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Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham
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The Jewellery Quarter is an area of Birmingham, England. Situated in the south of the Hockley area of the city centre, there is a population of around 3,000 people in a 1.07km2 area.The Jewellery Quarter is Europe's largest concentration of businesses involved in the jewellery trade, which produces 40% of all the jewellery made in the UK. It is also home to the world's largest Assay Office, which hallmarks around 12 million items a year. Historically the Jewellery Quarter has been the birthplace of many pioneering advancements in industrial technology.At its peak in the early 1900s the Jewellery Quarter employed over 30,000 people, however due to foreign competition and lack of demand, the industry declined throughout the 20th century. The area is now being transformed into an urban village and hub for creative businesses, whilst maintaining its urban fabric. Its historical importance has led to numerous conservation schemes and it is an Anchor Point of the European Route of Industrial Heritage.HistoryOriginsA survey of 1553 named one of the first goldsmiths of Birmingham, Roger Pemberton. During the 18th and 19th centuries, Birmingham prospered from the Industrial Revolution and developed into a large industrial town, manufacturing a vast range of products, often from various metals. Many large foundries and glassworks attracted workers from all areas of Britain. A considerable trade developed in the manufacture of gilt buttons, cap badges, pins and small metal toys.
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  • We really like this area. It has a very nice feel , the architecture is stunning and most of the businesses that gave set up keep the aesthetics well protected. There are lots of restaurants, bars, ho...  more »
  • Wow ... what a place! Fine Design Jewellers was the absolute highlight but the whole area is fab! Great designs fantastic customer service and a lovely atmosphere. The area caters for all budgets too ...  more »
  • Yes this is the centre of jewellery production in Birmingham and there are loads of outlets but to be honest in the main it is just same as same as. Very few of the workshops offer inspiring or intere...  more »