Pennyroyal's Owner/Designer Tim Foster, decided to leave the recording industry in 2006 after he discovered a new passion for jewelry-making while creating a sentimental gift for his girlfriend. While hammering away at a 1979 penny, a nod to his birth year, Foster decided to make the piece into a keepsake pendant for his lady. The imperfect penny pendant thus incited Foster’s love for creating meaningful designs and with a bit of his music industry background as inspiration created his first collection of unisex necklaces.
Drawing from his interest in music, history, art and architecture, each unique piece Foster creates is purposefully imperfect. He has always compared the process of making a piece of jewelry to the process of writing and recording a song. “The initial sketch of a design is like the writing process. The actual process of translating the sketch idea into a wearable design is like recording a song. I just start to build it and carve out the details and stop when it feels done. The scratches and imperfections are what give each design a soul,” says Foster.