Discover the Possibilities
Gemstones and precious metals share a history as deep as the earth
Rich in symbolism; we scour the globe in search of all that is rare and beautiful, the finest stones, the rarest cuts and purest metals from traceable sources and artisan stone cutters. Finding your perfect stone is our mission and the start of your journey to the perfect piece jewellery.
"As an ethical jeweller, we endeavour to ensure all our gemstones and metals are sourced responsibly."
- James Newman
A History As Deep As The Earth.
The right gemstone can summon memories and stir emotions. The beauty of these treasures being not only in their depth of colour, but in their depth of meaning too.
Throughout history gemstones and precious metals have been prized for their rarity and beauty and used to mark milestones, honour royalty and bring good luck. From ancient times their mystical qualities have provided a rich stream of inspiration in folklore, myths and legends.
What Stone Speaks To You?
Over billions of years, natural gemstones form beneath the Earth’s crust; extracted from the earth they undergo a series of processes, cutting and polishing to reveal their true beauty.
A Wonder Of Nature
Flawless white diamonds are a prize find, but natural diamonds also come in a huge variety of shapes and sizes, with colour and clarity. The diamonds we use are from reputable sources, ensuring only ethical diamonds are used. We are also able to provide certified diamonds on request from GIA and IGI.
Lab Grown Diamonds
Laboratory grown diamonds are often seen as an ethical choice, with none of the environmental concerns associated with the mining of natural diamonds. The same material composition as a natural diamond, lab grown diamonds are also an affordable option, with larger stones particularly, offering a significant saving when compared to natural diamonds of a similar size.
Salt & Pepper Diamonds
Wild & Untamed
Salt and pepper diamonds have a beauty all of their own - with a wild, untamed feel and naturally occurring spectrum of black and white flecks, feathers, spots and clouds. Each one is unique and each one has its own distinctive ‘salt and pepper’ pattern.
The Cardinal Gems
Associated with royalty, romance and heavenly blessings, sapphires are amongst a small group of gemstones, classified since antiquity as ‘cardinal gems’. Sapphires are made from the mineral corundum, the second hardest natural substance after the diamond. They range in colour from the deep blue sapphires from Kashmir to the rare pink Padparadscha sapphires from Sri Lanka.
Verdant Green Hues
First mined and prized by the Ancient Egyptians, emeralds are revered for their rich, verdant green hues. Emeralds are from the beryl family. Natural inclusions and fissures are commonly found and contribute to the relative fragility of the stone.
Passion & Love
Prized for their deep red colour Rubies are symbolic of blood, passion and love, Rubies and sapphires are made from the mineral corundum, the second hardest natural substance after the diamond. Colour, cut, clarity and carat determine the value of a ruby with pigeon-blood red stones, the most highly sought.
Semi Precious Stones
A Kaleidoscope of Colour
To us all gemstones are precious for their unique beauty. From the dreamy, pale green Prehnite; vibrant London blue Topaz; rose pink Garnets; soothing smokey Quartz, the delicate mysticism of Amythysts, we treasure all gems and design unique pieces around each one we find.
Golds, Silver or Platinum?
What will you choose? Discover the meanings of the metals.
AU / Aurum
The allure of gold; the most noble of metals with its richness of colour, high lustre and malleability has enticed man for a millennium. Gold has been the measure of wealth for all times, coveted the world over.
AG / Argentum
From currency to adornment, its appeal is enduring, its history diverse, from its role in early photography through to medical and electronics uses, silver is a precious metal in every sense.
PT / Platino
Densest of all the precious metals, platinum has a reassuring weight and a steely white hue that will not diminish. It is the perfect choice if you have a preference for a white metal that requires longevity.
Ethically Sourced, Consciously Crafted
Our Sustainability & Environmental Policy
All James Newman Jewellery jewellery is designed and hand crafted in house, drastically reducing our carbon footprint; using ethically sourced gemstones and precious metals. Manufacturing travel miles are drastically reduced due to the sourcing of materials in the local area.
The Characteristics of a Stone
How do we ensure the quality of our gemstones and materials?
Independent Quality Checking
All our gemstones are sourced from reputable suppliers and we can also source GIA certificated stones on request and arrange for independent certification.
Colour, Clarity, Cut & Carat
The 4 C's
When choosing your perfect stone, we take all factors into consideration from the colour and clarity to a gemstones durability and suitability for the design.
The signal of quality
All our jewellery is tested and hallmarked at Birmingham Assay office. Look out for the Birmingham anchor, metal stamp and our own JJN makers mark.