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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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  • There are Jewellery shops galore all with lots of gold, white gold, diamonds, emeralds, rubies and sapphires etc. Some are reasonably priced and of course there is the more expensive. 
  • I visited the jewellery quarter with in mind I wanted a new chain look around all the wonderful shops and I bought my gold chain from a shop called Neweys in Vyse Street . The lady who served me was a...  more »
  • Massive warning to any unlucky people visiting stanleys or regencys ( owned by same people ) we brought a platinum diamond engagement from them in September 2013 and went on to purchase my wedding ban...  more »