How to get from mundane to amazing - all the steps you need to know to redesign your jewelry.
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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Our client had out-of-date Jadeite and diamond earrings that truly needed an update.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. 


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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How to get from mundane to amazing - all the steps you need to know to redesign your jewelry.
Suzanne Profile Picture copy.jpg

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.


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!”


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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What's Trending at T. Foster!

What's Trending at T. Foster & Co.


Here's what trending this month...

Did you know that more than half of our sales are custom designs? It's true. This means that you get to be your own jewelry designer with us! Recently, one of our customers came in with an idea and some rings she wanted to redesign. The final outcome was our handmade "Flower" eternity band design. Simply flawless and beautiful. 


We took three older style rings from our customer's collection and made one amazing piece that she absolutely loves!




This month we'll highlight our favorite jewelry updates to open up a wealth of ideas for your own new creation.  Call or email today to make your appointment with Suzanne and experience this trending excitement for yourself! 215-493-6100

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Did you know?

Do you know about our Jewelry Wardrobe Assessment? This is an absolutely free service that's unique to T. Foster & Co. Set up an appointment with our production guru, Suzanne, and bring all of your jewelry. Beloved, unloved, in need of repair - we want it all. Jewelry never goes out of style but it does change over time.

Our Jewelry Wardrobe Assessment is a lot of fun. You get to design your own piece of jewelry or get those 2 carats studs you always wanted. Or even update your old engagement ring while still keeping the sentimental value of your original diamond. 

Suzanne Foster will expertly assist you in organizing your jewelry collection. Think about updating pieces that need freshening up, trade unwanted items for new “must have” pieces, or add favorites to your wish list for future consideration. Call or email to schedule your appointment today!

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