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November 2015

Issue No 364

Multi-million Pound Boost to Jewellery Quarter. Britannia Silver Wine Carafe for Auction at The 2015 Benevolent Ball this year. Assay Office Birmingham has launched a video that follows its relocation.



JEWELLERY • Polishings, sweeps & fan dust • Lemels & cuttings • Bombing (stripping) solutions • De-burring compound & polishing grain • Chemical stone removal • Settlement tanks • Clean Scrap, casting scrap • Crucibles

ELECTRONICS • Printed circuit scrap & edge connectors • Connectors, switches & pins • Assembled electronic scrap • Reel to reel • Webbing & stamping scrap

CERAMIC/GLASS DECORATION • Gold rags, wipes, bottles etc. • Screen printing waste • Lithographic waste • China • Gold colour

ELECTROPLATING • Gold plating solutions & dragouts • Gold stripping solutions • Silver solutions • Platinum, Palladium & Rhodium solutions • Ion exchange resins • Filters • Carbon packs • Anodes

MISCELLANEOUS • Platinum & palladium catalyst • Aluminium oxide grit blast • Platinum plated turbine scrap



Editorial ....................... 22 News............................. 26 Events .......................... 36 Classifieds ................... 44 Follow us on the Social Networks

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Inside this month’s issue...

AOB Unveils Moving Video. ‘New Site, New Era, Same Expertise’................................................................. 26 Birmingham Wins at Britain in Bloom Awards 2015 .......... 26 Jewellery & Giftware Benevolent Society Ball 2015 .......... 27 Double Celebration at the School of Jewellery .................. 28 The New Limited Edition Snowflake Collection.................. 29 Obituary - Jason Batchelor................................................. 29 The Nativity 2015................................................................ 29 Fei Liu opens the ‘Great Creator’ in Beijing ....................... 30 AOB Hosts ‘Responsibility in Fine Jewellery Consumption’... 30 Isabella Liu Strikes Two Gold Awards................................. 31 Positive Result for the Intergem 2015 ................................ 32 Inhorgenta Munich Watches New Hall................................ 33 Paula Hamilton Exhibits in November................................ 33 Heritage.............................................................................. 34


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Marie Haddleton and from the Editorial team.

Britain in Bloom Award

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General enquiries: k Editorial: Marie Haddleton  0121-236 4230 k Production: Mark Haddleton  0121-236 4230 k  t @hockleyflyer 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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This year Birmingham won the Britain in Bloom RHS ‘Biggest City Award ‘I - Well done, but obvious the judges only visit the City Centre itself because although we have flowers on our lampposts and some people do their own flower arrangements, we have lots of small open spaces and neglected planting areas with not a single flower in sight - it is a wasted opportunity! One example is the patch of land at Vyse Street Traffic Lights - at one time it had flowering shrubs, well mown grass and benches - but now it is being used as a car dumping/parking area, also the ‘garden’ in the centre of the flyover itself is full of scruffy-looking shrubs and weeds. This is one of the main entrances to The Jewellery Quarter! There are even pavement planters in the Quarter full of weeds. There must be a few people who are proud of living and working here who could perhaps spare a little of their time to tidy up and plant them? The City just ignores them completely. I reckon there are quite a number of ‘frustrated gardeners’ living here - it just needs someone to organise it!

Millions Come to Jewellery Quarter

Read in this issue about the Heritage Lottery Funding Awards announced recently. Good news about funding restoration work in the two cemeteries but not about scattering more interpretation plates around (we have several already) and there are other items which are important, such as clearing the rubbish more often (especially empty booze bottles, needles, etc and providing dog fouling bins (at one time there was a ‘no dogs’ sign in Warstone Lane cemetery until someone removed it! Fortunately swift action was taken after a recent visit by a Councillor’s wife to Vyse Street Police Station reporting cars parking inside the Icknield Street cemetery - apparently none of the vehicles belonged to jewellers. It should be respected that cemeteries are consecrated ground and should not be turned into parking lots, football pitches, or ‘theme parks’.

Proposed Closure of Jewellery Quarter Police Station

Companies and residents (including Jewellery Quarter Heritage/The Hockley Flyer) are busy preparing a report to be submitted to prevent the closure of this vital police station and there is a petition going around - don’t forget to sign it!

Christmas is almost here

The Christmas Lights are switched on and the Christmas tree is lit up so our next issue will be the Christmas Issue and of course the final one for 2015. If you have anything ‘special’ you would like printed, please send it to us by our copy date 25th November. Marie Haddleton Editor

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Trade Talk from around the Jewellery Quarter and more. ness’ 100 Day of No Moaning project, introduced when it moved. With pots dotted around the building on day one to collect 20p when anyone moaned about little snags or minor defects, so far Assay Office Birmingham has not collected a single penny!

AOB Unveils Moving Video. ‘New Site, New Era, Same Expertise’ Assay Office Birmingham has launched a video that follows its relocation to its new state-of-the-art premises on Moreton Street, in the heart of the bustling Birmingham Jewellery Quarter. The video, presented in both a 10-minute long version and shorter version, follows Assay Office Birmingham staff and its various services – including hallmarking, valuations and laboratory services – as they make their way from Newhall Street to a larger and more suitable purpose-built building at 1 Moreton Street. With equipment lifted out by cranes and 136 years of heritage to sift through, saying goodbye to Newhall Street was both a moving and exciting experience for staff, which feature in the video talking about the experience of moving and their enthusiasm for their new headquarters. The video shows how the move was one of great teamwork, resulting in a smooth and professional transition made after five years of planning and development at the Moreton Street site. With staff members such an intrinsic part of the move, some of whom had served their apprentices at Newhall Street, it was an emotional journey that truly signified the beginning of a new era. With this, the video also documents the first items to be hallmarked at the

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new premises, with a rapturous cheer from staff there to witness it. Today, Assay Office Birmingham is housed in a building that caters perfectly to its needs, with more room to create greater efficiencies and growth within the business. The Moreton Street building houses Assay Office Birmingham’s hallmarking facilities, as well as its AnchorCert Gemmological Laboratory, AnchorCert Analytical Laboratory testing, and its jewellery and watch valuation services. The building also includes a heritage room for its large silverware collection and a purpose-built library, large canteen and grand entrance hall, suited to events for those based in the Jewellery Quarter and beyond. Speaking about the video, CEO and Assay Master Stella Layton said: “Moving more than 130 years of heritage, paperwork, high technology equipment as well as customer product from one location to another is no mean feat. Doing this with a smile on your face and with no interruption to customer service levels, is out of this world. I knew that the capturing of this epic moment in the history of the Assay Office was important; however, not only from a heritage view point. I felt that it was critical that staff were able to relive the momentous achievement; we have so many plans and ambitions, and much hard work to do to achieve these goals. So, it is doubly important to celebrate our successes. Our relocation was most certainly a success.” Indeed, it seems Assay Office Birmingham staff have settled in nicely to their new office, as proven by the busi-

Birmingham Awarded Gold and Category Winner at Britain in Bloom Awards 2015 Birmingham scooped Gold and were announced as winners of the Large City category at the Britain in Bloom with the RHS UK Finals Awards ceremony for 2015, hosted by TV Presenter and Gardening Expert James Alexander-Sinclair. More than 1,000 Bloom groups from across Britain were vying for the coveted awards, of these just 70 finalists were chosen to represent their region/nation in the UK Finals*, with Birmingham representing the Heart of England. Deputy Leader for Birmingham City Council, Cllr Ian Ward said: “Time after time staff in Birmingham’s parks department pull out the stops with inspirational floral displays and beautiful parks. This award not only recognises the dedication and creativity of our parks team but also the contribution our thousands of volunteers make in improving the lives of residents, workers and visitors to our city. “‘Greening up’ and making the most of our environment is so important in a large city like Birmingham and the impact that this has on people’s general feeling of wellbeing should not be underestimated. I congratulate everyone who has made this award possible and for the daily work that goes on behind the scenes to make this all happen. Well done to colleagues and volunteers alike.”



Centrepiece Jewellery Its almost here! Centrepiece Jewellers will be returning to the Symphony Hall, Birmingham for our 18th Annual Christmas Selling Exhibition. Join us from 25th Nov - 23rd Dec 2015 from 10:30am until 10pm. — at Symphony Hall, Birmingham.

Jewellery & Giftware Benevolent Society Ball 2015 This year’s Ball will be taking place on Thursday 3rd December at St John’s Hotel, Solihull. The Benevolent Society is abso-

lutely thrilled that Rebecca Joselyn has very kindly donated this most beautiful Britannia Silver Wine Carafe for Auction at The 2015 Benevolent Ball this year. We also thank Stuart Wibberley and all at Umicore for their very generous donation of silver to help create this magnificent and unusual Wine Carafe. As is usual with the pieces that we auction at the Ball it will have something extra added to the design to ensure that it remains entirely unique and a complete one off - and therefore highly collectable and sought after. David Doyle, the Benevolent Society’s Vice Chairman and Auctioneer, was absolutely delighted when he heard that Rebecca was donating her time to make this piece of silver for him to auction - and particularly so as he knows that pieces that allow for the consumption of wine always seem to encourage fierce bidding from the attendees at the Ball by those keen to acquire these unique and highly useable pieces of silverware! Tickets are £65 + VAT each or special price Tables of 12 @ £715 + VAT per table. For further details or sponsorship please contact Gill Price on 0121 237 1138 or Lynn Snead 0121 745 4613 or email:

The Big Hoot The ‘owls’ which have caused so much interest over the summer have now been auctioned off for charity, and raised a massive £508,835.00, which will go to Edwards Trust (£15,000 and The Birchfield Harriers £7,800 - the remainder going to The Childrens Hospital in Steelhouse Lane. At least two of the Owls will stay in the Quarter - The Big Brown Inky Owl (originally outside the JQ Railway Station) and The Bejewelled Owl (originally in St Paul’s churchyard - bought by Anderson Studio, St Paul’s Square).

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After experiencing atrocious weather conditions at the first ever Jewellery Quarter Market held on the car park at the top of Caroline Street, plans for a second market were abandoned for the time being as there seemed no chance of the weather improving for some time after all it was January!

Stop Press - Top Grill Delighted to announce that Anderson’s Bar & Grill in St Pauls Square has won Restaurant of the Year at the ‘The Food Awards England 2015’

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over 2000 years old. These platinum diamond and turquoise earrings show the antique Kingfisher units to the best advantage whilst preserving them in the original form. The earrings were awarded with the Lonmin Design Innovation Award in 2011. The Tanzanite necklace contains three large tanzanites whose collective weight is over a hundred carats and over 14 carats of white diamonds set into 18K white gold. Gaynor Andrews, the Head of School of Jewellery, opened the event speaking about Fei’s time while he was a student at the school and their continuing collaboration. “Fei is an excellent ambassador for the School of Jewellery and was awarded the title of Alumni of the Year for Birmingham City University at our graduation ceremony in 2012,” said Gaynor. “He continues to employ our graduates, and from his own volition believes that the School of Jewellery has been a huge influence on the success of his career over the past sixteen years,” she added. “I was telling my teacher Maria Hanson, when she had an exhibition in the school that one day I want to have my own show here. I have waited sixteen years to showcase my collection. I would like to thank Gaynor and the School of Jewellery for this opportunity. Without the education I received from this school, I would never be able to be where I am today,” Fei Liu said.

Double Celebration at the School of Jewellery To celebrate his 10th anniversary as a jewellery designer, Fei Liu auctioned four pieces of jewellery and donated the proceeds to Birmingham’s Childrens Hospital, and showcased his bespoke pieces for the first time to the UK market together with the two most popular collections: Cascade and Serenity. The event was organized in collaboration with the School of Jewellery, which marked its 125th birthday and it was held at the premises of the school on Friday October 12th. Three out of four pieces were auctioned on this occasion. Sterling silver, black rhodium plated pendant and drop earrings made as a set from green, eight heart, eight arrow, Cubic Zirconia from limited edition colour Cascade collection. The second item for auction was a sterling silver 12mm Tahitian pearl leaf design brooch. The final jewellery piece, which was auctioned online, is beautiful handmade bespoke 18 carat yellow gold butterfly pendant with 7 carats rubellite and pink sapphire. The acclaimed jewellery designer showcased his bespoke pieces, and among the couture designs were his award winning platinum Kingfisher earrings and tanzanite and diamond necklace which was shown for the first time in the UK. The Kingfisher earrings showcase two excellently preserved Kingfisher feather hair pins dated

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103ct tanzanite necklace

Award winning Kingfisher earrings.


The New Limited Edition Snowflake Collection by Fei Liu Catch the first winter spirit with the new graceful Fei Liu collection created exclusively for Christmas. The beautiful and sparkling pieces of the limited edition Snowflake collection are made from sterling silver adorned with Cubic Zirconia. These shimmering snowflakes are the epitome of a winter wonderland. The collection consists of seven pendant and earring sets differing in shapes and designs, each stylised to reflect an authentic snowflake. As every snowflake is unique, each style in our collection highlights the varying characteristics of crystal flakes. Every set is named for the snowflake it imitates. Presenting: Classic snowflake which mirrors the symmetrical and elegant curves of the snowflake. Bursting with luminous Cubic Zirconia, the Majestic Snowflake consists of rays of gems, which disperse to create a miniature galaxy effect. Encrusted with shimmering gems, the Luminous Snowflake is designed with slight curvature to help the light bounce off each facet to create a radiant effect. The striking faceted marquise gems in the Kaleidoscopic Snowflake pairs with the silver detail and round Cubic Zirconia to give the impression of a flower blossoming. The tapered baguettes on the Crystal Snowflake imitate the soft pine needle-like surface you find when frost crystallises over flora. It dazzles like freshly fallen frost. The Festive Christmas Star inspired by the Northern star, is a six point glistening star which brings the spirit of tradition and celebration together, the Northern Star glistens like a blanket of snow and The Floral Snowflake is set with pear and round Zubic Zirconia. The radiance of the gemstones imitates that of snow resting on the petals of a delicate flower. These conspicuous snowflakes glitter like newly fallen snow.

Obituary Jason Batchelor Regency Jewellers

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of Jason

The Nativity 2015 A boy is born 2000 years ago . . . and the world is changed forever. The New Birmingham Mystery Plays, older than Shakespeare, now fresher than Eastenders, telling the ageless story of Christmas; of then, of now, of all time. In 2015 a group of Birmingham people came together to revive a tradition of Theatre going back hundreds of years, a true ensemble piece that explores Christmas past

Batchelor of Regency Jewellers. Jason had been battling with a brain tumour for a long time. Jason had worked in the Jewellery Quarter for 30 years and was a successful engraver and manager of Regency Jewellers retail shop. Despite his illness, he continued to be hard working. H e wa s we l l r e g a r d e d a n d respected and will be deeply missed by everyone who knew and loved him. He was 47 years old and leaves behind wife Sam, daughter Georgia and son Harrison. Jason was son-in-law of Arthur Stanley of Stanley’s Jewellers, who was one of the most highly respected jewellers in the Jewellery Quarter, and is still missed by all who knew him. Kind thoughts go to all the family at this very sad time. with Christmas now, and Christmas to come. The People’s TheatreOfTheQuarter - is a professional theatre company of the community - All proceeds go towards St. Paul’s Church development, to help ensure that this beautiful building is kept alive for the people of Birmingham. St. Paul’s Church, Jewellery Quarter, on December 9th, 10th, 11th @ 7.30pm Tickets £8 (£6) Box Office 07720 839 612 or theatreofthequarter@ or

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Fei Liu opens the ‘Great Creator: UK Graduate Show 2015’ in Beijing Fei Liu’s work recognized as an example of British higher education and creative industry. Fei Liu recently gave a speech as a special guest at the opening of the ‘Great Creator: UK Graduate Show 2015’ which was held at the British embassy in Beijing. The invitation was the confirmation of his successful work by the British and Chinese government and industry. The ‘Great Creator: UK Graduate Show’ was organised by the British Council with a purpose to promote the British education and creative industry. It showcased the UK’s farreaching influence in the world of art and design and why the British higher education system is an inseparable

AOB Hosts ‘Responsibility in Fine Jewellery Consumption’ The new AnchorCert Academy space at Assay Office Birmingham will host an evening of topical industry discussion on November 11th, titled Responsibility in Fine Jewellery Consumption. A presentation, sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and delivered by Coventry University’s Centre for Business in Society (CBiS), will share

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component of the success of British creative industry. The three-day event combined interactive and augmented-reality exhibitions from the UK’s top graduates with inspiring talks, workshops and master classes from some of the industry’s leading professionals. As one of the special guests of the UK Graduate Show 2015, Fei Liu spoke about his successful career development and shared the insights of his work. Together with Fei, the fashion designer Jimmy Choo was also invited to be the special guest at the opening of the UK Graduate Show 2015. He revealed the UK career path that helped him create one of the world’s most celebrated shoe brands. Among the VIP guests who attended the opening of the event were: Jimmy Choo, Martyn Roper (Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Beijing), and Carma Elliot (Director of the British Council China). recent research findings focused on consumer behaviour, ethical business practices, and customer views on ethical issues. It will also look closely at what matters to jewellery consumers regarding the social, economic and environmental impact of purchases. Keynote speakers on the night will include Professor Marylyn Carrigan of Coventry University, the CEO of the National Association of Jewellers (NAJ), Michael Rawlinson, and Judith Lockwood, sales director at Hockley Mint, and managing director of fullytraceable jewellery brand Arctic Circle Diamonds, who has experienced firsthand the positive impact of traceability and responsibly practices in jewellery manufacture.

Marilyn Carrigan BJQ

Taking place from 5:30pm to 8:00pm, the subject of Responsibility in Fine Jewellery Consumption will be discussed in detail, with the aim of promoting the importance of ethical issues in the jewellery industry today. The evening will also support jewellery firms, designers, and trade associations in embedding responsible practices into their daily working lives. Marion Wilson, AnchorCert Academy director, said: “We are delighted to welcome Professor Marylyn Carrigan and the ESRC to the AnchorCert Academy for an evening of discussion focused on ethical practices in the jewellery trade. The Academy is the perfect venue and we are really looking forward to the event, as ethical issues are vitally important to the future of our industry.” Assay Office Birmingham has been a long-time supporter and promoter of ethical issues in the jewellery trade, and is delighted to host the talk at its brand new headquarters in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. Supported by the NAJ, the event will facilitate lively and relevant dialogue for the industry, with the space for relaxed networking and socialising afterwards. Marylyn Carrigan: “‘We have built strong networks within the jewellery industry who have worked closely with us in our research. The experiences of Birmingham fine jewellers and their customers regarding responsible jewellery practices will be reflected in the discussions and debate held on the evening.

Isabella Liu Strikes Two Gold Awards

the finalists at Barcelona ENJOIA’T Award. She was honoured with three gold and two silver awards at the prestigious Goldsmiths’ Craftsman-

Isabella Liu, London based Chinese jewellery designer and artist, has won two gold awards at the 2015 Milan World Expo China-Italy International Jewellery Design Competition, the ‘Fashion Gold Medal of Best Product’ and ‘Gold Medal of Best New Designer’. Liu’s designs have made a breakthrough in fusing together contemporary artistic jewellery with sculpture, and she has become well known as a “designer in the ar t of mending.” Demonstrated by her creations and collections, Isabella’s design philosophy and ways of understanding craftsmanship and design are reflections of her personal experiences in believing fragilities and imperfections have potentials to become more beautiful, and interpretations of West cultures and East heritage. ‘Scar is No More a Scar II’ Blue Collection As an outstanding talent in visual ship & Design Awards 2015, which arts, Isabella Liu’s work has already is regarded as the ‘Jewellery Oscar’. won numerous awards nationally and Her prestigious awards from the UK, internationally. She was honoured Italy, Spain and China, indicate that with bronze and silver medals at A’ her distinctive style of work promises Design Awards & Competition in Italy to be recognised ever more widely in 2013 and 2014 respectively. In across cultures, and most certainly 2014, she also won the first place of throughout and beyond Europe

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Award Ceremoney at AQUAE Venice, EXPO Milan 2015

and Asia. Nick Wilson, international recognised author at arts sector says: “I draw particular attention to the potential of her creative practice in bridging otherwise separate practices (ceramics and jewellery, design and arts), artistic and business contexts, and cultural perspectives (Britain/ Europe and China).” In July, her works were showcased at the BMW Henley Festival in UK, and were endorsed by Stewart Collins the festival’s creative director, Fiona Sanderson founder of the Luxury Channel, and John Smith the COO of Burberry, who is also the Chairman of the Henley Festival. The AQUAE Venice committees highly appreciate her exhibiting new collection ‘Scar is No More a Scar II’, and ‘Spring Glamour’ (collaborate with Shenzhen Tai Fu Jewellery Co. Ltd), which can be described as being contemporary, conceptual, fashionable, and having an unique artistic connection with her own history. It is reported that the organising committee at this year’s China-Italy Jewellery exhibition, the China Luxury Industry Association, The Hong Kong General Chamber of Jewellery, the Italian Jewellery Association, and many other organisations present at the exhibition were all promoting the level of Chinese jewellery design, the cultural brilliance of the tradition of Chinese jewellery, and independent creative skill, all to help develop the concept of “wisdom” in the Chinese context of design. Liu has generously shared her exceptional thoughts in design with ar tists in the UK and China, and help to develop and cultivate artistic and design skills of young people in the country. She will also contribute to wider community in the arts field by presenting in or being an advocate of events that promote the exchange of cultures and arts between the British/European and Chinese societies.

News Jewellery by Edelform / Petra Schwinn

Positive Result for the Intergem 2015 Idar-Oberstein – with a little less than 3000 trade visitors the 31st edition of the Intergem could not meet the expectations in absolute numbers, but as a result of a great number of positive business deals, the Intergem could hold its ground as the worldwide leading small but mighty address for gemstones and jewellery. “The Intergem in particular, which displays a superior range of products, comes down to the quality and not the quantity of visitors. The majority of exhibitors informed us that the quality of visitors was on target and most of all reported good to excellent” says Kai-Uwe Hille, managing director of the Intergem. The absolute visitor numbers did not arrive at the level of the preceding years – however the atmosphere was great nevertheless.” This is confirmed by exhibitors like Constantin Wild: “It was a regular Intergem. I was able to intensively dedicate myself to clients without any pressure or haste.” Christian Klein of Ph. Hahn Söhne notes: “We are contented, the results actually exceed the past years.” Bernd Ripp of Groh+Ripp adds: “We had an excellent Intergem”. Heike Faller of Karl Faller agrees: “Fortunately we had a lot of international clients which of course contributed to the great result. There were less German clients than last year, but the ones who came were eager to buy and we are very pleased

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Jewellery by A. Ruppenthal KG

with the outcome of the exhibition.” Dr. Konrad Henn, chairman of the trade fair organisation notes a high ratio of buying delegations of renowned premium jewellers especially on Saturday. Among others there were representatives of Cartier, Wempe and Christ.

Opal by Emil Weis

offers which were presented at various exhibitor conferences, aroused attention. The Idar-Oberstein company Jakob Bengel presented a highly admired Art Déco jewellery collection modelled after historic designs and Augusta Technic introduced a unique photo composer aimed at innovative gemstone photography, which was also applauded by the professional visitors. Furthermore professional knowledge was displayed at the Intergem 2015. Yulia Irtyuga, marketing director of MSU Gemmological Centre Moscow impressively addressed the current state, trends and outlooks of the Russian gem and jewellery

Competence Centre

The international importance was also underlined by more than 400 guests from 32 countries. Not only the numerous exceptional gems of the world’s leading lapidaries but also the jewellery and technical

market. The newly established competence centre of the industry in hall 1 was likewise well accepted. In an openly designed area, the University of Applied Sciences Idar-Oberstein came together with the local school


for gold- and silversmiths and the German gemmological association. Kai-Uwe Hille: “This concentrated power of know-how is peerless and once again emphasizes the significance of not only the Intergem but of Idar-Oberstein in general.” This unique selling point was additionally pointed

out by the opening speaker Doris Ahnen, Minister of Finance of the federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate: “The Intergem is a meaningful ambassador for the innovative region of Rhineland-Palatinate.” The next Intergem will be from Sept. 30th – Oct. 3rd 2016.

Reflections on Water

Paula Hamilton Exhibits in Birmingham in November

Inhorgenta Munich Strengthens Watches Segment by New Hall The theme of watches has been an essential part of Inhorgenta Munich for more than forty years. Well-established watchmaking companies, relevant lifestyle brands and innovative newcomers will present themselves for the first time in Hall A1 with its entirely new conceptual and architectural arrangement from 12 to 15 February 2016, thus increasing the attractiveness of a visit to the trade show for exhibitors and visitors alike. “The new hall concept comprises an ideal lighting design and attaches the greatest importance to highquality materials and noble design,” explains Klaus Dittrich, Chairman and CEO of Messe München: “The elegantly designed aisles accommodate additional presentation spaces for the highlights of the exhibitors. After having been completely remod-

elled, Hall A1 features an optimum ambiance for both exhibitors and visitors.” That is how the new Hall A1 becomes a place for communicative encounters and inspiring exchange. The conceptual design of the halls is incumbent upon Stefanie Mändlein. As Exhibition Director of Inhorgenta Munich she is responsible for all measures leading to a more effective presentation of the important watch segment in the future. In addition, the Supporting Programme features many interesting topics around watches: Industry experts will give lectures on topical and relevant themes such as smartwatches and fake products. Exhibitors like Bruno Söhnle, Junghans, the ILP Group with the brands Ebel, Louis Erard, Montegrappa, Christian van der Klaauw will enrich the trade show with their new products again in 2016. R2 Trade, a new exhibitor, will introduce the Swiss brands Albert Riele, Bergstern, Aztorin, Elixa and AM:PM in Munich. Likewise, TT Trendtime GmbH will participate as an exhibitor for the first time, presenting the brands Daniel Wellington, Henry London and V.O.S.T.

Distinctive landscape paintings by Paula Hamilton from Hopwood, Birmingham feature in Birmingham Art Circle’s ‘Movement’ exhibition at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA) Gallery in Birmingham. Paula is an elected member of Birmingham Art Circle and an elected Associate member of the RBSA. “The Art Circle is made up of professional artists and is a great society to belong to,” says Paula. “It was founded in 1879 making it one of the oldest art societies in the UK. But its outlook is not stuck in the past and it has grown in numbers to around 60 members becoming a strong and lively society. Artists from all disciplines join the society for the support and interest it offers. Elections are held twice a year and the selection process is stringent.” The focus of the monthly meetings, held at the RBSA Gallery, is for artists to support and encourage each other with constructive discussions of current work, occasional short presentations, workshops and visiting speakers. The Art Circle exhibits as a group twice a year, always at the RBSA and at another gallery in the Midlands area. One of these exhibitions usually has a theme in order to encourage members to think and research to produce new work. November 2015

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Multi-million Pound Boost to Jewellery Quarter

On 22nd October 2015 it was announced that three projects in The Jewellery Quarter will share more than £3.25million in grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). HLF has funded a number of projects in the Jewellery Quarter in the past, including the Newman Coffinworks restoration, the Pen Room and the new Birmingham Assay Office. The three projects to share the funding are:


Jewellery Quarter Townscape Heritage Initiative – £1.8 million

The Jewellery Quarter Development Trust will be able to restore several listed, derelict or partly vacant properties in the ‘industrial middle’ of the Quarter’s Conservation Area. Three of the properties – all Grade II listed structures. The restoration project will work with private owners and the city council to bring the buildings back into use for either commercial, office or residential purposes.

Variety Works - 46, Frederick Street Vacant for at least 20 years. Built in 1881 as a private house with workshop facility, later becoming multioccupied workshops.

3/4 Houses - 6, Legge Lane A terrace of four 3/4 houses (workers’ houses built in 1800s were either back-to-back houses with front/back entrances or slightly larger 3/4 houses with side entrance accessed via an entry) - later modified for industrial use.

Variety Works back in the 1980’s (YBA Publications)

Unity Works - 36-46 Vittoria Street: Built in 1866 for Henry Jenkins (die

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3/4 houses, 6, Legge Lane (YBA Publications)

Unity Works, Vittoria Street (YBA Publications).


sinkers). These premises are now considered too dangerous to enter.


Jewellery Quarter Cemeteries – £1.38 million

Birmingham City Council will restore Key Hill Cemetery, created by Nonconformists in 1836, and nearby Warstone Lane Cemetery, laid out by Anglicans in 1848. Covering some 7 hectares between them the two burial grounds made use of spectacular former quarry sites to create a dramatic series of catacombs in the redundant quarried faces. The cemeteries have long since ceased to be used for burials but provide a haven for wildlife in the midst of the urban area. Grade II* Key Hill has many mature London plane trees and Grade II listed Warstone Lane has black poplars. The project will include the restoration or replacement of railings and stone pillars, with new paths, gates and seating. The catacombs will also be made safe and restored. The community and local schools will be encouraged to get involved in researching the history of the cemeteries and helping to maintain them in the future.


The New Standard Works – an initial £39,800

Ruskin Mill Land Trust has been awarded an initial £39,800 to develop a detailed plan to restore the Grade II listed former industrial building whose curved façade graces Vittoria Street and Regent Place. Built in 1878-9 as a development of workshops and offices the building was, unusually, constructed using rolled-iron and cast iron beams as a structural frame. A later extension was purpose-built for jewellery manufacture with large glazed windows and floors designed to accommodate benches. Part of the building (Argent College) has been completed and was officially opened on 23rd October 2015. The Trust will now prepare a plan for a full grant of nearly £890,000 to restore the building and create a Heritage Gallery that would act as a visitor centre for the Jewellery Quarter plus a community workshop, a cafe and makers’ studios available to craftspeople.

Arcade Design. and Revised Gateway designs.

Arcade and Public Art Gateway Landmarks Jewellery Quarter Action 1990

‘Work still continues to get an arcade and public art ‘gateways’ for the Jewellery Quarter. The arcade, or covered walkway, has been suggested to go along the workshops either side of the car park entrance on Vyse Street. This will help improve the appearance of the area and encourage shoppers to walk up Vyse Street. It will certainly be good for the businesses in the units concerned, and will undoubtedly help retailers further up the street as well. The original, competition winning design for the arcade showed an attractive brick built structure. Unfortunately, the budget available would not cover the cost of construction and an alternative design has had to be worked up. It will soon be available for discussion with the tenants in the area. The ‘gateways’ are intended for the entry points to the Jewellery Quarter. They will give a sense of arrival and identity to the area. The present designs differ from those originally envisaged by only straddling the

footpath and not the whole road. Locations being considered include: • • • •

Newhall Hill Vyse Street/Gt. - Hampton Street Hall Street/Gt. - Hampton Street Newhall Street - Warstone Lane

The promise is that we will see some of these gateways up by the end of March, 1992.’

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Poppy Day 11 November Instead of publishing an item commemorating the many dead and injured during the two World Wars, this is an article written straight from the heart by one of the home front ‘backroom boys’ who stayed behind, working in The Jewellery Quarter, using their intricate and fine skills of the trade, manufacturing essential supplies for the armed forces and of course producing ‘badges’ and ‘medals’. We also worked closely with the Gun Trade which was on our doorstep.

Cyril Haddleton

Christmas 1944 by W. Stewart Turner (1944 (British Jeweller)

‘Another year has passed and Christmas will soon be here again; last December we fondly hoped that 1944 would see the end of this devastating war but, unfortunately it is still going on - taking its toll of life and bringing sorrow and suffering to so many. It certainly promises to be over soon in Europe, but we still have now to continue our efforts and sacrifices to uphold those traditions that are dear to all - liberty and the right to live and to let others live in peace - without the hideous fear of aggression and oppression. Burns never envisaged the horrors of total war, and his lines: “Man’s inhumanity to man makes countless thousands mourn,” might have been translated from thousands to millions which now includes the old and the young, the weak, and the sick - for all are now in the front line of battle. War, with its bitterness and cruelty has always been a detestable business, but it was once comparatively clean - man against man - and the knight in armour was a symbol of chivalry. But now the achievements of scientists and engineers have produced and developed fiendish instruments so frightfully efficient in the destruction of life and property that a repetition must be prevented at all costs, and this one really must be the war to end all wars.

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The instigators of this war will have to be taught through suffering that war does not pay, and that there will be no room for nations that glorify war in the new world that is ahead. Then maybe we can look forward to Christmastide when it will be a time of Peace on Earth and Goodwill to Men, and when men’s efforts are directed to the happiness of humanity - and when the ‘backroom boys’ will have the opportunity to conduct research and develop inventions for the benefit, health and well-being of all mankind. Yuletide has always brought good business to the jeweller, and those of us who have been making parts for the war machine - and most manufacturers have done remarkable work in this direction - will be very glad again to be able to produce those articles of beauty, elegance and utility that have brought joy and happiness to so many at Christmas in the past.’

Richard Evan Jones Father of Marie Haddleton, Richard served in the Army in the First World War and saw service in North Africa and Egypt, and was wounded in the leg. On demob he joined the Police force (PC 77) stationed at Kenyon Police Station. In the Second World War he was permanently on duty during air raids.

The Haddleton Family at War Cyril Haddleton served his apprenticeship in the Trade and became a self-employed jeweller in Vyse Street - father of Kenneth and Lawrence Haddleton (also a jeweller in Spencer Street). For the duration of the first World War Cyril served in the army in India and when he was demobbed he went back into the Trade as a selfemployed Ring Specialist. The girl he married was a member of the famous Bird’s Custard family.

Kenneth Haddleton

In WW2 Kenneth Haddleton joined the Air Force and worked on servicing Spitfires., (seen here with a Corsiar) There are many stories of bravery from the Jewellery Quarter, not only during the two World Wars but also the Crimean War, two Boar Wars and probably many wars before them! It can truly be said that: ‘The Jewellery Quarter has always done its duty!’


During WW2 W A P Watson Ltd of Sylva Works, 10, Great Hampton Street was just one of many hundreds of jewellery manufacturing companies trying to carry on their normal business, whilst ‘doing their bit’ for King and Country by manufacturing war components, without which we could not have won the war. They issued this notice:

WW2 Bomb Damage Goldsmiths’ Journal 1941

Now on Active Service - For the duration of the war we are engaged on work of national importance’.

‘Birmingham, along with many other towns, has been the objective of Nazi blitz tactics. The indiscriminate bombing to which the city has been subjected has, with its now wellknown impartiality for churches and hospitals and other so-called military objectives, done perhaps a little more than its fair share of destruction to jewellers’ premises. Already (by 1941) there has mounted up a catalogue of damaged jewellery premises, among which are the following: William Griffith & Sons (Birmingham) Ltd., of Northampton Street, Birmingham, were victims of an air raid last November, when both their factories in Northampton Street were damaged. One of the factories suffered considerably and it has been found impossible to get the building back into shape for production. A new factory has been built in the same street by the firm, who hope in the near future to resume as far as possible their normal production. In the meanwhile the firm are satisfying

customers’ requirements as far as they are able. Incidentally, the firm were fortunate in losing no stock as the result of this enemy action. Crisford & Norris Ltd., manufacturing jewellers, formerly of 117-118, Vyse Street, Birmingham, were bombed in October, when the whole of their premises at that address were entirely destroyed. They have taken new premises at 114, Vyse Street, almost next door. The new buildings are much smaller, but the firm are doing their best to keep up their production, although in .common with most silversmiths and jewellers, they have few workpeople left. The firm are engaged on Government work and are also endeavouring to continue with a certain amount of their old silver business. Edward Baker & Son, Ltd., of 31, Augusta Street, pencil makers, lost the front of their building in a raid. Production was held up for a time, but now the firm are looking after their customers satisfactorily. The bombing did not affect the stock.’ (Note: There were of course many more bombs dropped in The Jewellery Quarter between 1941 and the end of the war).

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Women Pen Workers Strike The British Pens Minute Book April 1917. Courtesy ‘Pen Talk Summer 2010’

‘Mr W B Mitchell of W E Wiley (Argent Centre) reported that: “A strike of the Company’s women workers took place on Monday 23rd April 1917 when a deputation of six girls asked for an interview with me when they stated on the behalf of the other workers they had come to claim the extra 3/4d (three farthings) per hour, which they understood had been ordered by the Ministry of Munitions to be paid to all female munitions workers engaged on work which previous to the War had been recognised as having been ‘women’s work’. I pointed out to them that they had misinterpreted the M of M order which did not give them a clear advance of 3/4d per hour but only guaranteed them a minimum of 4.3/4d per hour in future as against the old rate of 4d. I further explained to them that this advanced minimum affected only girls of 18 and over, that the minimum rate for girls between 17 and 18 had been raised by 1/4d per hour only and that there was no change at all for girls under this age. They contested this interpretation, insisting that the Order gave everyone a clear advance in wages of 3/4d per hour but they returned to the shop and gave my reply with the result that a further message was brought to me to the effect that they would cease work until they had got what they considered to be a satisfactory settlement. I therefore had them called together and went down and spoke to them, repeating my former explanation of the meaning of the Order and offering to obtain confirmation of this from the M of M but they insisted upon an official from the M of M being called in to confirm my statement. I told them that I would telephone for an inspector and immediately did so at about 2.30 pm, when I was informed by the M of M that no inspector would be available until the following morning but that one would call then at 10 o’clock, but that he would refuse to have anything to say to the work girls until they had returned to work. I gave them this message and asked them to return to work until 10 o’clock next morning but they absolutely refused and the

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ringleaders declined to allow any of the women throughout the factoiy to work until the inspector had called. I then told them that in that case they were allowed to go home and they did so at about 3.30 pm. Next morning they arrived at the works by 10 o’clock but no work was done. The M of M inspector, Mr Gregson, duly kept his appointment and having confirmed to me privately the correctness of my interpretation of the Ministry’s order he went downstairs and asked the women to return to work for ten minutes and he would then address them. After some trouble thev fulfilled the letter of his requirements by returning to the benches and I then had them assembled in the playground in three groups at the inspector’s request, viz: Girls 18 years old and over, Girls between 17 and 18, and Girls under 17. Mr Gregson addressed them group by group and explained the position as far as those working on munitions were concerned and he was then questioned as to the position of the Pen workers. He stated that he could not do anything for them and that anything done by the Company would be voluntary on their part. He then took rne aside and advised me

to make some concession to the Pen workers in order to get the factory running again and after consultation with Mr Stark I promised on the spot to consider favourably the question of an all-round increase to the women Pen workers. Even then, owing to the action of some of the ringleaders etc, women refused to return to work and those who wished to do were prevented by the others. The strike continued until about 4 pm when I was asked to see a further deputation consisting of about twenty girls representing all departments. I saw this deputation unofficially at Mr Gregson’s request and once more went over my explanation of the wages order when after some discussion they declared themselves satisfied. By 4.30 pm the strike had ended and ail had resumed work. The Board approved and confirmed Mr W B Mitchell’s action and expressed their conviction that the steps taken were justified and wise. After discussion the Board approved Mr W B Mitchell’s proposal to pay the women Pen workers an advance of 2/~ a week for an interim period during which an entirely new scheme of piece-work wages was to be got out.”

Fight or Write by Robert Stanyard. Courtesy Pen Talk

It is said the Pen is mightier than the sword. But what if a pen is all you can afford? For some the pen is a weapon of choice, It makes people take notice of those with no voice. Without this great invention we would still use a feather All the geese and swans would be cold and huddled together Men of deep thought and poets of good wit Observed and mused and made use of it Sold throughout the world to many who could not write Some of the manufacturers became millionaires overnight Firstly, came John Mitchell, ‘The Father of the Pen Trade’ Went into mass production, by the millions they were made. Sir Josiah Mason helped the poor with his wealth While old Joseph Gillott kept his money to himself He made a gross of pens on the eve of his wedding day And sold them to the guests instead of giving them away Some 130 factories in Birmingham mass produced the pen Many lasted only years, never to be seen again Then came the Biro, with this they could not contend, With its mass production, the pen nibs’ days were at an end Is it with pride or shame, that so many men Have died by the sword and not by the pen?

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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Exhibitions/Demos  NOVEMBER


A group show of landscape work inspired by the British countryside. Featuring RBSA artists Brian Fletcher, David Harban, Paul Hipkiss, Nigel Priddey, Peter Shread and David Spurrier. Don’t miss Paul’s demonstration on Saturday 7 November, 11am-1pm.


Inspired by the importance of drawing to the RBSA’s nineteenth-century founders, this exhibition examines the diverse and sometimes unexpected ways in which contemporary RBSA Members, Associates and guest artists use drawing in their work.


This exhibition has a particular focus on designer-makers inspired by textures, be it in the finish they create on their pieces to the influence of fabric-making techniques. As well as a selection of cutting-edge textile makers and textural ceramics, the display will feature jewellery made using alternative materials including leather, felt, cotton, wood, silk and velvet. With a wide variety of products and prices, this display is perfect for those looking for alternative Christmas gifts, all handmade with love!

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29 Nov Calligraphy Demonstration

@1.00pm - 4.00pm at the Pen Museum. Sheila Smith of the Birmingham Calligraphy Society will be on hand at the Pen Museum between 1pm and 4pm, demonstrating the art of calligraphy. Enjoy a visit to the Pen Museum as well as seeing an exhibition of calligraphy, and try your hand at the art of beautiful writing. Workshop is free to attend, normal Museum admission charges apply.



For over 170 years the diverse practices of the RBSAs Members and Associates have been displayed in this annual exhibition, including the work of those newly elected this year. With most works of art for sale, this exhibition is also a popular opportunity to find that unique Christmas gift. Don’t miss the demonstration by Michael Salt ARBSA on Saturday 5 December, 11am-1pm and 2-4pm. The deadline for entries is 4pm Wednesday 18 November.


Andrew Kinmont ARBSA. Inspired by the way light transforms, and is transformed by, the natural world, this body of work reflects Andrew’s experiences of working in the landscape. Solo show.

21 Dec - 20 Feb BABY LOVE


Joan Sharma ARBSA. A celebration of mothers, babies and mothers-to-be. This display features stone and wood sculptures varying in size from small pieces suitable for a book shelf to larger pieces for the garden. Solo show.



John Hopkins ARBSA Solo Show. A display of studio and ‘plein air’ watercolours.

A series of colourful still lives in oil focusing on flowers.


A collection of new ceramic work in June’s distinctive style; blushes of soft colour against contrasting lines of black. Solo show.


The Birmingham Art Circle is a group of professional artists. Following the success of their exhibition on the theme of ‘Light’, The Birmingham Art Circle will explore the theme of ‘Movement’ for this year’s exhibition, where the theme will be interpreted in a wide range of media, including oils, acrylics, watercolour, pastel, mixed-media, fabric-based media and sculpture. The exhibits will reflect a strong and lively society, originally founded in 1879, and which has a longstanding association with the RBSA. Join the exhibitors for a drink on Saturday 21 November as they celebrate the opening of their exhibition, 12-4pm. Don’t miss the artists’ demonstrations on Tuesday 17, Thursday 19, Tuesday 24 and Thursday 26 November, 2-5pm.

23 Nov - 23 Jan WATERCOLOURS

Mathé Shepheard ARBSA uses her semi-abstract approach to explore a variety of landscapes, including skies, mountains, water, contours and textures. Solo show.

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@ 11:00 am - An auction of antique and modern jewellery at Fellows Auctioneers


@ 10:00 am - An auction of jewellery at Fellows Auctioneers


@ 11:00 am - An auction of pawnbrokers watches and jewellery at Fellows Auctioneers


@ 10:00 am - An auction of watches and Watch parts at Fellows Auctioneers


@ 10:00 am - An auction of coins & medals at Fellows Auctioneers



@ 11:00 am - An auction of watches at Fellows Auctioneers


@ 10:00 am - An auction of jewellery at Fellows Auctioneers


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@ 11:00 am - An auction of pawnbrokers watches and jewellery, at Fellows Auctioneers


@ 10:00 am - An auction of vintage jewellery and accessories at Fellows Auctioneers


@ 11:00 am - An auction of antique and modern jewellery at Fellows Auctioneers


@ 12:00 am - Stones For Tender at Fellows Auctioneers


@ 10:00 am - An auction of jilver & Plated Ware at Fellows Auctioneers


@ 10:00 am - An auction of jewellery at Fellows Auctioneers


@ 11:00 am - An auction of pawnbrokers watches and jewellery, at Fellows Auctioneers

Live Entertainment  NOVEMBER


Kent duChaine 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.


Three of the UK’s most eminent Hipsters join forces to create a live music experience designed to keep your soul high and your feet dancing on the spot. Both Classic and modern tracks ranging from The Police, Cream, & Cameo, to Bruno Mars and Daft Punk are reworked into dancefloor-filling Infectious Grooves.


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!


Popular West Midlands based saxophonist Chris Aldridge and his band perform a lively mix of funky R’n’B influenced Jazz. Chris has also appeared with UK, American and Asian jazz icons such as Gerard Presencer, John Dankworth, Victor Mendoza and Surinder Sandhu.


“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!

18 - 21 JEKYLL & HYDE

Prior to a season at London’s Cockpit Theatre this acclaimed production returns to the Blue Orange Theatre. Based on the classic tale by Robert Louis Stevenson the play’s adapter, Eric Gracey, has set it in the Jazz age of the 1930s and includes a mix of popular tunes of the day which in turn comment on the action. Actor, Oliver Hume who plays Jekyll, has given Jekyll’s alter-ego a human side struggling to come to terms with the violence within the character. Whilst Jekyll’s friends and acquaintances try to understand the doctor’s mood swings. The production has several moments of genuine suspense – guaranteed to thrill. Book on-line at

19 LatinMotion presents DEL CAMINO

Earlier in the month than usual, but tonight 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. (

20 & 21 B’SPOKE

A popular & funky young ten piece of talented musicians perform a range of soul & R’n’B classics.


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. To be part of this regular feature at the Jam House, all musicians should contact the Jam House on 0121 200 3030.


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.


What better way to “kick off Christmas” than with the fantastic Team, featuring Angelo Starr! Fronted originally by the late, great Motown artist Edwin Starr - whose hits include ‘War’, ‘S.O.S’, ‘Eye to Eye Contact’ and ‘H.A.P.P.Y Radio’ - The Team have been around since 1982. The Team and their current lead singer, Angelo Starr, bring energy to a complete range of Northern Soul, Motown and US soul classics.

27 & 28 UP4 the DOWNSTROKE

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premier band playing RnB faves from the likes of Beyonce, Timberlake, Rhianna and more.


01 & 03 FAULKNER

A terrific guitarist and vocalist, Simon Faulkner brings his new band to the Jam House for an entertaining range of jazz funk, soul and dance classics from the seventies through to the present day.

03 THURSDAY LIVE Organ Recital

@ 1.15pm - 1.45pm. St Pauls Church - Played by Paul Carr. Andrew Carter (b.1939) - Toccata on ‘Veni Emmanuel’ | J.S. Bach (1685-1750) - Nun komm’ der Heiden Heiland BWV 659, Herr Christ, der ein’ge Gottes-Sohn BWV 601, In Dulci Jubilo BWV 729 | Johannes Brahms (1833– 1897) - Es ist ein’ ros’ entsprungen | Pietro Yon (1886–1943) - Gesu Bambino | Eugène Gigout (1844–1925) - Rhapsodie sur des Noëls

04 & 05 ROCKET

Rock ‘til you drop with this five-piece guitar band playing anthems from the U2, David Bowie & the Jam. A powerful & exciting show


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!

11 & 12 SOLID SOUL

Soul Greats from this talented group of musicians - always a popular choice - featuring classic James Brown, Motown, and even Hendrix & Kravitz


The Beat Brothers are a professional four piece of musicians, who play a funky & upbeat collection of classic soul and current faves. They really are a joy and know how to party!


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


An explosive collection of classic and contemporary dance music, with all of your Tamla Motown, Atlantic Soul and funk favourites

19 - 21 Jan PETER PAN

The boy from Never-land, PETER PAN, flies into the Blue Orange Theatre in Birmingham for the Christmas season from the 19th December. Last seen at the theatre in 2012 this popular show guarantees a sprinkling of magic dust for the Festive season. Peter secretly listens to the stories being told to the Darling children and retells the stories to the Lost Boys, but one day he loses his shadow in the Darling’s nursery. And then the adventure begins involving Tiger Lily, pirates, a crocodile and Captain Hook, the meanest pirate in the world. J.M Barrie’s perennial tale of childhood, pirates and big adventures is over 100 years old and yet it still captures the imagination of children today in this tech savvie world. Book on-line at

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Training & Education  NOVEMBER


An in depth look at some of the most important coloured stones used in jewellery, including sapphires, rubies, emeralds and tanzanite. Delegates gain a good commercial understanding of these stones. A practical session will give participants greater confidence in identifying coloured stones and their imitations. £265 + VAT per delegate


An introductory one day training course to provide delegates with the confidence to assess an item of secondhand or antique jewellery. It includes interactive sessions on handling, identifying and examining diamonds and coloured gemstones and sessions on Hallmarking and the history of jewellery styles. £175 + VAT per delegate


An intensive one day course outlining the methodology and many different approaches required to produce a fair jewellery valuation, appropriate to its intended use. In addition to basic diamond, coloured gemstone and metal pricing delegates will examine items of jewellery for assessment. £215 + VAT per delegate


@ 2.00pm - 4.00pm. Workshop led by Karoline Rerrie, Friend of the RBSA. Learn how to turn your drawings into printed pictures or wrapping papers by using quickprint foam sheets and coloured inks and papers. This workshop coincides with the ‘Exploring Drawing’ exhibition and is suitable for all abilities, including those who don’t think they can draw! Booking essential. Suitable for children aged 6 to 12, must be accompanied by an adult. Price £6 per child.



@ 2.00pm - 4.00pm. Workshop led by Ann Hackett ARBSA. Discover how to use simple but effective folding techniques to transform pieces of paper into freestanding tree and fairy decorations! This workshop is ideal for those looking to make home-made decorations or gifts this Christmas and is suitable for complete beginners and enthusiastic crafters alike.Booking essential. Suitable for children aged 6 to 12, must be accompanied by an adult. Price £6 per child

Other Events  November


@ 6.00pm - Golden Square. This year, the JQBID has expanded the Christmas lights to 100 glittering displays which will adorn the streets throughout the Quarter alongside a 30ft Christmas tree in the Golden Square.

 December


11.00am - 4.00pm. Come along and get in the Christmas spirit at the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter! Costumed guided tours, carol singing by ‘Enchant’ choir and festive refreshments in the tea room. £7.00 (Adult), Child (3-15 years): £3.00, Child (under 3): FREE. A Christmas craft activity will take place from 1pm - 3pm. £1 per person.

Recruitment Recruitment

Experienced Jewellery Caster An opportunity exists within our manufacturing facility for a forward thinking and talented individual to join a team who are responsible for the production of high quality moulds, waxes and cast product in various metals ranging from silver through to platinum. As part of a small specialised team you will be responsible for the production of high quality casts, using state of the art equipment. A working knowledge of mould preparation and investment techniques would be advantageous but not essential, as training will be provided in these areas. We are looking for a candidate who is responsible, reliable, and is above all enthusiastic and eager to develop the business further. This will be rewarded with a competitive salary and benefits package. If you are interested in applying for this position please send your CV to Lisa Roberts – HR Advisor at

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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 2015/08627/PA 48 Frederick Street Birmingham B1 3HN. Listed Building Consent for the installation of an entrance canopy. 14-10-2015 2015/08490/PA 48 Frederick Street Birmingham B1 3HN. Installation of an entrance canopy. 14-10-2015 2015/08337/PA Kenyon Forge Kenyon Street Birmingham B18 6DY. Change of use from commercial (Use Class B1) to residential (Use Class C3) and internal alterations to convert ten lower ground floor units to create nine one bedroom studio apartments and one two bedroom apartment. 12-10-2015 2015/07979/PA 30-46 Vittoria Street Jewellery Quarter City Centre Birmingham B1 3NU. Listed Building Consent for the alteration, extension and selective demolition works in association with the conversion to provide 41 residential dwellings and associated parking and landscaping. 28-09-2015 2015/07926/PA 30-52 Vittoria Street Jewellery Quarter City Centre Birmingham B1 3NU. Alteration, extension and selective demolition works to create 41 residential dwellings and associated landscaping and parking. 28-09-2015

Awaiting Decision 2015/08004/PA 3-5 Legge Lane Hockley Birmingham B1 3LD. Listed Building Consent for part demolition of existing factory and erection of 27 no. apartments and 4 no. commercial units, part new build and part refurbishment of existing listed building. 30-09-2015

Planning Applications and Decisions for the Jewellery Quarter.

Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3LD. Part restoration and part demolition of existing buildings and erection of new buildings to provide 99 one and two bed apartments with associated infrastructure and landscaping. 23-09-2015 2015/07505/PA 23 - 24 Hall Street Hockley Birmingham B18 6BS. Change of use from of ground floor office from use (B1) to therapy centre (Sui Generis) use. 11-09-2015 2015/07328/PA 40 Cox Street Birmingham B3 1RD. Change of use from retail (Use Class A1) to a drinking establishment (Use Class A4). 08-09-2015 2015/07281/PA 43 Vittoria Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3ND. Listed Building Consent for the display of 3 no. non-illuminated signs. 07-092015 2015/03231/PA Medgate Uk Ltd 21 St. Pauls Square Birmingham B3 1RB. Refurbishment of existing building to provide ground floor 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. 27-042015 2015/00775/PA Land Bound by Moreton Street, Pope Street & Carver Street Birmingham. Demolition of existing buildings / structures on site and redevelopment for 318 residential units, parking, landscaping and associated works. 04-02-2015

New Decisions 2015/06488/PA Grosvenor House 11 St Pauls Square Birmingham B3 1RB Alterations and refurbishment of the floor layouts on all levels of the building to include the installation of services and fittings and repairs of facades and existing basement. Final Decision Approve subject to Conditions

Older Decisions 2015/06756/PA 56 Northampton Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B18 6DX. Change of use from manufacturing (Use Class B2) to medical herbalist (Use Class D1). Final Decision Approve subject to Conditions

2015/08003/PA 3-5 Legge Lane Hockley Birmingham B1 3LD. Part demolition of existing factory and erection of 27 no. apartments and 4 no. commercial units, part new build and part refurbishment of existing listed building. 30-09-2015

2015/06491/PA 48 Constitution Hill Birmingham B19 3JT. Listed Building Consent for the erection of a single storey rear extension and alterations to provide an external flue in association with the change of use at ground floor level to a restaurant/bar (A3/A4). Final Decision - Refuse

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East Hockley Birmingham B18 6NR. Conversion of disused factory to a two bedroom live work property. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2015/06135/PA 18 Legge Lane Gwenda Works Birmingham B1 3LD. Listed Building Consent for retrospective internal alterations to accommodate current living accommodation. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2015/05896/PA Ground Floor 7 Newhall Square Charlotte Street Birmingham B3 1RU. Change of use from offices (Use Class B1a) to retail (Use Class A1), external alterations to shopfront, creation of external service compound and addition of roof plant. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2015/04486/PA Car park to rear of former Assay Office Charlotte Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B3. Erection of a 2, 3 and 4 storey building comprising 32 apartments (14 x 2-bed and 18 x 1-bed) and demolition of boundary wall. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2015/05488/PA Birmingham Assay Office 1 Moreton Street Birmingham B1 3AX. Change of use from office/light industry (Class B1c) to a mixed use comprising office/light industry (Class B1c) and education and training facility (Use Class D1) Final Decision Approve subject to Conditions 2015/05422/PA 28D Ludgate Hill Hockley Birmingham B3 1DX. Change of use of floors two and three from financial and professional services (Use Class A2) to four apartments (Use Class C3). Final Decision - Refuse

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 magazine for Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter November 2015, # 364

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The magazine for Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter November 2015, # 364