James graduated from Birmingham's School of Jewellery in 1997 with a BA (Hons) in Jewellery and Silversmithing and the British Jewellers' Association first prize for design. Immediately following his graduation, James participated in the Taylor Burgess Fellowship scheme to help young designer makers establish themselves in business. Subsequently, James established his first independent workshop in 1998 and has been developing a reputation as one of the UK's leading jewellery designers ever since.
James's trademark style marries innovation with traditional skill in the creation of unique and distinctive designs. In 2007 James established his first shop in Birmingham's historic Jewellery Quarter. The shop is an exciting new venture for James and his team, allowing James the scope to develop his work and present his vision for James Newman jewellery. James's work is also exhibited in prestigious galleries and independent jewellers throughout the UK.
In 2007 James was approached by leading fashion designer, Neil Barrett to collaborate on the design of jewellery for both his men's and women's collections. This successful partnership continues with James working with Neil Barrett on an ongoing basis.
From the outset, James has been recognised for his design work and as an advocate for the jewellery industry. Since 2003 James has been invited to exhibit at the prestigious Goldsmiths' Fair and was selected for inclusion in the Who's Who directory of leading jewellery designers on the Goldsmiths' website.
James is frequently approached to discuss issues relating to the jewellery industry and between 2004 and 2010 represented the interests of designer makers on the British Jewellers' Association national committee.
What makes us different
All James Newman jewellery is designed and individually made in our Birmingham Jewellery Quarter workshop. We do not mass produce; all our designs are original and all our materials ethically sourced. In short, we control the process from start to finish.
New collections are introduced yearly, which are exhibited and sold in design led jewellers and galleries throughout the UK. In addition, one off and bespoke pieces are produced and are exclusively available in James's Jewellery Quarter shop.
Ethical issues are important to us. We only use diamonds that are guaranteed conflict free by our suppliers and wherever possible we will recycle our own metals. By making all our jewellery in the UK, we are able to minimise air miles, contribute to the local economy and help retain homegrown talent.
James only uses diamonds of the finest quality. All our diamonds are purchased from legitimate sources not involved in funding conflict, in compliance with United Nations resolutions and the Kimberley Process.
Through our commissioning service, customers are able to specify the clarity, colour and carat of the diamonds based on the GIA scale. We are happy to quote for this service and can provide GIA diamond certification with any diamond over 0.25pt. James is also able to source unusual and rare diamonds. Please contact us for further details.
As a mark of authenticity and a guarantee of quality, all James Newman jewellery is hallmarked in accordance with current legislation at Birmingham's Assay Office. James Newman's registered mark (JJN) can clearly be seen alongside both the anchor mark of the Birmingham Assay Office and a fineness mark, stating the standard and material of the item.
International Copyright and the British Jewellers' Association design deposit scheme protect all designs. We will actively pursue anyone in breech of copyright.