RESTORING OLD FAMILY JEWELS

Restoring Old Family Jewels for the Holidays:  Flemington Jewelry Store Turning Old Treasures into Meaningful Gifts (November 29, 2006 Flemington, NJ)  Finding the perfect gift this holiday season may be no further than a peak into your jewelry box.  Maybe you have an old heirloom piece of jewelry that was passed down from a relative that is awaiting new life.  Roman Jewelers in Flemington is turning sentimental pieces from the past into beautiful, meaningful treasures through custom redesign.

Jess Gebauer, a Bench Jeweler at Roman Jewelers, lost her grandmother when she was in the second grade.  When she was given her engagement ring, she knew she wanted to wear it on that special day when her ‘now-husband’ asked her to marry him.  “The ring meant so much to me.  I wore the original for quite some time, but then decided I wanted to make it my own and still have the grandmother I loved so much to be a part of it.”

She removed the original stones and custom designed a new setting to make the ring her own.  “Everytime I look at my ring, it makes me feel so good because I turned it into something that I love so much, and yet, I know that my grandmother is such a part of it.  It is so sentimental and meaningful to me.”

Gebauer wasn’t finished.  She then took the original setting and reset it with a sapphire in the middle and two diamonds on the side and gave it to her mother for her birthday.  “I was able to give this ring that meant so much to all of us two new lives.  Now, my mom can pass hers on to her grandchildren and I can do the same.”

Many more people are opting to do the same.  Recently widowed, Sandy Heimberg of Branchburg had her engagement ring redesigned, “My ring meant so much to me because of all the memories I had with my husband Jeff, but I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do with it once I lost him. I sat with a designer who completely changed its look, but kept the original stone.  It’s not only beautiful, but it allows me to have my husband with me every day.”

Heimberg also had a tie tack, which had originally belonged to her husband’s grandfather, turned into a unique pendant that she now wears as a necklace.  “I know if Jeff were here to see these beautiful pieces of jewelry, he would be so proud because they are not only amazing to look at, but they are so meaningful.”

Roman Jewelers is a family owned and operated store with locations in Flemington and the Bridgewater Commons Shopping Mall in Bridgewater. Roman Jewelers specializes in custom jewelry design, fine jewelry including diamond and bridal jewelry and offers a wide selection of Swiss watches. For more information, call 908-782-8240 or visit www.Roman-Jewelers.com

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ROMAN JEWELERS TO HOST JOAN HAMBURG

Roman Jewelers to host New York City Radio Personality: Joan Hamburg Appearance to Raise Money for Hunterdon Medical Center (November 28, 2006 Flemington, NJ) New York City radio personality Joan Hamburg will kick off the holiday shopping season with a remote radio broadcast from Roman Jewelers in Renaissance Plaza, Flemington, NJ on Wednesday, December 6, 2006 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased through WOR 710 AM radio by calling 1-800-765-7358 All proceeds from the event will be donated directly to Hunterdon Medical Center.
The festivities will kick off at 3:00 p.m. with a champagne and caviar cocktail reception at Roman Jewelers in Renaissance Plaza. Then, as Hamburg records her broadcast from the Renaissance Plaza atrium from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., High Tea refreshments, including finger sandwiches, pastries and teas, will be served. Roman Jewelers will extend its hours until 7:30 p.m. and offer special pricing for guests who attend the taping.
Every attendee will receive a $100 Roman Jewelers gift certificate, and one lucky shopper will receive a diamond courtesy of the store.
Cartier has graciously donated a Cartier Stainless Steel Tank Française watch to be raffled off during the event to raise additional funds for the Hunterdon Medical Center.
Joan is the winner of the 2006 Matrix Award for Excellence in Radio Broadcasting from New York Women in Communications. She has authored many books, including “Our Little Black Book of Shopping Secrets” and the “New York on $5.00 a Day” series. Joan’s latest edition of “City Wedding, 3rd Edition: A Guide to the Best Bridal Resources in New York, Long Island, Westchester, New Jersey, and Connecticut” was released in January, 2006. She has been a contributing editor at Family Circle, and her articles have appeared in Woman’s Day, Ladies Home Journal and Parade magazines. Joan also regularly contributes to many local and national television shows, including The TODAY Show. Joan’s wealth of knowledge and extensive research has earned her the admiration of her listeners and readers, and she has garnered the respect of her peers. She has been honored with a number of awards including The Anti-Defamation League’s Woman of the Year; Mirabella Magazine’s Outstanding American Woman; National Mother of the Year; The Gabriel Award for Excellence in Broadcasting; The National Council of Churches Award; The Daughters of the American Revolution Achievement Award; and Broadcaster of the Yearby The New York State Broadcasters Association
Roman Jewelers is a family owned and operated store with locations in Flemington and the Bridgewater Commons Shopping Mall in Bridgewater. Roman Jewelers specializes in custom jewelry design, fine jewelry including diamond and bridal jewelry and offers a wide selection of Swiss watches. For more information, call 908-782-8240 or visit www.Roman-Jewelers.com.

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SOPHIE SHOR SHOWS HER PROFESSION TO LOCAL STUDENTS

Flemington Jeweler Looking for a for a “Diamond in the Rough’:  Sophie Shor Shows Her Profession to Local Students (November 3, 2006 Flemington, NJ ) A diamond is the most valuable gem on earth and yet, it is made out of the same mineral as the graphite in a pencil…carbon.  This interesting fact along with several others were offered for fifth grade students recently at a Science Festival organized by the Holland Brook School in Readington.  The presentation, entitled “Why is Ruby Red?” was part of an educational program kicked off by Roman Jewelers.

Sophie Shor, Vice President of Roman Jewelers, presented the information to the class. “I feel that it is so important for students to be exposed to areas of science that they normally do not see.  Not only did they learn about where diamonds come from and the chemical composition of a diamond.  It was invigorating to watch their eyes light up as I showed them how light travels through a diamond.  They couldn’t wait to hear more about gems, minerals, light and colors.”

Marsha Sepesi, Enrichment Specialist at the Holland Brook School explains, “The idea of the Science Festival is to show the students how science relates to everyday life.  After watching the presentation by Sophie, they were able to see that diamonds are so much more than jewelry.”

The program offered by Roman Jewelers is an effort to provide students with the opportunity to see first-hand the professions available in the jewelry business.  It can be adapted for students in elementary school, middle school and high school.  Anyone interested in having the program presented in their school can contact Sophie Shor at 908-782-8240.

Roman Jewelers is a family owned and operated store with locations in Flemington and the Bridgewater Commons Shopping Mall in Bridgewater. Roman Jewelers specializes in custom jewelry design, fine jewelry including diamond and bridal jewelry and offers a wide selection of Swiss watches as well as gift items. For more information, call 908-782-8240 or visit www.Roman-Jewelers.com

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ROBERTO COIN TRUNK SHOWS

Italian Jewelry Designer to be Showcased at
Flemington and Bridgewater Commons Jewelry Stores.
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November 1, 2006 Flemington, NJ) For Roberto Coin, jewelry is about flow, beauty, the art of seduction and femininity.  Known for his highly skilled workmanship in precious metals, this world-renowned Italian jewelry designer creates passionate, high quality gold and diamond pieces that follow the theme of metamorphosis.  Considered a secret gift of good wishes to every woman who wears his designs, his signature red ruby is hidden within each piece so that the stone is directly in contact with the skin. According to an Egyptian legend, when the ruby touches the women’s skin it brings her peace, prosperity and happiness.

Those who admire Roberto Coin’s designs will have the opportunity to enjoy an exclusive preview of his collections when Roman Jewelers in Flemington and Bridgewater each host a trunk show featuring his designs.  The trunk shows will take place on Saturday, November 11, 2006 (11 AM – 5 PM) in Flemington and Sunday, November 12, 2006 in Bridgewater (Noon – 5 PM).  These events are free and open to the public.  Delicious Italian refreshments will be served.

Sophie Shor, Vice President of Roman Jewelers says she is looking forward to putting Coin’s collections on display.  “Roberto Coin is an exquisite designer.  The quality of his work is beautiful to see and to touch.  His spectacular pieces wrap a woman in luxury and beauty, and any woman would be delighted to wear these pieces of art.”

Roman Jewelers will also feature Roberto Coin’s designs in an in-store boutique scheduled to open within a few months.

ABOUT ROBERTO COIN

Roberto Coin has been an icon in the jewelry industry for nearly 30 years.  His designs include his signature Appasionata Collection and the most recently successful Roberto Coin Cento Diamond Collection.  With headquarters in Vicenza, the Italian town famed for its jewelry, the company was founded in 1977 by the Venetian born Roberto Coin.   In order to satisfy the diverse tastes of Europe, North and South America, East and Far East markets, each year more than 600 new models of jewelry are produced, whose high quality is keeping with the reputation of the Company.  His collection can be seen worn on such celebrities as Diane Lane, Ashley Judd, Brooke Shields, Lindsay Lohan, Alicia Keys and Jennifer Love Hewitt.

ABOUT ROMAN JEWELERS

Roman Jewelers is a family owned and operated store with locations in Flemington and the Bridgewater Commons Shopping Mall in Bridgewater. Roman Jewelers specializes in custom jewelry design, fine jewelry including diamond and bridal jewelry and offers a wide selection of Swiss watches. For more information, call 908-782-8240 or visit www.Roman-Jewelers.com

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CONTEST FOR $1,000 SHOPPING SPREE

Just in Time for the Holidays, Flemington Jewelry Store Kicks Off Contest for $1,000 Shopping Spree (October 10, 2006 Flemington, NJ) The holiday shopping season is about to get underway, and finding that “special something” for that “special someone” isn’t always an easy task.  Roman Jewelers is making the search a little easier this year.   The store has kicked off a contest where one lucky winner will receive a $1,000 shopping spree at either the Flemington or the Bridgewater Commons Roman Jewelers locations.

Roman Jewelers features jewelry from such brands as Mikimoto, Tacori,Simon G., Ritani, Roberto Coin, Marco Bicego, John Hardy, Judith Ripka and many other leading designers. In addition, the Flemington store carries well-known Swiss watch brands including Cartier, Baume & Mercier, Tag Heuer, Swiss Army, Philip Stein Teslar, and Montblanc, and is an authorized dealer for other prestigious designer watches.  Roman Jewelers is also widely known for beautiful custom designed jewelry.

To register for the $1,000 shopping spree, simply visit www.romanjewelers.com and enter your name and email address.  The winner will be randomly selected at Roman Jewelers in Flemington on December 1, 2006 and will be notified by email.

Roman Jewelers is a family owned and operated store that offers fine jewelry, including diamond and bridal jewelry, a large selection of Swiss watches and quality gift items. For more information, call 908-782-8240 or visit the website at www.romanjewelers.com.

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JUDITH RIPKA TRUNK SHOW

Award-Winning Jewelry Designer Judith Ripka to Be Showcased at Flemington Jewelry Store:  Roman Jewelers Hosting Fall Fantasy Trunk Show (October 4, 2006 Flemington, NJ) Judith Ripka wants women who wear her jewelry to feel as if they are “wrapped in one of life’s greatest luxuries.”  This well-known, award-winning jewelry designer creates versatile, classic jewelry lines that have a unique modern twist.  Her pieces reflect her unique interpretation of color, gemstones and metals for women of every age.

Those who admire Judith Ripka’s designs will have the opportunity to enjoy an exclusive preview of her new collection when Roman Jewelers in Flemington hosts a “Fall Fantasy” Trunk Show.  The event will take place on Saturday, October 28, 2006 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  It is free and open to the public.  Delicious seasonal refreshments will be served.

This exclusive preview of Judith Ripka’s new collection will also include a showcase of Limited Edition and one-of-a-kind pieces which Roman Jewelers will only have access to during the “Fall Fantasy” Trunk Show.  Guests will see firsthand how Judith Ripka’s jewelry adds an elegant finishing touch to every outfit, whether a woman is dressed in jeans or in an elegant gown for an evening on the town.

Sophie Shor, Vice President of Roman Jewelers says she is honored to be putting Ripka’s collections on display.  “Judith Ripka designs are timeless.  At the same time, her beautiful pieces are appropriate for all of the roles a woman plays in her life, whether it’s as a stay-at-home mom, a career woman or a lady who has a passion for fine jewelry.  Now is also the perfect time for those who are beginning their holiday shopping because these pieces would make beautiful gifts.”

Judith Ripka is a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America.  Her work is recognized by fashion-savvy women everywhere and one of her designs was chosen as one of Oprah’s Favorite Things.   A Judith Ripka piece was also placed in the official gift basket for the 76th Annual Academy Awards.  These designs are finally available to women in Central New Jersey at the Roman Jewelers Flemington and Bridgewater stores.

For more information about the “Fall Fantasy” trunk show, please call 908-782-1544.

Roman Jewelers is a family owned and operated store with locations in Flemington and the Bridgewater Commons Shopping Mall in Bridgewater. Roman Jewelers specializes in custom jewelry design, fine jewelry including diamond and bridal jewelry and offers a wide selection of Swiss watches. For more information, call 908-782-8240 or visit www.Roman-Jewelers.com

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HELPING HEALING HEARTS GALA

Flemington Jeweler Healing Hearts with “Circle of Life”:  Roman Jewelers Designs Special Piece for Domestic Violence Victim Fundraiser (October 2, 2006 Flemington, NJ) For victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, it is a symbol of hope.  For Sophie Shor of Roman Jewelers in Flemington, it is the desire to heal a heart and reach out to someone in need.  Shor has designed a special piece of jewelry for Women’s Crisis Services of Hunterdon County.  The ‘Diamond Circle of Life’ will be raffled off on November 3, 2006 at the agency’s Helping Hands Healing Hearts Gala at The Palace in Somerset.

Shor wanted the piece to have very special meaning.  She explains, “It is a ‘Circle of Life’ made out of diamonds with a single tanzanite in the center.  Tanzanite is the color of hope, which also is the color of Women’s Crisis Services.  I wanted the piece to empower and invigorate the person wearing it, while also acting as a symbol of strength.”

The evening is a celebration of the dedication of staff and volunteers, who for more than 27 years, have supported, advocated for and served with compassion the victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Judy Dilts, Chairwoman of the Helping Hands Healing Hearts Gala says people do not realize the growing need for such services in the affluent Hunterdon County.  “Last year alone, our center received 6,084 phone calls from women in need.  At a time when the state is cutting back on such programs, it is so special to us that Sophie, and others like her, have recognized just how vital these services are.”

Roman Jewelers is a family owned and operated store with locations in Flemington and the Bridgewater Commons Shopping Mall in Bridgewater. Roman Jewelers specializes in custom jewelry design, fine jewelry including diamond and bridal jewelry and offers a wide selection of Swiss watches. For more information, call 908-782-8240 or visit www.Roman-Jewelers.com

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THE WATCH THAT IMPROVES TEMPERAMENT DEBUTS

he Watch That “Improves Temperament” Debuts in Flemington:  Roman Jewelers Only One in Hunterdon County to Carry Philip Stein Teslar® (August 25, 2006  Flemington, NJ)  Those who wear it claim to have more restful sleep, less tension along with improved concentration and energy levels.  It’s the Philip Stein Teslar® “feel good” watch and Roman Jewelers in Flemington is one of a few stores in Central Jersey to carry the unique line.

Gina McLaughlin, Watch Manager at Roman Jewelers, says she has seen the results first-hand in many of her clients.  She explains, “One of my customers bought a Teslar® watch here at Roman Jewelers and said within a week his sleep habits improved dramatically.  Instead of getting up multiple times a night, he was only waking up twice.  Another client said it improved her aches and pains.”

Invented in 1986, the Teslar® technology was designed to emit a unique signal that strengthens the body’s own natural electromagnetic energy field and helps reinforce the body’s energy field to better resist the potential negative effects of external, low-energy electromagnetic fields given off by cell phone systems, computers and many other electronic devices.  As a result, the “Teslar Effect,” wearers have experienced deeper, more restful sleep, more calm, less tension, improved concentration and increased energy levels.

The Philip Stein Teslar® watch also has been featured in InStyle, Vogue, National Jeweler and was featured twice in the past three years as one of Oprah’s Favorite Things.

Roman Jewelers is a family owned and operated store with locations in Flemington and the Bridgewater Commons Shopping Mall in Bridgewater. Roman Jewelers specializes in custom jewelry design, fine jewelry including diamond and bridal jewelry and offers a wide selection of Swiss watches and gifts. For more information, call 908-782-8240 or visit www.romanjewelers.com.

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NEW SHOPPING TREND- IN-STORE BOUTIQUES

Hunterdon County Jeweler Starts New Trend in Shopping:  In-Store Boutiques Bring Major Designers to Flemington, NJ (August 9, 2006  Flemington, NJ)  When you walk into a jewelry store, you usually go to the cases, look at the beautiful pieces and take your pick.  When you want high-end creations from well-renowned designers, many discretionary consumers from New Jersey have been forced to shop on New York’s Fifth Avenue.  Not anymore.  Roman Jewelers’ flagship store in Flemington has begun a new trend in shopping for jewelry.  Major designers, including Cartier, Tag Heuer and Roberto Coin among others are opening unique boutiques inside the store.

Sophie Shor, Vice President of Roman Jewelers, says major designers are now beginning to look at Flemington as a center for fine jewelry.  She explains, “Flemington has always been known for its wonderful selection of outlet stores.  As we begin to bring the ‘best of the best’ lines of jewelry into our store, people are finding that they no longer have to go into the city to acquire pieces from major designers.”

The Cartier boutique and Tag Heuer boutiques are up and running in the Flemington store. Grand openings are planned for each in October. The Roberto Coin boutique will open in November.  Both store locations recently have begun carrying the John Hardy collection as well.

Roman Jewelers is a family owned and operated store with locations in Flemington and the Bridgewater Commons Shopping Mall in Bridgewater. Roman Jewelers specializes in custom jewelry design, fine jewelry including diamond and bridal jewelry and offers a wide selection of Swiss watches. For more information, call 908-782-8240 or visit www.Roman-Jewelers.com

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SOPHIE SHOR ELECTED TO BOARD OF HMC TRUSTEES

Hunterdon County Jeweler Elected to Board of Trustees for Hunterdon Medical Center Foundation (July 25, 2006 Flemington, NJ)  She has spent years of her professional life giving back to her community, especially when it comes to healthcare.  Now Sophie Shor, Vice President of Roman Jewelers, is continuing her passion in an official capacity.  Shor has been elected as a new member of the Board of Trustees for the Hunterdon Medical Center Foundation.

Shor says it has long been her aspiration to promote a healthy lifestyle for the citizens of Hunterdon County and surrounding towns.  “While working on fundraising projects for the Hunterdon Medical Center, I have become acutely aware of the healthcare needs of our county.  I have had the privilege of supporting initiatives in the areas of women’s heart health, breast cancer and maternity facilities.  I am extremely appreciative of the opportunity to work with the other members of the Board of Trustees on healthcare and illness prevention programs for our community.”

As Chair of the Foundation’s Crystal Ball Committee last year, Shor helped raise $225,000 for Hunterdon Medical Center.  Roman Jewelers donated a cardiac monitor for special-needs newborns at the hospital and has held special fundraising sales at its Flemington store for the sole purpose of purchasing equipment for Hunterdon Medical Center.

When deciding on a new Board member, G. Meredith Betz, Executive Vice President of the Hunterdon Medical Center Foundation felt Shor was the perfect choice.  She explains, “Sophie has such strong leadership and marketing skills which we have seen time and again not only through successful fundraising events but through her own business. She is an ambassador for this hospital everywhere she goes and is always looking for the next thing she can do to help those who need and use our services.  Her kind nature and selfless spirit encompass everything this foundation stands for.”

Roman Jewelers is a family owned and operated store with locations in Flemington and the Bridgewater Commons Shopping Mall in Bridgewater. Roman Jewelers specializes in custom jewelry design, fine jewelry including diamond and bridal jewelry and offers a wide selection of Swiss watches and gifts. For more information, call 908-782-8240 or visit www.Roman-Jewelers.com.

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THIS MOTHER’S DAY, GIVE HER WHAT SHE REALLY WANTS

From Fine Watches to Diamond Studs, Roman Jewelers Has the Mother’s Day Gift with Meaning (May 14, 2006 Flemington, NJ)  Bouquets, brunch, a basket of spa products, a box of chocolates or tickets to a Broadway show? They are all sweet suggestions, but this Mother’s Day, you could also give the mother in your life the gift that she really wants and greatly deserves, but may never expect to receive – fine jewelry. If you want to show how much you care about her and appreciate her, give her this unexpected gift that makes her feel beautiful and pampered – something that she is too unselfish to request. In a survey done by the Jewelry Consumer Opinion Council before Mother’s Day 2005, mothers put jewelry as one of their top two wishes as a gift for Mother’s Day. Yet 42% of the gift-givers from the same survey group stated that they had no idea what to buy for the moms in their lives. There seems to be a failure to communicate. The National Retail Federation also surveyed 2,497 consumers before Mother’s Day 2005. Prospective gift purchasers who are also moms ranked jewelry high on the list of gifts they were hoping to receive for Mother’s Day. In study after study, for all of the major gift-giving holidays throughout the year, women continue to rank jewelry as a gift they long for but do not usually receive. In a recent Internet blog, a husband wrote about how much he looks forward to surprising his wife on Mother’s Day with something wonderful that he knows she secretly admires, and how much he will enjoy the delighted look on her face when she receives the gift. Another man on the Web is searching for a unique gift that will be a permanent reminder of his deep appreciation for all that his mother has done for him. A fine watch, diamond ear studs, a ring with a rare piece of violet-blue Tanzanite, a beautifully designed bracelet or necklace – Roman Jewelers can provide pieces like these from many of the world’s most renowned jewelers and watchmakers. And some jewelry can be made even more sentimental just by using a monogram, an engraved message or a special birthstone that any mother will cherish forever and pass along as an heirloom. IN APPRECIATION OF ALL WOMEN Mother’s Day has now developed into a holiday to remember all of the important women in your life, states Sophie Shor of Roman Jewelers in Flemington. “Of course we always honor our mothers, but this holiday is also a day to remember wonderful mothers-in-law, grandmothers and daughters, as well as an aunt or close friend who has influenced your life,” she notes. The pre-Mother’s Day 2006 survey by the National Retail Federation (involving 7,865 consumers) showed that, in addition to their mothers, significant numbers of men plan to buy gifts for their wives, daughters, grandmothers, sisters, friends and/or other relatives this Mother’s Day. Roman Jewelers carries jewelry that will fulfill the dreams of every mother in pearl, diamond, all types of precious stones, gold, platinum and silver styles. And the Flemington store carries the finest Swiss watches from the very top manufacturers. DIAMOND STUD SPECTACULAR May 6-13, 2006, in honor of Mother’s Day, both the Flemington and Bridgewater Commons Roman Jewelers stores will host a Diamond Stud Spectacular. This event will be a trunk show featuring a very wide range of types and styles of diamond stud earrings, one of the most popular and classic jewelry items that women want. Young adults and those on a budget can find affordable luxury Items at Roman Jewelers such as bracelets, earrings and necklaces by world-renowned Italian designer, Marco Bicego. These items feature the yellow gold and beautiful colored stones that are making an important fashion statement this year, but they are affordably priced. Feminine necklaces and bracelets by Sophia & Cloe are also extremely popular as gifts. ROMAN JEWELERS The company, headed by artist Roman Shor, spans four generations of jewelers and designers from 19th century Russia to the present day. Roman Jewelers is noted for its custom designs and restoration skills, as well as for top designer jewelry and watches that are only sold by a select few jewelers throughout New Jersey. The product selection at Roman Jewelers includes many of the world’s most exclusive high-end brands of jewelry and watches. Roman Jewelers is an independent jeweler with locations in Flemington and Bridgewater, NJ. The flagship store is located in Renaissance Plaza at 39 Route 12 in Flemington, NJ (Telephone: 908-782-8240). It has more than 7,000 feet of display space with a luxurious decor. The Bridgewater store is conveniently located in the heart of the popular Bridgewater Commons Mall, easily accessible by most major highways and with convenient on-site parking (908-575-1242). For more information, call 908-782-8240.

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MUSIC AND LAUGHTER AT RENAISSANCE PLAZA

An Evening to Remember (May 8, 2006 Flemington, NJ) On Sunday, May 7th, 2006, 26 children and their audience gathered in the atrium of Renaissance Plaza (the Roman Jewelers building), and it was a beautiful afternoon in Flemington, NJ. The audience came to see the new skills acquired by the piano students of Larisa Suknov. As the sun shown down through the glass roof of the Plaza, there was a happy mix of music and laughter. This was not just any recital, however, because the parents and grandparents of the students also took an active role in the performances, joining their children on the bench to play and sing with the aspiring young musicians. Some children and adults played duets, while other children played the piano to accompany their parents or grandparents who sang. The May 7th event was a new type of piano recital that celebrates the joy of music and illustrates just how much fun a family can have making music together. This kind of recital makes all of the practice meaningful and worthwhile, and creates an experience that will not be forgotten. The musical selections covered a wide range from ethnic pieces such as the “Mexican Song” and the “Russian Song” to mood pieces such as “I Feel Blue” and “I Don’t Know.” The program included a Beethoven “Sonata” and “German Dance,” as well as waltzes and ragtime. Some of Larisa Suknov’s own original compositions were played during the performance. The event was sponsored by Roman Jewelers of Flemington and Bridgewater. All of the students who participated are currently enrolled at Larisa’s Piana Studio in Hillsborough, NJ. Larisa, who came to the United States from the Ukraine in 1993, has taught piano for all of her adult life since receiving her Master’s Degree from the State Conservatory of the Ukraine. She was trained since the age of seven to be both a music teacher and a performer on stage. She hosts these special recitals for her students once or twice yearly. As the afternoon slipped into evening, the Plaza rang with the sound of music, and the audience was left in anticipation of the next piano celebration. For more information, call 908-237-1223.

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