Jim Breakell began his career as a silversmith with an apprenticeship in Newport, Rhode Island. He worked in a small shop that specialized in the restoration of antique silver pieces. His interest soon turned to crafting his own designs and in 1972 he opened his first shop and began creating one of-a-kind pieces. J.H Breakell sterling ornaments are manufactured using the lost wax casting method and a new wax replica is made for each piece produced.