Founders Journal 💫
As we step into a new year I can't help but feel like the air is buzzing with anticipation and excitement. The coming year holds a promise of growth, innovation, and expansion.
One of the key elements propelling our journey forward is our venture into small batch manufacturing and working with more bench jewellers and small businesses, many local and a handful overseas. While the art of handcrafting will forever be at our core, incorporating manufacturing opens up a different realm of possibilities for us.
Why the shift?
A large reason behind this move to incorporate more help into our business is I've been struggling with Rheumatoid Arthritis for the past 3 years and it heavily affects my hands, and often my ability to even grip tools - let alone to craft with absolute precision. This pain often lasts weeks, and sometimes months.
This is something that's really hard for me to hand over to somebody else, as it's truly the joy of handcrafting the pieces myself that has kept me going throughout the last 8 years. I'm happy to say though, i've also recently found a lot of joy in simply designing and crafting samples, it feels like play — and it's something I look forward to spending more time with in the months and years to come.
Moving away from being the sole pair of hands crafting for JF also means I can open up more time to be designing Engagement and wedding rings. This is a service i've quietly been taking on over the last few years — and now I'm ready to take it public and level up Jane Finch's offerings.
Quality Check ✨
Our commitment to quality remains unwavering. By embracing small batch manufacturing we're fortifying our promise of top-notch craftsmanship. The intricate nature of gold filled deserves the best, and that's precisely what we're aiming for.
So what can I expect to see in the new year?
If you popped into either of our december markets at Big Design Melbourne or Finders Keepers Sydney, you may have spotted the sample sale we were having (and if you couldn't make it, you can check out the sample sale edit online right now until Jan 12th).
The great news — I've made my edits and she's on the way!
We're looking at dropping our first earring edit of 2024 just in time for valentines day if all goes to plan ✨
With some help, we're going to be able to significantly expand our gold-filled offerings in the new year. Gold filled is a material we hold dear – it's proven over the years that it's durability and affordability make it a staple for us at JF.
But to be honest, working with gold filled as a bench jeweler can be really challenging and it's not something I find great joy in. So i'm happy to say we've partnered with 2 manufacturers to cad and cast our gold filled designs for us — and they've agreed to do super small batches for us so we can limit over-production.
I'm still going to handcraft as much of JF as I can myself, and in the days/months that I can't due to health, i'll reach out to my network of local jewellers and get some help. Our classic designs will still carry the essence of handmade artistry, and many of our new additions going forward will have an immaculate touch of finesse from the master jewellers at the workshop.
💫 Wrapping upAs we embark on this journey into 2024, we invite you to join us in celebrating our new releases online. We'll then look forward to launching the new designs in the coming months at any events and markets we attend. We've already got a couple of markets booked 😉
More designs, more choices, and more ways to layer.
The best is yet to come for JF.