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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 were on the doorstep before opening time at 10.30am which meant a cup of coffee was essential before the guided tour began at 11.15am. The tea rooms are good with individual cafetières and cakes if...  more »
  • Plenty of coffee houses, pubs, restaurants and you guessed it - Jewellery shops and workshops. A plethora of jewellery at competitive prices and items can be manufactured to customers requirements.  more »
  • Incredible experience here and my ring that I bought is just WOW. Infact, I fell in love with so many pieces of their jewellery. Couldn't recommend this jewellers more. Amazing jewellery and service.....  more »