Sparkle and shine of Birmingham's creativity

Birmingham's creativity in jewellery and manufacturing have recently sparkled and shone as the Queen wore a piece of Jewellery manufactured in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter and London's first Intercontinental Hotel for 36 years, opening in Westminster, use 23,000 pieces of silver and china designed and produced by Small Heath firm Heritage Silverware.

Her Majesty wore the special Birmingham-made brooch for her annual December 25 visit to church in Sandringham.  Birmingham's Assay Office assayed each of the precious metal components of the brooch.

The Eternal Dove design won the British Jewellers’ Association’s (BJA) Diamond Jubilee brooch competition, held to design a brooch for the Queen to celebrate the Jubilee year. 
The design was chosen by a panel of industry experts following the national competition which was open to all UK-based jewellery designers.

Meanwhile, Birmingham based Heritage Silverware beat competition from France, Germany and China to supply tableware to the new five-star London hotel, following on previous contracts to the Orient Express, The Ritz and The Dorchester hotels.

Hotel manager Scot Turner said: “We chose Heritage Collection as they, from day one, understood our vision and criteria for this opening and won the contract on innovative product, quality and service. We were all very pleased that a British company could rise to the challenge and we certainly feel that we made the right choice in awarding them this contract.”

In Birmingham, Heritage Silverware won the contract in 2012 to supply new Hotel La Tour and the new contract shows that manufacturing like jewellery manufacture continues to find a home in the city, Silverware firm wins deal with Hotel La Tour.


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