. «OPEN 10-5 P.M. MON. -FRI. FREE PARKING IN THE REAR BANKAMERICARD AND MASTER CHARGE COME IN AMI SIE HOW MUCH MOH WE HAVE TO SHOW YOU! / :

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