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Founded in 2012, Heritage Watch Company is a partnership of two watchmakers specialising in the repair and restoration of vintage and antique watches.

November 2012 Issue No 329






Editorial ....................... 28 News............................. 30 Events .......................... 42 Classifieds ................... 44 Follow us on the Social Networks

Inside this month’s issue...

Two Bars win Awards in the Jewellery Quarter......... 30 Talk of the Trade........................................................ 31 Inhorgenta Munich – Jewellery, Timepieces, Lifestyle - A Fresh Concept In Jubilee Year .............. 31 Assay Office Shortlisted For Two Awards.................. 32 Retailers at Domino Training Day.............................. 33 Kate Earlam Wins 2012 Young Designer Award........ 34 Tears and Pride at The Assay Office AGM .............. 35 Niton Dxl Goldpro Delivers Quick and Accurate ....... 36 Clusters Bespoke Jeweller, Weston Beamor, and Ant and Dec do their bit for ‘Cash for Kids’....................... 36 Hallmarking - A Hot Topic ......................................... 37 Planning Matters........................................................ 38 Pawnbrokers Upbeat and Positive at National Conference................................................................ 39 Goldsmiths’ Fair 2012 – 30th Anniversary Report..... 40

The Hockley Flyer is distributed free of charge around the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter and left at various pick-up points. If you would like a copy posted to you personally we can provide a subscription service, which costs £10.50 for the next 12 issues (Including postage).


Paul Plays at St Paul’s Church.................................. 46 Visit The Birmingham Assay Office and View its Private Silver Collection ............................................ 46


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The NEW Niton DXL GoldPro precious metals analyser Improve customer confidence and avoid expensive valuation errors with the NEW Niton DXL GoldPro • • • • • •

Completely non-destructive testing with instant analysis Results shown on full-colour, touch-screen display Immediate identification for 21 elements including detection of gold plating Suitable for jewellery, coins, chains, rings, etc No acids required for operator safety Push-button simplicity of operation

Call 01256 397860 today for further information or to arrange a free demonstration. Attractive financial lease packages available - please enquire! Niton UK Limited •

Safe, fast, accurate - ideal for retail environments

Thermo ScientiďŹ c Niton handheld XRF instruments are already the industry choice for precious metals analysis. Now you can have all the power, speed and accuracy in an attractive countertop unit, speciďŹ cally designed for use in retail environments.


Quality jewellery supp with over 600 years of

plies, delivered experience Michelle Farmer 26 years experience – Michelle joined Betts Metal Sales back in 2007 working in the customer service department, answering the phones and looking after some of our major customers. Michelle is a highly regarded member of the Stephen Betts Group and will always go out of her way to help. Michelle loves a bargain, and our finished jewellery range is packed full of them‌perfect for those last few stocking fillers.

Finished jewellery never looked so good!

We stock an extensive range of finished jewellery, available in sterling silver and 9ct gold. Our range includes timeless favourites such as beautiful lockets, plain ball studs and diamond jewellery alongside contemporary pieces like memory containers, real flower jewellery and even porcelain! New lines are always being added, so be quick and grab yourself a bargain before Michelle has them all! t: 0121 233 2413

49-63 spencer street, hockley, Birmingham B18 6de

Betts Family 250 years experience! With the original family business founded in 1760, the Betts family have been continuously involved in the jewellery trade for nine generations.

HS WALSH & SONS LIMITED - HEAD OFFICE Hunter House, Biggin Hill Airport, Churchill Way, Biggin Hill, Kent TN16 3BN Phone: 01959 543660 Fax: 01959 574231



LONDON SHOWROOM 44 Hatton Garden, London EC1N 8ER Phone: 020 7242 3711 Fax: 020 7242 3712 BIRMINGHAM SHOWROOM 1-2 Warstone Mews, Warstone Lane, Birmingham B18 6JB Phone: 0121 236 9346 Pax: 0121 236 9355

THE BIRMINGHAM BOYS WOW! The boys have just received a massive order for tools and equipment and are obviously delighted! Darrel, Lee and Anthony make a great team in Birmingham and have all the knowledge and expertise required to offer our customers a superlative service. They are confident you will be happy with your purchases but if you do need ongoing support they’ll be there for you. They also offer a quick turnaround repair/replacement option. Just pop in to see the Birmingham boys, you are guaranteed a very warm welcome and a big smile!


POLISHING MOTORS An excellent quality motor that will give you years of service.

Constantly rated for repairing and manufacturing jewellers. Supplied complete with polishing tapers for mop attachment. Speed 2800rpm. 0.50HP. Polishing mops not included • Base Dimensions: 135mm x 105mm • Overall Length: 490mm incl Tapers • Height: 140mm Ref TP8112 £255.00

20% OFF

RED Use when strong cut is required. All metals. Grit 6.5µ £2.36 REF T890030 GREEN Use when medium cut is required, for small defects. Any metal. Grit 3µ £2.36 REF T890031 GREY Use on Platinum. Grit 1µ £2.36 REF T890032 BLUE Use for finishing on non-ferrous metals such as brass. Grit 1µ £2.36 REF T890033

WHITE Use for finishing and polishing pieces worked with diamond tools on Platinum, Grey Gold, Silver and Stainless Steel. Grit 0.3µ £2.36 REF T890034 YELLOW Use for finishing Yellow and Pink Gold. Grit 0.3µ £2.36 REF T890035 ORANGE Used for giving extremely bright finish on Precious and fragile metals. Grit 0.1µ £2.36 REF T890036

An inexpensive buffing motor for those with only an occasional requirement for polishing. 0.5HP. Speed 2800rpm. Supplied with polishing tapers, and a built in on/off switch.

Ref TP8112A


A SELECTION OF OUR MOST POPULAR POLISHING MOPS 'B' QUALITY CALICO MOPS. A hard cutting calico for general work on any material £6.26 Ref T78002 76 X 25mm Ref T78004 102 X 25mm £8.14 Ref T78007 127 X 25mm £10.02 Ref T78011 152 X 25mm £11.74

SS CALICO MOPS. A medium grade mop for pre-polishing Ref T78102 76 X 25mm Ref T78104 102 X 25mm Ref T78107 127 X 25mm Ref T78111 152 X 25mm

£5.50 £6.66 £7.42 £11,58

SWANSDOWN MOPS. A very soft mop used for the final polishing on all precious metals £6.64 Ref T78302 76 X 25mm Ref T78304 102 X 25mm £7.68 Ref T78307 127 X 25mm £9.56 Ref T78310 152 X 25mm £10.72

For our full range of polishing mops and brushes see our website at


The specialists in platinum and palladium casting. Visit our new website at

JewelCast: precious metal castings, finest quality, without compromise JewelCast Limited 58 Caroline Street, Hockley, Birmingham B3 1UF Tel: +44 (0) 121 212 1372 Fax: +44 (0) 121 212 3659

All I Want for Christmas is......

At Sutton Tools we have some great Christmas present ideas from Durston Rolling Mills, guaranteed to enhance your forming skills. RM004/R



£299.00 Ring Stretcher/Reducer/Bender A quality 6 spline ring stretcher and reducer. Reducing plate has 16 polished countersunk dies for accurate ring sizing. Also incorporates ring bender with die set.


C100r Combination Mill A recent addition to the Durston range – a full 100mm combination mill with 4:1 reduction. 70mm sheet width and 9 wire sizes. A great choice if you don’t need half round extension rollers. Also available as 130mm RM002/R £635.00



£190.00 Durston Disc Cutting Tool. High precision disc cutter with 10 hardened and ground punches from 3 - 32mm. Spring loaded die plates clamp the sheet in place to ensure a clean cut. Complete with carrying and storage cradle.

£195.00 Durston Bangle Forming Die Set. Effortlessly form bangles and cuffs in flat and anticlastic forms. Quick change tooling enables you to slide dies on and off in seconds and fits all standard bench vices. All dies are hardened and ground to a highly polished finish.


£199.90 Durston 26 Piece Doming Set - 70mm square doming block with 24 full half spheres from 3mm to 50mm. 24 perfect matching punches all hardened, ground and highly polished. Complete with carrying and storage cradle.



Durston Cupola Set - A high quality cupola set with two punches and a perfectly matched double sided block. DP010/D 50 &57mm £74.20 DP009/D 64 & 71mm £103.60 DP019/D 78 & 85mm £133.00

All prices quoted exclude VAT @ 20%

Tools and Technology for Jewellers

91 Vittoria Street Birmingham B1 3NU Tel: 0121 236 7139

A REFINING INDUSTRY LEADER DEFINING NEW STANDARDS IN CONVENIENCE, TURNAROUND TIME AND LIQUIDITY NTR Metals is one of the worlds largest precious metals companies serving over 20,000 jewellers, pawnshops and precious metals exchanges in London, Birmingham and throughout the United States. NTR Metals is a fully-integrated precious metals company that aquires, refines and mints precious metals. This unique business strategy allows NTR Metals to service all of the precious metals needs of their commercial clients.

Birmingham 0121 233 4007 London 0207 831 9888





STAFF KNOWLEDGE & CONFIDENCE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER. KEEP AHEAD OF THE COMPETITION BY TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE EDUCATION & TRAINING COURSES AVAILABLE In response to the ever changing challenges and opportunities facing its customers, The Birmingham Assay Office has established an Education & Training Programme in many aspects of the jewellery, precious metal and gemstone industry.


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29th Jan, 26th Feb, 26th Mar, 23rd Apr, 21st May, 25th Jun – £250 +VAT Per Delegate

“For me it’s not just business, it’s personal”

“My name is Jerry Witcomb and I have spent the last 30 years heading production and reclamation at a large, award winning manufacturer. I am now using this knowledge to help businesses, just like yours, in the ‘quarter’, achieve the best results from their workshop waste. I promise you a fast, personal and completely transparent service So if you aren’t getting that now, let’s talk.”

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Bank your tank with Betts • Clean scrap rate paid on your low grade settlement tank contents • Exchange for bullion products (wedding rings, sheet, wire etc.) • Full assay on tank contents • Investment bars available • Cash - Cheque - Bank transfer Can you afford not to have one of our tanks, you could be washing away one of these every year! Free delivery, fitting and collection service


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Full service support New “touch screen” controls Larger welding chamber, easy access More power & control

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Come and see at our Stoke-on-Trent workshop! HEWITT J.E. Ltd ROBOTECH DEVELOPMENTS

Engineers and machinery manufacturers to the Jewellery industry.

Contact Chris Hewitt Tel: 01630 698714 Mobile: 07767 822198 Email: Web site: November 2012 The Hockley Flyer


Our pick of Tools, Books, Beads, Enamels, Chains and much more!



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With everything from the practical things like tools, chains, clays and packaging to the sheer beauty of our beads, enamels and gorgeous finished jewellery, these really are the top choices for any jewellery maker.



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Visit our showroom in the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter Open from 10.00am to 3.00pm Mon to Fri

Anchor (B’ham) Ltd. Manufacturing Jewellers. 37 / 38 Augusta Street, Hockley, Birmingham, B18 6JA

Tel: 0121 236 3249 - Fax: 0121 233 9024 Email:

BUSINESS BOFFIN BACK OFFICE SUPPORT Administrative services geared to the jewellery industry including: Book-keeping:   sales,purchase & nominal ledgers   VAT returns & credit control   management accounts Stock Control: ♦  validating transactions   stock-taking procedures Administration:   letters & mailshots   customer databases   email & web-site maintenance Special projects:   development opportunities   review of business processes


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for the Jewellery Quarter Our classified pages are for anyone who works or lives in the Jewellery Quarter area, which means it is a very local advertising section and should therefore avoid postage and delivery costs. Adverts are up to a maximum of 750 characters long. The advertising is free for private ads which include Cars and Vehicles, Entertainment, Items for sale, personal wanted ads, and include 1 photo. If you wish to add up to 7 photos, it is £1. Trade adverts start at £1.50, and you can have 7 photos for free, with the option to improve the advert to a featured advert at £3.50. We also give the option of having your advert printed in The Hockley Flyer magazine for one issue, this costs £4.80, or for a featured advert £9.80. 7 photos can be added to the website, but only one will be used in the next available issue of the The Hockley Flyer magazine. No adverts will be accepted for anything illegal or immoral, any such adverts will be removed!

5 LUXURY DETACHED VILLA’S FOR RENT IN ALICANTE, SPAIN These beautiful detached villa’s sleeps 6 people. All have their own private swimming pools and some with hot tubs. Within 5 minutes drive from Campello and San Juan beaches and only 20 minutes drive from Alicante airport, you can also enjoy being right next to Bonalba 18 hole golf course. Just a 20 minute drive away and you’re in Benidorm where you’ll find lots to do for all the family including Terra Mitica theme park (mini Disney World), Aqualandia Water Park and Mundamar.

Prices start from £500 per week. For more details contact Julie on: 0121 554 3434/ 07989582820 Email or

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s ’ e i l Ju Specialising in:

Tanzanites, Real & Synthetic Opals in white, black, Boulder & Mexican, Tsavorite, Amethysts, Citrines, Peridots,Pearls, onyx etc, Iolites, Emeralds, Rubies & Sapphires. Synthetics & Cubic zirconia’s in machine & far east grades. All available in a selection of shapes, sizes & colours. We offer a fast and reliable service for bulk and jobbing orders. Special one-off commissions specially cut.

Suppliers & manufacturers of: Diamond Tools Trained Diamond cutters who can either re-polish, re-cut or re-shape smoked, chipped or broken diamonds. No order to small, Payment by either cheque, cash, transfer or credit card. Telephone: Julie or Lisa on: 0121 554 3434 Or Call in at: 44 Hockley Street, Hockley, Birmingham B18 6BH Web: Email:

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For high quality Jewellery Production • CAD CAM service. • Model Making, • Jewellery Manufacturing. • Wax Carving on latest CNC Milling Machine. • Accurate to design, size and weight. • High Quality work at Competitive Prices. OTHER SERVICES: Soldering, Assembling, Glue Stones. Tel. Kamal 0121 236 1380 Mobile: 07854 116949 40 Northampton Street Hockley, Birmingham, B18 6DX E.mail: Web:

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50 NORTHAMPTON ST, HOCKLEY, BIRMINGHAM B18 6DX, ENGLAND Tel :- 00 44 (0) 121 236 6671 Email:- Fax:- 00 44 (0) 121 233 4513 Supplier of Gems Pearls Beads. Fast Pearl threading & Stone replacing service Very good selection in Facetted, Cabochon, SBBT, Pearls, Beads, Findings Sapphires , Rubies, Emeralds, Diamonds, Iolite, Tanzanite, Blue, Pink & Mystic Topaz Smoky Quartz, Amethyst, Peridot, Citrine, Garnet, Synthetics, Cubic Zirconia, Opals, Cameos Moon Stone, Lapis, Amber, Onyx, Hematite, Carnelian, Mother Of Pearl, Green Agate, Pink Blue Chalcedony, Pearls Cultured Fresh Water and Simulated….. Same Day Mail Order Service. All enquiries welcomed.

Branding and digital on your doorstep Let us create a brand identity for you that marks you out from the crowd. Plus Inexpensive websites that impress and persuade and are completely user-friendly. So why not call us or drop in for a chat. To find out more go to Studio 3, 14 Hylton Street, Jewellery Quarter B18 6HN

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Pointon Young Chartered Accountants

“Looking to make savings in Accountancy fees” We are a locally based firm of Qualified Accountants, offering a professional partner led approach to your circumstances. Services include: - Company, sole trader and partnership accounts - Corporation tax, personal tax returns, capital gains tax and Inheritance tax, VAT returns - Payroll bureau, bookkeeping and management accounts - Company secretarial services including company formation Contact: Steven Brown at Tel: 0121 233 1030, 33 Ludgate Hill Birmingham, B3 1RB




WHAT IS JEWELLERY QUARTER HERITAGE? English Heritage has put the Jewellery Quarter on its ‘conservation areas at risk’ register. Slowly but surely, the Jewellery Quarter’s heritage is being eroded, despite being a Conservation Area and under the protection of the Jewellery Quarter Conservation and Management Plan. English Heritage said ‘it’s not only the buildings that are at risk, but the way the Jewellers work’, and we couldn’t agree more! Marie and Mark Haddleton have worked in the Jewellery Quarter for over 30 years and Marie served on the Birmingham Conservation Advisory Committee for many years, representing the Jewellery Quarter. Marie and Mark are in a position to give unofficial pre-planning

guidance to help people interpret the complicated Jewellery Quarter Conservation and Management Plan and Design Guide. ‘Jewellery Quarter Heritage’ is a new initiative, set up to tackle Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter major problem, its heritage! and will be working with Birmingham City Council to encourage creation of affordable workshops, to encourage both traditional style businesses and modern enterprise to locate in the area in an effort to create employment, and to convert empty buildings back to workshops, for which they were originally built. ‘Jewellery Quarter Heritage’ will support the local Museums and the ‘Coffin’ Museum, ‘Friends of the Cemeteries’ as

“Jewellery Quarter Heritage is a vital initiative to ensure that the historic and manufacturing integrity of this world-famous district is respected in a sensitive, dynamic and sustainable way that engages responsibly with the present and future needs of the area.” Patron: Professor Carl Chinn MBE, Ph.D., FRSA, FBirmSoc., social historian.

well as the charitable institutions in the area, with a future goal to create a ‘Made in The Jewellery Quarter Museum’, featuring everything ‘made’ in the Quarter from its rich industrial past. ‘Jewellery Quarter Heritage’ comprises of ‘friends’ and ‘supporters’, keeping them informed of what is happening in the Quarter and inviting them to participate, and will also hold networking events at regular intervals. Other plans include a ‘Jewellery Quarter Heritage Student’s Annual award’ and a ‘Jewellery Quarter Annual Heritage Award for Restoration Work’. A new quarterly magazine will soon to be launched called ‘Historic Jewellery Quarter’ with stories going back to the Quarter’s very beginnings (including the Hockley castle!)

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FRIEND Simply log onto our site and join the Newsletter, or ask us to do it for you, just need your name and email. ........... FREE

BASIC SUPPORTER A regular newsletter produced in house .................... £20.00

MAIN SUPPORTER As Basic but includes 4 quarterly issues of ‘Historic Jewellery Quarter’ magazine (worth £18.40) ............................. £35.00

By cheque (deliver by hand or post to York House) Direct to bank: Natwest bank. Branch 60 02 35. A/c No. 30305292. Jewellery Quarter Heritage. By PayPal (or credit card via PayPal– log onto ebsite for info. An acknowledgement and receipt will be issued. Please complete and return to: Jewellery Quarter Heritage, York House, 22 Frederick Street. Birmingham B1 3HE

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Name: ......................................................................... All above plus your company logo as a supporter on the Address:....................................................................... website and in the Historic Jewellery Quarter magazine ..................................................................................... Company logo is optional yes/no............................. £250.00 ..................................................................................... PLATINUM SUPPORTER Trade/Profession:........................................................ All above plus your company logo as a supporter on the Tel Number ................................................................. website and in the Historic Jewellery Quarter magazine Company logo is optional yes/no................ £500.00 or more. Email: .........................................................................



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Marie Haddleton and from the Editorial team.

Who Needs Hallmarking? We do!

The Hockley Flyer November 2012 Issue No. 329

Publishing Editor: Editor: Advertising:

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Mark Haddleton Marie Haddleton Mark Haddleton

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Editorial: Marie Haddleton Tel: 0121-233 3468 Email: web site Deadline 25th of month preceding cover date. The Hockley Flyer is published by YBA Publications. The Editor is pleased to receive any contributions suitable for use in The Hockley Flyer, and all correspondence should be sent to: The Hockley Flyer, York House, 22 Frederick Street, Birmingham B1 3HE Whilst every care has been taken to ensure the contents are correct, we cannot be held responsible for any errors, omissions, etc. and the views expressed by contributors are not necessarily those of the publisher or the editor. All advertisements are accepted in good faith, and anyone trading with advertisers do so entirely at their own risk. © 2012 YBA Publications

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Recently, I cashed in some gold jewellery which I haven’t worn for years and was pleasantly sur prised by what it fetched! No good keeping it in a drawer and most likely, if it had been stolen, I would not have been paid its full value by the insurance company. The money was most useful because, as in most households after a certain number of years, all the electrical goods throw themselves onto the scrapheap simultaneously. Amongst the gold items was a filigree Fatima’s Hand which was very pretty - I bought this from a ‘proper jewellery shop’ in Tunisia whilst on holiday a few years ago and was assured that it was gold. Of course no hallmark but I felt reasonably sure that it really was gold. Many visitors to foreign parts get caught in this way - some of the worst shops being those inside the resort hotels, some jewellery even has a series of ‘bumps’ which they tell you are Assay Hallmarks! At least in the UK the system of Hallmarking protects us from such scams! As soon as the Christmas Lights went up, the emails started arriving, asking “Where are our customised lights - we contributed towards the cost of making them?” We have been told that, “When the time came to install the lights there was insufficient time to repair all the broken ones!” We have been promised, however, that next Christmas we will have our customised lights repaired in time and even some new ones made!

2013 Not Far Away

One of the Hockley Flyer projects for early 2013 is to make sense of the present parking layout. We now have streets full of empty ‘permit’ bays where workers and visitors could be parking and it is unbelievable that commercial vehicles are not allowed to use the ‘pay and display’ bays, also there are double yellow lines across some firm’s loading bays - this is totally unacceptable in an Industrial Area. If you have strong feelings about this, and I’m sure you have, send us an email at The Hockley Flyer so that we can prepare a dossier. If there is sufficient interest we may even add a special survey section on I feel sure that we can work with the efficient and knowledgeable Council employees and councillors to improve matters, just as we did some 30 years ago! We have had a few comments about the choice of ‘Blue Bricks’ on the proposed Assay Office building and its impact on the Conservation Area. Having checked with planning and conservation officers, it would appear that a sample of brick has been requested before planning permission will be granted. A Revised Planning Application for the ‘Folium’ building in Caroline Street was refused in October as ‘the proposal adversely affects the street scene and does not preserve nor enhance the character and appearance of the Jewellery Quarter as a Heritage Asset’. As is usual this time of year, we have started taking bookings for the front covers of the Hockley Flyer for 2013. Several months front covers have been booked already so, if you have a special event or anniversary, please contact us a.s.a.p. to book your cover. Marie Haddleton - Editor

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Two Bars win Awards in the Jewellery Quarter Two venues in the Jewellery Quarter have recently won awards, namely ‘The JamHouse’ in St Paul’s Square, and ‘The Drop Forge’ in Hockley Street. The JamHouse was also shortlisted and in the 2012 Birmingham Best Bar None awards was also ‘Highly commended’ in the overall results, but won outright the ‘Best Independent Venue’. Best Bar None accreditation is awarded to venues that are outstanding in every way – superb management and an outstanding night out. Best Bar None is the ‘Oscars’ of pub management! The scheme rewards premises that are raising the standard by taking pride in their surroundings, operating responsibly and demonstrating a commitment to reducing alcohol related crime. We want residents and visitors to our city to confidently enjoy Birmingham’s outstanding nightlife. The Drop Forge won the outright Conversion to Pub Use category in the CAMRA National Pub Design Awards. CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale National Pub Design Awards competition, is in association with English Heritage and The Victorian Society. The Awards are held annually, with the categories dedicated to championing

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Trade Talk from around the Jewellery Quarter and more.

pubs showing vision, imagination and a level of restraint in their design. This year’s announcement comes at a time when Britain’s pub closure rate has increased to 18 per week, with countless community pubs under threat across the land. For all work completed during 2010, an experienced panel of judges consisting of architects, historians and pub campaigners have travelled the length and breadth of the country to visit pubs submitted into the competition, and have singled out 4 such gems as overall winners. In the Conversion to Pub Use category, where an existing building is converted into a pub, the Drop Forge in the Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham has taken the national title. For this fantastic conversion, judges observed how the ‘architects and designers have re-used an existing industrial building in the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. There’s

still a sense of the former workshop’s – and indeed the Quarter’s – industrial past, but the architects have added lots of natural light via large new skylights, and have created an honest new bar and softer snug areas to east and west.’ Commenting on the winning designs this year, Dr Steven Parissien, an architectural historian, author, and one of the competition judges, said: ‘For over twenty years the Pub Design Awards have been celebrating the Best of British. Amidst the gloom and doom, this past year has, reassuringly, seen a number of first-rate pub schemes, all of which illustrate how pubs can, and should, be treated. Interestingly, the majority of our award winners involve new work done to historic, listed buildings – which, for many both at home and abroad, define what a pub should be.’ Editor’s Note: Dave Keay, the developer responsible for The Drop Forge conversion holds the most awards for conservation work in the Quarter, including the Cemetery Lodge and Branston Court. He was also responsible for building the Health Centre. Inside the Drop Forge the original Drop Stamp machine is on show (behind glass).

Inside The JamHouse

(Top and above) The Drop Forge in Hockley Street.

(Left to right): David Johnson, Ben Johnson, and Faye Barnett.

Talk of the Trade

The Bullion Room in Birmingham has added a new face to its business activities by opening a specialist wholesale diamond and gemstone jewellery Trade Centre. The company, acclaimed as Europe’s premier precious metal dealer and based in the heart of the city’s famous Jewellery Quarter, has opened a state-of-the-art showroom displaying thousands of loose gems and set items - arguably the largest and most competitively priced offering to the Trade in the UK. The Bullion Room, part of Birmingham-based international investment company JEEG Global Group, is renowned for its expertise in processing and recycling scrap gold, silver and platinum. Eamon Gaughan, founder and CEO said, “This is a new initiative which will enable our trade colleagues to purchase diamond and gemstone jewellery at unbeatable

Inhorgenta Munich – Jewellery, Timepieces, Lifestyle - A Fresh Concept In Jubilee Year The jewellery and watches show Inhorgenta Munich is repositioning

wholesale prices. We are confident our prices are the most competitive anywhere and the selection second to none.” The Bullion Room’s Diamond Showroom is managed by Ben Johnson, the third generation of Birmingham’s long-established family jewellers Rex Johnson & Sons. His father, David, an expert in diamonds and antique jewellery for more than 40 years is also a Director. They are supported by a fullytrained team of specialists including Faye Barnett who previously worked with Tennants Auctioneers in North Yorkshire. Ben said, “Since we opened just a few weeks ago we have been overwhelmed by the response from the trade who say they have been impressed by the outstanding value, extensive selection of items, very personal service. It is really worth a visit to the Showroom to see just what is on offer.” for its 40th jubilee on 22 -25 February 2013 – as trade show for ‘Jewellery, Timepieces, Lifestyle.’ With a clear positioning and a new claim, the show enhances its profile as the internationally noted marketplace for jewellery, timepiece and lifestyle brands in the area of ‘mid-to high-price luxury’. The new approach is being implemented in a variety of ways. The clear segmentation of the product range and exhibition halls which was initiated in the previous year is being continued; the trade show itself will be emotionalised through content, events and design measures; and the areas

of lifestyle and trends will be focused on more closely at the show. As Klaus Dittrich, Chairman, and CEO of Messe München GmbH, explains: “It is our claim to develop the profile of Inhorgenta Munich permanently as a brand so that it acts as a mirror to the market in future too. We would like to position Inhorgenta Munich in the long term as a platform for trends in the mid-to high-price segment.” The new concept was presented to the press for the first time during the autumn press conference. In emotionalising the exhibition segments, the layout of Hall C2 – Contemporary Design – is being reconfigured. With the new configuration, Inhorgenta Munich is strengthening this important design area and emphasizing its unique characteristics. With the new interior, attractive aesthetics and a clear division of space, Inhorgenta Munich offers its ‘C2’ exhibitors the perfect platform for business. To do justice to the growth in the lifestyle market, Inhorgenta Munich will integrate more strongly the lifestyle-and fashion-oriented jewellery and timepiece brands as well as accessories. Every year, well over 60 licensees of fashion brands present their collections at this Munich trade show. And the segment is growing. There are now a considerable number of jewellery and timepiece brands which themselves have become established as fashion brands. As Renate Wittgenstein, Product Manager responsible for Inhorgenta Munich emphasizes, “It’s conceivable that these brands too will have their own area in future. After all, our objective is for Inhorgenta Munich to portray the emotionality of Jewellery, Timepieces, and Lifestyle in all facets.” The repositioning and overall appearance of Inhorgenta Munich in the year 2013 will be rounded off by a high-quality brand presence. In particular, this concerns the image presentation around the new key visual as well as the image film specially produced for this purpose. Planned to start at the end of October is an innovative marketing campaign based predominantly on moving images which will communicate this repositioning. Further information at November 2012 The Hockley Flyer



Featured story of the Month.

Birmingham Assay Office Shortlisted For Two Awards

The Birmingham Assay Office is pleased to have been shortlisted in two categories for the British Jewellery Association’s Membership Awards. The awards are open to members, and this year will celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the BJA. The Assay Office has been shortlisted for ‘BJA Industry Contributor of the Year’, which will be won by the business that BJA Members vote to have done the most to contribute to the overall good of the industry. Why vote for the Birmingham Assay Office? - Integrity, innovation, significant investment in high-tech equipment and experienced staff has combined to create a centre of independent specialist expertise at The Birmingham Assay Office. This expertise is used to offer relevant services, to champion high quality standards and contribute to the good reputation of the industry. The Birmingham Assay Office shares its expertise widely and works closely with other industry organisations. It offers focused training and education and does much to raise professional standards serving on bodies such as CIBJO and promoting a new scrap Gold Standard. As a member of the RJC (Responsible Jewellery Council) it has strong ethical credentials, facilitating the launch of Fair-trade Gold and staging the ‘Great Debate’ at IJL to create awareness and stimulate interest in a more ethical jewellery industry. It is also a key driver and financial supporter of the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter Development Trust.

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Follow this link to vote for us in this category members-area/bja-awards-vote-now/ bja-industry-contributor-of-the-year/ the-birmingham-assay-office.cfm The Birmingham Assay Office has also been nominated by members for the ‘BJA Member of the Year Award’ which will go to the individual or company that has helped to promote the BJA the most during 2012. The Birmingham Assay Office champions high quality standards in the trade, supporting the BJA’s mission to ‘promote and protect the growth of the UK jewellery & silver-

ware industry.’ The team, led by CEO and Assay Master Michael Allchin, are enthusiastic, passionate experts who share a ‘can do’ attitude and ‘bring it on’ approach. The Birmingham Assay Office and the BJA co-operate continually to the benefit of the trade. Specific Activities to promote the BJA in 2012 include: • Chairman Kay Alexander and the fabulous Warwick Vase, (1827) brought British gravitas to the British Jewellery Designers’ exhibition in Beijing, China

• Loan of items to the BJA 125 year’s exhibition • An information packed tribute to the BJA’s first 125 years at the BATF AGM given by Michael Allchin • Strong support for the development and launch of the voluntary scrap Gold Standard • Participation in a joint campaign with BJA, Trading Standards and police to reduce crime against Asian businesses • Joint promotion of the educational ‘Asian Gold seminar’ attended by Asian jewellers, UK police forces, and local Trading Standards • Contribution to seminars and discussions about current trends in the industry held during UK exhibitions. • Working with the BJA and The Goldsmiths Company to develop apprenticeships Follow this link to vote in this category members-area/bja-awards-votenow/bja-member-of-the-year/thebirmingham-assay-office.cfm You need your email address and Login password details to be able to vote. Voting for the categories is open to BJA Members via the BJA website until November 26th. Winners will be announced at the Benevolent Society Ball on December 6th 2012. Chief Executive of The Birmingham Assay Office Michael Allchin said, “This is a great initiative by the BJA. The Birmingham Assay Office has put its heart and soul into supporting the BJA and the industry. It provides help and support for local and international commercial, ethical, and training initiatives and charitable programmes. We urge members to participate in the Awards by voting for their favourites and particularly for us! BJA Industry Contributor of the year - members-area/bja-awards-votenow/bja-industry-contributor-ofthe-year/the-birmingham-assayoffice.cfm BJA Member of the year -http:// bja-awards-vote-now/bja-memberof-the-year/the-birmingham-assayoffice.cfm

Retailers Gain Confidence to Sell Platinum at Domino Training Day “It changed my whole outlook on platinum and I now realise that we can offer it as a first rather than a last option,” says Wendy Foote, the director owner of Topsham Jewellers of Devon. Foote was one of the attendees at the recent ‘Platinum Training Day’ staged by Domino in conjunction with Platinum Guild International (PGI). Some twenty retailers from throughout the country attended the event which was held at Domino’s headquarters in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter on 18th October 2012. Attendees were treated to a tour around the company’s high-tech manufacturing facility. This included a demonstration of the casting process as well as a look the firm’s sophisticated rapid-prototyping facilities, its setting department and in-house Assay Office before hearing a presentation on how to profit from platinum by PGI’s specialist sales trainer. As a result of attending Foote says she has decided to do away with 9ct white gold wedding jewellery from her stock and to upgrade to 18ct white gold and platinum. “We loved what we saw and are so enthused and confident that we can sell platinum that we will now be restocking from Domino to go up-market,” she says. Another attendee, Simon Belson, from London’s Hatton Garden, was also excited by what he had learnt.

“It was really, really good – both productive and enjoyable. I thought I had a reasonably good knowledge of platinum but I know 100% more now than I did before I went. I also understand how long it takes to source just a small quantity of platinum and can really explain to customers why it is so rare and valuable and why it is the price it is.” The event also allowed the Domino sales team to introduce retailers to its most recent ‘Platinum Bridal Collection’, backed by PGI, which was launched earlier this year. All retailers stocking five or more pieces from this collection receive a ‘Platinum Profits’ kit. This includes an educational guide on platinum for staff; an eye-catching display stand for use in store; an attractively illustrated ‘Buyer’s Guide’ for consumers and a ‘Precious Metals Comparison Chart’ for use by sales associates when demonstrating to customers why platinum’s unique qualities make it the best choice for bridal jewellery. The collection comprises six individual suites of jewellery, each with its own particular romantic story to tell. All the suites have matching engagement and wedding rings but some also offer pendants and earrings. Designs vary in weight from 2.5 – 5.0g of platinum, allowing entry at a wide range of price points. “The feedback we received from those who attended speaks for itself,” says Domino’s Sales and Marketing Director, Andrew Sollitt. “There are undoubtedly opportunities through selling platinum. We hope our training days are going some way to providing the information our customers need to help sell this very special metal with confidence and success.”

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I totally fell in love with engraving.” Her finished piece is consequently exquisitely and competently engraved with fluid lines of surface decoration. Under the watchful eye of master silversmith Clive Burr, Kate was able to turn her design into a stunning silver vessel. She said, “I feel so privileged to have been able to work with Clive Burr and his team of silversmiths. To see the standard of the work they produce has been extremely inspirational and has certainly impacted on my own skills and understanding. Not only did I get a lot of advice and help from Clive, but being based in the new Goldsmiths’ Centre made it possible for me to be assisted by other experts in Kate Earlam with master silversmith Clive Burr and Rosemary Ransome Wallis, Curator of Collections at Goldsmiths’ Hall.

Kate Earlam Wins the 2012 Young Designer Silversmith Award Kate Earlam (26) was formally recognised as the winner of the Goldsmiths’ Company’s Young Designer Silversmith Award at a ceremony at the National Museums Scotland on Thursday November 1. During the ceremony Kate’s award winning piece, a stunning silver fruit dish was presented to Dr Gordon Rintoul, Director of National Museums Scotland by the Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company, Lord Sutherland. This prestigious competition organised by the Goldsmiths’ Company, focuses on young silversmithing students at university in Britain today, and is open to any student under 30 on a BA or Master’s degree course. The Award scheme was started in 1994 as an initiative to encourage students to show their artistic individuality in silver and to give them the opportunity to perfect dexterity of craftsmanship under the guidance of a master silversmith. This year the designated instructing silversmith was Clive Burr. Kate therefore had the fantastic experience

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of working with Clive and his team Andrew Briggs, Paul Savage and Junko Adachi, in his workshop in the new Goldsmiths’ Centre in London’s Clerkenwell. Kate, who comes from Ellesmere Port in Cheshire, studied silversmithing at Liverpool Hope University and more recently completed a postgraduate course at Bishopsland. She was chosen as winner of this year’s Young Designer Silversmith Award having submitted a design for a vessel to display fruit. The design brief for the award changes from year to year and on this occasion the brief read: “With supermarkets now stocking a large variety of exotic fruits as well as many common varieties, design a piece of silver (with a least one dimension to be in excess of 30cm) that will imaginatively display or present one fruit or a group of fruits as a centrepiece on a table. As many of the varieties of fruit have interesting shapes, textures and forms these might be reflected in the final design of the piece of silver. The form of the silver should interact with the lines and shapes of the fruit and be able to display them for all of their beauty.” Kate’s original inspiration for her piece came from grapes. “I started by looking at grapevines and recreating the natural context in my own style. Originally the design was going to have chased detail, however whilst I was at Bishopsland I was lucky enough to have a masterclass with virtuoso engraver, Malcolm Appleby in his workshop in Scotland for a week.

Kate Earlam hand engraving her silver fruit vessel

their field. For example James Neville and Samantha Marsden were on hand to help with any engraving advice and also I was able witness the polishing process in the workshop of Reginald Elliot and Alan Fitzpatrick.” Clive Burr was present at the ceremony in Edinburgh as was another of the country’s leading silversmiths, Rod Kelly. Having been one of the original judges who selected Kate’s design as the winner Rod said, “It is a beautiful design with contrasting lines and contours; it sits majestically and is full of life. Kate is a very talented young designer and has totally fulfilled the brief set by the Goldsmiths’

competition judges.” Rosemary Ransome Wallis, Curator of Collections at Goldsmiths’ Hall, and the driving force behind the Award added: “Kate’s fruit vessel is quite ethereal – beautifully and effortlessly composed, like two fallen autumn leaves, their surfaces hand-engraved with sweeping lines which echo their shape. Kate is definitely one to watch!” 2012 has been quite a year for Kate – not only did she win the Goldsmiths’ Company Young Designer Silversmith Award but she was invited by the Company to attend Her Majesty The Queen’s Jubilee Livery Luncheon at the Banqueting Hall in Whitehall. “I feel so lucky!” she said. “What with the support of all my teachers and mentors, winning the award and the very warm welcome I have received from the industry I have the confidence to take my career as a silversmith further and hope to set up my own workshop in London.”

Tears and Pride at The Assay Office AGM - With a Double Farewell Kay Alexander was given a warm vote of thanks by her colleagues when she formally stepped down as Chairman of The Birmingham Assay Office at her last Annual General Meeting on Friday 19th October. Kay has served two three year terms in the post, the maximum allowed, and has presided over The Birmingham Assay Office during one of its most challenging and eventful periods. In the past six years the Office has diversified strongly, developing four new divisions; The Laboratory, specialising in precious metal analysis and product safety testing, AnchorCert Gemmological Laboratory, SafeGuard Jewellery and Watch Valuations and Training and Education. As hallmarking volumes decline rapidly due to the high precious metal prices and tough economic climate these new divisions are increasingly important and are reaching out into

new market sectors. During this diversification Kay has been a key part of the strong marketing drive to raise the profile of The Birmingham Assay Office throughout the jewellery industry and also within academic and heritage communities. Kay is a staunch supporter of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter and has been influential in promoting the Quarter throughout her term of Office. Chair ing her final AGM Kay expressed her huge pride in having led The Assay Office during the past six eventful years. She thanked her team of Wardens for their tremendous support and Michael Allchin for his leadership and commitment to bringing The Assay Office through tough times in good shape. Kay leaves her post with plans submitted for a new building which will allow the new divisions to continue to expand, securing the future of one of Birmingham’s oldest institutions. Kay will remain in post as a Warden in the short term to maintain continuity and will be succeeded by Kate Hartigan, Managing Director at Schaeffler UK Ltd, who will legally be appointed Chairman at the next Wardens’ Committee meeting in November. Friday was also the last meeting for well respected jeweller Patrick Fuller, who with his wife Vivien owns WB The Creative Jewellery Company. Patrick has been a Trade Warden of

The Birmingham Assay Office for 16 years and his first hand knowledge of the jewellery manufacturing business has been invaluable to the Office. Kay expressed her huge gratitude for the contribution Patrick has made to the Office and her pleasure that he will continue to serve as a Guardian. Emotions were r unning high throughout the meeting and peaked when Kay was presented with a silver bowl – a replica of the one she gave to Her Majesty the Queen to mark her Diamond Jubilee- and a photobook recording a few of her moments as Chairman. Sailing enthusiast Patrick received a customised Assay Office ‘burgee’ for his sailing boat, so he can continue to fly the Anchor flag around UK and international waters and also a set of suitably nautical cufflinks. He retaliated by presenting The Assay Office with one of three real ship’s anchors that he has purchased especially for the new Assay Office building. November 2012 The Hockley Flyer


Niton Dxl Goldpro Delivers Quick and Accurate Countertop Testing The new Thermo Scientific Niton DXL GoldPro from Niton UK delivers exceptionally fast, precise and non- destructive testing for gold, silver, platinum, and other precious metals, all in a compact, countertop unit specifically designed for use in retail environments. Pawnbrokers, jewellers and other businesses in the precious metals sector need to achieve rapid, accu-

Clusters Bespoke Jeweller, Weston Beamor, and Ant and Dec do their bit for ‘Cash for Kids’ The Birmingham casting house Weston Beamor (WB) has been working closely with the Whitley Bay jewellery retailer Clusters Bespoke Jewellery to support the children’s charity Cash for Kids. Jo Cole and Tony Bracken, the joint owners of Clusters, approached WB

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rate identification and analysis of small items, such as jewellery, trinkets and coins, which can be difficult to handle and analyse safely. Designed specifically for countertop use in retail areas, to improve customer confidence and avoid expensive valuation errors, the Niton DXL GoldPro is quick and easy to use, delivering reliable results using a completely non-destructive method. Niton UK’s DXL GoldPro analyser tests the purity and chemistry of gold and other precious metals with simplicity and portability. Engineered with retailers in mind, the DLX GoldPro analyser arrives fully calibrated and ready to use. The closed-beam design prevents x-ray exposure to customers and operators and the front and rear windows allow viewing of an LED illuminated sample chamber which ensures that items undergoing analysis never leave the customer’s sight. The DXL GoldPro

also includes advanced AuDIT™ technology for the instant detection of gold plating. The compact, portable design and AC or battery-powered operation, allows easy movement within the shop or to remote locations. Results are displayed on a colour, touchscreen display and tailored certificates of authenticity can be printed as required. Michael Sibbald, Sales, and Marketing Director at Niton UK said, “The new DXL GoldPro is quick and easy to use, giving immediate results on the full colour touch screen. It saves time and money plus delivers a real competitive edge for retailers.” For a further information on the compact Niton DXL GoldPro countertop analyser and/or to arrange a demonstration, please contact Niton UK on 01256 397860, or visit www.

to help Clusters produce a bespoke range of sterling silver jewellery based on the two inter-linked hands which comprise the charity’s logo and WB was happy to offer its services at cost. The resulting range of jewellery, which includes pendants, tie pins, cufflinks and brooches in a mixture of high gloss and matt finishes and some of which is gold plated, will be sold both through Clusters’ e-commerce site and its own retail outlet as well as through the website of ‘Metro’ Radio in Newcastle Upon Tyne, of which Ant and Dec – who have given their endorsement to the range and have been pictured wearing pieces – are patrons ( Prices for the Cash for Kids jewel-

lery range from £19 - £30 and all proceeds from sales will go directly to the charity. Speaking about the project for Weston Beamor, business manager Glen Day commented: “This is a terrific cause and we hope that our involvement will assist Clusters and Metro in Newcastle raise considerable funds for the great work done by Cash for Kids.” Jo Cole commented: “We are grateful to WB for all their support with this project. The jewellery has been very well received and we are already experiencing healthy sales. It is early days but we are now ready to roll out the line on a national basis.”

Hallmarking - A Hot Topic for Trading Standards Officers Television cameras where whirring at The Birmingham Assay Office recently when the ‘Watchdog Daily’ team arrived with local presenter Shefali Oza and a team of Birmingham Trading Standards Officers. ‘Watchdog Daily’ were documenting the progress of TSO Gary Singh and his colleagues as they seized 90 items with a retail value of over £25,000 which were either un-hallmarked or suspected of bearing fake trade-marks. The cameras followed the exercise throughout, including inspection of the goods at The Birmingham Assay Office where only four items were discovered to have hallmarks and 14 items transpired to be significantly less than 22carat. The two traders involved will now face legal action. The programme is due to be broadcast at 11.00am on Friday 16th November. Hallmarking is clearly a hot topic as just a few days later 20 Trading Standards delegates arrived from near and far for a bespoke training course. Trading Standards Officers came from Councils as far flung as Plymouth, Oldham, Surrey and Ceredigion as well as the Midland counties of Leicestershire, Sandwell, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, and Warwickshire. The course included the history of Hallmarking and current legislation, a hands on session to identify Hall-

marks on new and second hand jewellery and the opportunity to visit the Hallmarking floor at the Birmingham Assay Office. TSO’s even had a go at striking a hallmark - which proved much more difficult than it looks. The delegates all really enjoyed the experience and the added bonus of six hours of formal Trading Standards CPD (Continuing Professional Development) credits. Delegates also had a comprehensive introduction to the all important new national Gold Standard for buying scrap gold and silver (http://www.bja. This Code of Practice, launched earlier this year, was developed through cooperation between Trading Standards, the police, and key jewellery industry trade associations. It aims to protect consumers selling scrap gold from being exploited and to alert traders buying scrap gold to the dangers of falling prey to money laundering

activities. The Gold Standard covers all aspects of best practice from gaining proof of identity to weighing goods in view of the customers using Class II weighing instruments. The initiative has the support of the ACPO Burglary Working Group, the Home Office, the Trading Standards Institute, and the National Measurement Office. The Birmingham Assay Office is keen to encourage its implementation in order to protect both the trade and the consumer. Marion Wilson, Sales & Marketing Director for The Birmingham Assay Office says, “The arrival of the Watchdog team and this very successful training course have come at a pertinent moment. Thursday 22nd November sees the inaugural Touchstone Award lunch, hosted at Goldsmiths Hall, to celebrate the first winners of the British Hallmarking Council’s Touchstone Award. This new event rewards the best initiative for the education or enforcement of hallmarking and is intended to raise the profile of Hallmarking within Trading Standards. The successful winners for 2012 are the team from Birmingham featured on Watchdog. It is to be hoped that the additional training they receive at Goldsmiths Hall, plus the publicity generated by Watchdog, will motivate them and their colleagues in other local authorities, to deliver even better enforcement of hallmarking in future, in order to protect the consumer and the trade. We look forward to doing much more work with them.” For more information on 2013 Training Courses call 0871 871 6020 or email

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Property Planning Matters GENERAL

The ‘GOLDEN TRIANGLE’ and the ‘INDUSTRIAL MIDDLE’ are the areas protected against inappropriate residential use. A large number of Planning Applications are not in accordance with the Planning Legislation which is there to ‘protect’ the Jewellery Quarter and the trade. Please help the Jewellery Quarter to survive by making your ‘official’ protest against such Applications.

New Applications

2012/07624/PA 109-138 Northwood Street and 5-6 Graham Street Hockley Birmingham B3 1SZ Application for a new planning permission to replace an extant planning permission number 2010/00358/PA for demolition of all existing buildings and structures on site except for the listed building at 109-111 Northwood St (Harpers Hill Works). (Extend existing consent C/02602/06/ CAC to coincide with same time period as planning permission C/02600/06/ OUT) 06-11-2012 2012/07521/PA Adjacent to 119 Vyse Street Birmingham B18 6JS. Prior notification of proposed development by telecommunications to reshell existing telecommunications equipment cabinet 06-11-2012. 2012/07519/PA 109-138 Northwood Street & 5-6 Graham Street Hockley land at B3 1SZ. Application for a new planning permission to replace an extant planning permission number 2010/00357/PA for mixed use re-development of site to provide 9779 sqm of gross B1 floorspace (including 1639 sqm of affordable workspace), 8721 sqm of net residential floorspace (approx 148 apartments), 1725 sqm of gross retail floorspace (A1 and A3 uses) , 462 sqm gross of community uses (D1 uses) and decked car park of 308 spaces including at least 90 spaces for public use. 06-112012

Planning Applications and Decisions from the Jewellery Quarter.

additional 3 years attached to planning approval 2009/06237/PA for Listed Building Consent for internal alterations and re-instatement of existing infilled windows to front and side at basement level and refurbishment of basement to use as part of existing flat. 24-10-2012 2012/07305/PA Apartment 1 House of York 27 Charlotte Street Birmingham West Midlands B3 1PT Application to replace extant planning permission for additional 3 years attached to planning approval 2009/06236/PA for internal alterations and re-instatement of existing infilled windows to front and side at basement level and refurbishment of basement to use as part of existing flat. 24-10-2012 2012/07294/PA 27-28 Pemberton Street Hockley Birmingham B18 6NY Listed Building Consent for change of use of from light industrial building (B1) to 1 no. live/work unit (B1) and 1 no. independent two bed townhouse (C3). 24-10-2012 2012/07293/PA 27-28 Pemberton Street Hockley Birmingham B18 6NY. Change of use of from light industrial building (B1) to 1 no. live/work unit (B1) and 1 no. independent two bed townhouse (C3). 24-10-2012 2012/07169/PA Land off Charlotte Street (Adjacent to Newhall Square) Hockley Birmingham B3 1RY. Erection of 194 bed hotel (Use Class C1) with associated car parking and access. 18-10-2012


2012/07138/PA 49 Frederick Street Hockley Birmingham B1 3HN. Installation of 1 new entrance to replace existing entrance and 1 new entrance to front elevation and refurbishment to front elevation 17-10-2012 2012/07032/PA 10 Caroline Street Birmingham B3 1TR. Listed Building Consent for a 3 storey infill building to create 1 no. new flat. 12-10-2012 2012/07031/PA 10 Caroline Street Birmingham B3 1TR. Erection of 3 storey infill building to create 1 no. new flat. 12-10-2012

2012/07406/PA 1 Albion Street St Georges Court Birmingham B1 3AH. Installation of 1no. 300mm dish antenna 31-10-2012

2012/06886/PA 45-50 Tenby Street North Ladywood Birmingham B1 3EG Erection of 14 no. four storey townhouses with associated courtyard parking. 08-10-2012.

2012/07361/PA Apartment 1 House of York 27 Charlotte Street Birmingham West Midlands B3 1PT Application to replace extant planning permission for

2012/06674/PA Land at Icknield Street/ Pope Street/Moreton Street Birmingham B1 3AS Erection of a 2 - 3 storey office/light industrial building (Use Class

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B1(c) ) 27-09-2012 2012/06513/PA 92 - 95 Livery Street Birmingham B3 1RJ Listed Building Consent for internal alterations and punctuating boundary walls at upper ground floor & first floor level in connection with change of use at neighbouring property (89-91 Livery Street). 19-092012. 2012/06058/PA Railway Arch 24 Livery Street Birmingham B3 1HA. Erection of replacement infill frontage of existing railway arch with installation of new roller shutters 03-09-2012

New Decisions

2012/06512/PA 89 - 91 Livery Street Birmingham B3 1RJ. Change of use of upper ground floor and first floor to budget accommodation for up to 64 occupants (Use Class C1) Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2012/06297/PA 20 Parade Sytner Birmingham Ltd Birmingham B1 3QJ. External alterations for installation of new doors and rendered wall. Final Decision -Approve subject to Conditions. 2012/05700/PA Severn Trent Water Ltd Tame House 156 Newhall Street Birmingham B3 1SE. Display of 8 no. non illuminated fascia signs Final Decision - Approve Temporary. 2012/04908/PA 5 - 8 Caroline Street Birmingham B3 1TR Erection of a three storey rear extension, with undercroft parking to provide 6 no. 1 bed apartments and 6 no. 2 bed apartments, roof extension and refurbishment of frontage building to provide 2 no. 1 bed apartments, ground floor cafe (Use Class A3) and offices at first and second floor level. Final Decision - Refuse

Older Decisions

2012/05797/PA 89 - 97 Camden Street Birmingham B1 3DE Listed Building Consent for alterations to the building in conjunction with change of use from offices (use class B1) to townhouses (use class C3). Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions. 2012/05794/PA 89 - 97 Camden Street Hockley Birmingham B1 3DE. Change of use of vacant offices (use class B1) to 7 no. two, three and four bedroom townhouses (use class C3). Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions. 2012/05575/PA McCreadies, St James House 60-64 Livery Street Birmingham B3 1HA. Incorporation of ground floor office into existing yoga studio use at first floor level approved under 2007/07011/PA. Final Decision Approve subject to Conditions. 2012/05513/PA 12 Fleet Street Islington Gates Bluu Bar Birmingham B3 1JL Replacement of existing shop front

Final Decision. - Approve subject to Conditions. 2012/05422/PA BT Kiosk 108 Vyse Street Adjacent to Birmingham. Retention of non illuminated vinyl advertisement on public pay phone kiosk. Final Decision - Approve Temporary. 2012/01001/PA Sloane House 1-7 Sloane Street Birmingham B1 3BX. Listed building consent for restorative work to exterior of 1-7 Sloane Street and renovation and restorative internal works. Removal of internal partition walls to Sloane House and creation of internal walls to form the division into 4 town houses. Demolition of 2 storey rear lean-to at 1-7 Sloane Street and selective demolition of buildings within curtilage of 1-7 Sloane Street and erection of replacement 2 storey extension. Final Decision. - Approve subject to Conditions. 2012/00954/PA Camden St/Sloane St/ Camden Drive/Legge Lane land at Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3EH. Conservation Area Consent for demolition works in association with redevelopment of site to provide 25 townhouses and 77 apartments. Final Decision Approve subject to Conditions

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Plans are available for scrutiny at the Spring Hill Library. You must register any objections (or support) to the above Applications in writing direct to Birmingham Core Strategy, Birmingham City Council, 4th Floor, 1 Lancaster Circus, Birmingham B4 7DJ, quoting the Planning Application number. Remember, there is a restriction against inappropriate housing within the Golden Triangle and the Industrial Middle - but your objections still need to be recorded!

Pawnbrokers Upbeat and Positive at National Conference The Birmingham Assay Office was pleased to support the recent National Pawnbrokers Association Annual Conference. As ever this was a lively affair with pawnbrokers generally upbeat and positive as their businesses continue to prosper. Current economic conditions have driven many to seek loans and pawnbrokers offer a reputable, established, and properly regulated option which is attractive to many people. The high price of precious metal continues to be a key driver too, giving people the opportunity to either sell or raise money against jewellery and watches. Conference speakers covered a wide range of subjects from forthcoming changes to the Consumer Credit Act to Michael Portillos’ personal and very entertaining view of the current economic and political climate. Practical technical advice came from watch experts from Birmingham’s Fellows Auctioneers who delivered an excellent presentation on the identification of fake and customised watches. This is extremely topical and the mass of helpful information they shared was much appreciated and very well received by the Conference. Michael Allchin, Chief Executive of The Birmingham Assay Office contributed his regular update on precious metal prices and hallmarking statistics, and his analysis of trends and the state of the market. An interesting discussion followed, focussing

upon future changes to gold prices in particular. Michael introduced the audience to fellow delegate and gold expert Philip Newman from Thomson Reuter GFMS who undertake global research to provide reliable analysis and robust predictions of what may happen next. The business was over by mid afternoon, leaving delegates free to gather their strength for the formal Awards Dinner. These awards are hotly contested and the shortlisted entrants are not short of vociferous support from their enthusiastic colleagues. When the final results were announced, Store of the Year went to Mallards of Southend on Sea, Deborah Howard of The Money Shop was declared Employee of the Year and James Constantinou was acknowledged as the industry’s ‘Rising Star’. The ‘Kids Get Going’ project run by H & T Pawnbrokers won Community Contribution and the Cheque Centre was awarded New Member of the Year. The Employer of the Year Award, sponsored by The Birmingham Assay Office was won by Harvey & Thomson, affectionately known as H & T. Michael Allchin presented the Award after the judges had concluded that H & T’s welfare, training and development of its staff over the past year had been outstanding. However the biggest winner of the night was the National Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC). The Charity auction, ably handled by the ever persuasive Stephen Whittaker of Fellows Auctioneers raised £28,000 for the charity. A fantastic show of generosity from all the pawnbrokers present and with special thanks to Eamon Gaughan of The Bullion Room for his usual exuberant big heartedness. November 2012 The Hockley Flyer


Goldsmiths’ Fair 2012 – 30th Anniversary PostFair Report 30 Years of Supporting the Skills and Artistic Talents of the Country’s Most Creative Contemporary Jewellers and Silversmiths

The 30th Goldsmiths’ FAIR ended on Sunday October 7 in celebratory mode after two highly successful weeks, when several thousand visitors were dazzled by the exceptionally high standard and breathtakingly varied presentation of jewels, watches, silver and precious objects. Among the many distinguished attendees were Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester who visited in Week One and spent a couple of hours talking to some of the younger exhibitors and those who had been granted a Free stand by the Goldsmiths’ Company as part of its Bursary scheme. Attendance was marginally up on the previous year but more importantly the total spend was higher than Goldsmiths’ Fair 2011 (a 5% increase) with a large number of the exhibitors (90 in both weeks) reporting very buoyant sales, some had their best Goldsmiths’ Fair ever. Paul Dyson, Director Promotion, the Goldsmiths’ Company, said: “The Fair results were most rewarding for both the Company and the individual craftsmen. Together we were able to demonstrate that the ‘green shoots’ of recovery are flourishing. Our clients are very loyal and it is a pleasure to see them return with friends every year.” Martyn Pugh, who has now exhibited at each Goldsmiths’ Fair since the very beginning, added: “Even at 30 years old, the Fair still has considerable pulling-power and remains the country’s most high-profile and prestigious event of its kind – both from the exhibitors’ perspective and the general public’s”. He continued: “In my opinion one of the most successful aspects of the Fair is the fact that over three decades it has not only been the place to buy refreshingly original designer pieces directly from the makers, but it has also served to educate potential collectors. Today its audience continues to be ever more knowledgeable and discerning.” Another silversmith Graham Stewart

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and long-standing Fair exhibitor said: “When I first started exhibiting at Goldsmiths’ Fair I would never have imagined what a major part it would play in my career, not just in terms of introductions to clients from all over the world but as a stimulus to my artistic development. It is a veritable hot-house of creativity.” Among the new exhibitors was Charlotte de Syllas, a doyenne of the British art jewellery movement, renowned for her carved gemstone work, many of which are to be found in distinguished collections around the world. She described her first experience of the Fair as a “resounding success.” Having previously worked entirely on commissioned, bespoke jewellery, the reaction to her new one-off pieces was extremely encouraging. Working in such a sophisticated and specialised area Charlotte felt that if any lessons were to be learned she will now rise to the challenge of making smaller, more affordable pieces to attract a wider range of collectors. Similarly first-time exhibitor Leyla Abdollahi felt her experience to be positive and productive, although she, like Charlotte, felt she could have had more jewellery in a more inclusive price range. Exhibiting at the Fair also brought it home to Leyla how important and influential an event it is. Another new jeweller to the Fair, Lucie Gledhill, who wasn’t even born when Goldsmiths’ Fair started, was also delighted with the enthusiasm with which her work was received. Her main success was selling her hand-made 3 metre long silver graduated chain weighing 1.4 kilos of fine silver, using the traditional technique of wire-pulling. Also new to the Fair was Jasmin Rowlandson, who had recently received an Arts Council grant to undergo a period of research and development. This culminated in her first jewellery collection which she launched at the Fair. Jasmin, who originally trained as a sculptural ceramicist, now uses porcelain as well as precious metal clay interwoven with precious stones and freshwater pearls. She said, “Goldsmiths Fair was the perfect environment for my debut showing. It enabled me to introduce my work to new audiences, build up my client base, and forge relationships with galleries, curators and my contemporaries.” Thirty years represented the Fair’s ‘Pearl Anniversary’ so it was reassur-

ing to note that the enduring pleasure found in these lustrous, natural gems remained much in evidence. Jane Sarginson, renowned for her sumptuous pearl jewels, said: “I had a strong interest and sales in all types, most notably the lovely dark Tahitian pearls, as well as the pretty mixed colour baroque freshwater pearls for bracelet cuffs, long necklaces, and drop earrings.” Eric N Smith also sold many South Sea and Tahitian pearl necklaces with his signature hand-made clasps. On the silver front there was a forceful showing of dynamic, exciting work. For example Ray Walton found his new range of silver boxes fusing ancient fossils into contemporary craftsmanship to be in great demand. He said, “People loved the combination of the very old with the new and being able to have an input into the choice of fossil and the ultimate design of the box.” Needless to say Brett Payne’s statement candlesticks which offer infinite possibilities of use and configuration, as well perfectly complementing both traditional and ultra-modern interiors, proved extremely popular. To prove that silver can be used for all sorts of creative outlets, silversmith’s Carl Padgham and Andy Putland had an impressive solid silver whisky still complete with in-set lighting to show off that very special bottle of whisky, as well as a silver encrusted Continued on page 43

Why UHY? UHY Hacker Young (Birmingham) LLP is an ambitious and growing firm of chartered accountants located on Vittoria Street in the Jewellery Quarter with offices across the UK. We offer a Professional, timely and appropriate service at competitive rates taking an avid interest in your business, as we are focused on helping you prosper.

What Services do we provide? • Sole Trader, Partnership, LLP & Limited Company Accounts; • Personal, Corporation Inheritance & Capital Gains Tax; • VAT Returns; • Company Incorporation & Management Accounts; • Solicitors Audit Reports; • Audit Services – Limited Companies & Charities; • Business & Tax Planning; • Company Payroll Schemes & PAYE; • Remote Accounting.

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Now - 01 Dec - RBSA Gallery. Caroline Ali RBSA - An exhibition of recent work showing an exciting range of woodcuts, copper etchings and sublimation prints made by Caroline over the past year. Recent experiments with laser cutting techniques also feature. Now - 01 Dec -RBSA Gallery. Kathryn Pettitt RBSA - Inspired by her local surroundings, Kathryn’s textiles explore spiritual sustenance and nature through the lines, shapes and surface qualities of trees. Associated event: Don’t miss Kathryn’s demonstration on Saturday 8 December. Now - 19 Jan - RBSA Gallery. Glisten - A glittering exhibition of contemporary fine craft, brilliant for those who are struggling to find that perfect gift for Christmas! Silver and gold jewellery feature heavily alongside an exquisite collection of ceramics. See website for full list of exhibitors. 21 Nov - 12 Dec. The School of Jewellery in Vittoria Street, Birmingham is having a small exhibition on the subject of engine turning, showing a wide variety of work by WCC and BHI member John Moorhouse. It includes finished work on Faberge style silver picture frames, clocks and cuff links, small steel dies for mass production of jewellery with examples of stampings, watch and clock dial plates with some educational material on the processes involved. Included is a Faberge style silver decorated egg for housing a singing bird automata. Group visits by appointment. 24 Nov - The Quarter Workshop. Pendent and Charm Class - Learn how to use the jewellers piercing saw to cut patterns and shapes from silver creating your own charm and pendant designs. A selection of ribbons and threads will be available to complete your design.

gles – Adult Workshop - Join designer maker Grace Page to make a simple, contemporary silver bangle, using traditional jewellery making techniques. Adults only. £15. Cost includes your own unique bangle. Booking essential. 09 Dec - 2.00pm - 4.00pm. RBSA Gallery - Festive Fun Family event - Create something special for your seasonal celebrations. Make a card or gift using textiles! Cynthia will provide examples to inspire and guide you so why not join us and get creative this Christmas? For children aged 6 to 12, accompanied by an adult. Please book in advance. £6 per child, £4 for Members, Associates and Friends of the RBSA.


Classical, Theatre etc.

06 Dec - St Pauls Church 1.15pm tp 1.45pm - Thursday Live – Organ Recitals – Paul Carr – Go tell it on the mountain, Fugue sur le thème du Carillon des Heures de la Cathédrale de Soissons, Fantasy on two well-known Christmas Carols, Waltz of the Flowers, Die Hirten an der Krippe, and Toccata on ‘Vom Himmel Hoch’


Pop, Rock, Blues, Soul, Jazz, etc.

27 Nov - The ACOUSTIC SESSIONS: New talent showcase presented by Ben Drummond. To be part of this regular feature at the Jam House, all musicians should contact the Jam House direct on 0121 200 3030. 29 Nov - The SUBTERRANEANS: The SUBS rock the Jam House on every visit with their powerful selection of Massive Rock Anthems from the likes of U2, the Stones, Queen, and even the Kaiser Chiefs! 30 Nov - The SUBTERRANEANS: The SUBS rock the Jam House on every visit with their powerful selection of Massive Rock Anthems from the likes of U2, the Stones, Queen, and even the Kaiser Chiefs!

27 Nov - 10.00am to 4.30pm - Birmingham Assay Office Understanding Diamonds - This hands on course is intended for retail staff who already have some experience of selling jewellery and precious stones. £250 +VAT Per Delegate

01 Dec - The SUBTERRANEANS: The SUBS rock the Jam House on every visit with their powerful selection of Massive Rock Anthems from the likes of U2, the Stones, Queen, and even the Kaiser Chiefs!

01 Dec - The Quarter Workshop. Cufflinks Making. Learn how to use the jewellers piercing saw to cut patterns and shapes from silver creating your own charm and pendant designs. A selection of ribbons and threads will be available to complete your design.

05 Dec - CAPITAL GROOVE: A fresh and alternative five-piece band, playing the best dance floor tracks of the ‘eighties & ‘nineties! Guaranteed to keep you moving All Night!

06 Dec - 7.00pm til late - The British Jewellery Giftware & Finishing Federation Benevolent Society Jewellery & Giftware Ball. Clarendon Suites, Birmingham.

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08 Dec - Museum of the Jewellery Quarter - Christmas Celebrations – Costumed guided tours, carol singing by Enchant choir and festive refreshments in the tea room. Buy those last-minute presents in our lovely gift shop, or for a unique gift why not choose from our extensive selection of exclusive designer jewellery. Free (except admission charge for guided tours)

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06 Dec - UP4 THE DOWNSTROKE: Stellar vocal harmony is blended with excellent musicianship to make Downstroke the UKs premier band playing RnB faves from the likes of Beyonce, Timberlake, Rhianna and More.

22 Dec - DETROIT SOUL: An explosive collection of classic and contemporary dance music, with all of your Tamla Motown, Atlantic Soul and funk favourites.

07 Dec - UP4 THE DOWNSTROKE: Stellar vocal harmony is blended with excellent musicianship to make Downstroke the UKs premier band playing RnB faves from the likes of Beyonce, Timberlake, Rhianna and More.

26 Dec - GOSPEL CENTRAL: Another of a series of evenings celebrating the talent to be found in the local Gospel music scene - featuring Colin Peters & Andre Bassing.

08 Dec - UP4 THE DOWNSTROKE: Stellar vocal harmony is blended with excellent musicianship to make Downstroke the UKs premier band playing RnB faves from the likes of Beyonce, Timberlake, Rhianna and More.

27 Dec - LatinMotion presents DEL CAMINO: Popular seven piece Salsa Band supported by LatinMotion DJs. Always a busy night. Salsa classes from LatinMotion’s own Mauricio Reyes, from 9pm. (www.

11 Dec - RED LEMONS: A band of superbly accomplished and very individual musicians come together to perform a vast range of soul & funk favourites from the likes of Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, and Stevie Wonder to Alicia Keys, Duffy, and Plan B. 12 Dec - RED LEMONS: A band of superbly accomplished and very individual musicians come together to perform a vast range of soul & funk favourites from the likes of Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, and Stevie Wonder to Alicia Keys, Duffy, and Plan B. 13 Dec - RED LEMONS: A band of superbly accomplished and very individual musicians come together to perform a vast range of soul & funk favourites from the likes of Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, and Stevie Wonder to Alicia Keys, Duffy, and Plan B. 14 Dec - ROCKET: Rock this weekend with this five-piece guitar band playing anthems from the likes of Bon Jovi, Kings Of Leon, Jay-Z, Nelly, The Black Eyed Peas, The Killers, Oasis and James Brown. 15 Dec: ROCKET: Rock this weekend with this five-piece guitar band playing anthems from the likes of Bon Jovi, Kings Of Leon, Jay-Z, Nelly, The Black Eyed Peas, The Killers, Oasis and James Brown. 17 Dec - URBAN INTRO: Terrific range of classic jazz-funk & soul favourites. A smooth but powerful four-piece.

28 Dec - B’SPOKE: A popular & funky young ten piece of talented musicians perform a range of soul & R’n’B classics. 29 Dec - B’SPOKE: A popular & funky young ten piece of talented musicians perform a range of soul & R’n’B classics. 31 Dec - New Years Eve with THE SUBTERRANEANS: The SUBS rock the JamHouse on every visit, but for this very special night they will see 2012 away and invite you into 2013 in only a way the Subs can. With a range from U2, Queen, Kaiser Chiefs, and many more anthems to rock your socks off right into the New Year itself! The evening also features local legend and boogie-woogie pianist, DINO BAPTISTE in support with his classic range of Jools Holland, the Beatles and many more favourites to get your dancing shoes on and to party us into the new year spirit, and not to forget our resident DJ to keep the party going through until 3am! this night should not be missed! Restaurant: Dinner & Show from only £100 per person with our special 6 Course New Years Eve Menu, Dinner spaces are limited so call us on 0121 200 3030 to reserve your space today! Admission Information: Doors Open 6pm - 3am, Admission £35 Each All Night. Advance Tickets are available to secure your space.

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Paul is also President of the Birmingham Organists Association, elected in March 2011 to serve a second term. Paul’s concert schedule takes him all over the UK, where he has performed recitals on many of the finest instruments in cathedrals, abbeys, minsters, and churches, in addition to solo recital appearances at concert halls and palaces. Further afield Paul has performed three times in the USA and frequently in Germany; he has given one of the Sunday organ recitals at Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris, and has toured with choirs to Poland and the Czech Republic. Paul will be appearing at St Paul’s Church on 6th December.

The Birmingham Assay Office is pleased to announce that it is uniquely opening its doors to the General Public and offering limited places on its popular Silver Collection Visits programme – on one day only

- Thursday 6th December. Usually these visits are only available to organised groups, so this is a unique opportunity to see the spectacular Silver Collection, the Library, and to hear about the history of hallmarking and The Birmingham Assay Office. Visitors will be met with a warm welcome, including coffee and biscuits before the visit, and afterwards, in the Gift Shop, they will be able to buy gifts such as books and silver items all made in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter and hallmarked at The Birmingham Assay Office. There are

lots of Gift ideas for that someone special… The Silver Collection Visit will take place on Thursday 6th December, at The Birmingham Assay Office, with the option of a morning visit at 11.00am or an afternoon visit at 2.00pm. Places are limited to 25 for each of the visits, so early booking is advised. To book a place or for further information, please call us on 0871 871 6020 or email A charge of £12.00 per head is payable in advance and non-refundable.

Continued from page 40 roulette wheel, while Justin Richardson displayed his new sleek silver desk-light base. At the other end of the spectrum there were all sorts of original silver Christmas decorations which proved exceptionally popular most notably Rajesh Gogna’s highly original Christmas orbs, with handengraved detail to catch the light and add extra silver sparkle to the festive tree. As is the tradition at Goldsmiths’ Fair, a prize for ‘Best New Design’ was awarded in both weeks. Peter Ting, who closely scrutinised the work and designs of the first 90 exhibitors in Week One, chose recent graduate silversmith Max Warren as the winner of the ‘Best New Design Award.’ Peter said, “Max not only demonstrates superlative craftsmanship skills but his silver is highly original. His work is so precise and exacting that it looks as though it has been made with the help of technology but in fact is all handmade. When so many craftspeople

today use modern technology I find this fabulous juxtaposition and reversal an exciting element of Max’s work.” Jacqueline Gestetner judged the exhibitors in Week Two and selected silversmith Adi Toch as the winner. It was Adi’s deceptively simple yet sophisticated oil and vinegar vessels that won Jacqueline over. Designed as two separate rounded vessels which function perfectly well individually, they also ‘snuggle up together’ giving the appearance of a single entity. Jacqueline said, “Adi’s silver appears effortlessly simple but is technically perfect. Its appeal also lies in the fact that it is always charmingly witty and playful as well as extremely functional.” Two out of the ten recent graduates, who had all been given a free stand, a bursary and a precious metal loan from the Goldsmiths’ Company, Maud Traon and Goldsmiths’ apprentice, Kerry Seaton remarked how the Fair introduced them to a great range of potential clients and how the feed-

back they’d received about their work was hugely beneficial and instructive. Kerry said, “I realised that all the visitors are hugely interested in the trade and eager to understand how we, as craftspeople, go about producing our designs, and what influences our creations. People clearly really appreciate creativity and craft.” In turn the Goldsmiths’ Company intends to uphold the great tradition and integrity of Goldsmiths’ Fair for years to come, as well as continuing to provide new opportunities for craftspeople and collectors alike such as the new Goldsmiths’ Company Pavilion which takes place at Somerset House in June.

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BULLION DEALERS • SMELTERS ASSAYERS • WHOLESALE JEWELLERY We are specialists in the recovery of Precious Metals for the Jewellery and Dental Trades, and we will buy scrap, lemel, sweeps etc in any form or quantity.

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We buy Gold, & Silver, Hallmarked & Unhallmarked at the same rate. Premium Prices Paid for Surplus Jewellery Stock. Lemels, Sweeps and Polishings, including Dental Scrap. Fast turnaround 24hrs Lemels, 5 days Sweeps. Gold & Silver Solutions and Residues, Cyanide & Acid based. Fluxes, Pots & Crucibles, and other low grade materials. Free Collection or Free Insured Postal Service. Prompt payment by Cash, Cheque or T.T. FOR YOUR BULLION NEEDS WE SUPPLY

 Solders  Casting Grain  Tube  Sheet  Wire For a fast, efficient and confidential service call Dave or Steve on


43-45 SPENCER STREET, HOCKLEY, BIRMINGHAM Fax: 0121 233 1470 Open 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday - Friday

November 2012 The Hockley Flyer


office space from ÂŁ30pw


call. 0121 456 0707 email. visit.

The Hockley Flyer  

Trade magazine for Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter November 2012, # 329

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