Caring for your jewellery 101

I know how overwhelming the jewellery world can be with all of the different materials and finishes that are available, and equally how underwhelming it can be when your jewellery looks like s**t just a few short weeks later because it either didn't live up to its promises, or you weren't given the right knowledge on how to care for it. 

With our short and sweet guide I'm here to empower you with the knowledge of how to keep your favourite pieces looking their best.
From the basics of cleaning and storing to expert tips on maintenance, our aim at JF is to ensure that your jewellery not only looks its best but also holds its value for years to come.

Let's dive in and discover how a little TLC can go a long way in preserving the beauty and longevity of your favourite pieces.


1. Live by the rule - last thing on, first thing off 

I know, I know. We told you 'you can pop it on and leave it on'  — and you can, but i'm also here to tell you you'll likely need to clean your jewellery way more often if you do so.  Here's a short info dump below on when and why you should take your jewellery off —

To help maintain your jewellery you should remove it before;

• showering, bathing, swimming
• physical activity
• gardening or cleaning 
• using beauty products ie. makeup, perfume, spray, shampoo & conditioner
• using any chemical ie. soap, bleach, cleaners 
• sleeping (to avoid tangling chains)

Wearing your jewellery in any of the above scenarios risks causing irreversible damage to it. Chemicals such as bleach, chlorine and soap can cause aggressive corrosion in metal and over time, will vastly affect the integrity of the metal. The same chemicals can also harshly damage our commonly used stones such as opals, pearls and emeralds.

Fine link chains can easily be stretched and damaged if they get caught on something and are pulled, you run the risk of causing a break in the links if this happens.

2. Cleaning at home

To give your jewellery a little tlc at home; 
💫 soak in a warm bowl of water with a drop of non-citrus dishwashing liquid for 5 mins —  this releases dirt and grime build up
💫 using a soft toothbrush, gently scrub to remove any dirt
💫 rinse in clean water
💫 gently
 pat your piece dry using a soft fibered cloth 

This method is safe for sterling silver, gold filled and solid gold pieces.

Important notes for Gemstones ✨✨
• Pearls - avoid placing your pearls in water. Pearls that have been drilled need to avoid water to keep their structure intact.
• Opals - avoid dish soap for Opals, simply soak in warm water.

If you have a jewellery polishing cloth you can give your jewellery a wipe over using that every now and then to get it's high shine back. Just make sure you exercise caution and rub gently, as proper jewellery cloths have abrasive polish in them which if used incorrectly, can cause surface damage to metal and stones. 


3. Storing your jewellery 

The environment your jewellery is kept in when not being worn will play a vital role in maintaining it's finish.
Store your necklaces laying flat or hanging to avoid them becoming tangled.
Rings and earrings are fine to sit in a dish, jewellery box or ziploc bag with an anti-tarnish tab. 

To help prevent tarnish avoid leaving them in direct sunlight, moisture and humidity. 

If you'd like to learn more about tarnish, check out this article we wrote.

4. Helpful note on Chains

To no surprise Jane Finch has a natural affinity for fine link chains. They go hand in hand with our delicate pendants and are effortless to layer. Fine chains do require gentle care and mindfulness.

Please be mindful when changing clothes and avoid your necklaces becoming tangled or caught on clothing or other pieces.
Fine link chains can easily be stretched and damaged if they are pulled.

If you do happen to run into any trouble, reach out. We offer chain repairs and will always work with you to keep your piece on rotation ✨

I hope you've found this guide helpful!
As always if you have any questions feel free to pop them below x


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