Originally hailing from South Yorkshire, James studied at Birmingham’s renowned School of Jewellery and established James Newman Jewellery in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter following his graduation.
‘After setting roots down in Birmingham, we’ve steadily grown and established ourselves in the city. We’re proud to be part of the fabric that makes the Jewellery Quarter, with its history of jewellery making, such a special place to be’.
After spending some time sharing a space with fellow makers, James moved the business to its own premises at 49 Vyse Street in 2001, establishing first a manufacturing workshop and then a retail store in 2008.
James has long been an advocate of the industry and currently stands as a Guardian of the Assay Office where he represents the interests of independent designer makers. His work has brought him to the attention of household names and has generated collaborations and commissions with John Lewis Partnership and fashion designer Neil Barrett amongst others.
James has made it his business to seek out and nurture the finest talent within the industry and currently leads a growing team, all of whom are committed to providing customers with a memorable and unique experience.
‘We are dedicated to being part of both the preservation and growth of the jewellery industry in Birmingham and are proud to have established one of the few UK based, independent designer jewellers, making our own unique designs in house, for clients across the globe’.