NAOMI JAMES

Brighton. Silver with semi-precious stones. She makes a range of botanically themed embossed jewellery with 18 carat gold details. Outlets include Studio One Gallery, Edinburgh and Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool.

Naomi in her workshop

About the artist

Naomi was born and educated in Sussex. She graduated in Jewellery at Middlesex Polytechnic and then worked as an assistant technician at the Royal College of Art. After two years as a self employed jeweller working at Jess James, W1, she travelled in Thailand, Borneo, Indonesia, New Zealand, Australia, India and Nepal. Since then she has worked as a self employed jeweller, and as manager of the National Theatre Dazzle exhibition. 

Naomi has worked in a variety of materials since she started making jewellery at the age of 14. Most of her pieces are made using simple hand tools and she enjoys the fact that a lot of her jewellery can still be made this way.

Naomi has frequently used embossing in her work. The earlier designs involved piercing patterns into stainless steel which was then rolled with silver to produce a stylised pattern. The recent work began when picking up feathers in the park with her son - she found that despite their delicate appearance they could be transformed into a solid form by embossing into silver. She then experimented further with dried leaves,leaf skeletons, flowers and grass and found that an amazing amount of detail was picked up on the silver, which was then complemented with touches of 18 carat gold.

Other elements of Naomi's work have evolved through experimentation with the textures that can be acheived with hammering metal. She uses a variety of hammers to create surfaces and marks that alter the way light is reflected. She likes the feeling that the metal appears to have been aged by beating it with a rusty hammer- like something that may have been dug up.

In much of Naomi's work the textured surfaces are complememted by detailing in 18 carat gold and coloured semi precious stones.

Further Images

aquamarine coin necklace

aquamarine coin necklace

Hammered silver link and aquamarine bead necklace

2 square brooches

2 square brooches

babys breath flower and dusty miller leaf brooches

moonstone dish pendant

moonstone dish pendant

Moonstone double dish leaf / flower pendant with 18 carat gold setting on omega chain


Rubber leaf brooch

Rubber leaf brooch

Round hollow rubber leaf brooch gold spine

2 rings

2 rings

Blue chalcedony and green tourmaline hand pierced rings

3 rings

3 rings

Tourmaline, aquamarine and blue chalcedony hand pierced rings


Amethyst leaf drop earring

Amethyst leaf drop earring

Amethyst hammered top earring with 2 leaf drops

moonstone leaf brooch

moonstone leaf brooch

Rectangle leaf brooch with moonstone set in 18 carat gold

2 dish bangles

2 dish bangles

Green tourmaline 3 dish bangle and aquamarine bead drop bangle


Just a selection of the contemporary jewellery available to buy on lovedazzle.com by Naomi James


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