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Jewellery Quarter History

Among the cities of the British Midlands, none has such a high scale of brightness as Birmingham. It is one of the most popular English cities outside of London and best known for its industrial heritage and like every other place the Jewellery Quarter is a product of its history. This city is having a refined tastes and habits for culture, shopping, and it is a fine destination for dining.Birmingham appeared in England's Doomsday Book of 1086 as a small village. This village has grown to the status of a market town with title of Bull Ring in the intervening years. The market was originally held inside the castle courtyard. In the beginning of the 1500s, Birmingham's entrance to iron ore and coal made it a center for metalworking. However the industrial and manufacturing connections really began in the 16th century when supplies of iron ore and coal led to the development of metalworkingindustries.

Jewellery Quarter became known as the leader of the Industrial Revolution in England. Industry of jewellery making in Birmingham was started around 1660s, when King Charles II, brought buttons and buckles from France and jewelers of Jewellery Quarter produced similar pieces using silver, gold, gem stones and colored glass. They have made trinket boxes, small metallic toys and other pieces of jewellery. The next two centuries the Jewellery Quarter was established. In the 17th century this led to the production of small arms, and in the 18th century Birmingham become home to the Lunar Society.

Birmingham's 19th century was a political prominence when a campaign for political reform saved the country from civil war, with union meetings becoming the largest political assemblies the country had ever seen.designer diamond ring

The industrial revolution has helped Birmingham to grow for the jewellery manufacturing. And it has grown to such an extent that part of the city became known as Jewellery Quarter. In 1553 it is thought the one goldsmith lived in the city but till 1780 this has grown to 26 and in the starting phase of 19th century 400 people were employed by jewellery manufacturing companies and the trade peaked in 1914 with over 20,000 people with employed. Houses were built for the manufacturers, the church of St. Paul; the Birmingham School of Art was created for the education of the young apprentices of the jewelers. Throughout the centuries the Jewellery Quarter was a closed community, the shops were opened to the public during the 20th century.

After the World War I there was very less demand for military buttons, badges and medals and this in general change in fashion caused there to be less demand for products of this nature. Without being affected by many deliberate applications, imagination, initiative and attempts to continue sales such as the production of unique silver jewellery, sales continued to drop and most businesses were forced to vary its range of products or field of operation. In 1965 around 8000 people were employed by 900 jewellery firms but till the end of 1985 4000 people were dropped.

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