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Birmingham Jewellery Quarter

(13 Posts)
hollyisalovelyname Sun 27-Dec-15 16:05:22

Is it worth going to?
I was disappointed in Hatton Garden- I don't know what I expected really.
Is it cheaper to buy in Birmingham?
Any dodgy shops?
Your thoughts/ views please.

Leviticus Sun 27-Dec-15 17:02:43

Yes it's excellent. I got my engagement and wedding rings from a shop called Element, which sells beautiful jewellery they design themselves. There are many, many other shops though.

SellFridges Sun 27-Dec-15 18:13:56

I really like it and we had our wedding rings from there as well as my engagement ring. Lots of small family business. I would avoid one opposite the graveyard which was like Argos and stank of smoke! Lots of good food and pubs there too - we actually had our wedding there!

Pleasemrstweedie Sun 27-Dec-15 18:19:58

My wedding and engagement rings came from Bickertons, who have done other stuff for me and for DD1. IMO they are excellent.

hollyisalovelyname Sun 27-Dec-15 18:33:47

Thank you.

Lndnmummy Sun 27-Dec-15 21:26:33

Yes yes yes go! Dh got my engagement ring frm there.

LovelyBranches Sun 27-Dec-15 22:08:02

I got my wedding ring from there and it was amazing service. Highly recommend Neweys.

Jenijena Sun 27-Dec-15 22:15:49

I live on the south coast but it was worth the drive up to get our wedding rings. I think from the same place as Leviticus up above, and paid the same for my exactly-what-I-want as a very 'ordinary' ring from a local high st jeweller.

FATEdestiny Sun 27-Dec-15 22:18:44

We used Newleys. I went in with a picture I'd drawn. The assistant brought out lots if rings and we dissected each one to decide which elements I liked and which I didn't until we had a completely finished design.

That was me done then. DH went back a month later to select the stones from a huge selection and confirm the design. Collected when done. We got engaged about 4 months later - May 2001.

We went back to the same shop for wedding rings.

OP, not sure what you are expecting from Birmingham Jewellery Quarter? It's just a collection of shops. You have to go from shop to shop - they are mostly small family run businesses - and find one that 'feels right'.

Whatsername24 Sun 27-Dec-15 22:21:06

Another recommendation from me! I had my engagement ring from there many years ago and I've never seen another like it since, and as someone else mentioned there's a great variety of places to eat and drink in the area too.

allnewredfairy Sun 27-Dec-15 22:27:45

I got my engagement ring from the Diamond Centre and our wedding rings came from another shop. Can't remember the name. I have to say the area wasnt what I was expecting. Quite unremarkable really. We did go off for a quick breakfast while we waited for the rings to be resized.

FATEdestiny Sun 27-Dec-15 23:05:58

Absolutely agree about the area being unremarkable. I was expecting something more slick when I went - big brand shopping centre type thing.

But in fact it's just a whole load of sometimes run-down buildings run by family businesses. It isn't shiny it glossy.

It is hard to know "are we in the jewellery quarter here?" It's not a defined space like a shopping centre is. You just walk along a few streets and there are lots of shops all running the same businesses in close proximity.

Leviticus Mon 28-Dec-15 11:12:10

The jewellery quarter isn't meant to be slick, it's an old part of Birmingham with a bit of history behind it!

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