JILL NEWBROOK

London. Precious metals, often using ancient Japanese technique of mokume gane. Outlets and exhibitions include Lesley Craze, London, Roger Bilcliffe Gallery & Orro, both Glasgow, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, & Bircham Gallery, Holt, Norfolk.

My Work

Strong simple shapes characterise my jewellery, as these are best suited to the decorative treatments that interest me. This can take the form of intricate patterns photo-etched onto silver sheet then either fabricated and hand finished, or combined with a contrasting precious metal, sometimes frosted or satin finished. The aim is for a rich and decorative treatment, but keeping a clean contemporary look.

A more restrained approach combines contrasting precious metals, in particular white and yellow gold. This way, surface patterns can be built up by the change in colour. Some pieces incorporate gemstones to give extra colour and interest.

I like to take as a starting point for a new design, a pattern or a texture, then play these off against one another. Usually the piece will evolve during the making process, and this can then lead on to further ideas and variations. Ultimately the aim is for wearable, visually well-balanced pieces.

Further Images

Bangle in silver with inlaid mokume gane

Bangle in silver with inlaid mokume gane

image by Joel Degen

Pendant choker in mixed metals.

Pendant choker in mixed metals.

image by Joel Degen

Etched silver and 18ct gold ring

Etched silver and 18ct gold ring

image by Joel Degen


Brooches

Brooches

Silver, 18ct white and yellow gold. Set with a peridot and garnet. image by Joel Degen

Silver chain choker

Silver chain choker

Etched clasp set with a moonstone

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