Manifest – Meet the Designer – Jill Newbrook

Manifest is a touring exhibition of jewellery by the Designer Jewellers Group to celebrate its fortieth anniversary. The Manifest exhibition showcases the work of 20 jewellers from around the world in a unique display, which is open to the public at Barbican Art Centre, London.

Designer Jewellers Group

29 May 2016 – 30 June 2016

Foyer, Level G, Barbican Art Centre

Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS, United Kingdom

Ticket: Admission free

Times: Daily 12 noon – 8pm

Here is Jill’s work:

Jill Newbrook

Manifest Lookbook



What’s on your Bench ? Jill Newbrook

We have a beautiful jewellery share by our member Jill today.

These are new all silver versions incorporating embossed patterns to add to the recent gold and silver pieces.

What's on my bench

Just ready to go for hallmarking, after go for hallmarking: then ready for finishing and polishing.

Check out more of  Jill’s work here: Jill Newbrook



Metal Patination Techniques for Jewelers and Metalsmiths

DJG member Jill Newbrook reviews a new book on colouring metals: ‘Metal Patination Techniques for Jewelers and Metalsmiths’, by Matthew Runfola; Pub: Thames and Hudson, £28.00

“Patina” is a new publication in the ever expanding series of jewellery books. This is aimed at anyone working in metals: jewellers, metalsmiths, sculptors and artisans, and will appeal to all skill levels.

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This is a very comprehensive look at the surface colouration of metals. There are chapters covering the theory of colouration, the tools and equipment needed, the comparison of different methods and a very in depth section on how to. This covers surface preparation, masking, layering, burnishing etc, and the application of various chemicals, through immersion, brushing, spraying, and fuming. There is also a very comprehensive section on the different metals, with samples, recipes, and examples of finished work throughout, ending with formulas and a list of suppliers. Although this seems to be aimed primarily at the American market, the recipe ingredients and proprietary formulas should be fairly easy to get hold of in the UK.

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This pair of earrings of mine appears in the section on sterling silver. The silver has been etched with a pattern then coloured with a black oxidisation liquid over the whole piece, and the surface then rubbed back to reveal the silver, leaving the oxidation in the etched portions to define the pattern. I use this fairly simple colourisation technique on a lot of my work and it can be applied to many pieces and produce a variety of finishes within the confines of a limited palette, as is shown on these pieces below which are either being worked on or in their finished state.


I was fascinated to learn that there are many other colours that can be applied to silver, ranging from browns, oranges, reds, to blue, violet, or green.

This book will certainly open up many exciting possibilities for experimenting with the technique of colouring metals.

As the author says in his introduction, “Happy patinating to you all!”

Jill’s jewellery is on show (and for sale) in the Barbican Centre, London, now until 1st June.

Summer at the Barbican

Well our summer show is up and running, so we thought we’d give you a quick glimpse of some of the wonderful new work we’ve got in the Barbican right now.

Jill Newbrook

This gorgeous gold plated sterling silver pendant  (£175) is part of a timeless new collection by Jill Newbrook.

Jane Moore

Jane Moore has some great new – often whimsical – enamelled pieces on display, including this fish brooch (£200).

Shelby Fitzpatrick

Shelby Fitzpatrick has wowed us again, with a collection of amazingly vibrant and colourful perspex necklaces, including this one (£80).

The sales desk is open from 12 midday till 8pm every day from now until 1st June: we look forward to seeing you!