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Hockley Flyer The

The magazine for the Jewellery Quarter

September 2013 Issue No 338

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Editorial ....................... 26 News............................. 28 Events .......................... 42 Classifieds ................... 44 Follow us on the Social Networks

Inside this month’s issue...

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).

Global launch of CounterSketch™ Studio 4.0 .......... 28 Unique Crystal GlassTest Now Available................... 28 Betts Metal Sales Mad Hatter’s Tea Party................. 29 Domino Rings the Changes at IJL............................. 29 First Gemvision Intern Robyn has Designs on Dream Career............................................................ 30 Meet the Experts at Surface World Show 2013......... 30 Domino Intern Dilyana’s Big Idea.............................. 31 Paul Dyson - Director Promotion............................... 31 Graduate Hannah’s Arabesque Collection Wins Top Gemvision Matrix Prize.............................. 32 ‘24 Carrots’ 2013 Plans in the Jewellery Quarter...... 32 Plan{b} Creative Ltd. ...end of year report................. 33 A Sparkling New Guide............................................. 33 Heritage News........................................................... 34 Explosion in Anti-corrosive & Percussion Cap Manufactory Alleged Ill Usage of a Wife by her Husband Burial of The Suicide - Disgraceful Proceedings at the Grave John Postgate FRCS

Kinsey Bros. and Patrick Ltd

‘The Hallmark of Originality since 1885. Mr William Sapcote

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Quality jewellery supp with over 600 years of

plies, delivered experience Danni experience 2 years – Danni joined Betts Metal Sales in 2011, initially within our dispatch department. Danni soon showed potential and was given the opportunity to join our trade counter team as she has excellent customer service skills. With her friendly face and growing knowledge, Danni is always on hand to assist you with your purchases.

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Why not pop down to our counter and say hello and whilst you are there you can check out our NEW range of Jewellery Tools. We aim to provide a complete service to the manufacturing jeweller, student and hobbyist, which is why we are currently extending and improving our product offering. As always, these products have been sourced to provide excellent value for money and can be supplied from stock. t: 0121 233 2413

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

Betts Family 253 years experience! With the original family business founded in 1760, the Betts family have been continuously involved in the jewellery trade for nine generations.

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• Covers 74 gemstones • 9 different shapes • Full instruction booklet • CD-Rom


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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 Synthetics CZ & Findings Fast Pearl threading, Stone matching & replacement service Very good selection for all types of manufacturing and repairs 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.

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

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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.

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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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THE JEWELLERY QUARTER HISTORY ED C U AND GUIDE RED £3.50 TO On sale at The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter in Vyse Street, Birmingham

The Jewellery Quarter History and Guide 2nd edition has over 150 photographs, many of which are unique, and has 148 pages packed with the history of the Jewellery Quarter, and makes an ideal gift for anyone who has memories of the Jewellery Quarter, or for those keen on the development of the area. It costs £3.50 + £1.10 P&P and if you would like a copy they are available online from The Hockley Flyer, or direct at the address below - a mail order form is at the bottom for your convenience.

Also available to purchase online at: www.thehockleyflyer/shop/ YBA Publications, York House, 22 Frederick Street, Birmingham, B1 3HE ORDER FORM Please send me __________copy of the Jewellery Quarter History and Guide 2nd Edition. I have enlcosed my remittance for £4.60 or for £ ____ . ____ Credit Card __________________________________________________________________ Expiry date ______/______ Verification Number (last 3 numbers on back of card) Issue No. _____ Please note that we do not share your personal details with any other organisations, and shred all credit card details as soon as we have processed your payment securely.

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Listening to MP3 music and thinking its good quality? Do you have a CD collection and-or a vinyl record collection gathering dust, or even an old hi-fi system? We might be interested in buying them from you. We can help you get your music back on-track with much higher quality sound. Advice on new ways of connecting your computer for higher sound quality than CD and played back on equipment smaller than a shoebox - great if you simply don’t have space for hi-fi separates We can also rip your CD’s to hard disc in various formats although FLAC is gathering momentum as the best, and include the metadata and album art ready to be played on your media streamer. Take a look at our new website - - email

Second hand Hi-Fi equipment now available

Technics Stereo Integrated Amplifier SU-V560. Currently being restored but will be a great amplifier again. £tba.

Technics ST-G460L Stereo Radio Tuner Class AA. Nice condition, a few light scratches on top. Supplied with FM aerial and power cord. £30.00

Technics Stereo Integrated Amplifier SU-V60. Currently being restored but will be a great amplifier again. £tba.

Philips CD604 CD player with instruction manual but no remote. Twin dac four times Yamaha KX–580 Special oversampling. Slight scratches Edition Cassette Deck, Dolby to the top at the back. £30.00 B, C & S. Almost as new condition apart from one light scratch at rear of deck £85.00

Sony ST-S170 Stereo Tuner am/fm. Excellent condition fully working supplied with FM aerial. Very light marks from use on top. £35.00

Denon DRM-700 Casette Deck. Good sound. This deck has cleaned up superbly with a few light marks. Hardly been used by the look of it. £60.00


SOLD Denon DRM-800 Casette Deck. Fabulous sounding deck, has been well used but fully functional still. £45.00

Our second-hand equipment comes cleaned inside and out, with Cassette heads and Compact Disc player lenses thouroughly cleaned and are tested before selling. All are supplied with power cords

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“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.



Was it really 12 months ago? (Anna Gibson photography)


t’s our birthday - Jewellery Quarter Heritage is twleve months old already – it was officially launched on 6th September 2012 at the Vertu bar. The first 12 months have seen us finding our way a bit, and the first issue of Jewellery Quarter Heritage is at long last in the planning stage, and yes we have advertising space available on the inside and outside covers but that is it – no other advertising will be available. It will be on a First come - First served basis. One thing we are particularly pleased about is work has started on

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. This project is in Vittoria Street, along with a restaurant all done in conjunction with one of our Platinum members! More news on this as the poject progesses. You can get involved with ‘Jewellery Quarter Heritage’ which comprises of ‘friends’ and ‘volunteers’, this is free and you can join simply by looking for the members area on our web site the address is on the bottom right of this page. You can also join by becoming a supporter at various levels – see below. Unfortunately, like all such groups though we are limited by funds available as to the services and events we can put on, so the networking events and a ‘Jewellery Quarter An-

How to Get Involved ...

Help us achieve our aims as we rely on Friends /Volunteers plus Supporters. All supporters also get the e-Newsletter.

FRIEND/VOLUNTEER Simply go to our website and go to membership area and join as Freind / Volunteer for our regular e-newsletter ..... FREE

SILVER SUPPORTER As friend/volunteer but includes 4 issues of ‘Historic Jewellery Quarter’ magazine (worth £18.40) ............. £35.00

nual Heritage Award for Restoration Work’ have been put on hold for the first year at least. 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. This is a service to Supporters only. Very exciting news next month... Marie and Mark Haddleton are the key people behind JQH and have worked in the Jewellery Quarter for over 31 years. Marie served on the Birmingham Conservation Advisory Committee for many years, representing the Jewellery Quarter, bnd also used to work tirelessy for The Jewellery Quarter Association, and has always been editor of The Hockley Flyer Mark has published The Hockley Flyer magazine for over 28 years, a book ‘The Jewellery Quarter History and Guide 1st and 2nd Editions’ plus two issues of The Jewellery Quarter Magazine, a guide to shops and visitor attractions in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, along with The Chamberlain Clock 100 years of Keeping Time booklet. Mark also published ‘The Hatton Flyer’ but stopped after two issues!


All above plus your company logo as a supporter on the website and in the Historic Jewellery Quarter magazine Company logo is optional......................................... £250.00


All above plus your company logo as a supporter on the website and in the Historic Jewellery Quarter magazine Company logo is optional yes/no ............................ £500.00

MAGAZINE ONLY SUBSCRIPTION 4 Issues (one year) Historic Jewellery Quarter ......... £18.40

Jewellery Quarter Heritage, York House, 22 Frederick Street. Birmingham B1 3HE. Tel: 0121 236 4230

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With over 30 years reclamation experience, I am now helping Businesses of all sizes around the ‘quarter’ achieve the maximum results from their workshop waste. Could you be missing out? Give me a call and see how I can help you.

t: 07956 232 734



Top Prices Paid Immediate returns available over the counter for hallmarked scrap. Come and speak to our friendly staff in Presmans for exclusive pricing which is not available via our website. We always have cash available. Fast Melt & Assay Presman have invested in the latest technology, enabling the majority of melt jobs to be completed whilst you wait. This service is perfect for unhallmarked jewellery, casting waste, lemels, dental crowns etc. What makes us different? Established in 1945, Presman is a long established and highly trusted company looking to build new relationships with both large and small businesses across the Jewellery Quarter. It doesn’t matter whether you are a designer maker or a large manufacturer, we guarantee you a fully transparent and personal service.

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Marie Haddleton and from the Editorial team.

A Busy Quarter

The Hockley Flyer September 2013 Issue No. 338

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. © 2013 YBA Publications

Around the Quarter can be seen much restoration work going on, there are three buildings in Frederick Street (one is the renovation of the original British Jewellery Federation building, where plants were gradually taking over, two buildings on the opposite side of Frederick Street and the new, nearly completed Chinese Restaurant in Vittoria Street. Also Cedar Homes has started work on site in Tenby Street North which is to be called ‘Elizabeth’ (Ross McMillan - the award-winning developer for his restoration work in Warstone Lane, tells us this is in recognition of (a) Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee Year, (b) his wife’s name Elizabeth and my second name - (Marie Elizabeth). Ross says he is sorry about the loss of the temporary car park.

.... and an ‘attractive’ Quarter

We can’t let this summer pass without commenting how lovely the flower baskets on the lamp posts have been this year. They are absolutely overflowing with blooms.


Continuing with our run of Heritage items, this month we feature William Sapcote who had premises in Camden Street until they went into administration on 19 October 2007 with the loss of 140 jobs. I remember the building well as on looking upwards from the street you could see a conservatory and garden on the roof - probably one of the first roof gardens, especially in The Jewellery Quarter. Sapcotes were amongst the first businesses to support The Hockley Flyer and at the time we helped with the production of some of their Newsletter.

2013 Essential Guide

The ‘2013 Essential Guide to the Jewellery Quarter’ was published and distributed just in time for the official opening of the New Library, obviously with plenty of copies now available for visitors. The Guide has been published entirely due to the hard work of Anna Gibson (JQ Creative Marketing), aided by Andy Munro, with the backing and support, of course, from the advertisers, etc. The Guide also features myself (featured in two very important and beautifully produced magazines within a few weeks, the other book being the Jewels of Our City by Jean Debney. {If you have been unsuccessful in obtaining a copy of Jewels of Our City - we can now obtain one for you – also on our web site at Anna also announced the Guide on Radio WM on Adrian Goldberg’s show. The Guide is already proving a great success. Congratulations to both Anna and Andy on a job well done! Marie Haddleton Editor

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HAVE YOU MOVED PREMISES OR JUST MOVED INTO THE JEWELLERY QUARTER? IF YOU ARE IN BIRMINGHAM’S JEWELLERY QUARTER OR ST’ PAULS SQUARE AREA MAKE SURE YOU RECEIVE YOUR COPY OF THE HOCKLEY FLYER FREE OF CHARGE IN THE POST Please send me the next 12 issues of the Hockley Flyer starting with the next issue. Have you changed address yes/no Are you new to the area yes/no OLD ADDRESS (if applicable) Name:_______________________________________________________ Address: _____________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ POSTCODE: _________________________________________________ NEW ADDRESS Name:_______________________________________________________ Address: _____________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ POSTCODE: _________________________________________________ Send to: THE HOCKLEY FLYER, YBA Publications, York House, 22 Frederick Street, Birmingham, B1 3HE


Trade Talk from around the Jewellery Quarter and more.

Unique Crystal GlassTest Now Available

Stunning photorealistic imagery of a Tiffany style cluster ring designed using Gemvision’s new CounterSketch Studio 4.0

Global launch of CounterSketch™ Studio 4.0 Stuller and Gemvision Europe staged the world debut of their pioneering CounterSketch Studio 4.0 design software at IJL (International Jewellery London), 1-4 September 2013. CounterSketch™ Studio 4.0 is an extensive update to the existing 3D jewellery design software. Launched in 2009, CounterSketch Studio is a creative software programme with full 3D capabilities, including features that allow a jeweller to interact with customers to design a piece of jewellery in real-time, using the showroom floor computer. “Whether a jeweller is altering an existing design or conceptualising a design from scratch, this programme has everything needed to create bridal, fashion, remounts, even earrings and pendants,” says Jeff High, president of Gemvision and chief innovation officer for Stuller. “With the new Freehand mode you gain creative freedom without sacrificing speed and ease of use. Retailers can rely on the trusted manufacturing of Stuller to deliver the dream piece in fourteen business days.”

Enhanced features • Freehand Mode, which allows retailers to design a piece by incorporating jewellery parts from the CounterSketch library • Fresh, on-trend 3C designs

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• New intuitive interface • Stunning, photorealistic images of your design that are true-to-life • More than 150 new gemstone choices allowing you to render a design any way your customer wants.

“Offering your customer an opportunity to truly be a part of the design process is an unforgettable experience for them,” says Stuller founder and chairman, Matt Stuller. Highlights on Gemvision’s stand H111 will include live demonstrations and a chance for retailers to design their own jewellery using the latest version design software. The award winning CounterSketch Studio software helps independent retailers capitalise on the trend for personalised jewellery – an easy-touse bespoke design service in store, allowing retailers to expand their product range without the overheads. “CounterSketch Studio makes it easy for customers to design their own uniquely personalised jewellery crafted by Stuller. Each one of over 2,300 base models – ladies and men’s rings, wedding bands and pendants - can be modified in 3D to customer preference with an intuitive set of controls, creating an infinite number of possible customised designs,” added Gemvision’s Graham Dicks. With facilities in the UK, the United States and a global network of authorised dealers, Gemvision brings jewellers and technology together with innovative Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) products.

The new regulation restricting the lead content of jewellery and other items, part of the EU REACH (Restriction, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) Regulation, has a specific ‘derogation’ or exemption for ‘crystal glass’. Regular exposure to even very low quantities of lead can badly damage the intellectual and behavioural development of young children. REACH regulates the lead content of all types of jewellery and hair accessories, and all parts are included. Lead is commonly found in plastics, varnishes, paints, enamels and lacquers and in glass and crystals. The lead content of each individual part must be less than 0.05% (500 parts per million) by weight. However, it is recognised that there are not any suitable alternatives for some materials with a higher lead content, amongst them vitreous enamels and crystal glass which are exempt from the regulation. The legislation is enforceable from 9th October 2013 and many customers have been asking for a test to verify that glass components in jewellery and watches fall within the recognised definition of ‘crystal glass.’ In order to be classified as one of the categories of crystal glass the material must comply with three different criteria which regulate its chemical composition, its refractive index and its relative density. Through the combined resources of The Laboratory and the AnchorCert Gemmological Laboratory, The Birmingham Assay Office is in a unique position to offer this test which is now available and already proving very popular. For more information on this unique test contact the Laboratory at The Birmingham Assay Office on 0871 871 6020 or email:

Betts Metal Sales Mad Hatter’s Tea Party On the 27th September a number of businesses within the Jewellery Quarter will be involved in raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support by participating in ‘The world’s biggest coffee morning’. The event has been arranged by Macmillan Cancer Support who are urging people within Birmingham and the Black Country to help raise funds exceeding £500K. Betts Metal Sales on Spencer Street, Hockley will be holding a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party on their premises Friday 27th September. All staff will be participating by dressing up as their chosen character from the story as well as donating money and bringing in cakes to sell. Betts Metal Sales is a member of the Stephen Betts Group. The original family business, specialising in smelting and refining bullion, was founded in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter at the dawn of the industrial revolution in 1760. Now with its ninth consecutive generation in the business, the Betts family has been directly associated with the recovery of precious metals and the jewellery industry for nearly a quarter of a millennium.

Domino Rings the Changes at IJL Domino had an eye-catching new stand at this year’s International Jewellery London. The company’s 9m x 8m stand (G141) on the prestigious Boulevard at the heart of the show has had a complete makeover for 2013 and had a selection of attractive new features designed to tempt customers over the threshold. The new look, which was first seen at Basel earlier this year, include d some sophisticated display cabinets with attractive built-in lighting options, plenty of large life-style photographic images showing some of Domino’s

most fashionable new designs, as well as comfortable and private ‘booths’ where customers could sit with sales staff to view the company’s extensive range. “We wanted to create a look that reflects the elegant, well-designed and ever-broadening product range that Domino now provides to retailers, and feel our new stand does exactly that,” says sales and marketing director, Andrew Sollitt. Domino used IJL to showcase its recently launched and much expanded Diamond Ring Mounts collection as well as its exciting ‘Belle Ile’ collection of neckwear and earrings which received its preview at the event.

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First Gemvision Intern Robyn has Designs on Dream Career Recent graduate Robyn Cameron is being given a taste of her dream career in jewellery design, thanks to Gemvision’s new internship programme. Robyn was selected for the six-week internship from North Glasgow College, where students learn Gemvision’s award winning Matrix CAD design software on their final degree year in Jewellery Design and Technology. Global jewellery software specialist Gemvision has supported young talent for many years with some of

Meet the Experts at Surface World Show 2013

(Stand KC2, NEC Birmingham, 24th – 26th September 2013 The Surface World Show 2013 is the major industry event for the UK surface treatment industries – aimed at specifiers, engineers, designers, and practitioners. The Surface World Show offers all the latest technologies, products, and services under one roof covering protective, decorative, and functional coatings and platings of all kinds plus essential cleaning and pre-treatment.

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the UK’s leading dedicated jewellery schools, including North Glasgow College for the past two years. Working The Laboratory at The Birmingham Assay Office will be exhibiting at the Surface World Show 2013 At Nec Birmingham, 24th – 26th September 2013. The Laboratory is one of the UK’s leading independent test houses for precious and base metal analysis including Nickel, Lead, and Cadmium compliance and is UKAS accredited to ISO 17025. Laboratory staff will be on stand KC2 in the Knowledge Centre and will answer visitor’s queries on current legislation concerning REACH regulations, the ROHS directive, and other International Standards. So come along and Meet the Experts. To register for the show visit

within Gemvision’s Matrix technical support department, Robyn will learn how to help Matrix users improve their design skills and resolve customer issues. Gemvision’s Graham Dicks said: “We wanted to support a new graduate who is keen to build their own business using our Matrix software. By giving Robyn the opportunity to improve her knowledge and skills in a real working environment, our aim is that she will be better trained to design her own collections. “We also introduce Robyn to Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter and London’s Hatton Garden to make new contacts with other designers and manufacturers and we’ll be helping Robyn gain a greater understanding of the sales process, including shows, so she can better prepare herself to develop her own client base.” Growing up in the Highlands of Scotland, surrounded by beautiful landscapes, lochs and seas, Robyn’s childhood explorations ignited her fascination for the world beneath the waves, inspiring her jewellery designs. She hopes her internship will enhance both her design work and her employment prospects. She said: “This is a great opportunity for me to work with a leading global company in the jewellery industry. Since school, my dream has been to design jewellery and this is a fantastic chance to see what it’s really like to work as a CAD designer.” Graham added: “It’s so important our emerging young talent has the right training and support, and we are delighted to be working with North Glasgow College, Holt’s Academy, and Birmingham School of Jewellery. From a decimated jewellery industry in the late 80’s and 90’s, where we lost out to Italy and the Far East, we are now seeing strong talent born from these colleges. As a nation, we now excel in bespoke and designer jewellery from costume to super fine high ticket items. It’s great to see the support the industry has shown to this next generation.” This is the first time Gemvision Europe has taken on an intern and the company intends to roll out an annual programme. Gemvision provides Robyn’s accommodation and travel from her home town in Inverness.

Domino Intern Dilyana’s Big Idea Domino is always keen to nurture new talent and is happy to share its expertise with talented young people looking to gain a greater understanding of commercial jewellery production. So when Dilyana Evtimova ( applied recently to join the company as an intern and the design team saw some of

Paul Dyson - Director Promotion After 12 extremely successful years at the Goldsmiths’ Company, Paul Dyson will be leaving this autumn to pursue other interests. In his time at Goldsmiths’ Hall, Paul has achieved an enormous amount to raise the Company’s profile with the media, the general public and in the eyes of all silversmiths and jewellers in the UK. He has done this through a combination of brilliantly staged exhibitions and events, obtaining extensive coverage in national and international media, and through the development of both of the Company’s websites. To give impact to the Company’s communications, he undertook a complete review of the brand identity, which was refreshed and revitalized.

the highly, innovative designs in her portfolio, they were delighted to take her on board. The first task they set her was however a little unusual. The company has always gone to considerable lengths to find original display items for use at trade shows and in ‘The Creative Suite’ its permanent showroom in Birmingham. The design team felt that Dilyana, who has a first class honours degree in Design and Applied Art from The University of Wolverhampton and was also Artist in Residence at Bilston Art Gallery, would be the perfect Whilst mindful of the Company’s 700 year history, the new brand is very much in keeping with the organisation’s aspirations in the 21st Century. In addition to his many critically acclaimed exhibitions, including “Gold: Power and Allure” (2012) and “Treasures of the English Church: Sacred Gold and Silver 800-2000” (2008) which both achieved record numbers of visitors, Paul has built a devoted following for the annual Goldsmiths’ Fair. These events have added not just prestige to the Company but very real support to the trade’s bottom line with impressive year-on-year increases in sales. Paul has brought an energy and passion to every activity undertaken in his role, and he will be missed enormously. He leaves the Goldsmith’s Company at the end of October with the Court’s gratitude and warm wishes for the future.

person to come up with something new. They were not disappointed. Using her love of nature, her imagination and some card as her starting point Dilyana had soon fashioned some exquisitely-detailed, highlystylised, three-dimensional ‘trees’, with eye-catching, cut-out patterns to set off the jewellery in the showcases. “We knew that Dilyana was terrifically talented before we took her on, but we have been completely knocked out by the display materials she has come up with for us to use in our cabinets at IJL and we know that our clients will love them too,” enthuses Sally Holgate, marketing manager for Domino. So confident is Domino that Dilyana’s designs will appeal to retailers looking for attractive ways to create a festive window, that Sally is currently exploring ways of getting them made commercially using a laser cutter rather than by hand. “I’m really excited that my creations are going to be used at IJL. I did a lot of research before I began this project and am confident that what I have created is right for now. I am passionate about nature, it’s my favourite inspiration and appears across all strands of my creative work,” says Dilyana. Making display materials is very far from being all that Dilyana, who describes herself as ‘not frightened of hard work’ has been doing during her Internship with Domino. Working closely with the company’s design team she has also been offered the chance to design engagement and cluster rings to commercial specifications. “I do have a small, business selling my own jewellery designs but I wanted to know more about manufacturing and about working with other people. Working at Domino has been amazing. It has opened my eyes and really improved my overall understanding of the industry,” she says. Dilyana is one of a number of interns currently working within WB The Creative Jewellery Group of which Domino is a part. The Group welcomes approaches from suitably qualified young people wishing to get a taste of what working within a large, modern, jewellery design and production business is like and offers an on-going programme of Internships.

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Graduate Hannah’s Arabesque Collection Wins Top Gemvision Matrix Prize This year’s Gemvision Matrix Award given in partnership with the School of Jewellery at Birmingham City University (BCU) has been presented to jewellery and silversmithing graduate Hannah Kimber. The annual award is open to students on the School’s B.A (Hons) Design for Industry one-year top-up degree level course, which teaches Gemvision’s award winning Matrix CAD jewellery software. It recognises outstanding achievement using Matrix, based on best 3D rendering, technical skills, and overall design. Hannah’s arabesque inspired rings and pendants impressed judges Gemvision’s Graham Dicks and deputy head of School at School of Jewellery Gaynor Andrews. Graham said: “Hannah shows great under-

‘24 Carrots’ 2013 Plans in the Jewellery Quarter 24 Carrots will host another market in 2013 in St Paul’s Square on 12th December, 4 - 9pm, one was held recently on. 22nd August “We’ve been a bit quiet since the fantastic Christmas Market held in St. Paul’s Square in December 2012. During

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standing of the sophisticated design techniques of Matrix with her beautiful collection and she is a thoroughly deserving winner. We congratulate her on her ability to incorporate complex, innovative effects with Matrix and create superb, photo-realistic images of her jewellery designs.” Taking her influence from Islamic architecture, Hannah’s designs are for high end jewellery pieces. She said: “Using the amazing rendering capabilities of Matrix means I was able to make my designs look stunningly realistic and unique. It’s great as it gives me the creative freedom this time, we have been thinking carefully on the future of the market. We have also been keeping a keen eye on the Golden Square development, the site where our market was previously located. We have realised that monthly markets will need to remain on hold. We feel the best way to go forward is special one off markets. The current committee for 24 Carrots will be stepping down at the next AGM. However, 24 Carrots will live on! The JQNF will be taking over the running of the markets.”

to refine the basic power of Rhino 3D software and produce brilliantly lifelike 3D representations of my designs. Using the gem tool gave me so much more control over the layout of gems – and it was very straightforward to use. And given my pieces are 6cm high, having the ability to weigh them means I can work out accurate costs. Without Matrix, I couldn’t have created my design concepts into truly commercial looking finished products.” The School of Jewellery has been using Matrix software on course work for 4 years. Gaynor Andrews explained how it gives their students a huge advantage. She said: “Having the opportunity for students to use Matrix is fantastic. It’s so much an industry standard now, it’s vital for students to have the skills to take with them when they go out into industry. In fact, a number of our students have been employed as a result. It gives them the ability to create amazing visuals to showcase their designs without having to go to full production, so they can show what they’re really capable of. For us, it’s a great collaboration with Gemvision, and gives our students a tremendous advantage.” Matrix is currently taught at 55 schools and universities worldwide. Gemvision’s latest Matrix version 7.5 features exciting new functionality and over 2000 upgrades. Since its first launch in 2000, Matrix has become the CAD choice of many of the world’s famous jewellers and has earned multiple awards.

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Business Profile

Plan{b} Creative Ltd. ...end of year report and it’s all A-STARS! In the evolving creative hub that is Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter is a real gem of a design and digital artwork studio that combines fresh thinking, true creativity and lots of experience. Just 12 months ago, Plan{b} Creative was set up by a team of highly skilled and experienced agency directors and design creatives, all ready to meet the challenges of an ever expanding multi-media, digital age... Its Managing Director, Jason Boden, was previously Group Director of Slap & Tickle Artwork & Design, a company that was renowned for fast turnaround, innovative design and multi-media solutions. Over the last year Plan{b} has attracted an impressive, diverse

crop of clients. Already, some well-recognised names, including: The Lord’s Taverners, Nationwide Building Society, Involve, Wesleyan Assurance, HomeServe, VELUX, NHS North Bristol Trust. In addition, and like Plan{b}, some strong emerging new brands including Islamic Bank of Britain, Chefline, Cuna Mutual, Coramden Medical, Covenco Disaster Recovery Services and Xn Leisure. A broad service offering includes brand management services, web site design and responsive optimised development for all mobile and desktop devices, corporate brochures, multi-media production and advertising. Each client and project receives meticulous attention to detail, fine creativity and a healthy respect for deadlines. On reaching the first year’s milestone, Jason is quick to point out that it is the support and efforts of an integrated and passionate team that have enabled this amazing first year. Modern marketing demands sharper, more invasive techniques. From design through to final production, the Plan{b} team have the skills to make a brand’s transition seamless and smooth through all media channels. A bright new website has just been launched to showcase Plan{b} Creative’s portfolio. It can be found at Jason comments, “Future development of the agency certainly will be worth watching. We are determined to build a strong, dynamic company that is in tune with a fast moving and challenging era for marketing departments in this increasingly digital world. Our competitive edge is simple, creativity is foremost at mind, speed of turnaround is

essential, and client service levels are industry led. These, and the profound understanding of where technology is leading the marketing media landscape, are what will keep Plan{b} on top of its game. It’s been a great 12 months. The next 12 will be even better!”

A Sparkling New Guide A new Visitor Guide is being launched this week, showcasing Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter. It is packed full of information on the area’s Museums, Galleries, Historic Trails, and, of course, its unique Shopping Offer. With over 100 specialist jewellery shops, the Guide also has some useful tips on everything from choosing diamond jewellery to tips on horology. Guide publisher, Anna Gibson, of Jewellery Quarter Creative Marketing, said, ‘I’ve been involved with marketing the Quarter for many years and have regularly shown people around the area. There’s lots to see and enjoy and I hope that this Guide will help visitors make the most of their visit. This free Guide will be available from Information Centres, Libraries, Hotels, Chiltern Railway mainline stations and other attractions.’ September 2013 The Hockley Flyer



News and Stories with a Historical or heritage interest...

Photo from Colin’s General Cemetery (Key Hill) tours

Explosion in Anti-corrosive & Percussion Cap Manufactory Graham Street (June 1862)

Funeral of Brothers Richard and Thomas Simcox Walker

Alleged Ill Usage of a Wife by her Husband (Birmingham Daily Post April 29 1858)

‘The neighbourhood of Icknield Street and the Sand Pits was the scene of much excitement during the whole of yesterday, arising out of the following melancholy ocurrence: A person named William Talbot keeps a provision and seed shop in Icknield Street East. He was married; and it is currently reported, that for some time past, he and his wife have led a most unhappy life. On Monday evening last, as we are informed, an unfortunate difference took place between them and it ended in Talbot, assisted by his son, after very ill usage to his wife, turning her out of

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‘The remains of Messrs Richard and Thomas Simcox Walker, who perished in the explosion in the Graham Street works of R. Walker’s, were yesterday consigned to the family vault in the old doors. It is said that the poor woman was met without a bonnet, both in the Hagley Road and in Monument Lane. At this latter spot, the persons who saw her supposed, she being opposite to a public house, that she might be waiting for her husband. One of them remarked. “It is a fine night,” and to this Mrs Talbot said: “It is”. This took place between eleven and twelve o’clock; but about one o’clock a policeman met her and took her home. We have not been able to learn anything as to the circumstances directly following this; but at a quarter before five o’clock on Tuesday evening, a person named James Dancer, living in Richard’s Buildings, Icknield Square, found the dead body of Mrs Talbot in the canal, near the Cottage of Content Bridge, Saint Vincent Street. He, with assistance, got the unhappy woman out of the water’.

Cemetery in Key Hill. The mour nful event caused a large number of people (500 or 600) to assemble in the Cemetery grounds and round the gates. The procession, which consisted of two hearses and mourning coach, and a number of mourners on foot, arrived a few minutes before one o’clock. The coffins containing the remains having been carried inside the gates and placed upon biers, were inspected by a number of people anxious to see all they could connected wih the two unfortunate men who had been so suddenly snatched from amongst them. The coffins were covered with black cloth, with silver handles and a silver plate, containing the name, age and date of death of each of the deceased gentlemen.The opening portion of the burial service was read with great solmnity by the Chaplain in the chapel, after which the procession moved to the vault, which is situated in the main avenue which runs along the back of the cemetery. The remains were lowered into the vault which had received several members of their family before. At his point of the ceremony the grief of the relatives was intense and seemed to infect most of the assembled, for many eyes glistened with the tears of sympathy (one brother left four young children).’

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Burial of The Suicide Disgraceful Proceedings at the Grave (Morning Chronicle May 4 1858).

‘The remains of the woman Talbot, upon whose body an inquest was held on Friday last, were conveyed to the Church of England Cemetery on Sunday afternoon for internment. Considerable excitement prevailed in the neighbourhood and the feelings of the inhabitants were manifested in various ways against the husband of the unfortunate deceased. Shortly after two o’clock a concourse of people began to assemble in front of Talbot’s house, which is situated near to Camden Street and gave vent to their indignation in terms of very threatening and violent nature. The yells were most unearthly and discordant, and altough there was a faint attempt to procure silence as the corpse was being removed to the hearse, it was only partially successful, and immediately the mourners

JQRG Brief Biographies

John Postgate FRCS This Brief Biography is by John R Postgate, an un-sung hero who campaigned against the widespread practice of mixing food with all sorts of things to increase profits. It seems incredible that anyone would object to John’s efforts to stop the practice but it was a long hard journey and we owe him a lot.

Buried Warstone Lane The Headstone Reads: In memory of John Postgate, Surgeon. Sometime Professor of Medical Jurisprudence at Queen’s College, Birmingham. Author of the legislation against the adulteration of food and drugs who for twenty five years of his life without reward and under heavy discouragement laboured to protect the health and to purify the commerce of this people and sacrificed to this object his private comfort and professional advancement. Born October 21st 1820, died September 26th 1881. “Haec seges

appeared to enter the coach, the confusion and uproar reached their climax. As the funeral cortege proceeded the hooting was renewed and there were several attempts made by the mob to ascertain if Talbot himself was in the carriage, as if so they threatened to pull him out and do him some violence. Several times the hearse and coach were stopped and the yelling was on each of these occasions renewed with increased vigour. At the cemetery gates the crowd received an addition to it number, and it was impossible to keep them out of the grounds. They, therefore, formed themselves round the door of the church with the determination, very audibly expressed of making Talbot feel the effects of their wrath. In this, however, they were disappointed, for, as the mourners came out of the coach, the crowd looked in vain for the object of their indignation Some of them mistook one of the mourners for either Talbot or his son, and he was accordingly seized and jostled, his hat was knocked off, and more serious measures would no doubt have been adopted but for the coolness and intrepidity of Mr. Inspector Gibbs, who, with very little asssistance, speedily extricated the man from his perilous

position. A few policemen were then brought to the spot, and comparative order was restored until the corpse was brought out of the church to be taken to the grave, when another yell was given, but during the reading of the burial service there was not an attempt at disturbance. The police attended the mourners back to Talbot’s house, and the crowd of men, women and children seemed to have considerably increased. Their looks were fierce and their language promised severe punishment to Talbot if they could get at him, but he wisely abstained from making his appearance, and all that was left for the baffled mob to do was to yell and threaten until they were tired. The police are keeping strict guard of the house and will doubtless do so until the fury of the populace has subsided. It is satisfactory to be enabled to state that, notwithstanding that the aspect of affairs semed so dangerous, and possessed all the elements of a riot, yet nothing more serious than the disturbance itself resulted. The police acted with firmness and forbearance, and it is owing to such conduct in a great measure that the affair has hitherto been almost harmless in its results. - Birmingham Daily Press.’

ingratos tulit et feret omnibus annis.” Horace. Also of Mary Anna Langdale daughter of the above and Mary Ann Postgate who died December 14th 1857 aged 2 years and 3 months. Also of Mary Ann Postgate wife of the above born November 22nd 1816 died April 11th 1899. “Nothing in my hand I bring, simply to thy cross I cling.”

would be diluted with wheat flour, pea flour, radish seeds or cayenne pepper. Tea might include used and dried tea leaves, or dried and crumbled leaves of local plants; lead salts would be used to clarify wine, though the fact that they are poisonous had been known for several centuries. Honest grocers sometimes employed ‘garblers’ to remove gross foreign matter, such as stones and dust, from spices. Curiously, a few additives, at first regarded as adulterants, later became established components of prepared foods (hops in beer, for example, or chicory in coffee) but the majority were simply fraudulent: cheap additives intended to inflate the vendors’ profits or to improve the appearance of dubious products, and often they were dangerous. Legislation against such practices, with sometimes gruesome penalties, had in fact existed for centuries, but it was blatantly ineffective. However, as the 18th century progressed some determined Victorian reformers set about forcing Government to take its responsibilities in this area seriously.

Campaigner For Unadulterated Food In Victorian Britain adulterated food was an everyday hazard of life. In her famous Book of Household Management (1861) Mrs Beeton warned her readers, “Sugar is adulterated with fine sand and sawdust’ and again that, “This rage for white bread has introduced adulterations of a very serious character...”. She mentioned alum and bone dust as “far from harmless” additives. Bread seems to have been especially vulnerable: in addition to alum it might contain potato flour, bean meal, bone ash or meal, chalk and slaked lime. Sugar was usually poorly refined as well as including her adulterants. Pepper might have gravel, leaves, clove dust or twigs added to make weight. Mustard

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Featured story of the Month.

Kinsey Bros. and Patrick Ltd ‘The Hallmark of Originality since 1885.

(Courtesy Goldsmiths Journal, May 1935)

‘Jewellers must often have some very interesting finds in the melt, but one of the most interesting, in fact a find that is actually romantic, was shown to me the other day, (writes a representative of the Journal), when I had the great pleasure of a chat with Mr J B Patrick, of Messrs Kinsey Bros. & Patrick Ltd the famous firm of gold ring manufacturers of 17 Vyse Street, Birmingham. Mr Patrick is now the proud possessor of a ring, a chased keeper ring that he made in his second year in the trade as an apprentice some sixty-one years ago. Piquancy was added to the interview because it took place on Mr. Patrick’s seventy-fifth birthday which was also the sixty-second anniversary of his entry into the jewellery business at the age of thirteen. ‘Good Old Days’ in Vyse Street. Our chat roamed over all sorts of trade subjects and about many of the lovable old personalities who have passed away within the last generation. In Mr Patrick’s early days the manufacturers of jewellery were very few and although many of them lived and worked in the Vyse Street district; it was then a pleasant suburb of Birmingham with a view across Hockley Hill - a vista of fields and pleasant wooded country. In fact, at that time, the fields almost reached to Vyse Street. At the foot of Pitsford Street, which descends in a gentle slope towards Handsworth, stood a comfortable farm house. The ring which Mr Patrick so luckily preserved from the melt bears the Birmingham hallmark with the date letter of 1874. It is a narrow 18 carat band with a chased design of fleurde-lis, but the important thing about it is that the wonderful tone of the gold

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Mr Peter Patrick, managing director of Kinsey, Bros & Patrick Ltd with a selection of gold and silver rings approx 1975

remains almost as good as the day the ring was made. This is because the colour was attained by the old ‘wet colour’ pro-

A view of the Offices and Works.

cess, whereby the gold was pickled in very strong acids, the action being to dissolve from the outer surface all the alloy, leaving a skin of fine gold on

the outside. Mr Patrick was loud in his praises of this beautiful old process, but, he added, modern production would not admit of the leisurely ways of the old days and tinting by ordinary elecro-gilding has to suffice.

Jews in Vyse Street

It is curious to hear that the jewellery trade clustered round the Vyse Street district in the early days mainly because it was a favourite district of residence for members of the Jewish fraternity. These old Jewish families were the founders of the modern jewellery trade of Birmingham and they encouraged the manufacturers in to set up in business nearby. The first jeweller’s sign board which appeared in Vyse Street, we learned from Mr Patrick, was put up in a house exactly opposite his present premises, in fact we looked out of the window and regarded the house, Number 98. Here, an old gentleman, named Isaac Silverstein first put up a board advertising himself as a wholesale jeweller. His neighbours were outraged and there was a strong agitation in the district to get him to take it down.

Mr William Sapcote (Birmingham Daily Post) March 13 1907)

‘The death occurred at six o’clock on Monday evening, very suddenly, at his office, 87 Camden Street, Birmingham, of Mr. William Sapcote, principal of one of the best known building firms in Birmingham and the Midlands. Mr. Sapcote, who was in his 66th year, had been in ill-health for some time, but he had continued to attend to his business. He was a native of Birmingham, having been born in Camden Street, and in conjunction with his brother, Mr. Richard Sapcote, assisted his father, Mr. William Sapcote, in controlling the extensive building concern, established there. The deceased gentleman’s father died in 1890, and six years later the death took place of his brother Richard, and he then assumed general charge of the business. Later he was joined by his elder son, Mr. Willliam Thomas Sapcote, and subsequently

Mr Patrick served his apprenticeship with a firm of ring makers of high repute and left their employ with an experience and knowledge of jewellery manufacture of a very high character. He had two brothers-inlaw and joined with them in forming a partnership of Kinsey & Patrick and purchased their present premises from a Mr. Reading who was later taken over by H. Williamson. During the ‘70s the ground at the rear of Vyse Street began to disappear, and ‘shopping’ took their place. Unfortunately, the wedding ring business suffered a severe depression through fashion calling for light dainty rings. There is scarely need to mention that wedding rings are sold by weight and naturally the heavier the ring the larger the margin between the selling price and the nett value of the material. In the days when four or five rings were made to the ounce manufacture was less of a problem than now when the average is seven or eight, and sometimes more. Of course the trade attempted to meet the situation by producing fancy designs and these met with a considerable amount Mr. Samuel Guy Sapcote, also became a partner. For about 30 years the deceased took an active part in the affairs of the Birmingham Master Builders’ Association, of which he was several times president. He was well-known throughout the United Kingdom as a builder, and in 1990 he became president of the Association of Master Builders for Great Britain and Ireland. He had also filled the position of president of the Midlands Centre of the National Federation of Master Builders. Among the buildings erected by Mr Sapcote’s firm were the Municipal Technical Schools in Suffolk Street; The Girls High School New Street; Old Meeting Church, Bristol Street; St. Peter’s Church, George Street West; the Latimer Memorial Church, Handsworth New Road; St. John’s Church, Sparkhill; the Electric Power Statiion, Summer Lane; Floodgate Street, Sherborne Road, and other schools; and the Telephone Exchange in Hill Street. The deceased was a member of the Birmingham Conservative Associaton, and at the time of this death

of favourable demand’.

‘A Well-known Ring House

(Courtesy The British Jeweller March 1934)

Kinsey Bros and Patrick Ltd are amongst the oldest of the wedding and signet ring houses and were probably the first self-contained manufacturing jewellers in Birmingham, providing an exclusive wholesale trade. In their workshops you may see the interesting development of a ring in the hands of highly skilled workers and as you watch its evolution through the melting shop, rolling mill, wire rolls, slitters and draw benches, the stamping, piercing, chasing, embossing and engraving shops, and the final processes of lapping, gilding and polishing, you may reflect upon the curious significance of the work. It seems a far cry from the melting shop to the alter! Over thir ty years the firm has absorbed T. Myatt & Co of Vitttoria Street, J. Smith & Son and W. Oakley Davies of 2 Warstone Parade. The firm was originaly in Albion Street but later moved to 17 Vyse Street.’

was a warden of St. Mark’s Church, Kind Edward’s Road; whilst for many years he was one of the managers of St. Mark’s school. He was largely interested in the work of education, and at one time was chairman of the Finance Committee of the Church Schools Association, later the Birmingham Diocesan Church Education Society. The deceased, whose private residence was in Summerhill Terrace, was buried in the Church of England Cemetery, Warstone Lane.’

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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 2013/06349/PA 16 Hockley Street Hockley Birmingham B18 6BL. Display of 1no. non illuminated sign. 21-08-2013 2013/06183/PA Land off Augusta Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham. Formation of car park with associated access. 15-08-2013 2013/06142/PA Warstone Lane and Vyse Street Land at Corner of Birmingham. Creation of ‘Golden Square’ to include event area, promenade, orchard, retail/ information kiosk and associated public realm improvements. 14-08-2013. 2013/06098/PA Warstone Lane Cemetery Warstone Lane Hockley Birmingham B18 6NN. Remedial/repair works to existing retaining wall which has collapsed that forms part of “The Catacombs”. 13-08-2013. 2013/06076/PA 120 Pope Street Carver Street Birmingham B1 3AG. Erection of a 5-storey building to provide an 82 bedroom hotel with associated basement plant rooms and back of house facilities. 13-08-2013. 2013/06082/PA 34-35 Tenby Street Birmingham B1 3EE. Application to determine the details for condition number 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11attached to approval 2012/01340/PA. 12-08-2013 2013/06075/PA Kenyon Forge Unit 14, Kenyon Street Birmingham B18 6DH Change of use to tattoo studio (suigeneris). 12-08-2013 2013/05972/PA 33 Pitsford Street Hockley Birmingham B18 6LJ. Erection of a three storey building to provide 12 apartments with associated amenity area and car parking. 08-08-2013

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Planning Applications and Decisions from the Jewellery Quarter.

2013/05760/PA 83 Spencer Street Crescent Silver Birmingham B18 6DE Installation of new windows and parapet. 01-08-2013 2013/05510/PA 45-50 Tenby Street North Hockley Birmingham B1 3EG. Non Material Amendment attached to approval 2012/06886/PA to alter the position and style of windows and alterations to the courtyard layout. 4-072013 2013/05117/PA 31A Frederick Street Birmingham B1 3HH. Listed Building Consent for erection of covered entrance porch / portico to front elevation and feature railings to ground floor windows. 11-07-2013 2013/05116/PA 31A Frederick Street Birmingham B1 3HH. Erection of covered entrance porch / portico to front elevation and feature railings to ground floor windows. 11-07-2013 2013/04845/PA 118 Vyse Street Hockley Birmingham B18 6LP. Widening of existing entrance doorway, installation of roller shutters and 2 no. windows and creation of access ramp and steps 04-07-2013.

Ongoing 2013/05571/PA Land at The Quarter Warstone Lane Jewellery Quarter Hockley Birmingham B18 6NG. Application to determine the details for conditions 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,10,11 and 12 attached to approval 2013/01627/PA. 26-07-2013 2013/04542/PA 109-111 Pope Street Hockley Birmingham B1 3AG. Demolition of rear single storey workshop and replace with three storey workshop. Refurbishment of existing two storey front offices, showroom and increase in associated office (B1a) floor space. 26-06-2013 2013/04049/PA 133 Great Hampton Street College Of Law Birmingham B18 6AQ. Display of 2no. non illuminated signs & 1no. internally illuminated sign. 10-06-2013 2013/02954/PA The Birmingham Mint Icknield Street Hockley Birmingham B18 6RU. Conversion of floors 1 and 2 to provide 6 no. apartments, changes to the front and rear entrances with internal works, improvements to the frontal sash windows, installation of solar panels to roof, retention of ground floor offices and associated car parking 22-04-2013 2013/02823/PA The Birmingham Mint Icknield Street Hockley Birmingham B18 6RU. Listed Building Consent for the conversion of floors 1 and 2 to provide

6 no. apartments, changes to the front and rear entrances with internal works, improvements to the frontal sash windows, installation of solar panels to roof, retention of ground floor offices and associated car parking 22-04-2013 2013/01282/PA Land at 86-87 Carver Street Birmingham B1 3AL. Conservation Area Consent for the demolition of existing industrial buildings. 26-02-2013 2013/01280/PA Land at 86-87 Carver Street Birmingham B1 3AL. Demolition of existing buildings and erection of a mixed use residential and commercial development comprising of 61 apartments and a four storey office building of 1,583 sqm with associated access and parking. 26-02-2013

New Decisions 2013/04679/PA Newman Brothers Coffin Fitting Works 13-15 Fleet Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B3 1JU Listed building consent for works to convert building into heritage visitor attraction and studio office/workshop space. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2013/04190/PA 38 George Street Birmingham B3 1QA. Change of use from offices to residential (Use Class C3) Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions. 2013/04049/PA 133 Great Hampton Street College Of Law Birmingham B18 6AQ. Display of 2no. non illuminated signs & 1no. internally illuminated sign Final Decision - Approve Temporary 2013/03833/PA 37 Albion Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3EP. Installation of new shutters and alterations to front elevation. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2013/03716/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 levels. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2013/00197/PA 48-56 Branston Street Hockley Birmingham B18 6BP. Change of use from void factory premises to commercial use (classes A1, A2 and B1) at ground floor and basement level and 4 x 1 bed apartments at first and second floor. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions

Older Decisions 2013/00197/PA 48-56 Branston Street Hockley Birmingham B18 6BP. Change of use from void factory premises to

commercial use (classes A1, A2 and B1) at ground floor and basement level and 4 x 1 bed apartments at first and second floor. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2013/01878/PA Block 7, The Mint Icknield Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B18 6RU. Erection of four storey frontage building for 9 no. residential apartments (use class C3) and ground floor commercial (use class B1). Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions. 2013/01878/PA Block 7, The Mint Icknield Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B18 6RU. Erection of four storey frontage building for 9 no. residential apartments (use class C3) and ground floor commercial (use class B1). Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2013/03377/PA Derwent House 3 Mary Ann Street Birmingham B3 1BG. Change of use of B1 Office Space to B1 (Offices) and D1 (Museum). Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 013/03672/PA S/O 16 Graham Street Ladywood Birmingham B1 3JR. Prior Approval Application for 1 no. DSLAM cabinet. Final Decision - Prior Approval Required and to Approve with Conditions

Summary Guide to Use Classes A1 - Shops. A2 - Financial and Professional Services. A3 - Restaurants and Cafes. A4 - Drinking Establishments. A5 - Hot Food Takeaways. B1 (a) - Business. (b) - Research & development, studios, labs, high technology. (c) - Light Industry. B2 - General Industry. B3 - Storage/Distribution. C1 - Hotels C2 - Residential Institutions C2A - Secure Residential Institutions. C3 - Dwelling Houses D1 - Non-residential Institutions. D2 - Assembly/Leisure.

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!

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03 - 06 Oct - INTERGEM 2013 Germany. Internationally renowned exhibitors present extraordinary gemstones and jewellery to the 4,000 expected visitors. Intergem is known to be able to offer one-of-a-kind specialties which cannot be found anywhere else. Visitors can find rarities, which can hardly be acquired at the market. Even pearls of highest quality and astonishing gemstone-objects are offered.

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NOW - 14 Sept - VALERIE ALEXANDER RBSA Solo show - Watercolours and mixed media work in a free and expressive style. NOW - 21 Sept - RBSA Gallery - MARK FENNELL RBSA - Solo Show - Portraits, still life and plein air landscape paintings in oils.

NOW - 05 Oct - RBSA Gallery - VIV ASTLING RBSA - Touching The Stone - A solo show challenging the ‘Don’t Touch’ rule and inviting the viewer to experience the tactile quality of stone. NOW - 19 Oct - GALACTIC CRAFT EXHIBITION - Blast off into a galaxy far away with ‘Galactic’, an exhibition exploring the spectacle and wonders of outer space. From jewellery inspired by meteorites and shooting stars through to space-age ceramics and ethereal glass, this exhibition offers an opportunity for stargazing right in the heart of Brum! Work on display includes futuristic jewellery in precious metals by Mandana Oskoui, Emily Thatcher and Annie Cracknell, as well as Samantha Donaldson’s stunning glass forms inspired by rock minerals. 11 Sep - 12 Oct - MEMBERS & ASSOCIATES’S EXHIBITION. Members and Associates, including newly-elected Associates of the RBSA, show their current work in an annual exhibition held since 1842. Works in all media will be on show (except photography). Don’t miss the free demonstration by Marylane Barfield PPRBSA on Saturday 14 September. 16 Sep - 02 Nov - ROGER KEELING RBSA - Solo Show. A collection of figure studies in different media. 23 Sep - 16 Nov - VALERIE DUGAN ARBSA - Solo Show - A display of Valerie’s realistic botanical watercolour paintings and calligraphy. Don’t miss Valerie’s free demonstration on Saturday 12 October. 07 Oct - 07 Dec - ELAINE HIND RBSA - Solo Show - INFLORESCENCE. Shape, pattern and colour, observed from plant life and interpreted in porcelain.

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23 - 29 Sep then 01 Oct - 06 Oct - Goldsmiths’Hall - GOLDSMITHS’ FAIR 2013. It is the ultimate one-stop destination for those seeking out jewellery and silver by the most exciting independent designer-makers in the UK. Established in 1983 the Fair has grown in stature and allure. 24 - 26 Sep - NEC Birmingham - THE SURFACE WORLD SHOW 2013 is the major industry event for the UK surface treatment industries – aimed at specifiers, engineers, designers and practitioners. The Surface World Show offers

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10 Sept and 22nd Oct - UNDERSTANDING DIAMONDS. This hands on course is intended for retail staff who already have some experience of selling jewellery and precious stones. The one day course will provide an in depth understanding of diamonds improving their confidence when selling. It gives each delegates a chance to study and observe loose diamonds using a 10x loupe as in retail conditions. delegates will gain a greater understanding of the 4 C’s and also diamond treatments, simulants and synthetics. 11 Sept and 15 Oct - UNDERSTANDING HALLMARKING - Birmingham Assay Office. This halfday event provides a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes and visit the Hallmarking Floor at the Birmingham Assay Office, which is not usually open to the public. During a special guided tour you will see how Hallmarking are applied to precious metal items and jewellery and have the chance to ‘have a go’ at Hallmarking. The event is ideal for those working in the jewellery or precious metal trades, collectors, and members of the public who would like to learn more about Hallmarking, including the history of Hallmarking in the UK and current legislation. 15 Sept - PRESS PRINT PORTRAITS. Workshop led by Annette Pugh ARBSA. Design and make your own press print portrait card or poster! Taking inspiration from artworks in the RBSA Permanent Collection, you will look at faces and expressions from the past then develop these into fun and fashionable print blocks. This process provides an interesting cross-curricular activity for the whole family. Booking essential. This workshop is suitable for children aged 6 to 12. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please book in advance to enable the Gallery to confirm numbers and prepare resources. Price £6 per child, £4 for Members, Associates and Friends of the RBSA.

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17 Sept - SAFEGUARD JEWELLERY VALUATION DAY @ The Birmingham Assay Office. A rare opportunity to have your jewellery, watches and silverware valued in these historic surroundings. You will further receive, a full valuation report folder containing a photograph, detailed description and statement of value for each individual item. Other services are also available and include: a premium valuation portfolio, and a watch authentication report. 18 Sept and 23 Oct - UNDERSTANDING WATCHES - Birmingham Assay Office. This hands-on course is intended for retail staff or enthusiasts who already have some experience of watches. The one da y course will provide an in depth understanding of the technical aspects and benefits of different types of watches, improving confidence when selling. It will also teach basic practical skills which will enable delegates to diagnose possible faults and carry out maintenance repairs. 25 Sep and 16 Oct - UNDERSTANDING PRODUCT SAFETY FOR FASHION ACCESSORIES This one day course offers basic level training for jewellery technologist and costume jewellery and fashion accessories buyers who wish to understand new and current EU and USA product legislation and testing requirements BEFORE supplying product for sale to consumers. The course provides an invaluable overview of the current market for precious and non precious metals and accessories before focusing Nickel, Lead and Cadmium, including why each metal is harmful and current testing regulations. The course also covers the range of testing available, how to request tests and how to complete specific test forms. 01 Oct and 5th Nov - UNDERSTANDING COLOURED GEMSTONES - Birmingham Assay Office . This one day interactive training course takes an in depth look at some of the most important coloured

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stones used in jewellery, including sapphires, rubies, emeralds and tanzanite. Delegates will gain a good commercial understanding of these stones and the key selling points for each one. A practical session looking at gemstones will give an excellent refresher for those with some experience, or a good starting point for delegates who are new to assessing or selling coloured gemstones. 06 Oct - WITCHES AND WIZARDS - Workshop led by Paul Brown RBSA. Use a variety of craft materials to create your own witch or wizard outfit, including a pointy hat, magical wand and a spooky bat friend. This workshop is great for a play date and will help you create a spellbinding outfit for Halloween. Booking essential. This workshop is suitable for children aged 6 to 12. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please book in advance to enable the Gallery to confirm numbers and prepare resources. Price £6 per child, £4 for Members, Associates and Friends of the RBSA. 08 Oct - BUYING SECOND HAND JEWELLERY? THE FACTS. This one day course gives practical training and advice for staff who need to identify and assess new, second-hand and antique jewellery. In addition to theoretical information it includes interactive sessions on identifying hallmarks, diamonds and coloured gemstones.


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26 - 28 Sep - TREASURE ISLAND @ Blue Orange Theatre. By Robert Louis Stevenson Adapted by Eric Gracey Directed by Marcus Fernando. Treasure Island really needs no introduction as it is one of the best loved and most read novels ever printed. Check website for more details. 03 Oct @ 1.15pm ro 1.45pm. St Pauls Church - THURSDAY LIVE Organ Recital. Played by Zsolt Gárdonyi: Zoltán Gárdonyi (1906-1986) Prelude “A Mighty Fortress” (1985), Zsolt Gárdonyi (b.1946) Three Preludes to Lutheran Hymns - Aus tiefer Not (1989) - Erhalt uns, Herr, bei deinem Wort (1990) - Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her (1972), Hommage à F. Liszt (2001), Hommage à Marcel Dupré (1976), Mozart Changes (1995), EGATOP (2010)


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10 Sept - MORELAND & ARBUCKLE: Guitarist Aaron Moreland and harpist / vocalist Dustin Arbuckle have a sound that merges Delta blues, folk, rock, traditional country, soul and hints of other strands of American roots music into something original & distinct. This Kansasborn duo are on a UK Blues Festival tour this summer, and join us at the Jam House, with drummer, Kendall Newby, as part of the launch of their new album, 7 Cities. “It’s hard to say exactly what we are and what we do,” says Arbuckle. “Blues

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is definitely at the core, but we’re huge fans of all sorts of American music, and all of that comes through as well. Obviously, there are elements of traditional country in what we do, elements of vintage rock and roll, soul and all that sort of stuff. We always try to stay grounded in that traditional blues centre, and at the same time branch out and do as many different things as we can while still keeping it consistent with the sound we’ve developed. 11 Sept - GOSPEL CENTRAL: A monthly celebration of the talent to be found in the local Gospel music scene giving an urban and contemporary edge to gospel music - featuring Colin Peters & Andre Bassing. 12 Sept - The OFFICIAL RECEIVERS: A night for dancing to songs from the great heyday of Soul: when it comes to high-energy Stax & Atlantic-based shows the Official Receivers really do shake a tail feather or two! 13 and 14 Sept - 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! 17 Sept - JAZZLINES presents ... BEN MARKLAND BAND: Ben is one of the most in demand bassists in Birmingham and can be seen with a wide variety of bands & musicians. Here he leads his own band playing a mixture of originals and standards. Ben leads this new quartet of his featuring Neil Bullock on drums, Lluis Mather on sax and Gareth Fowler on guitar 18 Sept - GREG LAKE & THE ALUMNI BAND 2013: A special event, hosted by the University of Wolverhampton Music Department, to celebrate the start of the new academic year. Freshers, current students and alumni are all invited to this exclusive event, our second annual welcome week concert, featuring undergraduates and alumni performing together in a unique line-up. Greg Lake, an outstanding guitarist, vocalist and songwriter will present a range of funky rock, soul and blues featuring special guests throughout the night. This is the best way to start the new semester, so get inspired by enjoying some fantastic performances from our music students, past and present. 19 Sept: BEGGAR & Co: The original founder members of Light Of The World and pioneers of UK jazzfunk / dance had a run of hits in the early ‘80s as Beggar & Co with such classics as “Somebody Help Me Out”, and Mule (Chant No 2), and since those halcyon days it seems they’ve never really been away. As individual musicians, they have become some of the mainstays of the UK Jazz / Soul scene, playing & recording regularly with the likes of Paul McCartney, Simply Red, Gabrielle, The Style Council, Tina Turner, Billy Ocean, Alexander O’Neal, and others, as well as following their own projects – Incognito, Central Line, and recently, The Funk Jazz Collective. This show will reflect not only the hits from Beggar & Co and Light of the World, but the work and influences that have shaped their illustrious career and work so far. A special night of music. 20 and 21 Sept - SOLID SOUL: Soul Greats from this talented group of musicians - always a popular choice at the Jam House - featuring classic James Brown, Motown, and even Hendrix & Kravitz. 24 Sept: 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.

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25 Sept: ALEXANDER O’NEAL: Unfortunately All Tickets & Restaurant Spaces Have Now All Been Sold For The Alexander O’neal Show. Reputedly the best pure singer to come from the ‘80s soul era’ releasing a string of memorable hits that are STILL broadcast as radio requests and played at literally thousands of events around the world including: ‘Fake’ – ‘Criticize’ - ‘If You Were Here Tonight’ - ‘Saturday Love’ - ‘Never Knew Love Like This’ - ‘Sunshine’ - ‘Secret Lovers’ and many more. His album ‘Hearsay’ sold nearly a million copies in the UK alone, and to this day he still holds the record as the only performer to ‘sell out’ for SIX consecutive nights at Londons Wembley Arena. This soul man STILL has an undying passion to perform...and his ‘live shows’ reflect that. 26 Sept: LatinMotion presents DEL CAMINO: Popular seven piece Salsa Band supported by LatinMotion DJs. Salsa classes from LatinMotion’s own Mauricio Reyes, from 9pm. ( 27 and 28 Sept - B’SPOKE: A popular & funky young ten piece of talented musicians perform a range of soul & R’n’B classics. 01 Oct - CLUB CLASSICS: Remember the old skool club classics of the late ‘eighties & early ‘nineties? Tunes from the likes of Ce Ce Penistone, Robin S, Beats International, Crystal Waters, and Bobby Brown: the list goes on and on. The Jam House is tonight supporting a new project by some of Birmingham’s best musicians to take some of these dance floor hits and bring them to a live stage. 03 Oct - DR TEETH’S BIG BAND: These Kings of Swing really rip it up at the Jam House with their Jump ‘n’ Jive! Hep Hep! Soon to disband, to follow new projects, this is the last Dr Teeth show ever to be staged at the Jam House - don’t miss this! 04 and 05 Oct - 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. 08 Oct - ITCHYFEET BIRMINGHAM: The Itchy Feet parties return to the Jam House for the new term... Itchy Feet is the rock n’ roll, swing and blues night that has taken the country by storm and leaving revellers up and down the country with a’tapping in their toes and with a thirst for more.. See for further details. 09 Oct - GOSPEL CENTRAL: A monthly celebration of the talent to be found in the local Gospel music scene giving an urban and contemporary edge to gospel music - featuring Colin Peters & Andre Bassing.

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Ian Quartermaine NEW STORE OPENING Manager Required experienced sales professional who can deliver unparalleled customer service and who is sales driven, selling fine jewellery and watches. Senior Sales (part time and full time positions available) experience in sales and retail required, with good IT skills. Trainee Goldsmith to join our busy on site workshop based in Worcester. Basic skills required with design ability, knowledge of cad design and manufacturing, will also require a sales ability and good communication skills. Email cv and covering letter to:

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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

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The Hockley Flyer  

Trade magazine for Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter September 2013, # 338

The Hockley Flyer  

Trade magazine for Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter September 2013, # 338