Cleaning & Care
With proper care your FJ piece will preserve it’s beauty & shine for generations to come
The following instructions pertain to our FJ pieces and are not intended for care of our Signature pieces. Please refer to the sections under Signature Jewelry Care Instructions for SR rings.
- To protect against damage & to extend the beauty of your FJ piece we suggest always remove your jewelry before engaging in strenuous or water related activities.
✔ Jewelry containing black antique background, oxidized finishes or gemstones can be damaged by cosmetics, extreme
temperatures, household chemicals & ultrasonic cleaning
✔ A black antiquing paint is applied to create our “black background,” that with even normal wear will fade over time.
- Cleaning Tips: (this does not apply to the SR line)
✔ Polish jewelry with FJ polishing cloth
✔ Wear silver often as worn silver requires less cleaning
✔ Clean jewelry with a gentle sterling silver cleanser (For jewelry containing turquoise do not submerge in solution)
✔ For very tarnished silver a product called “tarn-x” works great
Natural & Chemical Sterling Silver Reactions
- Tarnishing is a natural process of silver.
- Tarnish and other chemical reactions such as metallic abrasion and corrosion WHICH MAY CUAUSE SKIN DISCOLORATION AFTER CONTACT WITH SKIN OR SILVER can be attributed to the following sources:
✔ Salt | ✔ cosmetics | ✔ lotions | ✔ PH imbalance (body chemistry) | ✔ house hold chemicals | ✔ hand sanitizer
- The best resolution is to keep your jewelry clean by using our polishing cloth and to wear it daily, as worn silver requires less cleaning.
Signature Jewelry Care
Oxidized Jewelry Care Instructions
Signature jewelry that featured oxidized finishes are indicated so on the product page.
Oxidized jewelry requires a bit more care than other pieces you may have. The process is referred to as antiquing for a reason: it mimics silver’s natural aging process. Therefore, it is very important to not use silver polishes or any acidic cleaners on oxidized areas. Using these on oxidized surfaces just shortens its life and causes it to fade more quickly.
Some good tips to follow:
- Do not clean antiqued areas with abrasives (including jewelry cloths)
- Do not use any silver cleaners or chemicals
- Remove before showering or doing dishes
- Cotton cloths work fine when used gently
Rhodium Plated Jewelry Care Instructions
Signature rings with no oxide finish (or gold) are rhodium plated. Discover if your ring is Rhodium plated or has an oxidized finish on the product's individual page.
Plating made from Rhodium, a metal of the platinum group, is quite hard and will preserve that silver shine without needing more than the occasional soap-and-water wash. However, it will seamlessly fade over time, but only in parts subjected to wear; inside the band or the bottom of the ring, where it’s likely to rub against anything you handle throughout the day, are common areas of concern. For this reason, avoid wearing plated jewelry when handling strong acids, namely those found in common bathroom cleaners. Additionally, don’t have your ring re-polished, as that will also strip the plating.
If you have worn thru the rhodium plating on your ring and it starts to tarnish, re-plating is the way to go. Look around your area for local jewelers, many smaller shops offer rhodium plating services due to their wide use on white-gold as well.