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Tuesday Truths 23 / Victor Hugo

Tuesday Truths 23 / Victor Hugo

The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves - say rather, loved in spite of ourselves. - Victor Hugo in Les Misérables

What a joy to know that nothing I can muster up in my own strength and nothing that I utterly wreck in my own failure can add or remove love from me. Victor Hugo, the French poet and author of Les Mis, had his finger on the pulse of what Christ did for us and all the difference it makes in the life of the redeemed - whether he knew it or not. Supreme happiness overwhelms a soul who knows that Christ died for her even while she was broken and astray, even in spite of herself. 

Makes me think of Romans 5:8 - God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. We're not loved because we can do something for God. We're loved in spite of who we are deep down at our core. We're loved regardless, loved wholly, loved supremely, and our cup overflows with happiness at this knowledge. 

May this wallpaper download remind you of your supreme happiness when a rough moment leaves you grasping for it. You're loved.

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And you will know the truth & the truth will set you free. John 8:32
 
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A Note from the Founder / Grow With Us

It’s 2017, which means we are celebrating our fourth birthday at Consider the Wldflwrs and we are ready to go beyond where we have ever gone before. Four years ago we planted a tiny seed and that seed has since grown into a company I could have never imagined. In February of 2017 we rooted ourselves in the Buchanan Arts District of North Nashville, opening our first flagship storefront.

CTWF turns four.

While we have continued to cultivate a wide & varied collection of jewelry, we also recognize when it is time to prune. By discontinuing much of our gold-filled metals and transitioning to offer more solid gold pieces, we hope to provide jewelry that will literally last beyond a lifetime. 

Our bridal and fine jewelry have become our bestselling lines, so we are stripping it down to staples and pruning the pieces that are holding us back from excellence. That’s why TODAY we are introducing the newest version of our bare gold stackers in solid 14k gold.



You could say that over the years, the bare gold stackers were the dandelion of our garden - quick to grow, easy to pick, beautiful to look at. They have been our number one bestseller. They're simple to stack and fun to wear. That is why we want them to become roses. We know that you are building a story and creating a stack that can grow with you forever. 

So come along and grow with us. Upgrade your stackers thoughtfully. 

grow with us

What’s growth without going beyond? Without surpassing the ordinary? We are exceeding our own expectations. Our standards have been raised, and we are giving you the finer things.

- Emily

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real talk / summer 02 - pick wildflowers

We get it - summer these days is the sun shining into your office and glaring off your computer screen while the air conditioner warrants a parka. It's not exactly lazy or carefree. It's a whole lot the same as yesterday and a little bit like looking through a peephole into a party that you weren't invited to.

But we say summer can still be a time for adventure and spontaneity, for why-nots and late-night ice cream dates, for daydreams and stopping off on the side of the road to pick wildflowers. 


We tried this out for ourselves. Our flagship & studio has a patch of overgrown grass near the back parking lot - not exactly a field for afternoon picnics, but grass and weeds and wildflowers nonetheless. So on a regular old day when deadlines were looming and no Spotify playlist could curb our restless mood, we took to that patch of 'weeds' and picked a few. It took maybe three minutes. We would have stayed longer, but the afternoon rains rolled in and forced us back inside. 

So we took the few remnants of summer we had plucked - mostly Queen Anne's Lace - and dropped them in some old apothecary bottles to decorate our desk. The mixture of venturing outside, actively picking and arranging the flowers and bringing some life to an otherwise messy desk, was like getting plugged into our MacBook charger. Suddenly we sensed that little lightning bolt inside of us, & we were on our way to functioning at 100%.

So go on. Get out there if only for a moment. Take off that A/C-induced sweater and embrace the heat and humidity for a mid-summer afternoon recharge. And sprinkle your workspace with the treasures you gather along the way. We hear Queen Anne's Lace is pretty resilient. No need to worry about killing another office fern.


P.S. Still searching for that Spotify playlist cure? We're digging this vibe town playlist from our neighbor Melody Geer of Holiday Salon today. Enjoy!

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dossier: fine jewelry vs. fashion jewelry

To the naked eye, a gold ring may be just a gold ring. Put two rings beside one another - a solid gold one vs. one that is gold-filled, and you probably couldn't spot the difference right away. But the differences, however invisible at first, are the difference between fine jewelry and its fashion / costume / boutique counterpart.


We love both for different reasons. Here's how we define them -

fine
/fīn/
: timeless staples made of precious metals, i.e. solid gold, silver or platinum, & genuine gemstones that can last for generations

fashion
/faSHən/
popular trend pieces made of less precious, sometimes man-made materials, i.e. gold-plated, gold-filled, brass, copper, etc. that are thoughtfully peppered into a collection

Should I buy fine or fashion?

^  fine: standard endless hoop in 14k gold vs. fashion: classic hoop in 14k gold-filled

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Fine are the little diamond studs your parents gave you after your first recital, the gold cross charm necklace your aunt passed down on the day you were baptized, the little heart ring your first boyfriend gave you in high school, Grandma's diamond cocktail ring turned 'something borrowed' the day of your wedding, the engagement ring you wear every day. 

Fashion jewelry is the morning glory you bought for yourself when you finished studying for the MCAT, the crystal earrings you bought on a whim at the mall and wore to prom, the brass cuff stamped 'til pigs fly' that your best friend gave you the day of her wedding.

They can both be special - fine and fashion. The difference is that one is made up of material that is more rare, sought after, valuable and able to stand the test of time, thereby making it an investment. It's a classic matter of quality vs. quantity.


^   fashion: twist stacker in 14k gold-filled vs. fine: diamond twist band in 14k gold with diamonds / solid gold twist band in 14k gold


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But this doesn't mean fashion jewelry must be thrown out with the bathwater. In just the same way that you buy a candle knowing that the candle can't burn forever, so fashion jewelry serves a purpose for the time that it is in use. 

^  fashion: stick confetti studs in 14k gold-filled vs. fine: short bar stud in 14k gold


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Fashion jewelry is typically more affordable and perfect for adding a trend into your collection that you might not be wearing five years down the road. Whereas fine jewelry comes at a higher cost knowing that the payoff is a piece you can count on to wear everyday - in the shower, at the beach, while working out - and potentially pass down for generations.

^  fashion: charm necklace in 14k gold-filled vs. fine: moon & stars necklace in 14k gold with diamonds

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A gold-filled necklace might be a more financially realistic gift for all 12 of your bridesmaids, whereas solid gold petite hoops could make a really sweet gift for your niece the flower girl.

fine: pip birthstone rings in 14k gold with diamonds / round opal dew ring (in-store only) in 14k gold with diamonds & opal vs. fashion: tiny opal stacker in 14k gold-filled

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An ideal jewelry collection is one that is thoughtful & just that, collected - over time, over memories, over experiences. It's streamlined and wearable, but still fun and unique. It's personal and special and gathered with tomorrow in mind. We think there's room for fine and fashion pieces in a collection like that. 


P.S. A 'dossier' - pronounced dȯ-sē-ˌā - is just a word that's fun to say meaning 'file' or 'report.' You can expect more of these on various topics in the future. Have one in mind you're interested in learning more about? Tell us in the comments!

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denim & diamonds

denim & diamonds

Nothing's too fancy to wear with denim & nothing's too casual to wear with diamonds. Because what are diamonds if they don't get worn on regular old denim-wearing days? We say, forget storing those gems in a jewelry box until you have the perfect occasion to get dolled up.

Go to the grocery store wearing your overalls and the ring your Grandma passed down to you and don't worry a thing about it. But don't be surprised if you buy more than what was on your list. Reaching for those apples will be a prettier sight than ever before.

Shop them.
polished cuff
viege eternity band
Stephanie
diamond twist band
hammered radiant band

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real talk / summer 01

Because sometimes summer is all things sunshine & adventure.
And sometimes it's just business as usual & looking forward to that weekend bbq.

real talk / summer

It's funny how after twentyish years of summers spent sleeping in, staying up late, kayaking, picking daisies, sleepovers, pool parties & sand castles, suddenly the real world hits like a ton of bricks when you're living it out from behind your cubicle. There's no sand. No palm trees. No suntans. Just sticky notes and a sweater because the office is basically a refrigerator.

Summer is no longer an ambiguous season of why-nots & stopping off at the next exit to see the world's largest ball of yarn. It's just perpetual motion - wake up, chug coffee, sit in traffic, work hard, sit in traffic, dinner with friends, read a book, go to sleep, repeat.

So summer promptly becomes synonymous with envy & discontentment. But maybe summer just requires more planning these days. Maybe it's ok that summer has shapeshifted from a mermaid to a bank teller. And maybe the adventure can still be found right there in your rolly chair.

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Tuesday Truths 22 / Psalm 20:7

Tuesday Truths 22 / Psalm 20:7

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. Psalm 20:7

After 22 Tuesday Truths, we thought it might be helpful to remind you of the purpose behind these posts. Tuesday Truths are intended to give your ordinary Tuesday a surge of truth and focus. It's incredible what a little shred of light can do to the darkness - offer hope, recall purpose, set free. We check our screens (way too) often. At least I do. So to have something real & true staring back at me when I neurotically click that circle for a list of mostly useless notifications, it does something inside of me. It wakes me back up to the truest reality that although all this world is bustling around me in a whirlwind of curiosities and beauty and pain, one thing will always remain the same - steady and true. 

He only is my rock and my salvation,
    my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
On God rests my salvation and my glory;
    my mighty rock, my refuge is God.
Trust in him at all times, O people;

    pour out your heart before him;
    God is a refuge for us.

Psalm 62:6-8

We hope it does the same for you. May it be a comfort and an encouragement that sets you back on solid ground.

Tuesday Truths 22 / Psalm 20:7

P.S. Depending on your computer or mobile device, right click, tap or hold + 'Save Image' to download. Check out past Tuesday Truths!

AND YOU WILL KNOW THE TRUTH AND THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE. JOHN 8:32

*Please note that this design is for personal use only and is not available for any commercial purposes. All copyright of these images is retained by Consider the Wldflwrs. If you wish to share through social media, please do but don't forget to give credit / tag / link appropriately.

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