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John Skirrow Wright, MP:

Buried at the Birmingham General Cemetery (Key Hill) Section E No 218 Rev E. H. Manning wrote of...’ p34

January 2014

Issue No 342

Laser welding jewellery? - call

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Visit the Spring Fair, NEC 2-6 February 2014 Hall 17, Stand Q40


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).


Protect your Jewellery and Metalcraft with Nyalic®... 26

News............................. 26

New Book - How Birmingham was the World Centre of Steel Pen Nib Manufacturing .................... 26

Editorial ....................... 22 Events .......................... 38 Classifieds ................... 44 Follow us on the Social Networks

Focus on 3D printing for Weston Beamor at Jewellery & Watch Birmingham............................. 27 Birmingham Companies Dominate the BJA’S Member Awards......................................................... 28 Weston Beamor Wins BJA Member of Year Award... 29 New Course - ‘Understand Jewellery Valuations’....... 29 The Best One Yet....................................................... 30 Inhorgenta Munich presents The Inspiration Lab ..... 30 Lasers Point the Way for Jewellery Students............. 31 TSB Makes Space Available for Businesses ............ 32 Heritage Pages.......................................................... 34 John Skirrow Wright, MP Accident at a Funeral Fire Broke Out in Newhall Hill


Robbery of Jewellery Shocking Fatality to a Boy at Hockley Stoppage in The Jewellery Trade.

Planning Matters........................................................ 36


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Quality jewellery supp with over 600 years of

plies, delivered experience Kelly 12 years experience – Kelly has worked within the trade since 2001 having vast experience in a variety of areas such as casting, polishing and quality control. Kelly joined Betts Metal Sales as part of our trade counter team and has recently gained the responsibility as our Stock Control Manager, ensuring that all quality standards are met and stocks are in place with particular concentration on wedding rings.

BMS Wedding Ring Collection

We are starting 2014 off with a BANG, introducing new lines to our ever expanding wedding ring collections. This year you will find Two Tone Argentium Silver wedding rings, available with either 9ct yellow or 9ct red supplied finished in 5 various patterns, Palladium 500 - an alternative option for those with a smaller budget, available in Court, DShape, Flat Court and Flat profiles and in various widths and finger sizes. Plus why not add some sparkle to your wedding rings with our new diamond set service, 5 designs are available for both ladies & gents profiles. 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

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PLATING SOLUTIONS Cleaning Salts per 5 litre. 9ct Yellow Salts per 2 litre. 18ct Yellow Salts per 2 litre. 9ct Rose Salts per 2 litre. 18ct Rose Salts per 2 litre. 22ct Yellow Salts per 2 litre. Rhodium Concentrate to make 1 litre.

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A great compact polishing and dust extraction unit with a motor specially designed for long and trouble free running. Complete with a filter and a light. Keeps your workshop and stock clean and pays for itself by collecting all your lemel. • Polishing motor 0.25HP. • Rate of extraction 500M³/hour. • Dimensions 360 x 340 x 270mm. • Max Mop102mm diameter. Ref TP80

Was £980.00 Now £830.00


ELMA POLINI A compact single ended polisher / extractor. Ideal for where space is a premium. • Polishing motor 1/5th H.P. • Speed 2900rpm 0.14Kw. • Rate of extraction 340M³/hour. • Dimensions 410 x 290 x 375mm Ref TP8101 £928.00


A superb set of 19 Cobalt coated Metric HSS drill bits from 1mm to 10mm by 0.5mm. Supplied in a heavy duty steel case. Ref TD919 Was £24.34 Now £14.97




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

Birmingham 0121 233 4007 London 0207 831 9888

We invite you to come and see us at the SPRING FAIR, NEC 2nd-6th February 2014 Hall 17, stand T71 We will be showing a good selection of Casting equipment, Laser welders & consumable supplies

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VACUVEST vacuum mixers

LASER welders

Tabletop “STUDIO PLUS” - 60 Joule - 100 Joule - 125 Joule HEWITT J.E. Ltd ROBOTECH DEVELOPMENTS Ltd

Engineers and machinery manufacturers to the Jewellery industry.


LASER markers

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High quality laser welding wire LUXI—water based

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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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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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Tel: 0121 327 6102

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

Paper card, cans, glass, plastic, wood

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Finishing zzPolishing, barrelling, lacquering

Cans Jericho is a leading charity and social enterprise that recycles a range of materials. Our aim is to help achieve sustainable solutions to the ever-growing problems of commercial and domestic waste. Charity Number: 1037084


We offer a value for money, efficient and professional collection service as well as a confidential disposal & destruction service of sensitive information as well as one off office clearances. Please contact us for further information.

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Hockley Hill, Birmingham B18 5AN (car parking available)

37/38, ICKNIELD STREET, BIRMINGHAM B18 5AY Tel: 0121-554 2684/0508 Fax: 0121-554 1003 email: web site:


Paper Unit 9 Metro Triangle, Mount Street, Nechells, Birmingham, B7 5QT

Let us quote for your packaging requirements CARDBOARD, PLAIN AND FANCY BOXES, CARTONS, ALSO TRANSPARENT BOXES AND LIDS January 2014

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St John’s Dental Practice

0121 643 0610

St John’s Dental Practice

Dental Implants  Emergency Appointments  Open access Dental Hygienist

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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.

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

Steve: 07745 893555

helping you look after your health

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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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: 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. NAME .................................................................................................................................. ADDRESS ......................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................... POSTCODE ............................................................................................................................. Payment: Pay by PayPal. We will send you a PayPal invoice to your registered PayPal email address: ............................................................. Or pay by Cheque/Postal Order payable to YBA Publications

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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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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. There are many new ways of connecting your computer or laptop for higher sound quality than CD and played back on equipment smaller than the usual ‘seperates’ great if you simply don’t have space or the wife objects to large hi-fi boxes in the lounge! We can also rip your CD’s to hard disc in various formats and include the metadata and album cover artwork ready to be played on your system. Take a look at our website -, order to have delivered or click and collect at a pre-arranged date. Email Our second-hand equipment comes cleaned inside and out, with Cassette heads and Compact Disc player lenses cleaned and are thouroughly tested before selling. All are supplied with power cords.

Second hand Hi-Fi equipment now available £35

Smallest Hi-Fi Hint If you are very short on space how about a pair of hi-fi quality speakers that connect to your laptop or computer wirelessly via blutooth and dont even need an amplifier as it’s built in. Very small - but big on sound! Ruark Audio MR1 Bluetooth Speaker System. Real walnut finish pictured, also soft white and soft black available.


Cambridge Audio CD5 Compact Disc Player. Has a few marks on top through use plus a couple marks on inside of cd tray. Works fine. Supplied with mains lead only.

Arriving Soon...w ava

Technics Stereo Integrated Amplifier SU-V60. Works great, only needed minor service and clean.

£155 tba

Cambridge Audio Azur 540A V2.0 Amplifier. Supplied with original box and remote control. Rated at 60 watts per channel at 8 Ohms, A chunkier heat sink allows the amplifier to dissipate more energy and run cooler meaning the amplifier punches well above its weight. Price tba Technics SL-PG470A Compact Disc Player. No orignal box for packaging. Digital converter: 1 bit MASH, Frequency response: 2Hz to 20kHz, Dynamic range: 96dB, Signal to Noise Ratio: 100dB, Total harmonic distortion: 0.004%.

Roberts Sound MP-53 Digital Sound System. Stunning sound, without the need for separate speakers. A DAB/ CD/FM plus clock and iPod dock/charger! Has some light scratces to the gloss black and the Roberts logo is damaged slightly. (Catches easily on dusters!). Still looks great and includes remote, manual, and several ipod adapters.





Marie Haddleton and from the Editorial team.

The Spring Fair is the first ‘big event’ of the year for The Jewellery Quarter - hope the weather is kind!

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Publishing Editor: Editor: Advertising:

Tel: Email:

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. © 2014 YBA Publications

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Just a note for the Council when you take down the Christmas lights it would be a good idea to also remove the large hanging chains which were fastened to the lamp posts to hang the lights last christmas and left swinging loose - on windy days and nights it sounds as if the ‘Ghost of Christmas Past’ is walking the streets of The Jewellery Quarter! It could be an added attraction to the Ghost Walks! While you’re up the lamp post could you please empty the water out of the lamp - yet again - at least the water is clear and has yet to turn green! It’s more than half full with water!

Four Wars Heritage

The year 2014 has been designated a ‘Remembrance Year’ to commemorate war casualties. As part of the Heritage section in The Hockley Flyer we will be running a series of items where wars have affected the Jewellery Quarter in particular, commencing with the Crimean War. There are not many stories or memorials in the Quarter easily to hand but we have already researched the Crimean War during our efforts to get the Crimean War Memorial Gardens restored - unfortunately the scheme is ‘on hold’ at present due to shortage of funding. I tried to get Community Chest Funding for this project but was unsuccessful, although it was a relatively small amount. However, this year I planted in my own back garden (with Mark’s help of course!) temporarily the hundreds of snowdrop bulbs I had collected. The soldiers found snowdrop bulbs growing on the blood soaked battlefield and brought some home - the first snowdrops ever to grow in England. Perhaps we could start a ‘special’ Memorial Fund, and anyone who donates could have their name as a sponsor on the Hockley Flyer Heritage Page. Our plan was to get a local school to help with tidying up the garden and plant the bulbs and to provide an interpretation plate similar to the ones in the two cemeteries. It is only funding that is preventing it and may still be possible to complete the project during 2014, with snowdrops in full bloom in the spring of 2015! If you do have some cash to spare - you can donate via PayPal. We will also publish something about the Boar War because of course the Chamberlain Clock is dedicated to Joseph Chamberlain for his contribution to that war. Not much appears to have been written about the Quarter’s activities during World War 1 and if any company/person has notes and/or photos to add to the story, they would be most welcome.

Another New Book

Read about the new book edited by Brian Jones about the history of pen manufacture in The Jewellery Quarter which at one time was more widespread than jewellery manufacture. Marie Haddleton Editor

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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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Protect your Jewellery and Metalcraft with Nyalic® Nyalic® is a water-clear, ultra-thin polymeric resin that seals and protects silver, copper, bronze, brass, stainless steel, aluminium and other bare and coloured metal surfaces. Tough and durable, Nyalic® Clear Surface Protectant will keep jewellery looking like new by preventing tarnish, corrosion, finger prints, and smudges. Once coated, even copper jewellery will stay polished and bright and no longer darken or discolour skin and jewellery with patinas won’t fade. Nyalic® is ideal for all types of metal jewellery, sculpture and other metalcraft and artwork. It is skin safe, easy to apply, quick drying and self-levelling. Nyalic® Clear Surface Protectant leaves a natural finish and won’t darken or yellow like a lacquer. Aftercare is easy, too. Simply wash the coated surfaces with a mild detergent in warm water, rinse well and dry. Jenny Greenslade of Little Red Robin Jewellery says, “I make metal stamped gifts and jewellery with copper, brass, and sterling silver. I tried many waxes, lacquers, and varnishes but found Nyalic coating very easy to use.

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I use it a lot to prevent tarnish on my copper pieces and would recommend it to other jewellery makers.” Nyalic® is formulated for use on galvanized or stainless steel; bare or anodized, polished or mill-finished aluminium; and other non-ferrous metals and alloys; painted or primed ferrous metal substrates; and powder coated surfaces. It can be applied by wiping, spraying or rolling. Small or intricate pieces can also be dipped. Various kits are available containing Nyalic® in cans and/or aerosols with prep products and applicators. Prices start at £26.99 inc vat +p&p for a Nyalic® Small Jewellery Kit (coverage up to 3m²). All kits are available by mail order from

New Book - How Birmingham was the World Centre of Steel Pen Nib Manufacturing A new book written by Sutton Coldfield historian Brian Jones and volunteers at Birmingham’s Pen Museum highlights the crucial role of women in making Birmingham the global centre of the steel pen nib manufacturing industry in the 19th and early 20th Centuries. After beginning as a small workshop-based trade in the 1820s, pen nib manufacture soon moved over to factory production and through the 19th Century developed into a massive world-renowned industry centred on the Jewellery Quarter. The book – People, Pens and Production in Birmingham’s Steel Pen Trade – took three years to research and write. Proceeds will go to the Pen Museum, which is in Frederick Street in the Jewellery Quarter. In the book, Brian and the other

authors explain how women represented 70% of the estimated 8,000 employees in the pen nib industry in Birmingham at its peak at the end of the 19th Century. Brian said: “This is an industry in which Birmingham led the world and the role of women and children in making that happen does not always receive the recognition it deserves. “Generally, men were employed in what were regarded as the skilled roles – as toolmakers, minders of furnaces and in the rolling mills – while women did the so-called unskilled jobs, such as hand press operators. Such roles were comparatively poorly paid.” The book also explores the role of children in the industry and highlights the irony of the fact that so many of the workers of all ages and both genders were contributing to increasing literacy around the world while themselves remaining semi-literate, if not illiterate. Drawing on archive material collected by the Birmingham Pen Trade Heritage Association at the Pen Museum, the book examines the history of the individual companies at the heart of the industry such as Mitchell’s, Brandauer, Gillott’s and Mason’s. The book also tells the story of entrepreneurs such as Joseph Gillott and Josiah Mason, who although born into poverty and lacking formal education, went on to make fortunes in the industry. Gillott became an art collector and Mason a philanthropist who founded the University of Birmingham. The cause of the demise of the industry in Birmingham is identified as the invention of the ballpoint pen in 1938 by the Hungarian Laszlo Biro. The city’s steel pen nib manufacturers were unable to keep pace with the changes in technology needed to produce ballpoints and 140 years of steel pen nib manufacture in Birmingham had ended by the early 1960s by which time many companies had amalgamated and moved out of the city. People, Pens and Production in Birmingham’s Steel Pen Trade published by Brewin Books is available from bookshops, Amazon or direct from the Pen Museum and is priced at £14.95. For further information or to order the book visit www.penroom. or telephone the Pen Museum on 0121 236 9834.

Focus on 3D printing for Weston Beamor at Jewellery & Watch Birmingham 3D printing – the production technique whereby computer-aided machinery is used to create rapidprototypes in resin or wax – has recently been much in the news and has been hailed as a revolutionary step forward in the making of many consumer items, not least jewellery, and as a way of bringing manufacturing back to Britain. For Weston Beamor (WB) (Hall 17 Stand P44/Q45) the Birmingham casting house and forerunner in the field of 3D printing this technology is not new – indeed it has been an integral part of its service to customers for the past 13 years. “We were a very early adopter of 3D printing and have invested heavily in new developments as they have come along. We now own three stateof-the art machines made by Viper, Envision Tec, and Solid Scape, one of which is not available elsewhere in

the UK, and can offer our customers the chance to produce, highly complex, product prototypes, in a variety of materials and sizes. We believe that some jewellers are still unaware of our expertise in this field and more importantly perhaps, do not fully understand the ways in which we can help and advise them to make use of this service in their own production processes, so we are making 3D our focus at this year’s show in Birmingham,” says WB’s Head of New Business Development, Glen Day. Visitors to the stand will be able to see a selection of detailed models made for customers using the company’s various 3D printing machines and its expert team of advisors will be on hand to discuss particular production challenges. Also on show will be Weston Beamor’s 3D, desk-top scanner which can be used to create a CAD file from which prototypes can then be produced. The winning designs from the company’s annual competition for students in the School of Jewellery at Birmingham City University will also be on display. “The challenge this year is to create a design around a choice of differently shaped semiprecious stones and we anticipate some stunning results,” says Day. January 2014

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Featured Birmingham Companies Dominate the BJA’S Member Awards The enthusiasm, creativity, and passion of Birmingham’s Jewellery Industry was celebrated on 5th December at the British Jewellers’ Association Member Awards at St John’s Hotel, Solihull. The event was part of the annual Charity Ball in aid of the British Jewellery Giftware & Finishing Federation Benevolent Society. The Birmingham Assay Office supported the event in style and was delighted to see its customers winning almost every award. Jewellery Quarter based companies Weston Beamor and Cooksongold won BJA Member of the Year and Supplier of the Year respectively, and Redditch based TV and internet jewellery specialists, The Genuine Gemstone Company, won Retailer of the Year. Designer of the Year winner Andrew Geoghegan, based in North Yorkshire, is also a customer. Business Development Manager for the Birmingham Assay Office Marie Brennan said, “It has been a brilliant night for Birmingham. BJA members from around the country can nominate and vote for the winners of the Awards. Tonight’s results demonstrate that the Midlands and The Birmingham Assay Office are at the heart of the UK jewellery industry and there is great recognition and respect for their creativity and professionalism throughout the trade.” There was further cause for celebration for The Birmingham Assay Office when Michael Allchin, Chief Executive, and Assay Master, was presented with the BJA’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The honour, which is awarded at the discretion of Members of the BJA’s National Committee, was presented by Patrick Fuller, former Chairman of the BJA, and a former Warden of The Birmingham Assay Office. Patrick

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made a moving tribute to Michael and said that there were few people in the jewellery industry with the breadth of knowledge and experience of Michael Allchin. He said that Michael’s commitment to The Birmingham Assay Office had been unwavering and had spawned three new operating divisions: The Laboratory, AnchorCert Gemmological Laboratory, and SafeGuard. Without Michael’s vision, energy and commitment to change and diversification, The Birmingham Assay Office would not be in the position it is today. Patrick went on to say that Michael’s contribution has stretched far beyond the confines of The Birmingham Assay Office. His analysis of current trends pulls a crowd to every Trade Event!, so too his brainchild “The Great Debate” at IJL which reflects his commitment to addressing ethical issues. After Patrick’s moving tribute, Richard Peplow took to the podium and on behalf of Gaetano Cavalieri, Presi-

(From left to right) Glen Day, Head of Business Development at WB, BJA Chairman Gary Williams and Ed Hole, Head of CAD Design and 3D printing at WB.

dent of CIBJO, who was unable to be there personally, Richard thanked Michael for the tireless contribution he had made to CIBJO over many years

and particularly since his appointment as the President of CIBJO’s Precious Metal Sector where Michael had been instrumental in writing and publishing

New Course - ‘Understand Jewellery Valuations’

its ‘Blue Book’. Richard thanked Michael on behalf of CIBJO for the amazing contribution he had made to the work of the organisation.

Weston Beamor Wins BJA Member of the Year Award Weston Beamor, the Birmingham casting house and 3D printing specialist, was awarded the title ‘BJA Member of the Year’ at the British Jewellers’ Association’s Awards which took place at the St. Johns Hotel in Solihull on 5th December. This category of the Awards is for businesses that have contributed most to the work of the Association and the industry at large over the past year. Speaking at the ceremony, BJA chief executive Simon Rainer, praised Weston Beamor for the huge contribution it had made, at the end of

2012, to the production of The BJA’s 125th Anniversary brooch, a gift for the Queen to celebrate her diamond jubilee, saying that the company had alongside others in the industry ‘given freely of its time and expertise’ to help produce the piece. Rainer also praised Weston Beamor’s on-going commitment to training the next generation of jewellers, mentioning its intake of interns, involvement in apprenticeship schemes and its support of jewellery colleges and universities. Speaking after the ceremony, Glen Day, head of business development at the company said: “We are absolutely delighted to have won this Award and it is particularly gratifying that we were selected by votes from the industry at large, so huge thanks to the many people who supported us. Links between Weston Beamor and The BJA are close and extremely long-standing going back to when this company was formed in 1947. We value the work of the Association and look forward to collaborating with them further in years to come.”

Following requests to provide a one day introductory course to enable delegates to “Understand Jewellery Valuations”, The Education & Training Division of The Birmingham Assay Office is pleased to announce that bookings are now open for this new course. This course is ideal for anyone with an interest in the value of jewellery. This includes jewellery retailers, pawnbrokers, auctioneers and those involved in consumer complaints or insurance replacement. It is expected that delegates have some experience of jewellery and gemstones. The intensive one day course will give delegates confidence and knowledge, providing an understanding of the methodology and many different approaches required to produce a fair jewellery valuation, appropriate to its intended use. Basic diamond, coloured gemstone, and metal pricing will be discussed and delegates will examine items of jewellery for assessment. The course also includes a unique behind the scenes tour of the Hallmarking floor at The Birmingham Assay Office. The course will be delivered by David Byrne who is a member of the Institute of Registered Valuers. As an independent jewellery valuer he spreads his time between producing jewellery valuations for SafeGuard at The Birmingham Assay Office, valuing antiques for auction houses, and delivering courses for Birmingham City University at the School of Jewellery as a visiting lecturer. The dates are: Monday 10th February, Monday 24th March, Monday 7th April, Monday 19th May, and Monday 23rd June 2014. The fee per delegate is £195.00 + vat W: January 2014

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The Best One Yet Domino’s 4th Handbook set to create a stir in Birmingham Jewellery and Watch Birmingham (2nd – 6th February, 2014 Stand P44 Q45) will see the launch of the new ‘Domino Handbook’ (HB4) bringing to jewellers not only one of the most comprehensive selections of high-quality, well-designed settings, shanks, clusters, earrings, pendants and findings available, but also an indispensable source of pertinent information designed to make their lives easier. Eighteen months of hard work and a five figure production budget have been needed to draw together The Handbook’s 250 pages in which each individual component (however large or small) has been reproduced to exactly life-size, meaning that jewellers can use the illustrations

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with confidence to match suitablysized stones. The book, which is produced on high-quality paper to be extremely robust, has a strong contemporary design and features literally hundreds of components each of which is available across a range gold alloys and platinum and a range of sizes. The choice is enormous and the combinations that can be made to create a finished piece are even greater. Most of the components in HB4 are designed and produced in-house in the UK – something which Domino sees as a strong selling point – however, as, a new addition, this issue also includes some top-quality, precision-made settings sourced elsewhere in Europe. Another exciting new feature is a selection of ‘Hero’ designs by Domino’s prize-winning design team. These pieces of finished jewellery are ening its competence in the lifestyle area. In Hall B3 ‘Lifestyle -Trends & Vision’ which was newly opened in 2013, a special project is starting next year: the Inspiration Lab, an interdisciplinary event with experts, designers, and forward thinkers. The curator is the famous graphic designer and LEAD Award winner Mirko Bor-

photographed and then broken down into their individual component parts to give users some ideas and suggestions as to how items can be combined to maximum effect to create a selection of very different looks. “Great care has been taken to make this catalogue an indispensable tool for our customers and we have gone to great pains to ensure that the components offered reflect current trends as well as classic must-have designs. We have also striven to make the content extremely easy to access. All the technical the information the user needs, about each and every component, is available at a glance, and ordering is made easy. Although I say it myself I believe it is our best one yet,” says company Chairman, Patrick Fuller, who is the driving force behind The Handbook. Fuller strongly believes that the time is absolutely right for this launch: “Whilst the gold boom was at its height consumers were scrapping rather than repairing their jewellery and jewellers were inundated with pieces which, if necessary, they could plunder for repairs. The boom is now over and feedback from our customers suggests that the market is already seeing an increasing appetite amongst consumers for re-styling existing jewellery and for having new pieces created from scratch. The Handbook is a perfect starting place in both respects and we are confident that that this new edition will – as its predecessors before it have done for the best part of 30 years - provide an essential sales tool for workshops and jobbing-jewellers throughout the UK,” he commented. Nor is it simply UK jewellers who will benefit from The 4th Handbook, copies are to be translated into French, Flemish and German for Domino’s ever-expanding European sales base. Contact email sche. Inhorgenta Munich takes place on February 14 -17, 2014 in Munich. “As one of the world’s most important B2B trade shows for jewellery and timepieces, Inhorgenta Munich provides the perfect setting for this new project in which we bring experts and forward thinkers together from many different areas like jewellery design,

Lasers Point the Way for Jewellery Students

science, graphic design, art, fashion, film, architecture, product design, photography and music,” explains Renate Wittgenstein, Product Manager of the show. As part of the Inspiration Lab, events such as symposiums, lectures, workshops, exhibitions and presentations will take place at the specially designed area of Hall B3. The highlights are a 3D magazine installation from Bureau Mirko Borsche with projections of objects from different designers into free space as well as the Object Render Farm by Australian artist and jewellery designer Jordan Askill; exclusively for the Inspiration Lab, he is designing a signature piece that will be reproduced on several 3D plotters. For the visitors, the 3D magazine installation and the Object Render Farm demonstrate the latest techniques in rendering. The highlight of the Inspiration Lab Symposium is an international pearls forum in which pearl producers, dealers and jewellers from the world’s most important markets will be taking part. In addition, scientists will discuss the farming of oysters in increasingly difficult environmental conditions such as global warming and pollution of the oceans. The central aisle of Hall B3 will become the Inspiration Lab Fashion Walk. Visitors and exhibitors will be interactive participants of the Inspiration Lab. With a photo of their piece of jewellery, the exhibitors can complement the designer clothes sketched on glass which decorate the way to the

Birmingham’s School of Jewellery has been located in the heart of the city’s famous Jewellery Quarter since 1890. Staff at the school are recognised as experts in their field and support award-winning students through their chosen course and into professional life. Whilst today’s students must still practice and acquire the intricate skills which we traditionally associate with the jewellery industry, the enthusiasm for supplementing this knowledge with experience of using the latest technology has led the school to invest in another Laser Welding system from Rofin-Baasel. The jewellery industry is often perceived as being built solely upon a detailed knowledge of precious metals and gems coupled with intricate manual skills and techniques, which have been used for generations. In reality however things are quite different within many jewellery workshops, where laser technology rubs shoulders with traditional skills and craftsmanship. Jo Pond, Lecturer commented: “Ensuring that all students have a good grasp of both traditional techniques and those offered by technology has been a priority for some time here, with the school investing in their first laser system some 12 years ago. The ongoing uptake of laser technology within the industry combined with increasing student numbers means that the School of Jewellery and Jewellery Industry Innovation Centre now have a combined total of 4 laser

systems which have become a key part of all courses.” (The recent introduction a new Rofin Desktop system brings the number of lasers to a total of 4). The latest laser is a Rofin Desktop model, a compact table top laser system for manual welding. The Desktop has been designed specifically for use within teaching environments, laboratories, and workshops and is an ideal entry level into laser technology. The system is also ergonomically designed and can be sited on any desk or worktop. This air-cooled system requires only a single-phase power supply, so can be used almost anywhere. This latest and significant investment further consolidates the reputation of the School of Jewellery as the largest institution in Europe for the provision of education and training in the fields of jewellery and related subjects. Courses offered by the school cover a wide range of types and levels of experience: from introductory classes for secondary schools through to Ph.D. research degrees. Rofin offers a complete range of lasers including CO2, YAG, vanadate and fibre lasers. Rofin also provides solutions for laser cutting and marking applications.

Inspiration Lab. Visitors to the show can have themselves photographed with the life-size transparent displays and become the cover model of the virtual Inspiration Lab 3D magazine. The aim of the new project: after the four days of the trade show, the Inspiration Lab is to be used by the jewellery and timepiece industry all through the year as a laboratory for ideas. With

workshops, competitions and artists in residence, ideas, and blueprints should continue to be created during the year to serve as a basis for the Inspiration Lab at Inhorgenta Munich 2015. “The result will be a long-term platform where experts, forward thinkers and newcomers can move about freely and build bridges to other fields of activity,” says Renate Wittgenstein.

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ing the branch. The branch manager is Andrew Plant and can be contacted on 07976 523541. Alternatively, customers can enquire directly in branch. TSB is the only bank to offer this service to their customers and small businesses. Andrew Plant, Manager of Great Hampton Street Birmingham Branch, says, “We are delighted that our branch is one of the first to be offering space for customers to use as we are really passionate about serving the local community. We have already heard from several customers who are hoping to use the space and we are looking forward to welcoming them to our branch.” Peter Navin, Managing Director Branch and Business Banking, TSB says: “This initiative is just one of the ways TSB is looking to bring local banking back to Britain. For us, local banking means supporting the customers and communities which we serve and fuelling local economies.”

TSB Makes Space Available for Businesses in Birmingham TSB is piloting a new initiative to support the local community in Birmingham. The Bank will offer a dedicated meeting space in the branch that local businesses and customers of TSB can book and use free of charge. The space can be used for a range of different activities. For example, small or start-up businesses, which are often home-run, will be able to

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hold meetings in a business environment. Clubs, charities, or societies can benefit from hosting meetings in a central location with good public transport links. This space may also be used by local associations such as Social Enterprise Groups and community groups. The pilot will be testing a range of options to understand how the space is benefitting customers and the communities TSB serves with a view to understanding which initiatives customers would rolled-out more broadly across Britain. Birmingham is one of several branches that will be used to pilot the branch space initiative. The room is available for hourly slots by contact-

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The Crimean Memorial Gardens, overgrown next to a boarded up public house.

We are hoping to make some headway this spring towards carrying out the remedial work to the Crimean Memorial Gardens on Summer Hill. We have been having great dificulty in obtaining confirmation from the Parks Department that it is OK to work on the gardens. The only reason we have been given, and it is only hearsay, is that because of the sloping ground it is not safe for children to be on site, but we have never received any confirmation of this and neither has the school. The hundreds of snowdrop bulbs we

collected for the gardens have been planted temporarily in Marie’s garden but it would be nice to re-plant them in the Crimean Memorial Gardens in time to bloom next spring - if the school children cannot plant them I’m sure we could find volunteer gardeners and hopefully find suficient funds for the memorial interpretation board. The school could still be involved with the writing of the script for the memorial board and we know that Sir Albert has already indicated he would love to re-open the garden. We are aiming to raise money to help

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Heritage John Skirrow Wright, MP Buried at the Birmingham General Cemetery (Key Hill) Section E No 218 Rev E. H. Manning wrote of John Skirrow Wright, MP:

Took a most prominent part in the social, political and religious life of the town. He presided over many associations, including the Birmingham Libra Association, Chamber of Commerce, Hospital Saturday Committee, Midland Baptist Association, etc. He was Justice of the Peace for the City, and elected Member of Parliament for Nottingham. The Statue to his memory was given by the public and unveiled by John Bright. John Skirrow Wright (February 2nd 1822 – 15 April 1880) was one of the prominent pioneers and social improvers of the 19th century in Birmingham, England. He was involved in many aspects of Birmingham’s midVictorian life that were for the benefit of its citizens including the General Hospital, the Chamber of Commerce, The School of Art, the Children’s Hospital and the early Birmingham Hospital Saturday Fund and the Blue Coat School. Wright also invented the Postal Order. Born in 1822, he came to Birmingham in 1838 where he was employed at the button manufactory of Smith and Kemp, where his talents marked him for a swift ascendancy from traveller to partner in 1850. As with many of Birmingham’s great patrons, he was a non-conformist and whilst sharing the profits of his enterprise, he nonetheless opposed factory legislation, arguing that it interfered with the individual employer. Whilst President of the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce he came up with the idea of Postal Orders, to enable the poorer people to have the same facility to buy goods and services by post. The rich had bank accounts and could write cheques. A

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delegation of the Birmingham Chamber went to the annual meeting of Chambers of Commerce in London and John Skirrow Wright presented the idea, complete with all the details on how it would work including all the Postal Order values proposed. At first London bankers were against the idea, thinking it would affect their businesses, and the idea was rejected. However, eventually the bankers realised that the people who would use postal orders were not their customers and therefore no threat to their business. Consequently, at the Annual Meeting a year later John Skirrow Wright presented the idea again and this time it was accepted and the Postal Order system was started exactly as Skirrow Wright and Birmingham Chamber had proposed. He became the first chairman of the Birmingham Liberal Association and at the 1880 general election he stood for parliament as a Liberal in Nottingham. At the same time he had been helping the Liberal cause in re-elections at Birmingham. On the evening of his success, at a dinner held in his honour at the Council House, he died. Skirrow Wright was subsequently interred at Key Hill Cemetery. The funeral took place on a hot spring day, 19 April 1880. Thousands of people lined the procession route, requiring over 300 policemen to keep the route clear. The funeral had been arranged by the Metallic Airtight Coffin Co Ltd of Great Charles Street and whilst the coffin was indeed metal lined, it was nevertheless created in oak with brass furniture. The inscription on it read ‘John Skirrow Wright, died April 15th 1880, aged 58 years’. On the lid of the coffin were placed a number of wreaths made from white camellias, hyacinths, primulas, lily of the valley and maidenhair fern. Following the open hearse were over 20 carriages in the cortege, which, as they set off were accompanied by the bell of Handsworth Old Church. Along the route curtains and blinds of houses were closed and shops had closed for the day out of respect. At the Recreation Ground in Burbury Street, a procession of representatives

Bust of John Skirrow Wright in Birmingham’s Council House

from the public bodies of Birmingham formed and walking four abreast also processed to the cemetery at Key Hill until it arrived at the gates, when it split into two so that the hearse passed through the throng. The first part of the funeral service was conducted at The People’s Chapel, which was arrived at by 3.00 pm. After the service, the congregation left to the strains of ‘The Dead March’ from Saul and from there onwards, the procession wended its way on foot to the last resting place. As the coffin was lowered into the ground, the assembled people sang ‘Rock of Ages’. After Skirrow Wright’s death, the Mayor of Birmingham, Richard Chamberlain, convened a memorial committee. Most of the town politicians at the time felt that they did not wish to erect a statue, but rather more erred in favour of a portrait to hang in the new art gallery, or perhaps a bust to be placed in the Council House. This was contrary to the expectation of the man in the street, who felt that the only way to honour Skirrow Wright was to erect a noble statue to his memory. One such person of this persuasion was a Mr Apperley who wrote to the Birmingham Daily Post, arguing that a bust in a niche of the Council House would rarely be seen except when given permission to enter the Council House. He stated that “We will have a statue if we buy it ourselves” and

made it clear that the people wanted “something whereby we can show our children the form of one we love so well and instil in them the good qualities he possessed. If ever a man deserved a statue Mr Wright does and if ever the working men want a statue to anyone they want one to him.” Eventually it was concluded that a statue would fit the bill and Francis Williamson was given the commission which was wrought in marble and unveiled in front of the Council House by John Bright MP on 15 June 1883. The Birmingham Daily Mail reported that the pose of the figure was admirable with Mr Wright standing in a bold upright attitude as was his wont when addressing an audience. The statue stood in Council House Square with Joseph Priestley, and was joined by the statue to Queen Victoria in 1901. However the death of Edward VII saw that Messrs Priestley and Wright were despatched to Chamberlain Place, so that the Toft memorial to Edward VII could take pride of place next to his mother. In 1914 ‘The Builder’ (a national journal for the architect and all those interested in the constructive and decorative arts) had written a review on Birmingham’s public monuments and had generally disparaged the city’s attempts at honouring its great and good and criticised much of the execution and settings of its statues. However, despite calling the Chamberlain Fountain “miserable” and Chamberlain Place “squirt square” it found the least unsatisfactory feature that of the John Skirrow Wright statue and despite such unfortunate adjectives as “cold”, “stiff” and “provincial” it conceded that of all Birmingham’s statues, this displayed a simple and refined design and that the figure and the base displayed a certain amount of cohesion. The statue remained in Chamberlain Place until 1951 when it was removed to a storage depot as no suitable place for it could be found. The consequence of this dispossession was that the statue was scrapped, but not before a bronze copy of the bust was made in 1956 by William Bloye, Chairman of the Technical Committee of The Birmingham Civic Society. The bust was unveiled in a niche in the Council House on 13th September 1957 where it remains. Visit the JQRG Website

(Birmingham Weekly Post. September 2 1882).

Accident at a Funeral A somewhat singular accident occurred on Saturday afternoon, at the Old Cemetery, Key Hill. A man named Luke Dent (67), a constable (Birmingham Mail. August 23 1814).

Fire Broke Out in Newhall Hill This morning, about twenty minutes to nine o’clock, a fire broke out upon the premises of Mr. Franks, merchant, Newhall Hill. Information was sent to the fire office in Little Cannon Street, (Published by Birmingham Mercury 5th June 1886).

Robbery of Jewellery A portion of the jewellery stolen from Mr. Lucas, of the firm of Acott, Payton and Co., Vyse Street, Birmingham, was discovered at a publichouse in Somers Town, London, on Sunday morning. The police, acting upon information in their possession, visited the house on Sunday (Birmingham Mail. August 23 1814).

Shocking Fatality to a Boy at Hockley This afternoon, about two o’clock, a sad fatality occurred at Camdenstreet, Hockley. A lad, apparently (Birmingham Mail. June 21 1873).

Stoppage in The Jewellery Trade. A preliminary meeting of the creditors of George Edwin Walton, trading as ‘Walker and Walton’ wholesale jeweller, of Northampton Street, was

on the London and North West Railway, of 10, Penn Street, was assisting to carry the body of a deceased friend into the cemetery for interment, when he stumbled over a gravestone. In his fall, the coffin fell across his legs. Upon being taken to the General Hospital, on Sunday evening, it was found tht his right thigh had been broken. He was detained in the institution.’ and two engines were promptly despatched. The fire broke out in an office in which there was a considerable number of books and a quantiity of paper, but by the vigorous use of a portable engine the fire was confined to the room in which it originated. A good deal of valuable property was placed in jeopardy. Both buildings and stock were insured. and there found that the cabman had deposited with the publican shortly after the robbery had been committed on Tuesday one of the stolen bags, which contained eighty-one brooches. The landlord of the public house denies all knowledge of the cabman, and says he merely left the bag “to be called for.” He asserts that he was not acquainted with what the bag contained until called upon by the police. No arrests have as yet been made, though the police hope shortly to have the right men in custody. about 14 years of age, while crossing the street on his way to work, was knocked down by a brewers’ dray, the wheels of which passed over his head. He was at once conveyed to the General Hospital, Summer Lane, but on arriving at that institution life was found to be extinct. The body lies at the hospital awaiting identification.’

held yesterday. The liabilities are estimated at about £4,000. The father of the debtor attended to make an offer of 2s.6d. in the pound on behalf of his son. This proposition was carried by one vote. If the resolution be confirmed, it will have the effect of staying proceedings of another character, which have been instituted’.

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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 2013/09388/PA Land at Icknield Street/ Pope Street/Moreton Street Birmingham B1 3AS. Minor Material Amendment attached to planning approval 2012/06674/PA for the creation of a mezzanine and minor alterations to elevation design. 20-12-2013 2013/08589/PA Caroline Street Crowford House, land adjacent Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B3 1UP. Erection of new 3/4 storey building to provide ground floor commercial space, 12 no. apartments and associated parking and access. 19-11-2013

Ongoing 2013/07515/PA 29 Warstone Lane Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B18 6JQ. Listed building consent for internal alterations to form 6 no. 1 and 2 bed flats 07-10-2013 2013/07514/PA 29 Warstone Lane Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B18 6JQ Change of use from office to 6 no. 1 and 2 bed flats. 07-10-2013 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

New Decisions 2013/08205/PA 55 Charlotte Street Birmingham B3 1PX. Non material amendment attached to planning approval 2011/05271/PA for alterations to the design of roof lights and alterations to obscured windows. Final Deci-

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Planning Applications and Decisions from the Jewellery Quarter.

sion - Approve 2013/08007/PA The Mint Block 8 98 Icknield Street Birmingham B18 6RY. Non Material Amendment to approval 2003/00394/PA for minor alterations to the elevations. Final Decision - Approve 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. Final Decision Approve subject to Conditions

Older Decisions 2013/07186/PA Assay Office LP Adjacent to Assay Office Newhall Street/ Charlotte Street Birmingham B3 1BD. Application for prior notification for replacement of telecommunications equipment and associated cabinet Final Decision - Prior Approval Required and to Approve with Conditions. 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. Final Decision - Refuse. 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, installation of solar panels to roof, retention of ground floor offices and associated car parking. Final Decision - Refuse 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 front sash windows, installation of solar panels to roof, retention of ground floor offices and associated car parking. Final Decision - Refuse.

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 Quarter 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 Birmingham 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

2013/07008/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

2013/05116/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

2013/06878/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

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. 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 2013/01280/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.

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!

JEWELS OF OUR CITY - Birmingham Jewellery Quarter. Starting with an overview of the Jewellery Quarter’s origins and development, chapters follow with personal narratives from those working in the Quarter today, including the editor of The Hockley Flyer Marie Haddleton. Personal stories are followed by a series of individual and old established firms still at work today. Smaller jewellery manufacturers are not forgotten including those producing contemporary work such as Crescent Silver and Silver Birch, and more... It costs £14.95 + £2 post AROUND HOCKLEY by Ted Rudge & John Houghton ‘When Hockley was in the old Manor of Birmingham it was the largest district with clearly defined boundaries. Today the boundaries around this inner city district, part of the massive conurbation Birmingham became, are indistinct to many who lived or live within. The world renowned Jewellery Quarter and St Pauls Church have long been established in Hockley and still provide a major contribution to the workforce and the district’s history. More than 180 photographs showing how Hockley has changed over the last century. It costs £14.99 + £1.40 P+P HOCKLEY by David Harvey. This fascinating collection of photographs, including many rare and old images (some from as early as 1865) explores Hockley over the past century and a half, and details the social, architectural and functional changes in the area. With sections on industry, transport, leisure and religion, all aspects of everyday life are covered. It costs £12.99 + £1.40 P&P 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 THE BIRMINGHAM JEWELLERY QUARTER: AN INTRODUCTION AND GUIDE: By John Cattell, Bob Hawkins The first section explains the evolution of the Quarter and acts as an introduction to its characteristic buildings, the people who work there, and their products. The second section provides a walking tour of the Quarter, highlighting some of the most significant buildings, which readers can use to explore the area. It costs £2.50 + £1.10 P&P - SPECIAL OFFER


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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. Now - 25 Jan - TANYA KOZIN RBSA - Solo Show - Two and three dimensional portraits depicting timeless features as well as the inner qualities of figures. Now - 01 Feb - START EXHIBITION. A muchanticipated event in the RBSA calendar, the StArt exhibition provides a fantastic opportunity for art enthusiasts to purchase original artworks by Members and Associates for £200 or less. Now - 22 Feb - THE NIGHT WATCH - Memory Stather RBSA Solo Show. A collection of pencil sketches, pastels and watercolours of owls and other birds of prey. Now - 08 Mar - CUT AWAY - Shenac Rogerson ARBSA Solo Show. Linoprints featuring blocks of colour and line that create clean and spacious compositions with dynamic statements of colour. 20 Jan - 05 Apr - MELTING POT CRAFT EXHIBITION - Celebrating multicultural modern-day Britain, Melting Pot showcases the diverse and eclectic cultural influences present within the British craft scene. The exhibition offers an opportunity to reflect upon the significance of travel, migration and religion for contemporary designer maker craft. Work on display includes Andrea Thorpe’s jewellery exploring Japanese and South African floral motifs, Saima Hussain’s pieces inspired by traditional henna patterns, and Malin Winberg’s metalwork informed by Finnish folklore. 27 Jan - 22 Mar - ILLUSTRATED POTS OF NATURAL SCOTLAND - Peter Wareing RBSA Solo Show. A collection of new ceramics with imagery influenced by natural forms found in South West Scotland. 06 Feb - 01 Mar. The BIRMINGHAM TODAY COMPETITION is part of our 2014 celebrations. This selected exhibition will be an opportunity to celebrate the second city in all its aspects: topographical, cultural, sporting, culinary, political and social. It also aims

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to raise the profile of contemporary Birmingham and its artistic talent. Artists working in all media* can enter. The first prize, The Dugdale Prize, is £2,000 and will be presented by Lady Cylla Dugdale. The second prize is £500 and there are additional prizes. Apply to the gallery to enter - deadline 29 January. This exhibition is open to all artists working in all media including jewellery, ceramics and textiles as well as drawing, painting and printmaking. 24 Feb - 05 Apr Margaret Fairhead RBSA solo show. Margaret presents a series of stitched pieces inspired by observations of flowers from her garden. Don’t miss Margaret’s textile demonstration on Saturday 1 March.

Training & Education

21 Jan and Feb 25 - 11:00 am - 5:00 pm - UNDERSTANDING DIAMONDS. This course is intended for retail staff who already have some experience of selling jewellery and precious stones. It will provide an in-depth understanding of diamonds improving their confidence when selling. Course fee £250 + VAT Maximum of 4 Delegates 22 Jan and Feb 12 - 10:30 am - 5:15 pm. UNDERSTANDING PRODUCT SAFETY FOR FASHION ACCESSORIES. This one day course offers basic level training for jewellery technologists and costume jewellery and fashion accessories buyers who wish to understand new and current EU and USA product legislation and testing requirements before supplying products for sale to consumers. Course Fee – £195 + VAT per Delegate Maximum of 8 Delegates. 28 Jan - 11:00 am - 5:00 pm. UNDERSTANDING COLOURED GEMSTONES. 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 key selling points for each one. Course Fee £250 + VAT per Delegate Maximum of 4 Delegates. 04 Feb @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm UNDERSTANDING HALLMARKING - This Half-day event provides a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes and visit

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the Hallmaking Floor at the Birmingham Assay Office, which is not usually open to the public. During a special guided tour you will see how Hallmarks are applied to precious metal items and jewellery and have the chance to ‘have a go’ at hallmarking. Event Fee £75 + VAT per Person 05 Feb @ 11:00 am - 5:15 pm UNDERSTANDING WATCHES - This hands-on course is intended for retail staff or enthusiasts who already have some experience of watches. The one day course will provide an understanding of the technical aspects and benefits of different types of watches, improving confidence when selling. it will also teach basic practical skills which enable delegates to diagnose possible faults and carry out maintenance repairs. The course gives each delegate a chance to handle and study watches closely, and disassemble items using standard basic tools. It also includes a rare opportunity to visit the Hallmarking Operation at The Birmingham Assay Office, which is not usually open to the public. Course Fee – £195 + VAT per Delegate. 09 Feb - 2.00pm - 4.00pm. EXPLODING ANIMAL BOOKS Workshop led by Caroline Ali RBSA. Use a variety of craft materials to create your own exploded book. Taking inspiration from different creatures, you will learn how to combine drawing and folding skills to make and decorate a book that unfolds to reveal your own animal design. This workshop is popular with children and adults alike and would be great for a play-date. Booking essential. This workshop is suitable for children aged 6 to 12. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Places are limited to 8 children. 10 Feb @ 10:00 am - 4:15 pm. UNDERSTANDING JEWELLERY VALUATIONS. This course is ideal for anyone with an interest in the value of jewellery. This includes retailers, pawnbrokers, auctioneers and those involved in consumer complaints or insurance replacement. It is expected that delegates have some experience of jewellery and gemstones. This course also includes a unique behind the scenes tour of the Hallmarking floor.

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26 Feb @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm AN INTRODUCTION TO TOUCH ACID TESTING. This half day course is aimed at delegates with little or no experience of Touch Acid testing for precious metals. By the end of the course, delegates will be able to test and identify precious metals including gold, silver, platinum and palladium. Course Fee £250 + VAT per Delegate


12 Jan - Noon. TOURS OF WARSTONE LANE AND KEY HILL CEMETERIES (2nd Sunday each Month except Dec). Tours of Warstone Lane Cemetery start at Noon, meet in the cemetery near the Pitsford Street entrance. Tours of Key Hill Cemetery start at 2pm , meet by the island inside the cemetery near the Icknield Street Entrance. No need to pre-book. costs: Members - free, per person per cemetery - £3.00, per ccouple per cemetery - £5.00. Accompanied children under 16 - Free

Trade Fairs

02 Feb - 06 Feb SPRING FAIR INTERNATIONAL - Spring Fair International is the most vital buying event in any retailer’s calendar. You will discover exciting UK and international designers and exhibitors, source the latest products from new and popular brands, keep up with the latest trends and gain crucial retail advice that will set your business apart in 2014.


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30 Jan - 08 Feb BOUNCERS - Blue Orange Theatre. It’s Friday night, it’s club night - time for Bouncers to come alive. The Blue Orange Theatre presents John Godber’s hilarious parody on nightclub society. The theatre last presented John Godber’s play TEECHERS in 2012 to great acclaim. So come and meet four brutish bouncers, four boys on the pull and four girls out to have a good time. The smooth-talking DJ presides over the night’s thrills and spills, all set against the tatty glamour, flashing lights and pulsating beat of the sweaty dance floor. 06 Feb @ 1.15pm - 1.45pm. St Pauls Church - THURSDAY LIVE Organ Recital. Played by Paul Carr: | Max Reger (1873–1916) - Introduction and Passacaglia in D minor | Joseph Haydn (1732–1809) - Three Pieces for Musical Clocks | Herbert Howells (1892–1983) - Rhapsody no. 3. in C sharp minor | Joseph Bonnet (1884–1944) - Elfes | Louis James Alfred Lefébure-Wély (1817–1869) - Sortie in B flat

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10 and 11 Jan - 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. 14 Jan - The WEDDING CRASHERS: Born out of a long-running feature on local radio, The Wedding Crashers are a lively piano & drums duo that play an incredible range of songbook classics from boogie-woogie jazz to good time singalong favourites. Joe Stafford & Jayme Tovey are regular weekend players at the Jam House, supporting the main bands on some very busy nights - it is a pleasure to have them here with their own show. 15 Jan - BROTHERS GROOVE: Brothers Groove is a Birmingham UK based Blues band, formed in 1991. The line-up is: Shaun Hill guitar and vocals, Nigel Mellor guitar and vocals, Deano Bass bass and vocals, Darren Canny drums and vocals. Initially, the band tapped in to the musical influences of famous Midlands-based Blues bands, and combined these with jazz influences like The Average White Band, to create their own unique and edgy Bluesy funk sound. 16 Jan - 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! 17 and 18 Jan - 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! 21 Jan - JAZZLINES presents ... The JAZZ COMPOSERS ENSEMBLE: The Jazz Composers Ensemble is a large ensemble that brings together young jazz players from the Conservatoire and features their own compositions. Bound to create a great vibe. 22 Jan - GABBIDON: GABBIDON perform some of the greatest reggae anthems known to mankind in their show. Basil Gabbidon is a founder member and lead guitarist of the renowned STEEL PULSE, writing and performing many of their hits. 23 Jan - CHRIS POOLE & THE SHADES: This skilled seven-piece play a wide variety of all time classics from the 50’s right through to today - entertaining, energetic & enthusiastic 24 and 25 Jan - DETROIT SOUL: An explosive collection of classic and contemporary dance music, with all of your Tamla Motown, Atlantic Soul and funk favourites. 28 Jan - 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 on 0121 200 3030 or email Ben directly. 29 Jan - KENNY THOMAS: first broke through into the UK charts in 1991 with his debut “Outstanding” and then followed through with three more hits that year, including “Best of You”, and “Thinking about your Love”. Kenny’s first album sold 600,000 copies. Kenny continued to perform and record throughout the ‘90s and into the ‘00s. A recent revival following the release of his last album “Breathe” has seen him touring the extent of the UK and Europe, and he plays the Jam House for the very first time this January.

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30 Jan - LatinMotion presents DEL CAMINO: Popular seven piece Salsa Band supported by LatinMotion DJs. Always a busy night. Salsa classes from LatinMotion’s own Mauricio Reyes, from 9pm. (www. 31 Jan and 01 Feb - THE RED LEMONS: A band of superbly accomplished and very individual musicians come together to perform a vast range of soul & funk favourites from the likes of Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, and Stevie Wonder to Alicia Keys, Duffy, and Plan B.

04 Feb - METRO SOUL: Metro Soul are the premier Soul, RnB and Chart band in the UK. With a set that mixes classics from Stevie Wonder to Bruno Mars, Whitney Houston to Beyoncé, Prince to Justin Timberlake and J-Lo to Jessie J, Metro Soul give a non-stop and energetic performance. Fronted by two of the finest vocalists the second city has to offer, and backed by a band able to boast career credits working with such names as Natasha Beddingfield, Boy George, The X-Factor, The Drifters, CeCe Peniston, STEPS, Shakira and Tom Jones. 05 Feb - The Funny Side of Song: The Jam House presents a night of stand-up and outstanding musicianship with the likes of Gary Delaney (from BBC’s “Mock the Week), Andrew Bird, and the music of Ben Drummond, with your compere for the evening, Spiky Mike. A fantastic line-up 06 Jan - ADAM ISAAC BAND: With over 10 years experience as a gigging musician, Adam Isaac has recently had a considerable success, fronting Joss Stone’s backing band, reaching the finals stage in BBC’s The Voice, and receiving critical acclaim from his recent album release. Adam’s edgy rocksound draws influence from bands and artists like Muse, Coldplay, Radiohead, Jeff Buckley, David Gray, The Verve, Blur, Oasis, Stereophonics and more. See Adam and his full band play not only some of their rock anthem set, but a few of their own material! 07 and 08 Feb - GROUPER: Rock this weekend with this four-piece guitar band playing a complete range of classics old & new.

Weekly Events

Every week at your local - probably! Sundays from 2:30pm. 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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Why UHY? UHY Hacker Young (Birmingham) LLP is an ambitious and growing firm of chartered accountants located on Vittoria Street in the Jewellery Quarter with offices across the UK. We offer a Professional, timely and appropriate service at competitive rates taking an avid interest in your business, as we are focused on helping you prosper.

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

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BUSINESS SERVICES A GREAT opportunity for a polisher to work for yourself. Polishing lathes for rent. Two polishing lathes to rent on site in the Jewellery Quarter. 3-phase Lathes are fully operational with extraction.Low monthly rent and guaranteed polishing work.Experience of polishing brass and copper required. Please contact Lee on 0121 236 2335.

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PROFESSIONAL JEWELLERY Courses, 1,2,3 and 5 day professional jewellery courses. Stone setting courses with a lecturer who has been a professional setter for over 40 years. Chasing and repousse with an Italien lecturer whose family have been in this trade since the 16th century. This is just an example, all our lecturers are professional at what they teach and are excellent teachers. JEWELLERY REPAIRS while you wait. Wedding rings at manufacturers prices. 7 Warstone Lane, Jewellery Quarter, Hockley, Birmingham B18 6JE. Contact Bob Turley. T: 0121 233 2220.

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JEWELS OF OUR CITY - Birmingham Jewellery Quarter. Star ting with an over view of the Jewellery Quarter’s origins and development, chapters follow with personal narratives from those working in the Quarter today, including the editor of The Hockley Flyer Marie Haddleton. Personal stories are followed by a series of individual and old established firms still at work today. Their stories include Deakin and Francis, Charles Green, The Acme Whistle Company, Toye Kenning & Spencer, Thomas Fattorini Ltd, Gladman and Norman,The Assay Office, and The Pen Room. Smaller jewellery manufacturers are not forgotten including those producing contemporary work such as Crescent Silver and Silver Birch, and more... Available from http://www.

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AGADIR SPA is an Authentic Moroccan Beauty Centre based in the Jewellery Quar ter in Birmingham. We offer full spa treatment ser vices. Whether you need to unwind, relax and pamper yourself or improve your skin and body, get ready for a party, or simply want to enjoy superior Beauty Therapy with friends why not visit us? We believe that beauty should

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JUNIOR ADMIN Assistant. Would you like to be part of an experienced, family run company who have been in business within the Jewellery Quarter for over 250 years? If so, Betts Metal Sales are looking for an enthusiastic Junior Admin Assistant to be part of a diverse team. The candidate would need a good eye for detail, professional manor and an ability to multitask. If you are interested

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

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

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


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

January 2014

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The Hockley Flyer  

Trade magazine for Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter January 2014, # 342

The Hockley Flyer  

Trade magazine for Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter January 2014, # 342