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Harvest Day Preview
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Let us know you'll be here to join in the fun!

As you all might know, September 15th's Harvest Day is just around the corner and is a huge day for all of Yardley. Last year was our first Harvest Day at our new location at 7 W. Afton Avenue, so we planned a really great affair. Here are a few images from last year's celebration to whet your appetite for fun. 

  Dave mixes up our signature cocktail. Ask for this year's special and be surprised!

Dave mixes up our signature cocktail. Ask for this year's special and be surprised!

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Last year Dawn and I made all this delicious food ourselves, and Dave tended bar with wine and fine spirits. This year Dawn will still help out, but is attending a family wedding. So our newest team member, Laureen, will step in and try her hand at fine gourmet food. We are excited to see what she can come up with.

We hope you will all stop by to meet Laureen, our New Marketing Director. She'll be snapping photos and modeling some of her favorite pieces. Laureen's been the creative force behind our new look, colors and all the great visuals you will see at our event.

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  We featured the Princeton Girl Choir last year and their performance was amazing!

We featured the Princeton Girl Choir last year and their performance was amazing!

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  Excitement over last year's raffle—diamonds by the yard ankle bracelet.

Excitement over last year's raffle—diamonds by the yard ankle bracelet.

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Members of the Girl Choir get their first introduction to fine jewelry. Why not start with the best!

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This year, we have a whole day of events planned filled with excitement and fun! All day we'll feature Tim doing complimentary appraisals.

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Our Jeweler, Jim will provide free re-polishing and cleaning of your jewelry. So bring in your favorites to shine up while you browse our collections, add items to your wish list, enjoy food and drinks and chat with new friends. Your jewelry will look amazing!

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And me? I'll be having the most fun of all. Check out these cool before an after jewelry designs.

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I'll be here all day to give you free consultations for redesigning your existing jewelry items. You'll go home with sketches and ideas to consider or perhaps with a new amazing design to put right into work! Mark your calendar for 2pm when I'll be giving an in depth talk on the lawn, complete with photo images of actual past re-designs. You'll see real life examples of how updating your jewelry can give you just the look you want for a fraction of the cost starting with all new components. 

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1From 3pm to 5pm we'll have the fabulous Mike Estabrook duo playing acoustic music on the front porch. 

And don't forget this year's raffle item; our perfectly “everyday into evening” pair of inside out diamond hoops. Over 1 carat of stunning brilliant cut diamonds (a $2400.00 value). This is jewelry to truly fit your lifestyle.

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Be sure to stop by and enter to win these gorgeous earrings and enjoy all we have to offer. We'll be here from 10am-5pm to welcome you and have some fun.

LET US KNOW YOU'LL BE HERE TO JOIN IN THE FUN!

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Behind the Scenes with Suzanne Foster
Part III

Last time I blogged about our Project Phoenix in depth, and we were just about ready to begin work on it, when lo and behold…the design changed again. Our last iteration had the beautiful Jadeites spread out evenly in a hanging style necklace, but the stones are so glossy and lustrous that the client decided to group them closer together instead to highlight their special beauty. Here is the latest design showing how the necklace will fall into a feminine “V” on the neck. Now we can move on to the fabrication of the setting. You'll see this finished piece sometime this fall!

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So now let me share three additional re-design projects as promised last time.

Project: Liz Taylor
This is a really great story of inspiration and collaboration between client and jeweler. Our client had a large 5 ct. oval diamond set into a standard halo style setting.

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She was browsing the web and came upon this amazing emerald and diamond ring owned by Elizabeth Taylor. The diamonds were actually set underneath the center stone giving the ring incredible lift and dimension.

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We re-created this completely handmade ring in platinum by eliminating the trillion cut diamonds and by using just large rounds. It is elegance personified. What a great new look for this ring where the diamond really stands out. Thank you Liz Taylor!

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Project: Family Ties
Take a look at this obtrusive out-of-style pearl and diamond ring. “Where would I ever be able to wear this?” was a direct quote from my client. Yes, good question!  

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The diamond quality was exquisite and the stones were of uniform size—all good characteristics for great design possibilities. This piece was handed down to the daughter who had 2 girls of her own and two nieces. She decided to make 4 matching rings for the girls so each would have a lasting treasure from their Grandmother, as well as a “unity” style ring to celebrate their family bond.

I removed all the diamonds so I could lay them out in a pattern and played around with the “twist” motif as a way to portray the idea of weaving together the generations and families. Here are the finished rings—these happy young ladies will share the story of their “family” rings with generations to come.

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Project: Sapphire Trio
Sometimes inspiration comes from just wanting to complete a suite of jewelry that dazzles. Our client had a wonderful yellow sapphire ring and a pear shaped diamond attached to yellow gold pave diamond pendant. They weren't the best match so she wanted to change things up. 

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We removed the diamond from the necklace that was being lost in this design and replaced it with a new halo surrounded yellow sapphire to match the ring. To complete the set, the obvious addition was  a matching pair of earrings.

The yellow gold and yellow sapphires now go brilliantly together and the earrings complete this amazing trio.

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The last piece of the puzzle was to remount the single pear shaped diamond that was removed from her original necklace and show off its natural beauty. We designed this new elegant pendant with graduating diamonds that enhanced the pear shaped outline. She was thrilled to have these pieces all come together and look so beautiful!

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Next time, I'll show you some amazing updates we've done for diamond engagement rings. You'll see how average can become exceptional!

SPECIAL NOTE:
Yardley's Harvest Day is coming up and we are participating with an Open House! We're pulling out all the stops to make sure you have a fabulous day here at T. Foster & Co. Mark your calendars for September 15th. Wine and food will be available from 10am to 5pm, acoustic music at 3pm. Tim will be doing complimentary while-you-wait appraisals on up to 3 items (a $150.00 value), Jim will be cleaning and refinishing your jewelry free of charge while you munch and mingle (up to 5 items—a $200.00 value), and I will be on hand to give free advice on re-designing your current not-so-favorite any more pieces. So bring your jewelry!!! At 2pm I'll be giving a talk outside on the lawn about our jewelry redesign process and will be on hand to answer questions. It should be a great afternoon.

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Behind the Scenes with Suzanne Foster
Part II

My favorite part of being a jewelry designer is working with my clients to re-design and re-purpose their out-of-style or unwanted jewelry. I am always as thrilled as they are when the completed new designs are revealed!

So where does inspiration comes from and how do we put a design all together? A great way to explain things is to use a work in progress as an example so you can see how we work from start to finish.

Project: Phoenix
Our client had out-of-date Jadeite and diamond earrings that truly needed an update. This jewelry was just too dressy and the touches of yellow gold with tiny baguette diamonds were totally out of fashion. The couple were celebrating a big milestone and wanted to make something new. Our original concept idea was to create a pin, and the Phoenix motif seemed like a perfect symbol of celebration and renewal. 

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Here's where Tim's years of experience really shined. Using paint and colored pencils, the first round of the design was meticulously concepted. The sketches gave our clients an excellent visual as to how the finished pieces would look.

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The client loved the concept, but decided to go with a simpler design, asking us to create a wearable everyday necklace instead.

So we disassembled the earrings and played around with the loose stones. By alternating the larger and smaller Jadeites and then by adding a pear shaped yellow Sapphire we had in stock, we ended up with a very elegant and simple layout.

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This was more like it! Our client really loved the simplicity; the stones were uncluttered and paramount to the design. The addition of the yellow Sapphire was a hit too, so we kept that element and were able to move on to the next step in the process: a new sketch and conceptual design.

 

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This idea was a real winner, so we tweaked the design by adding additional stones between the pairs of Jadeite to give the overall design more balance. Two fancy yellow round diamonds with white pear shapes added balance to the yellow Sapphire center.

To give our client a great visual, we laid the actual stones on top of the sketch. Look at the amazing luster of the Jadeite and how the yellow is a perfect compliment.

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What a refreshing change from the original earrings! Although not always the case, you can see there were several iterations before this final design was accepted. Of course, now the real work begins—to work with our dedicated staff of jewelers to create this amazing new piece. I'll post pictures when it's complete this fall.

Next time I'll share three more of our design projects. In the meantime, imagine your own possibilities for items you might want to redesign. There will also be a sneak preview of our Harvest Day open house event. Mark your calendar for the 15th of September between 10am-5pm!

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Behind the Scenes with Suzanne Foster
Part I

My favorite part of being a jewelry designer is working with my clients to re-design and re-purpose their out-of-style or unwanted jewelry. I am always as thrilled as they are when the completed new designs are revealed!

So, how do I go about helping you create the jewelry of your dreams from what you already own? Here are the simple steps we take.

Our first appointment is scheduled in our new Private showroom. Our beautiful space was created for absolute privacy so there are no interruptions from the “outside” world. No phones ringing, mailman or delivery people; just my complete attention on you and your needs.

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Our New Private Showroom 

Often a client has some idea of the changes they'd like to make.  Perhaps they want to upgrade yellow gold jewelry to white gold or platinum, enhancing a smaller center stone to increase its appeal, or combining several jewelry items into one bolder piece.

Here's an example of one client's desire to combine several pieces into one magnificent everyday engagement ring.

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This client wanted to update their 80's style engagement ring into white gold while surrounding the the center in a halo of diamonds to enhance its appeal.

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I absolutely love being able to make a client's vision into a stunning reality!

But sometimes the client relies on our expertise in jewelry design to bring out the best in their grouping of items. This is where the real creative force comes into play and where I look carefully at how the different elements of the collection can be combined and used most effectively.

Here is an example of a client's group of misc. ruby jewelry. She had no idea what to do with it, only that a necklace design would be her first choice. I took all her pieces apart,  matched some additional stones and came up with this great design that she absolutely flipped over. Her comment? “I had no idea my old pieces could become such a beautiful every day necklace for me!”

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Next time I'll delve deeper into the design process and talk about inspiration, client input and how we put all the design elements together in sketches and drawings.

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Mother's Day is next week

Being a mother is incredibly hard work, so why not make mom's special day really stand out? A gift of fine, T. Foster & Co. jewelry is sure to let her know how much you appreciate all of her efforts. It's time to splurge on the woman you love - the best "thank you" she can ever receive!

To celebrate all of our favorite mothers, we're offering a free massage at the Face and Body Spa with any purchase made between May 1- May 12! Browse our website and call or email today to reserve a wonderful gift for the woman you love.

To make it even better we are offering 15%, 20%, or 25% off. Just stop in and pick from our bowl of savings! 


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