The Jewellery Quarter Features in Now Magazine!
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The Jewellery Quarter has been named as one of the best places to shop for jewellery in the UK by Now Magazine…
(Source: Now Magazine Online http://ow.ly/gELi0)
Bling in Birmingham
Why not make a trip to one of the best places to shop for jewellery in the UK?
If you’re looking for some relief from those January blues (or perhaps you’re keen to drop some Valentine’s Day hints) why not make a trip to one of the best places to shop for jewellery in the UK? Dating back more than 250 years, Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter is steeped in history, with museums for those interested in the craft of jewellery-making and more than 400 jewellery business. A designated conservation area which is unrivalled in Europe, it’s well worth a visit – especially considering you can get cheap deals on Birmingham hotels.
Responsible for making 40% of the UK’s jewellery, there’s bound to be something in the Jewellery Quarter to suit everyone’s tastes, but as many shops have their own craftsmen and women, if nothing takes your fancy, you can always have something custom-made to your own design. So whether it’s birthstone jewellery, a necklace, a watch or a diamond ring, the Quarter is the place to shop.
For a slightly different shopping experience, you could also try visiting Fellows Auctioneers in Augusta Street, which is the UK’s largest jewellery auction house and holds auctions ranging from antique furniture to watches and clocks.
Not only that, but the Quarter is also home to Europe’s largest School of Jewellery, with many graduates setting up business in the area. Their contemporary pieces can be seen at outlets such as Artfull Expression in Warstone Lane, Royal Birmingham Society of Artists and St Paul’s Square.
Situated in the heart of Birmingham’s jewellery district on Vyse Street, the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter tells the story of the Quarter and Birmingham’s renowned jewellery and metalworking heritage. With guided tours of the Smith & Pepper factory, a shop which stocks a range of locally made designer-maker jewellery, live demonstrations showing how the Smith & Pepper bangle was made at the jeweller’s bench and a vast array of original tools, stamps and machinery that remain inside the factory, you can learn a lot from this proposed World Heritage Site.
Jewellery aside, the Pen Room Museum reflects the Quarter’s reputation in the 19th century as the World’s centre for pen production and the public art and building trails, as well as the historic cemeteries, are well worth visiting too.
With so much to see in Birmingham, why not find hotels here and discover the city’s beautiful history for yourself?