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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 suzanne@tfosterjewelers.com to schedule your appointment today!

 
 
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Our Annual Sale is Here

Yes, you read that right our Annual Sale is here! 

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It's that time of year again. Every spring, Tim and Suzanne embark on their spectacular European buying trip. They'll return with some truly remarkable new gems, and we want to make space in our inventory for the fabulous new creations that will be designed with these stones. With this in mind, we bring you our Annual Sale. This is a once-a-year event. Everything in the store is 10%-50% off! It's a sale you don't want to miss, so mark your calendars.

Make sure to join our mailing list to receive our daily sale emails of our sale pieces during this time. Don't miss out on the fun. 

Here's a sneak peak of what's on sale:

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Padparadscha Engagement Ring

Princess Eugenie of York, cousin to Princes William and Harry, is engaged, and she has a stunning and unusual ring to prove it.

The Royal Family released official engagement photos of the couple, which showed the princess sporting a ring featuring an oval-cut padparadscha sapphire center stone surrounded by a halo of round-brilliant white diamonds and two trillion-cut white diamonds on a yellow gold band.

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Princess Eugenie is right on trend as fancy color sapphires continue to rise in popularity.  Pink, purple and blue stones are the trending colors right now.  And many royals have used sapphires as engagement rings, including Princess Diana whose ring was passed on to Princess Kate.

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Most people don’t know about colored gemstones and especially what a padparadscha sapphire is, so Princess Eugenie’s engagement is a great start to getting information out there about this rare, beautiful and unique stone. The name derives from the Sinhalese word for lotus blossom. The Sinhalese people are native to Sri Lanka, where most padparadscha sapphires come from. Colors range from a light orange-pink to a more intense pink with a hint of orange. Because of their rarity, all padparadschas will have their own unique and individual coloring with some more pink or orange, and some lighter or darker in shade.

Intensely colored stones with a rich saturation are very highly prized. Many padparadscha sapphires have cloud-like inclusions which can be visible to the eye. Our fabulous 2.02 carat padparadscha ring, shown below, is strikingly clear and free of visible clouds and is a richly saturated deep pink with orange overtones. Its brilliant proportions are striking as well thus avoiding the "window" or "area of flatness" effect that is often seen in the center of poorly cut stones. You'll see some examples of the "window" effect in the stones shown above.

 
 

Pink sapphires have traditionally symbolized creativity, love and romance, while orange sapphires are equated with energy and enthusiasm. With both of these meanings combined in one stone, padparadscha sapphires are truly unique. The woman who owns such a stone is an individual that takes a fresh and new approach to life and love.

We'd love to share more information with you about these amazing gems!

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Newtown Chamber Orchestra

At T. Foster & Co. we love to give back to our community. Whether that is volunteering our time, buying from local shops, or donating to local organizations. One of our favorites is the Newtown Chamber Orchestra. In case you aren't familiar with the NCO, I'll give you a little background. The Newtown Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1990 by Russell Hoffman, (music director/conductor), Milton Schwartz (concert master), and Craig Smith (principal French horn player). Their first show was on September 23, 1990 and they've continued performing in the Bucks county community for nearly 28 years. 

 Left to right: Russell Hoffman, Milton Schwartz, and Craig Smith.

Left to right: Russell Hoffman, Milton Schwartz, and Craig Smith.

Suzanne and her family are big music lovers and good friends with Russell and Milton. They have been attending NCO concerts practically since its inception. They have also passed on their love of music to their now 13 year old son, William. William plays the clarinet for the school band, plays the piano, and is even taking vocal lessons to take on a part in his school musical. Suzanne believes that her son has developed his love for music through all of the concerts he has attended.

Suzanne personally supports the Newtown Chamber Orchestra because of the opportunities it gives to children and their families to listen to classical music up close. These concerts allow viewers to see performers following the melody, see the harmony of the violin bows moving in unison, and be close enough to see and hear each individual instrument. These experiences are not usually possible in larger arenas. And, when the concert is over, you can talk to the musicians! Where else can you do that? These programs allow children to develop a love and understanding of classical music. They may even develop a passion to be on stage and perform. 

This year the NCO almost had to forfeit one of their annual youth programs - the Kids Connect to the Classics Concert.

Kids Connect to the Classics Concert is an annual Free Family Concert. Newtown Chamber Orchestra presents a concert for elementary aged children and their families, which includes: discussion and music performance suited to the level of the listeners; interactive audience participation; and a hands-on opportunity to touch and explore instruments of the orchestra. The intent of the concert is to enhance the educational experience of elementary school children by stimulating and nurturing the enjoyment of classical music in an appropriate orchestral setting.

This is a free annual concert for elementary aged children and their families, which includes: discussion and music performance suited to the level of the listeners; interactive audience participation; and a hands-on opportunity to touch and explore instruments of the orchestra. The intent of the concert is to enhance the educational experience of elementary school children by stimulating and nurturing the enjoyment of classical music in an appropriate orchestral setting. Suzanne knows how important this experience is, so she took action right away and made a donation to cover the cost. She wants to ensure that a whole new generation of kids grow up to love and appreciate classical music.

For more information about the Newtown Chamber Orchestra or to make a donation, click here.

 
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Left to right: William Foster, Tim Foster, Suzanne Foster, Russell Hoffman, and Bliss Michelson

 
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Fashion Series: Work outfit

A phrase we hear a lot in the jewelry world is "I don't know where to wear my jewelry."

With this blog, I want to show you that you can wear your fine jewelry anywhere. I'm going to show you how to wear those  pieces that we think we need to save for more special occasions for all kinds of occasions. Jewelry has the power to make any outfit great. In this series of blogs, I am going to show you how to mix-and-match your favorite pieces, while also dressing down your more prized pieces of jewelry. 

Today,  I am wearing a business chic work outfit. Fun and very fitting for any work place. The pattern of pants (as you will see shortly) had some red in it, obviously rubies were the best choice for me today. It complimented what I was wearing, plus it's my birthstone. 

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For more information on the necklace click here

Look at these stunning ruby earrings. The cushion cut ruby and the diamond halo around it make these earrings a great multi-occasion piece. They are the perfect piece to wear if you want to transform an everyday work outfit into something special and can take you right into a causal evening out with friends

I matched those earrings with a simple diamond necklace to compliment the red, but not take away from the earrings. With big earrings it's okay to wear something more relaxed to achieve that complete look.

Then, I looked around and found the perfect ring to match my earrings and necklace. 

 
 

Here we have our signature three-stone diamond halo ruby ring (One of my favorites!). This ring can be used as a right or left hand ring. I like to wear my colored stone rings on my right hand, but it could always be your 20th anniversary ring upgrade. 

Then, to complete my look today I added a ruby and diamond bangle. 

 
 

I just love how one piece can complete a look and add more sparkle.  Bangles are those pieces of jewelry that are simple, but elegant. With bangles, it's very easy to stack them and create a whole new effect - the more the merrier! 

For more information on any of these pieces click on the image. 

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