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BETTS (250 Years) Betts produced a small booklet and we have pleasure in producing this as a ‘taster..’ p32

November 2013

Issue No 340


• Precision detailed engraving • Personal messages, dates or images on the inside or outside of rings • One-off to quantity orders catered for • Quick turn-around • Highly competitive pricing



T: 0121 212 1652 F: 0121 236 1663 11 Northampton Street, Hockley, Birmingham, B18 6DU


Editorial ....................... 22 News............................. 26 Events .......................... 42

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).

Stella Layton for the Birmingham Assay Office......... 26 Heart of the Heat - Exhibition of Work ...................... 26 Betts Metal Sales Mad Hatter’s Tea Party................. 27

Classifieds ................... 44

3D Printed Parts in Silver.......................................... 28

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Jewellery Quarter Raises £7800 for Macmillan......... 28 100 Years Celebration for Talbots Group................... 29 Now This Is How You Wear It Pink............................. 29 9th Young Designer Silversmith Award 2013............. 30 The Skin Practice - Secrets of a Healthy Skin........... 31 Heritage News........................................................... 32 James Hinks (Lamps) Shocking Boat Accident in Handsworth - Two Persons Drowned York Terrace - Hockley Hill BETTS - 1760-2010 (250 Years) Remarkable Demonstration of Respect

The Road That Birmingham Forgot........................... 34 Platform for Finest Stones Claims Pole Position....... 34 Domino’s Ten Days of Christmas............................... 35 Goldsmiths’ Fair Report 2013 ................................... 36 Help With Hallmarks APP Launched......................... 37 Jasper Carrott OBE Joins The Pen Room................. 37 Planning Matters........................................................ 38



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Quality jewellery supp with over 600 years of

plies, delivered experience Holly 10 years experience – Holly joined Betts Metal Sales over 4 years ago after graduating from the Birmingham’s School of Jewellery with an HND and Degree qualification in Jewellery and Silversmithing. Holly has a varied role within the company, marketing and design being her main responsibility. This month Holly has chosen to feature our Light Weight Diamond Jewellery, ready for your Christmas wish-lists!

Light Weight Diamond Range

Our Light Weight Diamond Jewellery range features an assorted collection of excellent quality diamond rings, pendants and stud earrings. All items are available in 9ct and 18ct white, finished to a high standard and set with either G or J/K colour diamonds, making them suitable for any budget. If you’re not ready for Christmas yet, then order now to avoid that last minute rush! 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.

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 Fax: 0121 236 9355

TESTING, WEIGHING & MEASURING QUICKTEST 3” Metal Tester Tests gold from 9ct to 24ct and Silver. Supplied in a wooden case with full instructions. Ref TT53

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A&D BALANCE EK1200G Scale 1200g x 0.1g A reliable balance with an enormous weighing versatility. Capacity: 1200gm-6.000ct38.580ozt-771.6dwt. Lowest weighing unit: 0.1g-0.5ct0.005ozt-0.1 dwt. Dimensions: 190 x 218 x 66mm Ref TS31200



For testing precious metals quickly and accurately. Test carried out on the article. Instructions attached to lid for ease of use. Contained in a strong wooden case. Ref TT54 £51.90

100mm x 0.1mm. Made from durable nylon with internal and external measuring. Ref TG107

WAS £19.30 NOW £15.44

FOR REPLACEMENT BOTTLES SEE: Base Bottle Ref TT541 9ct Bottle Ref TT542 14-15ct Bottle Ref TT543 18-24ct Bottle Ref TT544 Silver Bottle Ref TT545


“FOLDI” PORTABLE LIGHT The portable LED Foldi™ Lamp features 30 bright SUPER daylight™ LEDs to give you full-spectrum natural SAVER daylight which reduces glare which helps reduce eye strain, headaches and red-eye. The daylight™ light from this lamp increases contrast to make reading easier. Up to 8 hours of bright light on batteries and unlimited power using a USB connection truly makes this the finest portable designer lamp on the market. Ref TL261 (Black) & Ref TL262 (White)

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ALL £9.50 EACH

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150mm x 0.1mm. Extremely accurate. Stainless steel construction with the addition of depth measuring and locking screw. Ref TG109

WAS £35.50 NOW £28.40

TABLE MAGNIFING LAMP This small magnifying lamp will become your best partner to work with details. The combination of the 12W Full Spectrum natura light™ tube and the 3.5” lens will allow you to see details like never before. No more squinting, no more headaches, this Naturalight product will help you get the best result every time! £29.50 Ref TM61



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

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The Help with Hallmarks App is available for iPhone/iPad as well as Android devices, and enables users to quickly research and identify the date letter on precious metal jewellery and silverware. The App includes date letters from the key Assay Offices in the UK and Ireland, going back to 1544.

Priced at only £9.99, the App also contains useful hallmark information, and will be an invaluable “on the go” tool for the jewellery industry and the general public.

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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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St John’s Dental Practice

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Phone the Advertising Manager on 0121-236 4230 email:

Vidal Sassoon Trained FOR THAT 2013 HAIR STYLE

Ladies and Gents catered for

Studio 7, Style Works, 50/54 St Paul's Square, Birmingham B3 1QS. Tel: 0121 212 2231

Jakes of St. Pauls

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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Andra Jewels Fast, reliable, high quality service Established in 1959

(Adjacent To Hockley Medical Practice) 100 Warstone Lane, Hockley Birmingham B18 6DZ


Opening Hours: Monday To Friday 08:45am to 18:30pm Saturday- 9:00am to 13:00pm

Phone: 0121 200 3148

Plating zzGold, silver, rhodium

Finishing zzPolishing, barrelling, lacquering

Enamelling zzCold enamelling

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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

Birmingham Community Acupuncture Affordable treatment in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter Room 606B - Big Peg - 120 Vyse Street Janet: 07707 878549

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THE JEWELLERY QUARTER HISTORY AND GUIDE 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 £4.95 + £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 £6.05 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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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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November 2013 Issue No. 340

Publishing Editor: Editor: Advertising:

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Mark Haddleton Marie Haddleton Mark Haddleton

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Editorial: Marie Haddleton Tel: 0121-236 4230 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

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Marie Haddleton and from the Editorial team.

Most of you will remember the fight the Hockley Flyer put up to keep the Ticket Office in the Jewellery Quarter Train Station manned both for the service that person provided by directing visitors to the museums etc in the Quarter, but also for security reasons - well, as anticipated, the ticket machine has now been vandalised! It’s nearly Christmas so spring can’t be far away and we understand that the site planned for the Golden Square will not be disturbed until after the New Year - pity the trees were removed twelve months before it was really necessary!

The Road that Birmingham Forgot

This story by Grove Pattern Buttons is fascinating to say the least but it shows what can be done if you persevere! Button manufacturing, along with pens and pen nibs, was as important, if not more so, in the history of the Jewellery Quarter as the manufacture of silver and jewellery. We would dearly love to see a Button Museum similar to The Pen Room!

Permit Parking

Those closely involved with the meeetings about the introduction of ‘Permit Parking Bays’ in the Quarter will remember that when it was pointed out to the Council and consultant (Atkins) that a large number of the proposed Permit Bays were blocking the entrances to building sites which had planning permission, we were assured that these Permit Bays were only ‘experimental’ and ‘temporary’ and when sites needed opening up, they would be removed at no cost to the developers - at least three sites are now opened up (Tenby Street North, Carver Street and Legge Lane) and problems with parking wardens have been causing havoc, together with demands from the Council for high costs to remove the Permit Bays! As many of the senior Council officers who worked with Atkins and ourselves at the time have now ‘left’, I have approached Cllr Sir Albert Bore personally for help. If you have a similar problem please let me know a.s.a.p. I understand the promised ‘Parking Review’ has taken place but have seen no sign of the result as yet.

Gerry Pountney

Lots of you know Gerry - he was very poorly in hospital but glad to hear is out and about again now. Marie Haddleton Editor

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


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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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Trade Talk from around the Jewellery Quarter and more.

Stella Layton Announced as Incoming Chief Executive & Assay Master for the Birmingham Assay Office The Birmingham Assay Office has announced the appointment of Stella Layton as incoming Chief Executive and Assay Master of The Birmingham Assay Office. Stella will take up her new position in January 2014 and will work alongside current Chief Executive Michael Allchin throughout a three month hand over period until his retirement at the end of March. Stella is well known in the precious metal industry, where she was Global Divisional Director for Cookson Precious Metals until their

Heart of the Heat - Exhibition of Work by Leading British Enamellers 11 November to 13 December The School of Jewellery, Birmingham

“Anything with enamel has a type of magic or mystery about it. The lustre

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recent takeover by Heimerle & Meule. She has worked in precious metals for 28 years and brings a wealth of relevant knowledge and experience to The Birmingham Assay Office. She is no stranger to the Office as Cooksons have been a customer for decades and Stella herself has been a Guardian since 2007. She is also a Liveryman of the Goldsmiths

Company. Stella has also applied her management skills outside the precious metals industry, serving as a nonexecutive director of the Birmingham Women’s Hospital Foundation Trust, and also the Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health Trust. Making the announcement today, Chairman Kate Hartigan said, “We are delighted to have found someone of such high calibre, with the appropriate experience and proven strategic skills to take the Birmingham Assay Office through its next stage of development. Stella joins The Assay Office at a significant time when, in addition to its statutory duty of hallmarking, the Office is driving growth through diversification and our plans for a move to a new purpose built facility in the Jewellery Quarter are well under way. As only the 13th Assay Master in 240 years of history Stella has the opportunity to really make her mark and we look forward to welcoming her in 2014.”

and quality of colour is just not possible with any other medium” - Fred Rich British enameller The Goldsmiths’ Company is sponsoring a major exhibition showcasing the work of Britain’s leading enamellers. Entitled Heart of the Heat this stunning and fascinating exhibition is on view at the School of Jewellery in Birmingham from Monday 11 November to Friday 13 December 2013. A joint initiative between the British Society of Enamellers and the Guild of Enamellers, the first in a 30 year history, the exhibition features

prominent, influential, and innovative contemporary enamellers from both associations. The list of enamellers featured reads like the Who’s Who of British enamellists. Most notable are Jane Short and Fred Rich, both Liverymen of the Goldsmiths’ Company, together with Phil Barnes, Vladimir Böhm, Stephen Bottomley, Gillie Hoyte Byrom, Pat Johnson, Joan Mackarell, Liana Pattihis, Elizabeth Turrell, Jessica Turrell, Tamar de Vries Winter, Ruth Ball, Sheila Macdonald, Jenny Edge, Penny Gildea and Evangeline Long to

name but a few, as well as other skilled members of both organisations. The ancient art of enamelling is one of the most exacting and challenging crafts associated with the work of the goldsmith. It is essentially a form of applying decoration by means of powdered coloured glass which is then fused onto a metal surface by firing at a very high temperature. Every step of this process requires great artistry, patience and above all skill. The use of enamel dates back to the ancient Egyptians who applied it to pottery, stone objects, and sometimes jewellery. Enamel was also widely used by other early civilisations across Europe and in China. Once the powdered glass has been melted and fused the surface of the enamel becomes hard, smooth and durable, hence many enamelled objects and works of art from previous ages have survived providing vital documentary evidence of this ancient technique. There are various forms of enamelling techniques the most widely practised being Basse-Taille, Champlevé, Cloisonné and Plique à Jour and the skills have been passed down, largely unchanged, through the centuries. Today’s enamellers continue to push the boundaries and the pieces in the exhibition including jewellery, vessels, boxes, other decorative objects, display all the traditional enamelling techniques as well as demonstrating other current practises such as copper and steel work with fold-forming, sifting, high-fired, sgraffito, wet-laying, kiln-firing and torch-firing. In addition five of the country’s leading commercial enamelling companies based in the Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham are also represented with examples of regalia and commercial work. The pieces chosen for the exhibition were selected by a panel of members from both Societies, chaired by Bridie Lander Course Director Extended Diploma, School of Jewellery, Birmingham Institute of Art & Design (BIAD). 60 enamellers will be featured showing between one and five pieces. An illustrated colour catalogue is on sale during the exhibition at a cost of £5. The catalogue is dedicated in memory of the enameller Rachel Gogerly, whose work is included in the exhibition and who died earlier this year.

Betts Metal Sales Mad Hatter’s Tea Party On the 27th September Betts Metal Sales on Spencer Street, Hockley took part in the Macmillan Cancer Support coffee morning, in aid of raising funds for those affected by cancer. ‘The world’s biggest coffee morning’ was arranged by the Jewellery Quarter Development Trust on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support, urging people within the quarter to raise as much money as possible. Betts Metal Sales held a Mad Hat-

ter’s Tea Party at their trade counter. All staff participated by dressing up as their chosen character from the story as well as bringing in cakes to sell, donating money and decorating the counter. A fancy dress competition was held, judged by Marie Haddleton, who awarded Tracey Coles (or the Mad Hatter) the winner. Betts Metal Sales raised over £730, the largest amount raised in the Jewellery Quarter. A fantastic day was had by all and special thanks go out to Greggs Jewellery Quarter who kindly donated cakes, Marie Haddleton of the Hockley flyer and of course, all of the customers who donated towards the charity.

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3D Printed Parts in Silver Concept Laser’s Mlab cusing® machine will feature on the ES Technology booth at the forthcoming 3D Print Show to be held at the Business Design Centre in London. 3D printing or Additive Manufacture now in direct metals, is possible with the Mlab cusing machine, and can been seen live at the 3D Print show.

You will see for yourself how easy it is to build complex and custom parts, and showcasing Silver for the duration of the show. The Mlab cusing is aimed at markets that require smaller (less than 90mm x 90mm x 80mm) metal parts. For larger components, Concept Laser uses the established M1, M2, and the Xline 1000R which can build parts up to 630mm x 400mm. Since its launch the Mlab cusing system has generated significant

interest from a diverse range of industries including automotive, Aerospace, Medical Device, Tool & Mould manufacturers as well as the Dental and Jewellery sectors. ES Technology are the UK and Ireland distributors for Concept Laser’s comprehensive range of LaserCUSING® systems and responsible for sales, marketing, servicing and support within these territories.

Jewellery Quarter Raises Over £7800 for Macmillan Businesses and residents from across the Jewellery Quarter have raised over £7800 for Macmillan Cancer Support as part of the charity’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. Ambitious plans to encourage everyone in the area to join together and collect the monies raised to make one overall donation was hatched back in July by the Jewellery Quarter Development Trust and estate agency Maguire Jackson. Since then, over 30 businesses signed up to either host a coffee morning or donate prizes to a raffle to help raise money and present the charity with the ‘Jewellery Quarter’s Biggest Cheque’. Superheroes and villains, serving wenches and fairytale characters combined with great coffee and cake

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were just a few of the activities which proved to be the recipe of success. “Macmillan Cancer Support is a fantastic charity and we have been overwhelmed by the time and effort of everyone involved and the generosity of those who attended the events,” says Philip Jackson, director at Maguire Jackson. “Prior to the day volunteers pounded the streets to help raise awareness and it worked. Cancer touches almost all of us, directly or indirectly through friends and family affected by the disease and we know the funds we have raised will make a real difference to someone’s life. e

have now set the target and next year will be bigger and better,” says Philip. To celebrate their success, representatives from across the Jewellery Quarter gathered at St Paul’s Church to officially hand over the cheque. “The Macmillan coffee morning is always a success but to receive a cheque which incorporates the work of so many is great,” says Natalie Bridge, a fundraising manager at Macmillan. This donation will enable Macmillan to continue to reach individuals who need our support and improve their lives.”

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Julie Fowler-Drake

100 Years Celebration for Talbots Group Birmingham based jewellery, gift and retail packaging specialists, Talbots Group, is celebrating 100 years of packaging heritage as the oldest subsidiary of the company, Pickering and Mayell, celebrates its centenary. Based in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, Pickering and Mayell has been producing and supplying packaging for jewellers since 1913 and is

now proudly part of Talbots Group, strengthening Talbots reputation as one of the top jewellery packaging specialists in the country. As well as still having a strong presence within the jewellery trade, Talbots has now built a strong clientele within the fashion and retail industry, taking the company from what was essentially a packaging wholesaler, to a pro-active packaging partner. As Pickering and Mayell turns 100, Talbots continues to grow which is spearheaded by new managing director, and granddaughter of founder, Julie Fowler-Drake. Julie’s fresh approach and design background has helped strengthen Talbots bespoke capabilities which means a creative vision can be easily shared and replicated to ensure packaging solutions are tailored specifically to each client. Julie comments: “Talbots has been in my family for over 70 years and has always been very well established within the jewellery packaging industry. I wanted to build on this and take Talbots from being just a supplier, to an innovative and contemporary packaging partner who can look after an entire project from start to finish. Talbots now has a strong in-house team ranging in project management, manufacturing, design and distribution; meaning we have the capabilities and resources to manage a project from design to delivery.” Talbots Group merged with packaging supplier Pickering and Mayell over 20 years ago which was founded by

Pickering and Mayell

Talbots Group Heritage

Fredrick Charles Pickering in 1913. Talbots Group was founded by Fredrick Fowler in 1941 and passed to his son, Graham Fowler, in 1962. Keeping the company within the family, Graham’s daughter, Julie Fowler-Drake, took over the company in 2010. Talbots Group currently provides over 1000 clients with jewellery, gift and retail packaging, including; Argos, Signet, Bid Up TV, Shop Direct and NowSeen.

Now This Is How You Wear It Pink On the 25th October the staff of The Birmingham Assay Office show you how to ‘Wear It Pink’ and raise lots of money (and a few smiles) as well as awareness of the Breast Cancer Campaign. Spearheaded by Michelle Cartwright - Laboratory Administration & Production Manager, her tireless efforts have galvanised staff across the whole organisation which includes Hallmarking, the Laboratory, AnchorCert Gemmological Laboratory and the SafeGuard Independent

Michelle Cartwright, Pink Lady extraordinaire, and the staff at the laboratory at the Birmingham Assay Office in the pink. During the week Michelle also organised a Cake Sales and a pink themed quiz.

Jewellery Valuation service to really get creative with their attire this year. Well done Michelle and thank you on

behalf of everyone here and all those you have been touched by Cancer.

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The Goldsmiths’ Company’s 19th Young Designer Silversmith Award 2013 The Goldsmiths’ Company’s 2013 Young Designer Silversmith Award has been awarded to Kyosun Jung a silversmithing student at the University for the Creative Art at Rochester. 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. The design brief changes from year to year. On this occasion the students were asked to submit designs for a drinking set for a particular alcoholic spirit. The brief specified that the set should comprise at least four drinking vessels, as well as another vessel relevant to the drink (possibly something for water, ice, lemon, salt, etc.)

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plus a tray for the set to sit on. There also had to be a coherent theme running through all of the pieces and the design had to emphasise the enjoyment of the chosen spirit. Kyosun (22), who originally comes from South Korea, chose to design a saké set. The set is made up of a carafe with four accompanying cups all of which fit snugly into each other. The vessels then sit on a tray made from bamboo and wenge (African hardwood). Kyosun based her design around the shapes and patterns found in bamboo plants and developed the idea through drawings and prototypes. Although still in model format the judges were extremely impressed with the design concept and unanimous in their decision that Kyosun should be the winner of the 2013 Goldsmiths’ Company Young Designer Silversmith Award. Clive Burr was the master-silversmith who took Kyosun under his wing in his workshop at the Goldsmiths’ Centre in Clerkenwell. With Clive’s experienced guidance, Kyosun was able to translate her sophisticated design into silver. Kyosun explained, “One of the main technical challenges was that all the ribs on the design had to be individually soldered on, together with the soldering of the separate layers to create the shape. To give an idea, there were 71 separate wires in the

saké bottle alone, so that was quite a challenge.” Aside from the soldering other techniques used were spinning, complex fabrication, and engraving. The result is breath-taking and technically brilliant. Clive Burr said; “Kyosun is an impressive young silversmith. She has the rare and important ability to adapt quickly to the new skills and techniques which were needed to produce her very technically challenging designs. Her creative enthusiasm is wonderfully refreshing and we are both thrilled with the result”. The Victoria & Albert Museum in London was the venue for the culmination of this year’s Young Designer Silversmith Award. At a reception attended by the Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company, Richard Agutter, together with Rosemary Ransome Wallis Curator of the Collections at Goldsmiths’ Hall, Kyosun’s silver sake set was presented to Martin Roth, Director of the V&A Museum for the museum’s permanent collection, the V & A being the most appropriate major museum nearest to the University for the Creative Art at Rochester where Kyosun is a student. Witnessing the presentation of Kyosun’s Saké set were some of the judges of the competition, as well as Brian Hill, past Course Leader at the University for the Creative Arts at Rochester. The Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company handed

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Kyosun her winner’s certificate and a cheque for £500 and declared himself to be “blown away by the beauty and craftsmanship of her work.” Kysoun responded that she was thrilled to have had the opportunity to work in a professional workshop and was very grateful to the Goldsmiths’ Company. Winning the award has enabled her to add to her skills and experience and she acknowledged the huge support that she had been given by Clive and his team. Once she graduates, Kyosun plans to do a post-graduate course at the Goldsmiths’ Centre and hopes to continue to work as a professional silversmith in the UK.

The Skin Practice - Secrets of a Healthy Skin The Jewellery Quarter is famous for its heritage, designing, manufacturing, and retailing of silver and jewellery, but in recent years the JQ has also become a desirable place for independent retailers to cater for the growing mix of residents. Sandy Sabdhu, a young business woman who had a successful clinic in Herne Bay in Kent for the past six years, decided to relocate to Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter and set up The Skin Practice & Bitty Brow Bar at 38 Northampton Street. Sandy became particularly interested in ‘skin’ and decided to further her training to become a specialist. This new Skin Practice was opened to primarily focus on skin but other beauty treatments are also available. 90% of ageing is extrinsic ageing caused by pollution, smoking, UV rays, poor diet, stress, use of harsh products. This all inhibits cells from producing healthy skin cells resulting in premature, photo-damaged, lacklustred skin. Under normal conditions in healthy skin all nutrients come through via the blood stream, but the skin has to share with all the other organs, so therefore cannot always get enough. That is why low doses of oral vitamins are of no great value to the skin. While many of us are concerned about the visible signs of ageing, the idea of having surgery is

simply unthinkable and expensive. There are, however non surgical solutions that can prolong the health and youth of our skin. The Skin Practice offers skin specific supplements with optimum levels that reach cellular levels, normalising defected cells and reproducing healthy youthful skin cells at the birth stage. Vitamin and anti oxidant rich cosmeceutical skin care range, protecting and restoring the skin. Skin perfusion treatments that help to make skin thicker and more elastic and to develop more collagen. Advanced non-surgical treatments to assist in maximising penetration of vitamins into deeper layers of the skin, achieving faster results. Safe and gentle light repetitive skin peels which preserve the integrity of the epidermis. The most important thing to remember is that the correct vitamins (either in supplements or topically) is irreplaceable for the skin. There is simply no alternative, many other expensive products will make your skin ‘feel better’ but nothing else will actually give you better skin. A vitamin rich skin is a healthy skin. Sandy Sandhu (the skin specialist) has been featured in various publications for her work, her greatest achievement being featured in the International Anti Ageing journal and her experience, expertise and the results she has achieved for many of her clients gave her the necessary encouragement to open The Skin Practice & Bitty Brow Bar. Sandy told the Hockley Flyer: “I love a challenge and it still amazes me the fantastic results I keep achieving, which is why I want to share the secrets of healthy skin with the world. High Street brands are designed for the masses at low strengths, your skin DNA is unique, supplementing, strengthened vitamin creams, and the delivery methods you use to facilitate products into the skin are all important factors, if you want to see major shifts in your skin you need to start doing something different than simply applying a high street branded moisturiser.” (Contact Sandy The Skin Practice 0121 233 3010)

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James Hinks (Lamps) (Colin Giles)

Buried in Plot No. 389P in The General Cemetery is James Hinks. His company was patentee and sole manufacturer of the double patent Birmingham Post Sept 21 1868

Shocking Boat Accident in Handsworth Two Persons Drowned A distressing boat accident occurred on Saturday, at a pool on the grounds of Mr. D. S. Hasluck, The Austins, Handsworth, by which Sidney Herbert Hasluck (aged 14) and Thomas Jenkinson (23), gardener, both lost their lives whilst gallantly endeavouring to save the lives of others. Shortly before the occurrence, the nurse and four children entered a boat on the pool, for the purpose of fishing. The boat was about 20 yards from the side, and at a deep part of the pool, when a daughter of Mr. Hasluck’s, aged ten, in changing her seat, overbalanced and fell into the water. Her brother,

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

petrolene or liquid gas lamps. Shown is a picture of the very fine works which were in Great Hampton Street. The company manufactured gas fittings and chandeliers, diesinking, stamping, piercing, medal and coin works. James Hinks died in his 50th year in 1905. Sidney Herbert Hasluck, at once jumped into the water to rescue her, and as both were struggling in the water the piercing screams of the other occupants of the boat brought the gardener (Jenkinson) to the spot. Observing the critical position of the children, he at once went to their assistance, but as he approached, the boy clung desperately to him, and both sank. Mr. Ivins, the farm bailiff, arrived at this juncture, and he succeeded in rescuing Miss Hasluck, receiving some aid in his efforts from Mr. Hasluck’s coachman. Although much exhausted, in a short time both were completely restored. We regret to state that the boy and the gardener were both drowned. Dr Shaw was in attendance when the bodies of the unfortunate deceased were recovered; but his services were of course, of no avail. It is almost unnecessary to add that the unfortunate affair caused great distress in Mr. Hasluck’s family, and much excitement in the neighbourhood.

York Terrace Hockley Hill Once a busy, thriving community in a small space!)

We are trying to trace all the companies who were once based in York Terrace which is now derelict and looks like remaining so for a long time, the difficult access being one of the main drawbacks. My first office was ‘up the terrace’ and I can remember the companies who were there then, such as G.A.Winfield (mechanical handling); Dyson & Hussey (locket makers); Arthur Stanley (jewellers), York Polishing, Prize Polishing, Lecol Engineering, Ivor Jones (machine builder), also there was a Car Mechanic and A.D. Lock (Safes) on the corner of Great Hampton Street (still there). On the opposite corners was a small public house ‘The Trees’ (we were there during a very rare heat wave and I used to take a jug to the outdoor to get an ice-cold shandy!) We have discovered this watch company so far, but does anyone remember any other company up York Terrace? If so, we would love to hear from you. ‘Alph, Thommen of Waldenburg, Bale, Switzerland with an English Agency in York Terrace, Hockley Hill.’

profitable business, and in the late 19th century the company continued to expand at its works in Charlotte Street, Birmingham and 131 Long Acre in London. In 1874 Alfred and his brother John Betts bought the adjacent land to Charlotte Street on the Transportation at Betts’ Charlotte Street works, 1901 corner with Newhall Street for £2050 (approximately £2.5m in today’s terms) in order to expand the works. Unfortunately, due to a corrupt lawyer, the brothers were When celebrating 250 years of trad- left without the land or the money. ing in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quar- Subsequently the Birmingham Assay ter, Betts produced a small booklet Office was built on the site. and we have pleasure in producing The end of the 19th century and this as a ‘taster’ for the full Betts story first part of the 20th saw an explo(which will be published in a future sion in technological advancements issue of ‘Jewellery Quarter Heritage’ and exploitation of new regions for magazine: precious metals. Global silver pro‘1760 saw the dawn of the industrial duction rose almost five-fold in this revolution in England and the ascenperiod to 190 million ounces per year sion of King George III to the throne. and towards the end of this period Alexander Betts came from battle in silver briefly ceased to be quoted as Sussex to the village of Birmingham to set up a smelting and refining busi- having any value. Consequently, the ness to recover gold and silver ores early years of the 20th century were and recover precious metals from difficult for the business until after the wastes being produced in Birming- First World War and the business may ham’s newly established Jewellery have failed had the factory not been Quarter. The business was known as prevented from closing due to its contribution to the war effort. Betts and Sons. After the end of the First World War When Abraham Lincoln was elected president of America in 1860, the a longer period of stability ensued for company reached 100 years of the business, and by the time Presi-

BETTS - 17602010 (250 Years)

Remarkable Demonstration of Respect Funeral of Mr.W M Butler (Mitchells & Butlers Brewery) at Key Hill Cemetery August 29 1907

The largest funeral procession that has been seen in Birmingham followed the remains of the late Mr. William Butler to the grave. The floral tributes were exceptionally numerous and elaborate whilst the concourse of people on the route between Elmdon, Selly Park, the residence of the deceased, and Key Hill Cemetery, the place of internment,

was so great that the police had difficulty in regulating the crowd. Deputy Chief Constable Mr. Manus and about 150 men were engaged in diverting the traffic and keeping the way clear for the cortage. Many marks of respect were shown along the route, all the licensed houses owned by Mitchells and Butlers being closed and shuttered with black boards, whilst blinds were drawn in many private houses at Selly Park. About 200 wreaths and crosses were sent to the house, conspicuous among them were floral crowns, emblematic of the house at which the deceased commenced business as a brewer in a small way. An exceptionally large crown, 5ft across,

Alexander Betts. Founder. 1760-1781

dent Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, in 1963, the business had been trading for over 200 years. In addition to recovering wastes from the jewellery trade, the company dealt with wastes from potteries, mirror manufacturers, platers and other industries, the biggest development at this time was the recovery of silver from the photographic trade, with the company carrying out all the refining work for Kodak for many years until the 1970s. John Francis Betts had two sons and despite many difficulties during the 1970’s the company survived and continued under Stephen and now two of his sons Daniel and Charles, who are the ninth consecutive generation of the Betts family to manage a business which has now been in existence for quarter of a millennium. was placed on the hearse, while six vehicles were required to convey the other floral tributes to the cemetery. Twenty-two mourning coaches were provided by the undertakers. In addition over a hundred carriages and public conveyances joined the procession at Five Ways. The re-forming of the procession at this point caused some delay. Broad Street, Summer Row and other thoroughfares on the route were packed with people, and the crowd outside the cemetery gates was so dense that several women fainted. Three-quarters of an hour elapsed between the arrival of the hearse and the last mourners. It is estimated that the procession was a mile and a half long. November 2013

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The Road That Birmingham Forgot Camden Grove had not been maintained by Birmingham City Council for over 20 years and Grove Pattern buttons who have premises adjacent

Platform for the Finest Stones Claims Pole Position The 29th Intergem has maintained its position as the market-leading gemstone trade fair despite the tough climate in the jewellery trade. IdarOberstein received some 3200 trade visitors. In highest demand were very high quality gemstones and pearls. “That was a good fair,” concluded Kai-Uwe Hille, Managing Director of Intergem, and continued, “timing the fair to coincide with the long weekend worked well and we have achieved the same visitor level as last year. In com-

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were originally told that “It was our company’s responsibility to clear it, as it was a private footpath, which you won’t find on any modern maps.” David Valentine told us “After our staff filled 17 skips worth of rubbish for removal, we discovered differently and that it was an adopted highway belonging to BCC. Following persistent niggling by our company the road

has now had the cobbled surface restored by Amey and has been reopened for use. We are told that soon it will have the Camden Grove street signs replaced in the ‘heritage’ style.” Also, after the restoration, Ordanance Survey have been notified by Birmingham City Council and will be re-included in future maps.

parison with other industry events this autumn, which have shown a sharp decline, this is very pleasing. Heike Faller, of gemstone cutters Karl Faller, agreed, “We are happy. We had a lot of valuable meetings. Amongst others we were visited by the Cartier delegation, which we had invited. Plus there were more visitors from abroad than in previous years.” Dieter Hahn from Ph. Hahn Soehne also noticed this, “we took details from many visitors from France and the Netherlands but also Belgium, Iceland, Finland and Switzerland,” he said. This impression was supported by the management figures. Germany’s European neighbours especially, provided markedly more trade visitors than last year. Nicole Ripp from gemstone cutting firm Groh + Ripp was pleased with

the excellent quality of the buyers, “there were a lot of top quality jewellers here. And they were prepared to invest at the top end of the market.” Sabine Brunk from gemstone dealers Siegfried Giede confirmed this assessment, “in comparison to other specialised trade fairs, we have sold more high-priced goods.” Intergem 2013 has held its ground not only as a show but also as an order platform for the finest gemstones, pearls, gemstone jewellery, tools, and technology. Above all, confidence in the integrity of the goods on offer is playing an ever more important role in the face of internet-based competition. As Dieter Hahn said, “Especially with regards to very valuable gemstones such as diamonds, customers like to be sure and prefer to rely on the

Domino’s Ten Days of Christmas With only 60 or so shopping days left until Christmas, the Domino marketing team has turned its attention to offering the company’s stockists a unique promotion guaranteed to help the festive season go with a swing. In the company’s own take on the classic ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’, Domino retailers will receive tempting daily ‘offers’ on jewellery and services for the ten days between 11th and 22nd November, 2013. “There won’t be any partridges or pear trees and certainly no Lords a Leaping in The Domino ‘Christmas Countdown’, but there might well be discounts on some of our gold ring mounts,” explains the company’s sales and marketing director, Andrew Sollitt. Exactly what retailers can expect

must remain a closely guarded secret, but there will be a mix of exciting offers, including discounts, special suites of products, prize draws, and giveaways – all available for one day only. We have drawn together ten, very different Christmas treats for our customers, news of which will be emailed to them on a daily basis. Clearly it is all intended as a bit of festive fun

and we hope they will look forward to receiving these but the promotion also has a serious purpose in flagging up some of the very many Domino products that make perfect Christmas gifts,” says Sollitt. Retailers not currently on Domino’s email list who would like to receive The Christmas Countdown offers should contact Sally Holgate on 0121 237 4937 without delay.

competence which a family business has developed over generations rather than on some certificate. This has boosted our business this year.” Frank Heringer from the Diamond Group was also very pleased with the results of this year’s fair; “from a turnover perspective this has been our best Intergem since we have been exhibiting here. The event is a worldfair in XS format. You just have to shout loud enough, invest in advertising, and invite customers and the right people will come.” Thomas Heintz from the goldsmiths’ equipment manufacturer Otto Simon also had no complaint about a lack of crowds, “business was very good,” he said. The ‘Germany necklace’ which came to prominence during Angela Merkel’s election debate with Peer Steinbrueck,

received a lot of attention. During a tour of the exhibition made following her opening speech, Eveline Lemke, Minister of Economic Affairs for the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, had a close look at the piece and was one of many to do so. Hans-Peter Weyrich from the goldsmiths Ulrike Weyrich will be producing a small series of the necklace. There were numerous other superlative pieces on display, including a 100-plus carat mandarin garnet at Constantin Wild’s stand, an almost seventeen carat Paraiba tourmaline at Groh + Ripp and a particularly deeplycoloured African tourmaline at Wild & Petsch. These exceptional stones represent the pinnacle of the trade fair’s offering, which is only found in this concentration at Intergem. The slight drop in exhibitors to 140

firms, is not a problem, according to the trade fair’s MD Kai-Uwe Hille; “the important thing is the quality of the goods on offer. And all the important market players were present. Mind you we will be intensifying our efforts to gain even more international exhibitors for the Intergem.” The visitors were in any case happy with the selection of exhibitors, “you find the finest of the fine here,” said Robert Steinlin, a goldsmith from Herrliberg in Switzerland. For the fair marking the occasion of Intergem’s 30th anniversary, from 3 to 6 October 2014, the exhibition team and the exhibitors will have a lot of new surprises. Something to look forward to!

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Goldsmiths’ Fair Report 2013 The superlative talents, skills, and creativity of British goldsmiths and silversmiths were on full display at the recent Goldsmiths’ Fair in London. The 31st annual Fair proved that despite our ‘brand” dominated world, there is a constant and ever growing population who appreciate the original and prefer to buy something that is ‘ndividual, personal and even unique. Attendance was roughly on a par with last year and buying remains confident and informed. Once again the overall take of the Fair is well into impressive seven figures while the subsequent follow on trade and commissions placed during the year remains incalculable vital proof of the importance of the Fair to not only the exhibitors but the resulting cascade effect to their out-workers. As silversmith Rebecca Joselyn says: “It’s not just about the sales I make at the event (which are a huge help) but it’s the contacts I make during the week and the follow up business that continues for months, even years afterwards, which are absolutely key to my continued success.” It’s also interesting to note that consumers are sophisticated, wellinformed, and demanding – particularly when it comes to quality both in terms of craftsmanship and design. Buyers come from all over the world – Japan, Mexico, the US, Europe, Australia and although the

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Fair is very much a consumer event, it also attracts trade buyers – jeweller Sarah Parker-Eaton took orders from a gallery in Paris, James Newman and Louise O’Neill both sold to galleries in the US, Dagmar Korecki from Copenhagen, to name but a few. Recent graduate jeweller Victoria Walker, who received one of the 10 Goldsmiths’ Company graduate bursaries at the Fair said: “One of the many benefits of exhibiting at such a prestigious event is that it attracts visitors from all over the world, and at least four of my orders were for customers who live overseas. Making good contacts is also another big part of doing the fair. During the week, I was approached by journalists, bloggers, suppliers, galleries, and even a large high street store enquired about stocking my work.” The Fair continues to be an excellent hunting ground for engagement rings and many couples were observed on such romantic missions. Indeed a marriage proposal took place in front of William Cheshire’s stand – to everyone’s relief it was accepted to a round of applause! Royal visits to Goldsmiths’ Fair are quite usual and this year the Fair was honoured by two Royal Visits. In Week One TRH The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, both frequent past visitors enjoyed meeting and chatting to exhibitors and in Week Two HRH The Countess of Wessex made her first ever visit to Goldsmiths’ Hall and was clearly impressed with the quality and variety of the work that she saw. Silversmith Rebecca Hill was

chosen for the ‘Best New Design Award, Week One 2013’ and was presented to HRH The Duchess of Gloucester who described Rebecca’s work as “elegant, original and fun.” Jewellery duo Shimell and Madden took the Week Two ‘Best New Design Award’ for their debut fine collection ‘Symmetry’ which combines richly textured 18 carat gold with prismatic coloured gemstones. Rosemary Ransome Wallis, Curator of the Goldsmiths’ Company Collections, was also impressed: “It was so encouraging to see such vibrant creative vitality in the craftsmen’s work on show in this year’s Fair. This innovation combined with quality craftsmanship meant that the Company bought four pieces of silver all deemed to be worthy of joining the most prestigious collection of contemporary silver in the world.” Pieces were purchased from Angus McFadyen, Rauni Higson, Esther Lord and Kathryn Hinton. Goldsmiths’ Fair remains one of the most important events in the Goldsmiths’ Company’s calendar and the Company is totally committed to ensuring that this ever-popular event goes from strength to strength. As Paul Dyson, Director of Promotions, steps down, next year’s Goldsmiths’ Fair 2014 will come under the responsibility of David Mills, the newly appointed Head of Communications and Marketing, together with the support of Joanne Dodd. They will be advised and guided by key industry personnel on the new Communications Committee to ensure the selection standards do not slip.

Help With Hallmarks APP Launched HRH The Countess of Wessex with Paul Dyson.

HRH The Duchess of Gloucester with Rebecca Hill.

The Birmingham Assay Office is delighted to announce the arrival of its latest innovative App – Help with Hallmarks. Available on both iPhone and iPad as well as Android devices, it enables users to quickly research and identify the date letter on precious metal, jewellery, and silverware. The App includes date letters from the eleven key assay offices in the UK, going back as far as 1544. Priced at only £9.99, the App also contains useful information relating to hallmarks, and is an invaluable ‘on the go’ tool for retailers, collectors, antique and second hand dealers, silver experts, valuers and students, as well as members of the public who have a general interest in historic hallmarks. Just go to iTunes or Google Play store to download - type in Help with Hallmarks - or click on the QR codes to take you straight to the APP. The Help with Hallmarks App follows on from the AnchorCert Gemstone Weight Estimator APP which

has been available for a couple of years and has sold worldwide on both Apple and Android platforms. In a couple of clicks the AnchorCert Gemstone Carat Weight Estimator can easily calculate the estimated carat weight of diamonds & gemstones from their measurements. The calculation will use the measurement of the length, width and depth of the gemstone (and the minimum and maximum diameter of round brilliant diamonds.) The carat weight estimator contains a comprehensive database of diamonds & gemstones as well as a wide selection of shapes/cuts. The App contains detailed information about each individual gemstone including its Specific Gravity, Mohs Hardness and Refractive Index.

Emma Madden with client.

Paul Dyson said, “It has been a huge honour to work with, promote, and develop the businesses of so many craftsmen. Far from retiring I will be developing other support for all these terribly talented jewellers and silversmiths. My cufflink collection, which was not small to start with, has been hugely enhanced by the fine examples that I have purchased at each Fair during my 12 years with the Goldsmiths’ Company. This year I bought a pair of Mokume Gane links from Craig Stuart.” David Mills said, “Looking ahead we are pleased to re-affirm our commitment to the Goldsmiths’ Fair and to maintaining its position as the premier fine jewellery and contemporary silver selling exhibition in the UK. This is the beginning of a new chapter for Goldsmiths’ Fair. Expect an exciting evolution that will build on the signature quality and elegance of the Fair while pushing forward toward a more global audience of luxury collectors.”

Jasper Carrott with Larry, Brian, and Robert. (Anna Gibson - JQ Creative Marketing).

Jasper Carrott OBE Joins The Pen Room

The Pen Room has announced that Jasper Carrott has agreed to become a patron of The Pen Room. Jasper was born in Birmingham in 1945 and educated at Acocks Green Infants/

Junior School and Moseley Grammar School. He soon discovered he had a talent not only for making people laugh but also for singing and the rest, as they say, is history! On Jasper’s first visit to The Pen Room he immediately became a supporter and is now a patron so, hopefully, we will see him around the Jewellery Quarter quite a lot in the future. November 2013

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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 2013/08132/PA Oxford Blue 60 Constitution Hill Birmingham B19 3JT. Change of use of ground floor from a warehouse (Use Class B8) to a restaurant (Use Class A3) 29-10-2013 2013/07382/PA 88-90 Vittoria Street Birmingham B1 3PA. Change of use from (Use Class B1) offices to Use Classes A3 (Restaurant and Cafes), A4 (Drinking Establishments) and A5 (Hot Food Take-aways) 02-10-2013

Ongoing 2013/07186/PA Assay Office LP Adjacent to Assay Office Newhall Street/ Charlotte Street. Application for prior notification for replacement of telecommunications equipment and associated cabinet. 24-09-2013 2013/06689/PA 45-50 Tenby Street North Hockley Birmingham B1 3EG. Application for a non material amendment to planning approval 2012/06886/ PA for additional windows to plot 1 second and third floor bathroom and shower rooms and plots 5 - 8 - third floor shower rooms. 03-09-2013. 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 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 2013/02954/PA The Birmingham Mint

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Planning Applications and Decisions from the Jewellery Quarter.

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

New Decisions 2013/07008/PA 109-111 Pope Street Hockley Birmingham B1 3AG. Conservation Area Consent for demolition of rear single storey workshop and replace with three storey workshop. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2013/06878/PA CBD The Big Peg 120 Vyse Street Birmingham B18 6NF. Prior notification application for the installation of transmission dish and associated works. Final Decision - No Prior Approval Required 2013/06741/PA Unit 4 62 Camden Street Hockley Birmingham B1 3DP. Installation of replacement windows on front and side elevation. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2013/06711/PA 28 Camden Drive Birmingham B1 3LR. Installation of 3 no. new windows and alterations to existing glazing to front elevation. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2013/06349/PA 16 Hockley Street Hockley Birmingham B18 6BL. Display of 1no. non illuminated sign. Final Decision - Approve Temporary 2013/06183/PA Land off Augusta Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham. Formation of car park with associated access. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2013/06142/PA Warstone Lane and Vyse Street Land at corner of Jewellery Quar ter Birmingham. Creation of ‘Golden Square’ to include event area, promenade, orchard, retail/information kiosk and associated public realm improvements. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2013/06098/PA Warstone Lane Cemetery Warstone Lane Hockley Birming-

ham B18 6NN. Remedial/repair works to existing retaining wall which has collapsed that forms part of “The Catacombs”. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 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. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2013/06075/PA Kenyon Forge Unit 14, Kenyon Street Birmingham B18 6DH Change of use to tattoo studio (suigeneris). Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 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 Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 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. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 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 Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions.

Older Decisions 2013/05760/PA 83 Spencer Street Crescent Silver Birmingham B18 6DE Installation of 2 no. windows and increase in height of existing parapet on the rear elevation. Final Decision Approve subject to Conditions 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. 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 2013/01282/PA Land at 86-87 Carver Street Birmingham B1 3AL. Conservation Area Consent for the demolition of existing industrial buildings. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions. 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 and provision of a first floor link bridge from 87 Carver Street to 95 Carver Street. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions. 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

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.

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NOW - 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. NOW - 07 Dec - ELAINE HIND RBSA - Solo Show - INFLORESCENCE. Shape, pattern and colour, observed from plant life and interpreted in porcelain.

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the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. 18 Nov - 11 Jan - MY FAVOURITE PLACES. Carole Baker RBSA Solo Show. Inspired by places where Carole works on location with a sketchbook painting en plein air. These works give a real feel for the place and are emotional responses, rather than literal copies. Don’t miss Carole’s free demonstration on Saturday 14 December. 26 Nov and 10 Dec - SAFEGUARD JEWELLERY VALUATION DAY. A rare opportunity to have your jewellery, watches and silverware valued in the historic surroundings of The Birmingham Assay Office. Do you really know what your precious jewellery possessions are worth? Are your valuables adequately insured against, theft, loss or even repair? Would you be able to prove ownership of all of your valuable jewellery items should they go missing?

Now - 14 Jan - THE NATURE OF MY ART Solo Show. John Graham Reeve ARBSA. Works to be included in a forthcoming book, Lepidoptera in Landscape, based on John’s wanderings in search of these fascinating insects, including butterflies and moths. Don’t miss John’s free demonstration on Saturday 7 December.

27 Nov - 24 Dec - OPEN ALL MEDIA EXHIBITION. Selected work by artists from across the UK, including jewellery, ceramics and textiles as well as drawing, painting and printmaking. Call for entries - see www. Deadline for entries 20 Nov.

Now - 18 Jan - KALEIDOSCOPE CRAFT EXHIBITION - A vibrant celebration of colour, Kaleidoscope presents a vivid and exciting collection of innovative contemporary jewellery, ceramics and textiles, perfect for Christmas shopping! Dazzling designs by Melanie Tomlinson, Miranda Sharpe and Louise Miller make a welcome return to the Craft Gallery alongside dynamic work by makers new to Birmingham, including textile jeweller, Emma Calvert, and ceramicist, Maria Wojdat. The display also includes pieces by the winner and runners-up of the RBSA Prize of Innovation and Creativity awarded to graduates from Birmingham City University’s School of Jewellery and selected by our Gallery Coordinator.

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11 Nov - 23 Nov - BIRMINGHAM ART CIRCLE EXHIBITION. This group of accomplished artists works in a wide range of two and three dimensional media. This year, their exhibition explores the theme of light. Don’t miss the free demonstrations by various exhibitors on Tuesday 12, Wednesday 13, Thursday 14, Sunday 17, Tuesday 19 and Thursday 21 November. 11 Nov - 13 Dec - Heart of the Heat - Exhibition of Work by Leading British Enamellers. The School of Jewellery, Birmingham. The Goldsmiths’ Company is sponsoring a major exhibition showcasing the work of Britain’s leading enamellers. Entitled Heart of the Heat this stunning and fascinating exhibition is on view at the School of Jewellery in Birmingham 11 Nov - 23 Nov - RBSA: OUR COLLECTION, OUR ARCHIVE, AND YOU EXHIBITION. Exhibition of works from the RBSA Permanent Collection. Curated by recent graduate and undergraduate Chloë Lund and Hang Nguyen. A diverse selection of works acquired in the past five years, exploring the relationship between the Collection and the people of Birmingham, both past and present. This exhibition launches our year-long bicentenary project, Celebrating 200 years of Art, Artists and Audiences in Birmingham. This project has been generously funded by

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12 Nov and 25 Nov - 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. 13 Nov- UNDERSTANDING HALLMARKING - Birmingham Assay Office. This half-day 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. 16th Nov - 10.00am - 4.00pm. SILVER BANGLE WORKSHOP Museum of the Jewellery Quarter.Join designer maker Bonnie Styles to create your own stylish and contemporary bangle using simple techniques to create unique textures and designs. £50.00 per person - cost includes all materials and refreshments. Booking essential and places limited - please call 0121 554 3598 to book your place now! 19 Nov - 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 Nov - 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.

refresher for those with some experience, or a good starting point for delegates who are new to assessing or selling coloured gemstones.

27 Nov - 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 Dec 2.00pm - 4.00pm - CHRISTMAS CREATIONS. Workshop led by Margaret Fairhead RBSA. Use fabrics and threads to create some decorations for your Christmas tree! Choose from a range of designs, including angels, fairies and glitzy hangings. Plenty of guidance and materials will be provided, so join us and make a creative start to your family festivities. 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. 0121 236 4353

05 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 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

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Classical, Theatre etc.

05 Dec @ 1.15pm - 1.45pm. St Pauls Church - THURSDAY LIVE Organ Recital. Played by Paul Carr: | Andrew Carter (b. 1939) Toccata on ‘Veni Emmanuel’, | J.S. Bach (1685-1750) Nun komm’ der Heiden Heiland BWV 659, Herr Christ, der ein’ge Gottes-Sohn BWV 601, In Dulci Jubilo BWV 729 | Johannes Brahms (1833–1897) Es ist ein’ ros’ entsprungen | Pietro Yon (1886–1943) Gesu Bambino | Eugène Gigout (1844–1925) Rhapsodie sur des Noëls 02 Jan @ 1.15pm - 1.45pm. St Pauls Church - THURSDAY LIVE Organ Recital. Played by Paul Carr: | Johann Strauss II (1825–1899) Die Fledermaus Overture | J.S. Bach (16851750) In dir ist Freude | Maurice Duruflé (1902–1986) Prélude sur l’Introït de l’Épiphanie | Louis Vierne (18701937) Carillon de Westminster from Pièces de Fantaisie | Sir William Harris (1883-1973) Reverie from Four Short Pieces | Noel Rawsthorne (b.1929) Line Dance from Dance Suite.


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08 and 09 Nov - THE INTENTIONS: The soul of James Brown, Otis Redding and Wilson Picket live on in the guise of London vocal ace, Andy Mitchell and the stellar Intentions band - major players in the Midlands Soul Scene for decades with Curtis Little, who continue to attract a great audience. 12 Nov - JAZZLINES presents ... REED AND REED BASS:Bass player Reed is much in demand as a sideman, but here he presents his own band. Expect some of the sound of the great electric bass player

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Get listed: Marcus Miller as well as the Birmingham mix of jazz, gospel and blues. 13 Nov - 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. 14 Nov - MOOD INDIGO: MOOD INDIGO present a shaken but not stirred cocktail of swing classics and kitsch anthems from the 20th century, with few pleasant surprises thrown in! 15 and 16 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! 19 Nov - CISSY STONE & her band: Complete with a stunning 5 piece band CISSY STONE is as audacious and irrepresible as ever performing many of her soul and funk favourites as well as a great collection of Rock and RnB classics. 20 Nov - The STYLISTICS: UNFORTUNATELY ALL TICKETS & RESTAURANT SPACES HAVE NOW ALL BEEN SOLD FOR THE STYLISTICS SHOW. PhillySound Hitmakers, the Stylistics, return to the Jam House on Wednesday 20th November with their back catalogue of Soul masterpieces, including “You Are Everything,” “Betcha By Golly Wow,” “Stop Look Listen”, “Break Up To Make Up,” “Children of the Night,” “You’ll Never Get to Heaven,” “You Make Me Feel Brand New,” “Na Na is the Saddest Word,” “Can’t Give You Anything,” and “Can’t Help Falling In Love” 21 Nov - LatinMotion presents DEL CAMINO: Popular seven piece Salsa Band supported by LatinMotion, Salsa classes from LatinMotion’s own Mauricio Reyes, from 9pm. ( 22 amd 23 Nov - 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. 26 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. 28 Nov - The BROTHERS of SOUL: The Jam House kicks off their Christmas celebrations with the sound of Motown. The Brothers Of Soul are four talented and handsome vocalists who look as good as they sound! The vocal styles and intricate harmonies combine to deliver a contemporary “up to date” feel on the Motown classics performed by artists such as The Temptations,The Drifters, The Four Tops, The Isley Brothers, Stevie Wonder.....and many others. 29 and 30 Nov - TRU GROOVE: Smooth soul five piece of accomplished and very individual musicians playing classic funk & soul favourites from the likes of Timberlake, Alicia Keys, Plan B and Jessie J. 04 Dec - 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! 05, 06, 07 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! 10 and 11 Dec - SOLID SOUL: Soul Greats from

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this talented group of musicians - always a popular choice at the Jam House - featuring classic James Brown, Motown, and even Hendrix & Kravitz. 12 Dec - FAULKNER: A terrific guitarist and vocalist, Simon Faulkner brings his new band to the Jam House for an entertaining range of jazz funk, soul and dance classics from the seventies & eighties. 13 and 14 Dec - DETROIT SOUL: An explosive collection of classic and contemporary dance music, with all of your Tamla Motown, Atlantic Soul and funk favourites.

Weekly Events

Every week at your local - probably! Sundays from 1:00pm. THE SUNDAY SUPPLEMENT (Acoustic Acts downstairs) at the Actress and Bishop, Ludgate Hill. Mondays from 9:00pm. QUIZBOX Quiz Night (Downstairs) at the Actress and Bishop, Ludgate Hill Tuesdays from 8:00pm - RED SPANGLY JACKET QUIZ The Red Lion 95 Warstone Lane. Team up, or go it alone (if you’re feeling lucky) and take on the infamous Red’s Tuesday Quiz. Thursdays from 8:30pm. QUIZ AT THE QUEENS The Queens Arms, Newhall Street Join us for our great pub quiz in Birmingham. Saturdays from 11:00pm. STIRLINGS Ludgate Hill. Enjoy all your favourite old Skool Classics, RnB, Hip Hop, Garage & House to take you back to the good old days!

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WANTED QUALITY SECONDHAND signet rings wanted. Cash paid for quality secondhand signet rings, 9ct or 18ct Gold, Ideally Oxford style oval tops, (all rings considered including seal or initial engraved + bloodstone and carnelian). Must be UK hallmarked. We pay gold fix + 20%. Cash paid by return of post. Post to: Aspens Jewellers, 5 Church Street Woodbridge Suffolk IP12 1DH. Call Daniel on 01394 385088. WANTED - OLD stamping dies. Any con-

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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


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The Hockley Flyer  

Trade magazine for Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter November 2013, # 340

The Hockley Flyer  

Trade magazine for Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter November 2013, # 340