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February 2015

Issue No 355



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News............................. 28

Applications Open for Touchstone Awards 2015....... 29

Events .......................... 38

‘Dig Digbeth - The Essential Guide to Digbeth’.......... 29

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

Lucy Whitehouse Wins Weston Beamor Student Design Competition................................................... 30

Editorial ....................... 26

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Thinking About Improving your Jewellery Skills?...... 31 H2O Physio Opens Second Underwater Treadmill.... 31 Trial of the Pyx........................................................... 32 Positive Response to Hallmarking Review ............... 33 Assay Office Birmingham Re-Certified by the RJC... 33 Exhibition of Elite British Gold and Silversmithing..... 34 ‘Starla’ Shone at Jewellery & Watch Birmingham...... 34 ‘KiddiChef’ Shortlisted for Medilink Award................. 35 The Blue Orange Theatre.......................................... 35 Heritage - The School of Jewellery Anniversary........ 36 Changing Times, Changing Trends ........................... 39 Planning Matters........................................................ 46


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By the time this is printed the Spring Fair will be over for another year (without ‘hardly’any snow!) I hope that everyone enjoyed themselves and that the exhibitors have filled those order books!

The Golden Square - 23 Years in the making!)

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The long-anticipated Golden Square is nearing completion. It is interesting to note that the first mention I can find of creating a ‘public square’ appeared in 1992 in a Newsletter produced by Jewellery Quarter Action (funded by Birmingham City Action Team and managed by URBED, they were with us for three years and were responsible for most of the street signs, organising the first Festivals and opening The Discovery Centre (Jewellery Museum). They also mention in their Newsletter: Parking; Training/apprenticeships; Clock refurbishment; Gateways; proposed Metro, tourist information point, public toilets and the everelusive Trade Centre.

Jewellery Quarter Action 1992. Ted Manders wrote:

‘The Quarter has seen many changes over the years, not all of them good, but here is one to capture the imagination. How about a public square in front of The Hockley Centre? (Big Peg). The car parking could be put elsewhere. Just imagine a big open space for pedestrians right at the heart of the Jewellery Quarter! An excellent place for a festival or street market. This could well happen. Watch this space.’

The ‘New’ Standard Works

An ‘official launch’ is being held in mid-February in the Banqueting Suite of the Council House. Our feature in the Heritage pages last month about the Standard Works has proved very popular. I was asked for some ideas for ‘naming’ the various activities planned for the New Standard Works. Here are the decisions: The building will be known as ‘The New Standard Works’. Within the building there will be the ‘Hive Cafe Bakery’, the ‘Arcadia Biodynamic Roof Garden’ and ‘Argent College’, as well as a community events space.

The School of Jewellery

This year being the 125th Anniversary of the founding of the School of Jewellery we have featured the history of the School from its very beginning. The School never stops evolving but, hopefully, it will never lose its own individual identity.

Legge Lane/Camden Street

This development looks as if it could be about to start with signs of activity around the old Camden Street School - Kathleen Dayus mentions attending Camden Street School in her books. Although the building resembles a ‘chapel’ it was never used for this purpose. Some people confuse this school with ‘St Paul’s School’ - St Paul’s School was originally situated in Newhall Street and later moved to a beautiful building in Spencer Street until it had to be demolished - at that time some buildings were built with little or no foundations and the Continued on page 28

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Trade Talk from around the Jewellery Quarter and more. Continued from page 26

Stella Layton, from the Assay Office, has been elected as the new chairman of the Jewellery Quarter Development Trust.

New JQDT Chair Aims to Build City Links

Collaboration and communication are two key objectives for Stella Layton, who has been elected as the new chairman of the Jewellery Quarter Development Trust (JQDT). Stella, chief executive and Assay Master at Birmingham Assay Office, succeeds David Mahony, managing director of PCPT Architects. David was instrumental in establishing the JQDT and the Jewellery Quarter Business Improvement District (JQ BID), and will continue to be involved in the development of the historic area of Birmingham. The JQDT, formed in May 2011, is a Community Interest Company that operates for the benefit of the communities in the Jewellery Quarter. The Trust also oversees the JQ BID, which carries out a range of activities for the benefit of all who live, work, learn, invest in and visit the area. Ahead of the announcement of the Council’s new budget in April, which may withdraw some financial support for the city’s BIDs, Stella is looking forward to meeting the chairs of the other seven BIDs in Birmingham to continue the ‘joined up’ and collaborative relationship. Stella said: “If financial support is

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withdrawn by the council, the BIDs will need to work even harder to ensure they deliver their objectives for levy payers within the budget. This is why it’s so important that the Jewellery Quarter is involved with any decisions that affect the city centre and the BIDs communicate and support each other. “I also want to develop collaborative working between businesses and organisations within the Jewellery Quarter, particularly through training and apprenticeship opportunities. I’m looking forward to working alongside the Trust’s board of directors to continue to improve the area to attract new businesses, visitors and residents alike.” Before becoming the chief executive of the Assay Office in January 2014, Stella worked for Cookson Precious Metals Division, whose headquarters are based in Vittoria Street, for 28 years. During her time with the company, she progressed to a role as global divisional director. Stella also became a Guardian of the Assay Office in 2007 and is a former chair of the British Jewellers’ Association (BJA). Stella added: “The Assay Office has been at the heart of the Jewellery Quarter for more than 240 years. Our proposed move to the other side of the Quarter, which should be completed in July, will create a fantastic new asset for the area and underlines our commitment to the area.”

school literally fell apart! There is a very interesting and moving story about St Paul’s School which will of course be included in our new series of Heritage Books. When I first started my research (over 30 years ago), I thought maybe the building in St Paul’s Square close to The Jam House - must have originally been a chapel because of its shape, and our old friend Canon Dennis Claringbull helped me on this one. Architects have some strange ideas at times - why build something to resemble a chapel! During the research into the Heritage of the Jewellery Quarter it is amazing what I find. In the Legge Lane/Camden Street area in between the demolition of the courts of backto-back housing and the emergence of industry, right up to the present day dereliction - even streets have disappeared completely! There were hundreds of small businesses crammed into a very small area, including button makers, umbrella makers, fish dealers, coal merchants, beer sellers, greengrocers, and an endless number of brass-founders, iron makers, polishers, bedstead makers - sometimes I get so completely absorbed I forget to cook the dinner!

Paradise Circus

The plans for Paradise Circus appear to improve the walk-through to the City Centre from the Quarter are very welcome - (unless the scheme is abandoned half way though like it was last time!) We never got our promised bus station!

Election Changes

Looks as if a big change is proposed (by London of course) to Birmingham’s Wards! (smaller Wards with just one councillor per Ward - it would be nice for the Jewellery Quarter to be recognised as a separate Ward with its own councillor - surely a sensible step in line with the ‘Localisation Act’ and perhaps every business in the area could be entitled to vote as well as the residents. What happened to ‘no taxation without representation’?

Trading Standards personnel from all over the UK are invited to showcase their achievements and apply for the prestigious Touchstone Award for 2015. The Award is presented annually by the British Hallmarking Council to acknowledge the best initiative in enforcing Hallmarking. Trading Standards Officers from the London Borough of Southwark benefitted hugely from their status as winner of the Touchstone Award 2014. As well as strong PR surrounding their win the worthy winners for 2014 were presented with the prestigious award at the Trading Standards Conference in July. The last week of November then saw the team receive the second, very beneficial element of their award, a day at Goldsmiths’ Hall which included a full tour of the Hallmarking operation and a very informative presentation from Deputy Warden, Robert Organ. Chairman of the British Hallmarking Council Mr Christopher Jewitt also took the opportunity to present the award to Councillor Michael Situ (Cabinet Member for Community Safety) of the London Borough of Southwark, in the presence of key members of his Trading Standards Team. Ten members of staff, including Deborah Collins, Strategic Director of Environment and Leisure, attended the presentation in the magnificent surroundings of Goldsmiths’ Hall. They were given a two hour tour of the Assay Office, witnessing its detailed operation, after which they joined members of the London Assay Office for lunch. In the afternoon, they participated in a hallmarking training session given by the Deputy Warden of the Assay Office, Dr. Robert Organ. Southwark’s operation revealed fraudulent trading, resulting in more than 1300 items of jewellery being seized. (Many were marked 925, but the Assay Office confirmed that the items were not silver.) Further investigations revealed Hallmarking and Trade Mark offences, including counterfeit hallmarks. Subsequent

‘Dig Digbeth The Essential Guide to Digbeth’ (Review by Marie Haddleton)

I would not have known about this Guide but for the regular visits to our office of Anna Gibson and Andy Munro who, of course, have published the annual ‘Essential Guide to The Jewellery Quarter’ for many years on behalf of The Jewellery Quarter Advertising Initiative. This new ‘Essential Guide to Digbeth’ is fascinating and makes one realise how little we sometimes know about places just outside our own specific area. I know just about everything there is to know about every building and its occupants - past and present - but Digbeth... Being a ‘Temp’ shor thand typist for many years I worked for several businesses in Digbeth. around the 1960s/1970s. I remember it as a drab place with lonely, almost deserted streets, such as Bradford Street, but reading this brand new Guide it would appear that the area has changed almost beyond recognition e.g. The coach station was somewhere you escaped from as quickly as possible and Digbeth was just a ‘place at the back of the Flea Market’. I remember my dad (PC77 Richard Evan Jones) who was based at Kenyon Street, complaining when occasionally he was diverted to be on duty in Digbeth because of the notorious gangs and Irish fights and brawls. But - what a marvellous surprise enquiries showed that consumers had purchased counterfeit items of jewellery via the internet. As a result of these ser ious offences, Southwark is proceeding with a confiscation hearing under the proceeds of Crime Act 2002. A true success story. The closing date for 2015 applica-

the area is now revealed as having a really interesting history and has become an area for music and art lovers, with many interesting shops and eating places! The Custard Factory is of particular interest (I visited the venue several times with Bennie Gray when he

was first refurbishing the derelict factory) because my mother-in-law was Elizabeth Bird, a member of the Bird family. It is worth getting a copy of this Guide as it reminds us all of how lucky we are to be a part of Birmingham’s Heritage

Details of the Guide:

Publisher: AMS email: Compiled and designed by: AMS Anna Gibson and One Design Martin Astley Editorial consultant: Andy Munro Original Photographer: Anna Gibson Photography/Various.

tions is 24th April 2015 and applications for the Touchstone Award are welcomed from all those involved in enforcing Hallmarking in the UK. The application process is very straightforward and should not be a barrier to entry. E: Alison.Byne@assayofficelondon. T: 020 7606 8971 February 2015

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Applications Open for Touchstone Awards 2015

News Winner Lucy Whitehouse

Lucy Whitehouse Wins Weston Beamor Student Design Competition Weston Beamor’s stand at the Jewellery & Watch Show Birmingham was packed with students from the School of Jewellery on 3rd February, 2015 to hear Andrew Morton, the company’s managing director announce the winner of its annual design competition for 2nd year students taking the university’s Higher National Diploma in Jewellery and Silversmithing. This year’s competition brief was to design a solitaire engagement ring with a matching wedding band in platinum or 18ct gold to include a 1ct diamond and embellished, if desired, with smaller precious stones. Announcing Lucy Whitehouse as the overall winner Morton praised all those students who had participated and said that the high standard of entries had made it very hard for the judges to make their choice. “The winners impressed us with their drawing, their CAD skills and their ability to deliver to the brief they were set in

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just six weeks,” he said. Lucy’s winning design, which was influenced by Art Nouveau and is extremely feminine in its style, uses a round brilliant diamond to create an unusual vintage-style engagement ring with feature claws and a cleverly shaped band incorporating five small stones. Speaking at the NEC after her win was announced, Lucy, who is 21 years old and comes from Worcestershire, said it was: “Amazing to win first prize”

and that she was very much looking forward to the week of work experience with Weston Beamor which is a part of her prize. This year is the 12th anniversary of the collaboration between BCU and Weston Beamor and Acting HND Course Director, Jo Pond, is unequivocal in her praise for the project: “Weston Beamor’s support has been invaluable, enabling our students to see behind the scenes of the company and to develop a greater understanding of the new product development process. This project provides a live design opportunity, with the company’s design team giving a valuable critique of the submissions and showcasing the winning outcomes at the NEC,” she said. Three further students were also awarded prizes in the competition. Suzannah Key, who created a fourpiece suite of bold, architecturallystyled stacking rings featuring a princess cut diamond and three accent stones and Aaron Cumbers, who opted for a sleek, contemporary look in platinum featuring a marquise stone with a minimalist setting, won joint third prize. Second prize went to Milena Vizuete-Courtes, for her unusual and highly-textured rings in a mixture of white and rose gold featuring a round-brilliant stone. In addition to the work experience at Weston Beamor, Lucy Whitehouse will also receive a £500 cash prize with £250 for the student placed second and £100 each for those placed third.

Pictured from left to right: Aaron Cumbers, Lucy Whitehouse, Andrew Morton MD of Weston Beamor, Milena Vizuete-Courtes and Suzannah Key.


Laura Fleming

Thinking About Improving your Jewellery Skills? 2015 marks the 125th anniversary of the founding of the School of Jewellery and so they have devised an exciting programme with courses led by some of the best practitioners in the jewellery trade such as Kevin Grey, Tom Rucker, Stephen Goldsmith and L J Millington. One of the School of Jewellery’s short summer courses could be an inspired starting point. An affordable and stimulating range of courses take part in June and July. The summer programme course offering is designed and developed to appeal to professional makers who require new skills or creative motivation for their business. Courses are taught by the very best practitioners from industry and academia in the School’s purpose built wellequipped studio workshops. Based in the heart of Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter, the School of Jewellery is the perfect place to obtain expert training, make useful contacts and enjoy learning new skills. Please contact the school so that you can receive their brochure.

School of Jewellery Short Courses Office

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H2O Physio Opens Second Underwater Treadmill in Birmingham H2O Physio’s second hydrotherapy suite will open its doors at the Optispine Back and Joint Centre in the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter at the end of January. The UK’s first private clinic to have the revolutionary underwater treadmill, has certainly created a buzz and the new Birmingham centre follows hot on the heels of the flagship facilities near Wolverhampton. H2O Physio offers some truly innovative aquatherapy techniques that provide all the advantages of effective exercise without putting stress on joints. So whether it’s for wellness or rehabilitation, it’s a comfortable, safe way to exercise for people of all ages and all levels of mobility. Chartered physiotherapist, Davinder Chatha, who heads up the organisation says: “This advanced hydrotherapy produces some profound results. Movement in water has many advantages, which just can’t be achieved on land.” “Our hydrotherapy equipment was previously only available for elite ath-

letes and premiership football teams, but can offer remarkable benefits to people suffering from a variety of debilitating conditions,” he adds. Over the past year Davinder has successfully treated patients at Halfpenny Green for arthritis, back problems, post orthopaedic surgery, MS, stroke recovery and weight loss. Russell, 49, came to H2O Physio for rehabilitation after a motorbike accident left him with a fractured pelvis and crushed discs in his lower back. “I haven’t walked so far since the accident. I don’t need my crutches anymore and I’m in a lot less pain,” Russell reports. Another patient with back problems used the underwater treadmill to strengthen the stabilising muscles of his spine and pelvis, and build core strength to protect his back as much as possible. Bal suffered with back pain for over 20 years, caused by the heavy lifting his work demanded and was keen to avoid surgery. “I’ve suffered with back pain for years and it really affected my quality of life – even forcing me to stop working. Finally I’ve found a great way to get better and I’ve even gone back to work,” Bal comments. The investment in a second treadmill represents its success and a commitment to providing the most advanced physiotherapy equipment in a bid to offer relief to patients. W: February 2015

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News The Queens Remembrancer

Trial of the Pyx This fascinating event was covered in The Hockley Flyer for many years and when researching previous issues for the new Heritage Books, we realised it was no longer being reported. We contacted an old friend of The Jewellery Quarter (Michael Taylor) who has for some years worked at Goldsmith’s Hall and he confirmed that the Trial does in fact still survive and we have now received the following Press Release: First Female Queen’s Remembrancer opened Ancient Trial of the Pyx in the City of London, on Tuesday 3rd Feb 2015. More than 70,000 coins produced by the Royal Mint in 2014 were counted and scrutinized by a jury at Goldsmiths’ Hall in the City of London. Dating back to the Twelfth Century, the Trial of the Pyx (Latin for chest or box) is one of the longest established judicial procedures in the world and is steeped in tradition, but 2015 marks a significant break from tradition in one respect. For the first time in its 900 year history, the Trial was presided over by a female Queen’s Remembrancer, itself the oldest judicial post to remain in continual existence in this country. Senior Master Barbara Fontaine became the first woman to hold the position on 27th October 2014 and this was her first major public ceremonial engagement: ‘At today’s Opening of the Trial, the Queen’s Remembrancer, swears in

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a jury of 16 liverymen of The Goldsmiths’ Company, one of the Twelve Great Livery Companies of the City of London. The event has taken place at Goldsmiths’ Hall, the guild’s historic headquarters, every year since 1870. But the Goldsmiths’ were involved in the earliest Trials and in the 16th Century, Elizabeth I granted the Company responsibility for proceedings. Today, the Trial of the Pyx fulfils a requirement imposed by an Act of Parliament (Coinage Act 1971) to conduct an examination by jury to ascertain that the coins produced by the Royal Mint are of the correct weight, size and composition. As such, this ancient ceremony has direct relevance to every user of UK coinage today’. In the next phase of the Trial, randomly selected samples of coins are sent for analysis by The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office, the UK’s longest established assay office. Over the next few weeks, the coins will be assayed (tested for correct metallic composition, size and weight) and measured using the standard Trial Plates, provided by the National Measurement Office of the Department of Trade and Industry. One of the most remarkable items to appear at this year’s trial will be a 1kg gold coin commemorating the outbreak of the First World War’. During the Trial, the Queen’s Remembrancer wears full court dress complete with a tricorn hat. Jurors include Wardens of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, equally resplendent in their robes of office, the Deputy Warden of The

Prime Warden of The Goldsmiths Company William Parente

1kg gold coin commemorating WWI

Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office and a selection of the Company’s liverymen. Also in attendance are the Deputy Master of the Mint and the CEO of the National Measurement Office. The final phase of the Trial, the Delivery of the Verdicts, takes place on Friday 1 May 2015. The Court reconvenes at Goldsmiths’ Hall and the jury delivers its verdicts to the Queen’s Remembrancer in the presence of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, who is on trial in his capacity as Master of the Mint’.


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Kathy McMillen (Hallmarking Operations Director) with Marie Brennan (Business Development Manager) explaining the hallmarking offer to students.

Positive Response to Hallmarking Review The Annual Hallmarking Review at Birmingham School of Jewellery proved to be a successful event for all members of the jewellery industry who attended to see Stella Layton present an overview of the year’s Hallmarking figures and the trends for the coming year 2015. The presentation provided an

Assay Office Birmingham Re-Certified by the RJC The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) announced recently that Assay Office Birmingham, the UK service industries member, has achieved Re-Certification by meeting the highest ethical, social and environmental standards established by the RJC. “RJC congratulates Assay Office Birmingham on achieving Re-Certification. Assay Office Birmingham was first certified in 2011. After a Member has become RJC Certified for the first time, independent verification is required at the end of each certification period to ensure continued conformance and thereby maintain Certified Member status,” says Ashish Deo, RJC’s Chief Executive Officer.

opportunity for key figures of the industry to network with each other and find out more about the exciting projects that are happening at Assay Office Birmingham this year. Students at the School of Jewellery were delighted to learn that they could register their hallmark for free at Assay Office Birmingham and have their very own punch mark created from £70 pounds + VAT. The Birmingham School of Jewellery has just launched its brand new website to celebrate their 125th anniversary, why not see it for yourself at

The successful verification assessment was conducted by Peter Warbrick from SGS, one of the independent third-party auditing firms accredited by the RJC. “Assay Office Birmingham considers an ethical supply chain to be very important. We pride ourselves on our independent expertise, integrity and innovation and are always looking to improve our own performance and to encourage high standards across the breadth of our industry. Maintaining Certification to Responsible Jewellery Council Standards is an important goal and we are proud of our achievement. We work in partnership with many brands that are also committed to the principles of the RJC. Our Certification demonstrates our commitment and provides reassurance that our values and practices are in line with those of our customers,” says Stella Layton, Chief Executive and Assay Master, Assay Office Birmingham. February 2015

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Exhibition of Elite British Gold and Silversmithing (London) Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council brings together Cartier AwardWinning pieces at The Goldsmiths’ Centre for 1st time. Already started on 20th January, prize winning entries from the Goldsmiths’ Craftsmanship and Design Competition 2014 will be exhibited alongside Cartier Award winning pieces as part of The Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council’s 2014 showcase at The Goldsmiths’ Centre, in Clerkenwell. The showcase will reveal a selection of last year’s award-winning entries in The Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council’s unique annual competition, known affectionately in the trade as the ‘Oscars of the Industry’, alongside past Jacques Cartier Memorial Award work at The Goldsmiths’ Centre in Clerkenwell, London running until 5 March 2015. It will celebrate the best UK based designers and craftspeople in precious metals and related materials, and showcase their exceptional technical skills and excellent creative design. It will also unite for the first time a selection of Cartier Award winning pieces from the last 40 years, this award is recognised as the ultimate honour in the industry. The Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council (GCDC) was founded in 1908 to promote, support and enhance skills and excellence across the profession. With over 700 entries a year, entries in the GCDC competition are judged by industry experts, at The Goldsmiths’ Centre, and winners receive their awards in a prestigious ceremony at Goldsmiths’ Hall, home to The Goldsmiths’ Company. Entries are invited and actively encouraged across all aspects of the trade, from new entrants to skilled craftspeople, apprentices and those in education. The competition accommodates all craft and design activities in the profession, including specialist sections such as diamond mounting, setting, silversmithing, chasing, enamelling and 2D design.

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‘Starla’ Shone at Jewellery & Watch Birmingham Domino launched an exciting new capsule collection in platinum and diamonds for the New Year which took centre stage on its stand at Jewellery & Watch Birmingham. The ‘Starla Collection’ includes eight diamond rings, a wedding ring, two pendants and a pair of earrings all specifically designed, by the creative grouping of a number of smaller stones, to create the illusion of featuring larger diamonds than it actually does. This principle has been put to work across a number of different diamond sizes from 5.2mm/0.50ct up to 8mm/2.0ct and rings include four claw, six claw, trilogy and halo designs. The wedding ring sits perfectly against two of the rings to create a choice of bridal suites. The pendants come in a choice of a solitaire and a striking three stone The Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Award Winners 2014 exhibition will represent last year’s gold and silver award-winning pieces, including Ben Pritchard’s Silver Iphone Case: London Skyline, Vicki Ambery-Smith’s Pair of Spice Boxes and Adam Maclaren’s Honeycomb Collection. It will also feature five Cartier Award winning pieces by Tony Bedford (1979), Ray Walton (2006), Phil Barnes (1971), Stan Somerford (2000) and Samantha Marsden (Johnson) (1993 & 2002). These will be on display together with their Cartier Gold Award Books, which are inscribed with the winner’s name. Started by Cartier in 1958, The Jacques Cartier Memorial Award is the highest accolade in the GCDC competition and honours a craftsperson of exceptional and outstanding talent. Samantha Marsden (Johnson), resident engraver at The Goldsmiths’ Centre and Cartier Award Winner recalls: “It was extremely rewarding, then, the only woman to have ever won it [The Jacques Cartier Memorial Award] and especially thrilling in a

design with complimentary earrings. These too are available in a choice of sizes. “Starla is the perfect solution to the New Year blues. It’s fresh. It’s fashionable. It’s fun and above all it offers consumers the opportunity to have a piece of jewellery, or a suite of jewellery, that has real ‘wow’ factor without having a price tag to match,” sales Domino’s marketing m anager, Sally Warrillow.

male dominated industry. It vindicated my years of training with my master and mentor George Lukes, and I had flown the Cartier flag for an allied craft. To win a record second time was simply an amazing feeling.” Chairman of GCDC, Mark Huggins explains: “This competition encourages, promotes and celebrates excellence in technical skill and originality in design. These elements remain central to the continued success of our industry and I am delighted that this exhibition will pay tribute to all the winners honoured in 2014.” There will also be a unique opportunity to hear Cartier Award Winners talking about their pieces and experiences at a special panel discussion, Cartier Winners in Conversation, at The Goldsmiths’ Centre on 18 February 2015 at 6.30pm (£15 plus booking fee per person). They will be giving their views on what makes an awardwinning piece, from making to judging, and encourage others to compete to win the prestigious Cartier Award.

The Blue Orange Theatre


Business Profile

Love is a Many Splendid Thing!

After the success of ‘A Female Perspective’ in April, the Blue Orange writers once again lay down the gauntlet to its writers with another competition. The theme this time is ‘love’ under the umbrella title of ‘Love Stories’. The evening consists for four plays:

‘Singular Romantics’ by Peter Corser

Left to right: Medilink Team Richard Stone, Sarah Wootton, Joanne Mewis, Desi Koleva (KiddiChef), Chris Dyke and Nicola Davis (KiddiChef)

‘KiddiChef’ Shortlisted for Medilink Healthcare & Business Award

Jewellery Quarter based KiddiChef is a unique catering concept which provides children with delicious, nutritionally balanced meals and aims to educate children and parents on the importance of good nutrition and healthy eating. Established in 2012, KiddiChef continues to develop a gastronome generation through a specialised menu created by a team of experts including doctors, dieticians

Left to Right: Desi Koleva and Nicola Davis, Co-founders

and nutrition experts. The Medilink Healthcare and Business Awards spans five categories, Start up, Innovation, Outstanding Achievement, Partnership with the NHS and Export Achievement, all of which demonstrate the continued innovation, diversification and sustainability of the West Midlands medical and healthcare sector. Medilink is a national health technology and business support organisation helping companies from concepts through to commercialisation. Medilink works with hundreds of companies within healthcare sectors all across the UK. KiddiChef have done extremely well to be nominated and shortlisted by Medilink for this award. Medilink Healthcare and Business Awards took place at Bank Restaurant, Brindley Place where delegates enjoyed a cocktail master class before commencing with the award ceremony dinner. Nicola Davis and Desi Koleva, Cofounders of KiddiChef: “On behalf of all of our staff, we are extremely pleased that KiddiChef has been recognised for our efforts to combat obesity by providing a healthy and nutritious catering service to nurseries. Medilink is a fantastic organisation to be recognised by and we are truly honoured to have been nominated and shortlisted by them. Congratulations to Aston Eyetech for winning the Start up award and going through to the finals!”

Have you ever been on a blind-date and neither party is keen or willing to put themselves through the usual humiliation of such a rendezvous? Our couple have been set up by the well meaning Jill from the office. Will it be paper-clips at dawn?

‘Aquarius and Lady Nightshade go on a Date’ by Jasmine Brown

Can super-heroes and villains have an ordinary love life? Does the real Pete and Claire know of each other’s existence outside the restaurant where they meet, not for the first time? Despite the bungling attempts of Wilhelm and Marina a nuclear war may not get started, this time!

‘Dying Wish’ by Richard D. Price

“ have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part” ...’’ Jim’s not got long to live and Edna, his wife, doesn’t intend to leave him in hospital, alone. A story of life-long devotion.

‘The Worst it can do is rain’ by John Palmer

There’s nothing like a long walk in the country to summon up the courage to ask a big question, but when you are both second-timers in a relationship you’ll do anything to avoid answering it.... W: Box Office: 0121 212 2643. Performance Dates: Thursday 12th February at 7.45pm Friday 13th February at 7.45pm Saturday 14th February at 2.30pm Saturday 14th February at 7.45pm

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News and Stories with a Historical or Send yourheritage letters and comments interest...

The School of Jewellery 125th Anniversary English Heritage & YBA Publications

The School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University, was opened on the 18th September 1890 and is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2015. The growth of the jewellery trade in the late 19th century created a demand for technical education in the craft, and in 1888 the Birmingham Jewellers’ and Silversmiths’ Association and the Municipal School of Ar t began classes at the Ellen Street School to the west of the Q u a r t e r. T h e

Association paid half of a student’s fees; the other half was usually met by the individual’s employer. By the end of the following year, the demand for places was such that it was decided to acquire larger premises in the Quarter and convert them to a jewellery school. The building selected for conversion was the manufactory in the Venetian Gothic style of William Randel, goldsmith, at Nos 84-86

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Vittoria Street which was acquired on a 30-year lease. This purposebuilt manufactory had been erected in about 1865 in red brick on the former rear garden of No. 30 Frederick Street, possibly to designs by J G Bland, the architect of the Albert Works on the corner of Legge Lane and Frederick Street. It comprised a seven-bay office-cum-warehouse block, originally of two storeys and a

raised basement, to Vittoria Street, and a two-storey workshop range extending to the rear at right angles. Owing to the fall of the land, the lower floor of the workshop range was effectively at basement level and was lit by a continuous light-well along the north wall of the range at ground level, where there was a large covered yard. This top-lit covered area was in existence by 1887.

Design). Few alterations were made to the original building of about 1865. The Studio has been retained and is used for examinations and student exhibitions. The exterior of the new extension takes its cue from the 1911 building, employing two-storey brick piers and recessed areas containing large metal-framed windows separated by brick panels. The front wall of the second storey is set back from the rest of the facade, and has a light metal gallery with a glass canopy, an arrangement that echoes the 1906 addition to the original building. The taller 1911 building, incorporating the main entrance, now forms the centrepiece of the complex, flanked by wings of similar scale. Taken together, the three buildings graphically illustrate the growth of the School as an educational institution. The 1992-3 building is an accomplished piece of design with an overtly modern appearance that complements the older adjoining buildings. The atrium works particularly well, combining visually exciting spaces with light and airy rooms in which to work. It is an exemplary scheme, illustrating how the best of the old can successfully be combined with the new’.

Arts and Crafts Movement YBA Jan 2015

A number of internationally-known names have been associated with the School. In the early part of this century, the School’s first headmaster, Robert Catterson-Smith, came with references from the artist Edward Burne Jones, who had been a pupil of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, the potter William de Morgan and the painter, illustrator and writer Walter Crane. All of them were associated with William Morris and, in its early years, the School was strongly influenced by the Arts and Crafts Movement. Distinguished jewellers and silversmiths who have been trained or taught at the School include: Arthur and Georgina Gaskin, Bernard Cuzner, W. T. Blackband, Charles Thomas, Robert Welch, Ralph Baxendale, Eric Clements and Cyril Shiner. February 2015

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The building’s central location in the Quarter and its attractive facade were clearly the main reasons for the choice of Randel’s factory for conversion into the new school, the City Council’s Museum and School of Art Committee stating that ‘its exterior is most presentable’. The committee reported that the building could be acquired for £1,500 and converted for an additional £2,000 to take between 200 and 250 students. In 1890, plans for the conversion of the building were prepared by Martin and Chamberlain,

and the works carried out by Sapcote and Son. A third storey, designed by Cossins, Peacock and Bewlay, was added to the street range in 1906. In 1911 the School was extended to the south by the construction of a tall new block on the site of old electroplate and tinplate workshops. The extension, which is a distinguished example of late-Edwardian architecture in its own right, was designed by Cossins, Peacock and Bewlay. It is a red-brick building of three storeys and a basement, and has tower-wings enclosing a threebay, (slightly recessed central section. This is an arrangement that is typical of the period, and the extension resembles contemporary purposebuilt manufactories. In 1992 the Birmingham Polytechnic, which was then administering the School (it is now part of the University of Central England’s Birmingham Institute of Art and Design), acquired the property adjoining the 1911 extension to the south. This provided an opportunity to extend further and to refurbish the older buildings. The site, at Nos 70-74 Vittoria Street, consisted of a plain two-storey plating works with a wide single-storey workshop range extending to the rear at right angles. The new scheme, by Associated Architects of St Paul’s Square, involved the demolition of Nos 70-74 and its replacement with a new building, as well as the removal of much of the interior of the 1911 extension to create a full-height central atrium aligned parallel to the street. The atrium extends approximately from the north end of the 1911 building to the southern end of the new addition. The ground floor of the atrium, which is used for exhibitions and receptions as well as a primary circulation space, is reached by steps up from the entrance and reception area in the centre of the 1911 extension. From the ground floor there are stairs on the east and west sides of the atrium leading to galleries on the first and second floors. The east and west sides of the galleries are linked by two ‘bridges’, with glass-brick floors, at each level. Opening off the galleries, behind glazed screens, are small workshops, where the students learn design and traditional craft skills using a mixture of older specialist machinery and the latest technology such as CADCAM (Computer Aided


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Demolition of Building Charles Jennens Ltd In 1992-4 when the school was extended, it was unfortunate that the

Topping-out the New School of Jewellery Hockley Flyer 105 November 1993

On November 9th 1993 the ‘topping-out’ ceremony for the new School of Jewellery was carried out by Mr Dennis Allen, the President of the British Jewellers’ Association. When the School is completed it will be the largest in Europe. It comprises a three-storey 1860 Victorian building and an adjacent Edwardian annexe which was purpose-built in 1911 to cater for the School’s expansion. Both are Grade II listed. After consultation with English Heritage and the Birmingham City Planning Department, the School secured planning consent for the complete refurbishment of the Victorian building and the demolition of the rear half of the 1911 annexe. On the restricted site created as a result, architects Associated Architects have designed a fully-glazed atrium which encourages interaction at all levels, blurring traditional distinctions between crafts. Work began on site in November

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premises next door (Nos 70-74) had to be demolished. The building was occupied by Charles Jennens Ltd who were Ring Specialists in Rolled Gold, Gilt and Chromium. They had previously occupied premises at 19 Northwood Street, up to 1933. 1992 with the controlled demolition behind its retained facade of the 1911 building. Adjacent properties had to be underpinned prior to the erection of the reinforced concrete frame of the atrium. External elevations are brick clad with windows to match those of the older buildings. The project team consists of architects. Associated Architects (St Paul’s Square); quantity surveyors. Edmond Shipway & Partners; mechanical and electrical consultants, H L Dawson; structural engineers. Peel & Fowler. The new School will include teaching rooms, workshops, a refectory, social space and an exhibition hall which will also be used by the industry. On the same occasion, Andrew Evans of Christiani & Nielsen, who are the building contractors, handed over a cheque for £1,400 to commission a piece of work to commemorate the event. The item will be produced as a result of a student competition and will become part of the University’s permanent collection. The new School has a construction value of £3.5m. It is due for completion by May 1994 and will be ready for the new intake of students in September 1994.’

On Tuesday March 7 2000 at approximately 6.30pm there was a fire in the School of Jewellery’s electroforming/ electroplating laboratory in the basement/tool room part of the building. The design of the building is such that the fire and any hazardous materials were contained within the confines of the laboratory, enabling all staff and students to evacuate the School safely and ensuring that their safety procedures and regulations were adhered to. Whilst the laboratory is not in operation the rest of the School’s facilities are unaffected. People arriving for work on the Wednesday morning found their places of work sealed off by the police and fire brigade as a precautionary measure. Several large companies were affected, including Cooksons Precious Metals. T Fattorini, ‘The Warehouse’ and many small businesses situated around Vittoria Street, Regent Street, Frederick Street and Warstone Lane.

Award Winning The original plans submitted to the Planning Department by Associated Architects for the new extension which incorporated large reflective glass panels covering the whole area was declined by the Conservation Advisory Committee as being inappropriate to the street scene. Marie Haddleton who was a member of the CAAC at that time met with Associated Architects and suggested that the existing ‘windows between piers’ design of the original building be carried along the front of the new extension, which was accepted - (Associated Architects won an award for the design).

Change in 2014 In September 2014 the School became part of the Faculty of the Arts, Design and Media. This Faculty embodies the strong creative and cultural offering of the University and the school plays a highly significant role. It is located primarily on the City Campus so the magnificent Vittoria Street base will be retained.


Inhorgenta Munich 2015 – Changing Times, Changing Trends Men’s Jewellery: Rock’n’Roll meets Classics

The offer of men’s jewellery is becoming ever wider and more diverse in 2015, as can be seen at Messe München: gold is the trend, just like opulent rings, amulets, and watches. Classic jewellery creations meet extravagant statement pieces, and timeless design encounters material mixes. Heavy curb chain bracelets and opulent hand jewellery are the favourites of the season. “Inhorgenta Munich, to be held from 20 to 23 February 2015 at the Munich exhibition grounds, will present the current trends in men’s jewellery,” announces Renate Wittgenstein, Product Manager of INHORGENTA MUNICH for the forthcoming trade show. “Some of our exhibitors have specifically specialized themselves in men’s jewellery, while others reserve more space for this segment in their latest collections. This market has continuously grown in the last few years and, with the support of testimonials, is becoming more and more respectable.” In the eighties, men who wore gold chains were considered fashionable and chic. As motives, leopards were highly sought after, just like the golden Medusa by Versace. A lot has changed since then and men’s jewellery is pretty much in vogue these days. Especially male celebrities have made men’s jewellery socially acceptable, no matter whether eccentric or sober and unpretentious in style. When you think of Karl Lagerfeld or Johnny Depp, large statement rings, bracelets, and chains come to mind. At the Sommermärchen 2014, the players of the German national football team presented entire collections of well-known jewellery and watch designers, and actors like George Clooney incorporate the classic gentleman look. With an increasingly wide choice, a man must decide on the look that suits him best. Following the autumn

and winter trends in the watch and jewellery sector, two fashion trends can be distinguished for 2015, in addition to the classic line: modern, clear design supported by materials like titanium, steel, carbon and ceramics, and the vintage look which is in close touch with nature and underlines the wearer’s personality by the use of wood, leather or stones. “Besides the steel and leather models in the collections, different rock styles, pieces inspired by steam punk and symbolic jewellery creations made of materials like silver and bronze are booming“, explains Irmie Schüch-Schamburek, trend expert and owner of the Trendvision trend consulting agency. The latest jewellery and watch collections are also influenced by the era of the sixties and seventies, and gold is currently experiencing a revival. It is considered to be a clear must have: whether as a bracelet, chain or ring – all that glitters is gold. Likewise, the interplay between silver and black continues to be a popular combination that men prefer. “Here, the development that more and more men get enthusiastic about genuine jewellery is interesting”, states Irmie Schüch-Schamburek.

Eccentric and extravagant jewellery wearers even now fully live out the trend in men’s jewellery. They do not strike up quiet sounds: the more visible the jewellery, the better. Evoking the Baroque era, rings cannot be large enough and amulets not sufficiently flamboyant. In contrast to the opulent pieces, many men continue to rely on jewellery that is sober in style and keeps a low profile as timeless classics. This is confirmed by Christa Kubsch, Managing Director of Gerhard D. Wempe KG in Hamburg: “As a jeweller with a rather classic line of products, WEMPE offers a multitude of cufflinks, ranging from sterling silver over stainless steel up to 18-carat gold. Time and when, a customer buys a signet ring, but that was it. Much to our regret, tiepins have become meaningless.” One clear trend is becoming evident in the segment of men’s jewellery for the coming year: The market for watches, jewellery, and accessories offers much scope for individual taste, and men do not only wear watches and jewellery because of their functional character but nowadays also in order to underline their personality.

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June Dudleston RBSA, an exhibition exploring landscape scenes over the changing Seasons.


Tempted to do a 1 to 3 day adult workshop? RBSA artists who are delivering Winter and Summer Workshops show off their talents in a variety of subjects and media to help inspire those wishing to book a workshop. Each piece is also for sale

Val Pitchford RBSA, explores the small and very small format through abstract landscapes, still life and flower paintings.



With a particular focus on geometric designs, this exhibition features new techniques, such as 3D-printing, to examine current trends in ceramics and jewellery. This display also aims to shed light on the many ‘hidden gems’ of talent in the contemporary designer-maker industry by including a number of emerging makers at the start of their careers. Confirmed exhibitors: Alex Allday, Alice Barnes, Jin Eui Kim, Amy Peace-Buzzard, Alice Coppock, Rebecca Cowley, Hamish Dobbie, Caitlin Gregory-Thomas, Chloé Herrero, Grace Honeybul, Jalin Kao, Rentaro Nishimura, Sophie Southgate, Andrew Temple Smith, Anna Thomson, Sasha Wardell.


Steve Evans ARBSA - A display of abstract perspex works and ink drawings. Steve’s work is informed by the geometry of architecture and minimalist sculpture. Don’t miss Steve’s demonstration on Saturday 21 February.


Our first open exhibition of 2015 showcases artists from across the UK working in a variety of media. The exhibition will also feature guest artists including Peter Monaghan. How to enter: The application pack will be ready to download from the RBSA website about 6 weeks before the deadline for entries, Wednesday 18 February. This exhibition is open to all artists working in all media except photography. Works including jewellery, ceramics and textiles as well as drawing, painting and printmaking are all welcome entries.

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Stephen Butt ARBSA. A series of prints and watercolours reflecting Stephen’s ongoing exploration of the relationship between the natural and man-made world as seen through cities, gardens and objects. Free associated event: Meet Stephen at the Gallery on Saturday 28 March.


Andrew Matheson RBSA. A range of stoneware and porcelain pieces, including bowls dishes and platters, which incorporate a variety of glazes in blue and earth tones.



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Six RBSA Members and Associates focus on the human figure within the context of the traditions of western art. Artists include Marylane Barfield, Brian Fletcher, John Garbutt, Roger Keeling, Jo Naden and David Walton. Don’t miss Marylane’s demonstration on Saturday 4 April, meet all the exhibitors on Saturday 4 April and meet Brian on Saturday 11 April.

Live Entertainment  FEBRUARY


Kent and his beloved and ever faithful Leadbessie, a beat up 1934 National Steel Guitar, who wows and astounds audiences with his authentic Delta Blues riffs, gravelly singing voice and his tales of hard travelling the Deep South, playing with some of the famous names of the past.


Curtis Stigers’ shows are always a must for lovers of great music and this performance on the back of the release of his new album ‘Hooray For Love’ will be no exception. Since first appearing on the music scene in the early 90’s, he has had hit songs which have become soul classics, had a song on the soundtrack of the huge movie ‘The Bodyguard’ and recorded and performed with the likes of Eric Clapton, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Joe Cocker, and George Benson. A multi-platinum selling singer, saxophonist, producer and songwriter has received numerous awards such as the London Times Jazz Album of the Year, Jazz Artist of the Year by BBC Radio 2 & Best International Jazz Singer and an Emmy nomination.


The Blue Orange Theatre writers have done it again, bringing you four enchanting plays depicting love in all its forms. Expect a veritable smorgasbord of romance, comedy, tenderness and slapstick. What better way to spend Valentine’s day?. Singular Romantics by Peter Corser. Aquarius And Lady Nightshade Go On A Date by Jasmine Brown. Dying Wish by Richard D. Price. The Worst It Can Do Is Rain by John Palmer. Tickets: £9, W:


The Jam House, St.Pauls Square, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham B31 QU Book online at

12 THE PARIS 1940s

The Paris 1940s are a tremendous new fivepiece who completely reinvent well-known pop music fusing it with soul, jazz, swing, samba and even drum and bass.

13 & 14 ROCKET

Rock this weekend with this five-piece guitar band playing anthems from the likes of The Killers, Bruno Mars, Bon Jovi, Black Eyed Peas, Gun and Roses, Queen and Oasis.


Ben is one of the most in demand bassists in Birmingham and can be seen with a wide variety of bands & musicians. ORTET is an electric trio that has emerged from a recent writing project with saxophonist and composer Lluis Mather. Featuring Ben alongside talented, recent graduates of the Conservatoire jazz course, Gareth Fowler (guitar) and John Hirst (drums).


“Gospel Central is an outstanding group and one of Birmingham’s best kept secrets – full of passion and fantastic musicianship”. This monthly celebration of the talent to be found in the local Gospel music scene gives an urban and contemporary edge to Gospel music. A must see!


“Night Birds”, “Down on the Street”, and “Easier Said than Done” are just three of the instantly recognisable tracks of Shakatak, a band at the fore-front of the UK Jazz Funk scene of the early ‘eighties. Still touring worldwide, the Jam House is proud to present these top-flight musicians for what promises to be a great show

20 & 21 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


The “ACOUSTICS SESSIONS” is a monthly showcase of new talent and unsigned artistes, regularly featuring touring performers as well as musicians from the local scene. The night is presented by the talented singer-songwriter, Ben Drummond. To be part of this regular feature, all musicians should contact the Jam House on 0121 200 3030


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.

26 LatinMotion presents DEL CAMINO

On the last Thursday of every month, there is a distinct Latin vibe to the Jam House with the sounds of the popular Salsa seven-piece DEL CAMINO supported by Mauricio Reyes and his army of LatinMotion DJs & dancers. Salsa taster dance workshop from 9pm. (


The Beat Brothers are a professional four piece of musicians, who play a funky & upbeat collection of classic soul and current faves



Jazz trumpeter, Bryan Corbett returns to the Jam House with a new show. Award-winning Bryan is a member of the legendary Jazz/HipHop outfit, “Us3” and works regularly with the likes of Ben E King, Tony Christie, and Gary US Bonds as well as touring around the globe as a solo artist at festivals & concert halls.


Birmingham-based Soulmania play a range of soul, disco, and funk music guaranteed to keep you dancing the night away!


Direct from its preview in London’s West end, the highly acclaimed Patrick Alan’s Motown Live Revue hits the road! This is an amazing show with a stellar cast of singers and a powerhouse band to take you on a journey through some of Motor City’s countless hits from some of the world’s biggest artists. Created by and starring Patrick Alan, the LA-based vocalist & choreographer from “The Drifters”, “Soul Train”, and Michael Jackson’s “Moonwalker”, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” speeds through a rendition of Motown classics, celebrating the hits of Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops, The Temptations, the Supremes, and many others that define the “Motown Era”.

06 & 07 Mr BEN

This entertaining & energetic four piece plays a terrific range of classic and contemporary rock anthems from the likes of the Police & Proclaimers to Stereophonics & Snow Patrol.


Ben Drummond is an award winning Singer/ Songwriter and Multi instrumentalist who’s solo show is a finely put together mix of flamenco, nu soul, and alternative folk. Playing a mix of his own material and some classics songs ranging from The Police, Jack Johnson, Chris Isaak, Jason Mraz, Stevie wonder to The Beatles.


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celebration of the talent to be found in the local Gospel music scene gives an urban and contemporary edge to Gospel music. A must see!

Training & Education  FEBRUARY

10 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-depthunderstanding of diamonds improving their confidence when selling. Course fee £250 + VAT Maximum of 4 Delegates.

11 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. It will also teach basic practical skills which enable delegates to diagnose possible faults and carry out maintenance repairs. Course Fee – £195 + VAT per Delegate Maximum of 6 Delegates

15 Funny Faces in Print

@ 2.00-400pm Workshop led by Margot Bell RBSA. Use a range of bright inks and simple press-print techniques to turn your funny face designs into a series of colourful prints. This workshop is suitable for all abilities, including those who are new to printmaking. Booking essential. Suitable for children aged 6 to 12. All accompanied by an adult. Limited to 8 children. £6 per child.

24 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.

25 Understanding Hallmarking

This Half-day event provides a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes and visit 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. £75 + VAT per Person Minimum of 6 Maximum of 10.


09 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.

10 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-depthunderstanding of diamonds improving their confidence when selling. Course fee £250 + VAT Maximum of 4 Delegates.

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16 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.

17 Understanding Antique Jewellery

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. Delegates will gain basic knowledge and will have more confidence when assessing jewellery with a view to either buying or selling it. Course fee £150 + VAT per Delegate Maximum of 10 Delegates.

18 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. It will also teach basic practical skills which enable delegates to diagnose possible faults and carry out maintenance repairs. Course Fee – £195 + VAT per Delegate Maximum of 6 Delegates

22 Dreamcatchers

@ 2.00-400pm Workshop led by Annette Pugh ARBSA. Ever wondered where your dreams go? Take inspiration from Native American crafts and learn how to weave and decorate your own dreamcatcher. This workshop is suitable for all abilities and great for those who enjoy hands-on craft activities. Booking essential. Suitable for children aged 6 to 12. All accompanied by an adult. Limited to 8 children. £6 per child.

25 Understanding Consumer Product Safety Compliance

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. The course provides an invaluable overview of the current market for precious metal and accessories before focusing on 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. Course Fee – £195 + VAT per Delegate Maximum of 8 Delegates



08 Tours of Warstone Lane and Key Hill Cemeteries

(2nd Sunday each Month except Dec). Warstone Lane Cemetery start at Noon, meet in the cemetery near the Pitsford Street entrance. Key Hill Cemetery start at 2pm, meet by the island inside the cemetery near the Icknield Street Entrance. Per person per cemetery - £3.00, per couple per cemetery - £5.00. Accompanied children under 16 - Free

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.

9-11 Vittoria Street – Birmingham – B1 3ND Tel: 0121 233 4799 Fax: 0121 233 4794 To speak to Malcolm Winston or Glenn Thomas from our Private Client Services team please call us or email Malcolm.Winston@uhybirmingham. or February 2015

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SWALLOW GARAGE – For all your vehicle repairs/MOT’S etc. 11 Well Street, Hockley, Birmingham B19 3BG. Tel: 0121 554 2830, Fax 0121 554 2830.


THE PEN ROOM M u s e u m . C o m e, see, and learn about Birmingham’s domination of the making of Steel Pen Nibs in the 19th Century at The Argent Centre on Frederick Street, Birmingham B1 3HS. Tel: 0121 236 9834. Free Entry, suggested donation £2 per adult towards running costs. W: www. LEARN THE secret to beautiful skin. Your personal skin care specialist will guide you to your optimum healthy skin. Also offer: HD Eyebrows, Threading, Waxing, Electrolysis, and

Classifieds... Spray Tanning. Visit the Skin Practice stand. Try our collagen drink complimentary to stay looking young. T: 0121 233 3010. W: M O D E R N DESIGNER dresses without the huge price tags! We are a bridal outlet that offers top quality ex-sample, ex-display and pre-loved wedding dresses at affordable prices - most dresses are under £500! Many of our gowns are from well known designers such as Mori Lee, Romantica, Alfred Angelo and many more...So if you are a bride on a budget, come and visit us to experience a service that is second to none. We aim to find you the dress of your dreams without the high price tag at a fraction of the cost of a brand new designer one! We stock a range of styles and sizes (including plus sizes) and also stock a range of bridal shoes and accessories. W: T: 0845 519 6128.

involves jewellery production, invoicing and stock control. As well as dealing with customer enquiries. Through telephone enquiries, emails and also face to face. The candidate would need to have excellent customer service, and an ability to adapt. And an exceptional drive to push and excel in everything they do. Ideally we would like someone with a jewellery background and a good level of computer skills (excel Etc.), but this is not essential as full training will be provided.Terms and pay negotiable. Please forward your CV to

A HIGH end jewellery manufacturer, wholesaler and retailer is looking for motivated sales and admin staff with good experience and knowledge in the diamond and jewellery sector to work in a professional environment with dedication and integrity. Past experience in the industry and basic computer skills like excel, stock management software and maintaining customer relations, engaging phone call skills, and dealing with online VIP Advert - The Lady (4x1 Artwork)_Lay sales are a prerequisite. An excellent salary package is on offer for the right person to take on this role at the company. Home A DBS (CRB) check will be required. Tel: Valuation 0121 233 1330.


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FULL-TIME or part-time jeweller required to work in Daniels the Jewellers in Nuneaton. Good working conditions with your own workshop. You will be undertaking repairs for two busy shops, as we have a small shop in Bedworth too. There is also scope to produce bespoke items and there are a number of shop stock items to be revamped. Terms and pay negotiable. If you are interested please get in touch. Phone: 02476 385410.


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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 2015/00582/PA Studio Two The Platinum 87 Branston Street Hockley Birmingham B18 6BT. Change of use of ground floor from live / work unit (Sui Generis/A1 & B1) to dwelling use (C3) 28-01-2015 2015/00363/PA 23 Pemberton Street Hockley Birmingham B18 6NY. Change of use from B1(a) Business / (c) Light Industry to create C3 dwelling. 20-012015 2015/00313/PA 110-118 Northwood Street Cirty Centre Birmingham B3 1SZ. Continued use of the site for a further two years for a change of use of vacant former manufacturing space (use class B2) to performance space for art exhibitions installations and performances (use class D1) 19-01-2015 2015/00003/PA 15 Key Hill Hockley Birmingham B18 5PB. Display of one externally illuminated fascia sign. 05-012015

Ongoing 2014/09260/PA Land at the junction of Mary Street and 43 Northwood Street City Centre Birmingham B3 1TX. Erection of a four storey development of 9 town houses and an office building with associated landscaped courtyard and basement car parking with access from adjacent Kenyon Forge development. 15-12-2014 2014/09204/PA 83 -85 Spencer Street Hockley Birmingham B18 6DE. Change of use of second floor workshop (B1) to residential dwellings (C3). 12-12-2014 2014/09200/PA 21 St. Pauls Square Birmingham B3 1RB. Refurbishment of existing building to provide ground floor

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Planning Applications and Decisions for the Jewellery Quarter.

restaurant/cafe with 3 apartments above, roof extension to form one apartment, demolition of single storey rear building and erection of 4, four storey townhouses. 12-12-2014 2014/07978/PA Former Kettleworks Land bound by Icknield Street/Pope Street/Camden Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3AG Part demolition, part conversion and part new build of land bound by Icknield Street, Pope Street and Camden Street, including the Kettleworks building, for erection of 313 residential units with commercial unit (A1/A2), ancillary gym (D2) and associated infrastructure, parking and landscaping 04-11-2014 2014/07063/PA 34 Carver Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3AS. Section 106A application for the modification of the Planning Obligation in respect of the off site public realm contribution under planning application 2013/02379/ PA for the demolition of existing warehouse and erection of 24 apartments and one commercial unit at ground floor (B1a) 2014/05741/PA 34 Carver Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3AS. Section 106B application for the modification of the Planning Obligation in respect of the affordable housing provision under planning application 2013/02379/PA for the demolition of existing warehouse and erection of 24 apartments and one commercial unit at ground floor (B1a). 07-082014

New Decisions 2014/08823/PA 28 St Pauls Square Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B3 1RB Two storey roof addition in conjunction with change of use to comprise ground floor retail use and 2 x two bedroom apartments at first and second floors and a three bedroom duplex apartment on proposed third and fourth floors. Final Decision - Refuse. 2014/08282/PA Fleurets 63 St. Pauls Square Birmingham B3 1QS. Listed Building Consent for internal alterations persuant to a proposed change of use and erection of a rear flat roof extension at second floor level. Final Decision Approve subject to Conditions 2014/07618/PA 106 Newhall Street City Centre Birmingham B3 1JX. Change of use of from commercial (Use Class B1) to restaurant (Use Class A3). Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions

Older Decisions 2014/07945/PA Studio 8 Style Works

50-54 St Pauls Square Birmingham B3 1QS. Listed Building Consent for internal alterations to enable change of use from Use Class B1(a) (Offices) to Use Class A2 (Financial and Professional Services). Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2014/07465/PA Academy of Music & Sound 3 Lionel Street Birmingham B3 1AG. Change of use from offices (Use Class B1) to non-residential music training (Use Class D1). Final Decision Approve subject to Conditions 2014/07213/PA Studio 8 Style Works 50-54 St Pauls Square Birmingham B3 1QS. Change of use from Use Class B1(a) (Offices) to Use Class A2 (Financial and Professional Services). Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2014/07347/PA 48 Frederick Street Birmingham B1 3HN. Listed Building Consent for internal alterations in conjunction with the change of use of unit 3 to a gallery (D2) and cafe and bar (A3/ A4). Final Decision - Refuse 2014/07335/PA 48 Frederick Street Birmingham B1 3HN. Change of use of unit 3 to a gallery and cafe and bar. Final Decision - Refuse 2014/06921/PA 48 Frederick Street Birmingham B1 3HN. Installation of replacement roof to rear of Unit 3. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2014/06855/PA 34 Tenby Street Birmingham B1 3EE. Change of use from Business (Use Class B1) to Live/Work unit (sui generis). 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.

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

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The Hockley Flyer  

The magazine for Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter February 2015, # 355

The Hockley Flyer  

The magazine for Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter February 2015, # 355