International Jewellery London (IJL), the UK’s leading trade event for the international jewellery industry, will host a Spotlight on Birmingham in association with Birmingham School of Jewellery and supported by Cooksongold and Weston Beamor to be opened by The Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Yvonne Mosquito. It is a collaboration of industry, education and commerce; from the Assay Office Birmingham to the manufacturers, designers, wholesalers and retailers. Work from the Birmingham School of Jewellery will be on show to demonstrate the diversity of their talent and educational reach – from horology to 3D printed jewellery.
The event will include a supporting seminar programme celebrating the past, present and future of the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter and its contribution to the global jewellery industry. This will take place on Monday 3 September entitled Birmingham: A City of 1000 Trades – Focus on Jewellery Careers in The Inspiration Theatre at IJL from 15:30-16:15.
Fotoulla Michael, Head Of Sales, International Jewellery London (IJL) said: “Everyone at IJL is delighted to be honouring and showcasing the influential role that Birmingham plays in the UK jewellery industry. An essential hub that complements those of London, Sheffield and Edinburgh among others, it is wonderful to see Birmingham as IJL’s first SPOTLIGHT. Forward-thinking technology combined with cutting-edge design and traditional and skilled craftsmanship demonstrate all that is great about our UK jewellery industry whose influence extends across the globe.”
Professor Stephen Bottomley, Head of the School of Jewellery, commented: “The School of Jewellery has been both geographically and philosophically at the heart of this historic quarter since the ‘new school’ opened its doors in 1890. Our mission today is clear; To provide a world-class facility filled with both traditional and cutting-edge technology and staff. This in turn will attract and educate the best creative designers, makers and entrepreneurs of tomorrow for the brightest future for both our art and our industry.”
Andrew Morton, Managing Director of Weston Beamor and Domino Jewellery, said: “Weston Beamor and Domino Jewellery are incredibly proud of the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter. It is a fantastic hub for skilled silver and goldsmiths, jewellery students and high technology jewellery practices.”
Alongside the Spotlight on Birmingham, IJL will host both old and new designers and businesses from Birmingham, a selection of which includes Fei Liu Fine Jewellery, Charlotte Lowe, Jewellery by Annamarie, Katie Stone, Daisy Grice, Charles Green, River Mounts, Domino, Clark Diamonds, Just Diamonds, Continental Jewellery, Hockley Mint, DWJ, R.E. Morrish, SMP Bullion & Diamonds and W J Sutton.
IJL will return to Olympia, Kensington, from 2-4 September 2018. To find out more visit their website.