The Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham | Exploring

 

As part of my promise to myself to see more of the world, I decided that I’d try and explore the UK a little more (and i’m considering turning it into a series!). Recently I visited The Jewellery Quarter which is located in Birmingham City Centre, which is very fortunately very close to my own doorstep. Believe it or not, Birmingham has long been known for its’ Jewellery. It is believed that by the 19th Century, over 50% of the gold and silver products sold in London were actually manufactured in Birmingham. In the past I’ve visited the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, which is located in a retired jewellery manufacturer; Smith & Pepper. You can go on guided tours to find out more information about how the jewellery was made but also find out more general information about the history of the Quarter. I’d definitely recommend a visit! Other landmarks in the Jewellery Quarter include the Chamberlain Clock (Photo #4), created in 1903.

In the modern day, Birmingham is still thought to produce over 40% of Jewellery in the UK and the Jewellery Quarter itself hosts hundreds of individual jewellery stores, in addition to cafes, pubs and hairdressers. If you’re looking to buy a special piece of jewellery then I’d absolutely recommend the Jewellery Quarter as there’s also so much more to see here. When I was little, I’d visit the Jewellery Quarter with my parents and come home with new pairs of earrings/bracelets that I’d buy with my Christmas money. I still have the majority of the pieces now! There are no shortage of stores to browse for the perfect piece, and some stores will even allow you to design it yourself.

The Jewellery Quarter is really easy to get to; it’s a short walk from Birmingham City Centre, though there are many buses that will take you there if you prefer. The Jewellery Quarter also has it’s own train station, so if you’re travelling in by train you may be able to get a direct train, else it’s a short one from Grand Central to the Jewellery Quarter. More recently the metro/tram has become a thing in Birmingham and I believe that it also runs through. I’m not 100% sure on this as, believe it or not, I’ve never used the tram. That’s another thing that I really want to try soon, but there’s nowhere as such I need to go on it!

If you are planning a visit or live locally, I’d also recommend investing in The JQ Card*. The card costs £9 for 12 months and provides you with a discount of up to 15% in a variety of stores, including their Restaurants, Hairdressers, Jewellery Shops and Florists. To give you an idea, I recently purchased a white gold ring for my birthday, from Regency Jewellers for over £200. As Regency Jewellers offer a 15% discount with the JQ card, I could have saved myself over £30! (Needless to say, I really wish I’d known about the card earlier!). You can also get 10% off at the Rose Villa Tavern if you decide to stop off for a pint or a good old pub lunch. If you live locally, there’s even a discount on gym membership! You can click here to visit the list of participating stores, and these are a few of my favourite non-jewellery stores:♡ Pickles & Co (Hairdressers)
♡ Lunchi (Yum… Food!)
♡ Lily Jones Flowers (Florist)
Of course, it’s worth planning out your visit if you’re planning on buying a JQ card but don’t live local. As the cards only last for twelve months, it would be a shame for it not to be used! Fortunately, you don’t need to order your card too far in advance as you can either arrange for it to be delivered, or you can click and collect your card from Lunchi on the same day as the order from Monday to Friday.
The thing that I really like about the Jewellery Quarter is that you can go, and spend as much or as little as you’d like. There’s really no pressure to go into every store and buy the most expensive pieces of jewellery you can see, but you’re always more than welcome to browse and try on items. With a variety of cafés, coffee shops and pubs it’s a delightful place to meet a friend for a lunch or for a day trip out with the family. You can even treat yourself to a blow dry at Pickles & Co if that tickles your fancy.

Have you visited the Jewellery Quarter before? Where would you recommend I visit next? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary JQ Card for this post, however thoughts and opinions are still my own.

8 Comments

  1. July 6, 2018 / 8:07 pm

    I've never been to Birmingham before and I have no excuse considering I live in Cardiff, it looks so pretty in the sunshine! I really like the sound of the Jewelry Quarter, its so rare to find somewhere which has prices for all, as more often than not they are one extreme of the other.

    Alys / alysgeorge.blogspot.co.uk

    • July 7, 2018 / 12:49 pm

      Oh you need a visit – there's so much to see and do here! xx

  2. July 7, 2018 / 2:28 am

    It's great that you got to check out The Jewellery Quarter! Pretty cool that so much of the jewelry production comes from this area. Ooh, the JQ card gives you such a great deal if you're planning to buy a lot! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

  3. July 14, 2018 / 6:56 pm

    The discount card looks super cool. I live about 30 mins from Birmingham so im pretty much up there quite a lot but ive never been to the Jewellery quarter, dispite passing it on the tram and train loads of times! It looks so pretty!

    • July 15, 2018 / 9:15 am

      I'd definitely recommend a visit, can make for such a nice morning/day! <3

  4. August 8, 2018 / 10:19 am

    I am currently a student at the Univeristy of Birmingham so really enjoyed this post! Will have to have a visit when I’m back in September 🙂

    • Chloe_Francis
      August 9, 2018 / 8:24 pm

      Definitely do! Thank you lovely! x

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