James Newman


James Newman

Meeting James Newman was really fun for us. I’d never been to Birmingham’s jewellery quarter and it was an interesting experience. At the end of rows and rows of every type of gem and gold dealer you can imagine, I found this designer’s rather swish atelier.

James Newman is a natural designer – give him any medium and he will come up with a unique and interesting concept. He told me how he sees a gemstone and immediately begins to wonder and dream about what he can do with it. For that reason, he’s drawn mainly to the harder stones, and this makes him an ideal designer of engagement rings.

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James Newman’s Sweetie Box

L and I were enchanted by James Newman’s ‘sweetie box’ that he pulls out for any prospective clients. It truly is an array of temptations and delights!

James collects the unusual and frequently rejected cuts of gem stones from dealers with sharp eyes who understand James’s passion for the unique. You’ll never see 2 cuts alike in this magic box and you’ll marvel that the machinery of stone mining is so oblivious to the treasures that they overlook every day.

In this designer’s Birmingham studio you’ll encounter the sophisticated elegance of the grey diamond, the beguiling tones of a nearly-white sapphire and a plethora of other stone shapes and colours that have a subtle mystery of personality that the common highly manicured diamond does not usually boast in a traditional engagement ring.

James Newman: the Inspiration Magpie

One of the pleasures and privileges of working personally with a designer like James Newman is the capacity that he has for drawing on eclectic sources of inspiration. This flexibility is the essence of a private commission and L gets all excited at the infinite range of possibilities for her imagination to run riot with James.

Just to give you a couple of examples of James Newman’s versatility you only have to look at the ring he designed for a client who presented him with a stunning 2-carat marquis cut diamond. The setting is inspired by the patterns of the vaulting and flying buttresses in the roof of Wells Cathedral. Or, there’s his icon range based on mosaics, stylised imagery and rustic, individual mounting techniques that made the Byzantine Empire so artistically glorious.
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