Wrong – Well, it’s definitely true but there is much more to the Jewellery Quarter than that simple statement.
With history stretching over two hundred and fifty years, it has plenty a story to tell…
Fact One: In Titanic, the whistles that were used were manufactured in the Jewellery Quarter!
Fact Two: English poet, Ian McMillan, wrote a poem dedicated to the area.
Fact Three: The Quarter is home to Europe’s largest School of Jewellery, naturally.
Fact Four: The Quarter has over two hundred listed buildings, with over a hundred of them being Jewellers. (Jewellery Quarter shops)
Fact Five: It was not until the 1820s, when John Mitchell, Josiah Mason and others set up a factory in The Jewellery Quarter to manufacture steel nibs, that their popularity took off.
Fact Six: St Paul’s Gallery homes the world’s biggest collection of signed album prints.
Fact Seven: The Queen’s birthday honor medals were also produced in the Quarter.
Fact Eight: If you know of the BBC hit programme ‘Hustle’, you’ll like to know that it was shot on location in the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter.
Fact Nine: St Paul’s Square is the only remaining Georgian Square in all of Birmingham.
Fact Ten: Over one quarter of the jewellery manufactured in the UK is from Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter!
Fact Eleven: A local signed band, named ‘The Twang’ recorded an album in the Quarter, and titled it… ‘Jewellery Quarter’.
Fact Twelve:The Lonsdale boxing champion belts were produced in the Jewellery Quarter.
Fact Thirteen: The awards for the PFA and FIFA World Player of the Year were made in the Quarter.
Fact Fourteen: Published author, Kathleen Dayus, was born in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter.
Fact Fifteen: The original FA Cup was manufactured in the Jewellery Quarter!