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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  • August 20, 2017
    We have visited here regulary recently having just got married and engaged to purchase rings, get them sized etc. Just to look at the jewellery is enough, but its nice place to walk around and to see ...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    A great place to visit with many historical things to see. Lots of jewellery to view, try and buy and a must go place if you want a piece of custom work done. Anything is possible at a cost. There is ...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    So interesting to see the different jewellers and a good selection of eateries . Good afternoon out perhaps a treat  more »

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