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The Jewellery Quarter is situated in the south of the Hockley area of Birmingham, England. It is about one mile north-west of Birmingham city centre. Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Download high resolution version (1802x2589, 134 KB) Usage is: {{GBthumb|135|132|OV000000}} File links The following pages link to this file: Slough Rothwell, West Yorkshire Saltaire Shipley, West Yorkshire Slaithwaite Wallsend Inverurie Mersea Island Laugharne, Wales Tardebigge Hamble-le-Rice Sandgate, Kent Broadway, Worcestershire Brean Down User:RHaworth/sandbox... The British national grid reference system is a system of geographic grid references commonly used in Great Britain, different from using latitude or longitude. ... Jewellery (spelled jewelry in American English) consists of ornamental devices worn by persons, typically made with gems and precious metals. ... Hockley is a district in Birmingham, England, and the centre of the citys jewellery industry. ... This article is about the city in England. ... Royal motto: Dieu et mon droit (French: God and my right) Englands location within the UK Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area  - Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 1st UK 49,138,831 377/km² Ethnicity...

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It is a district in which jewellery manufacturers have operated for over 200 years, and remains so, despite rising property values and development in the area. Jewellery is produced here for the general public and also for the trade. Many of the workshops retain their ninteenth-century appearance, and the Jewellery Quarter is promoted as a tourist attraction by Birmingham. The area is said to contain the highest concentration of dedicated jewellers in Europe with about one third of the jewellery manufactured in the UK being made within one mile of Birmingham city centre. There is also The Big Peg, a renovated 1960s tower block which is now studios for several hundred small arts & jewellery businesses. A tourist boat travels the River Seine in Paris, France Tourism can be defined as the act of travel for the purpose of recreation, and the provision of services for this act. ... World map showing location of Europe Europe is geologically and geographically a peninsula, forming the westernmost part of Eurasia. ... The 1960s, or The Sixties, in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1960 and 1969, but the expression has taken on a wider meaning over the past twenty years. ...


'The Jewellery Quarter' is also the name of a co-joined stop on both the Midland Metro and the main rail line into Birmingham Snow Hill station. A Midland Metro tram The Midland Metro is a light-rail tram system in the West Midlands of England. ... The station entrance Birmingham Snow Hill station is a railway station located in the centre of Birmingham, England. ...


History

During the 17th and 18th centuries Birmingham was a large industrial town which was famous for manufacturing every kind of ware imaginable from various metals. There were many large foundries which atracted workers from other areas of Britain. Some smiths began to make jewellery from these metals and settle in one particular area. A survey of 1553 named one of the first goldsmiths of Birmingham, Roger Pemberton who according to the survey manufactured goods that were exported abroad. Metal - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Events June 26 - Christs Hospital in London gets a Royal Charter July 6 - Edward VI of England dies July 10 - Lady Jane Grey is proclaimed Queen of England - for the next nine days July 18 - Lord Mayor of London proclaims Queen Mary as the rightful Queen - Lady Jane Grey... A goldsmith creating a new ring A goldsmith is a metalworker who specializes in working with precious metals, usually to make jewellery. ...


According to a local directory from 1780, there were twenty-six jewellers at the time. By 1880 there were nearly 700 jewellers of varying skill levels, which included cognate traders. 1780 was a leap year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... 1880 was a leap year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ...


On May 28, 1845 a party of jewellery representatives was sent from Birmingham to Buckingham Palace with the intention of persuading the Queen to wear British made jewellery for the purpose of promoting it, and a meeting took place with the Royal couple. Gifts were offered to the Queen; an armlet, brooch, ear-rings, chain, waist buckle and key which were manufactured by Mr. Thomas Aston, Regent's Place. The Prince was offered a watch-chain, seal, and key, made by Mr. Baleny of St Paul's Square. The items were valued at over 400 guineas. The party claimed that "5,000 families were dependent on the jewellery trades in Birmingham." 1845 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... Buckingham Palace and the Victoria memorial. ... The British monarch or Sovereign is the monarch and head of state of the United Kingdom and its overseas territories, and is the source of all executive, judicial and (as the Queen-in-Parliament) legislative power. ... Aquamarine, platinum, and diamond brooch/pendant worn by Mrs. ... An earring is an ornament that is worn in the ear. ... For the English historian, see Henry Thomas Buckle A buckle is a clasp used for fastening two things together, such as the ends of a belt, or for retaining the end of a strap. ... The word key has several uses: A key (lock) as a physical object (tool) used to manipulate a lock. ...


In 1883 less than half of all silver jewellery made in Birmingham was of high enough standard to pass through its own Assay Office. However, in the same year no less than 31 tons 17 cwt. 4 lbs. 4 oz. of silver jewellery and 3 tons 7 cwt. 12 lbs. 3 oz. of gold items were received bringing the total number of articles sent in for assaying that year to 2,649,379. 1883 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... Assay offices are institutions setup to test the purity of precious metal items, to protect consumers. ...


By 1885 some of Birmingham's jewellers were experiencing a downturn in business, and thousands of workers were surviving on part time hours with many finding themselves unemployed. 1885 is a common year starting on Thursday. ...


Many manufacturers went out of business, but many remained and continued operation mainly in the area that became known as the Jewellery Quarter. The number of skilled workers increased and they continued to produce desirable articles.


The silver and gold manufactured in the city around this period was of exceptionally high quality with its own hallmark. These products are now very collectable. General Name, Symbol, Number silver, Ag, 47 Chemical series transition metals Group, Period, Block 11, 5, d Appearance lustrous white metal Atomic mass 107. ... General Name, Symbol, Number gold, Au, 79 Chemical series transition metals Group, Period, Block 11, 6, d Appearance metallic yellow Atomic mass 196. ... A hallmark is an official marking made by a trusted party, usually an assay office, on items made of precious metals (platinum, gold and silver) that guarantees a certain purity of the metal. ...


Coins were also manufactured in the Jewellery Quarter and The Birmingham Mint flourished in the city untill recent years. The Birmingham Mint in Birmingham, England was established in 1794 in Slaney Street by Ralph Heaton I, using second-hand coin presses bought from the estate of Matthew Boulton. ...


Pens

The Jewellery Quarter and surrounding area was also home to many dip pen manufacturers and played a large role in the Birmingham pen trade. Three dip pens, and six nibs. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ...


During the first half of the 20th century Swan Pens opened a large gold pen factory in the city, taking advantage of the skilled gold workers of the Jewellery Quarter. General Name, Symbol, Number gold, Au, 79 Chemical series transition metals Group, Period, Block 11, 6, d Appearance metallic yellow Atomic mass 196. ...


External links

(Explore the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter

  • Jewellery shop history
  • General history of the pen
  • The Birmingham Pen Trade Heritage Association and Museum

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The Jewellery Quarter Birmingham (203 words)
The Jewellery Quarter is within walking distance of Birmingham city centre.
Jewellery is still produced here and indeed sold to the general public as well as the trade.
If you are interested in taking a tour round a real working example of jewellery in the making and the history of the jewellery quarter you might like to take a look at the Discovery Centre.
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