It started with a penny...
In December 2005, while working in the marketing department at Sony Music, Tim Foster created a handmade necklace for his girlfriend out of a hammered 1979 penny (his birth year). The simple, uniquely textured keepsake was the catalyst for a major career change. For the next year, Tim studied sculpture and sterling silver jewelry design and left the relative security of his record company career to become a full time designer. Pennyroyal was founded in February 2006 with a small collection of 7 hand-crafted sterling silver designs inspired by some of Tim's favorite songs and lyrics.
Over the next decade, Tim released over a dozen capsule collections inspired by a wide variety of his personal interests including music, miniature sculpture, animals, nature, travel, outdoor adventure, the ocean, space, and the Fibonacci sequence.
Browse the creative timeline on the Collections page.
In addition to regular capsule collection releases, Tim's passion for music and philanthropy gave rise to an ongoing series of design collaborations with a growing list of artists. Charitable contributions from these releases have raised over $350,000 to date for causes such as MusiCares, Trevor Project, Donors Choose, Jewel's Project Clean Water, The Cesar Millan Foundation, Autism Speaks... and many more.