Mitchel & Co Guide to The Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham
Planning a visit to Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter? Well, you are in the right place – as a jeweller based directly in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, we provide expert insider insight into the area.
In this visitor’s guide, we give you all the information you need to get the very best from your visit. From the attractions to places to eat and drink, to the very best of the jewellery shops – we help you get the most from your visit.
The Jewellery Quarter – A History
The Jewellery Quarter is quite unlike any other destination in the UK. The quarter has been described by English Heritage as a ‘national treasure’ with a ‘particular combination of structures associated with jewellery and metalworking which does not seem to exist anywhere else in the world’. So, taking in some of the architecture is certainly a must.
The Quarter contains one of Europe’s largest concentrations of manufacturing jewellers and businesses in the jewellery trade and produces 40% of all jewellery made in the UK.
Historically, Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter has been the centre of jewellery production since the 1800s, in which it was home to some of the most skilled craftsmen and the birthplace of many advancements in the jewellery industry.
Today, the Jewellery Quarter remains a hub for skilled jewellers and jewellery manufacturers, with over 100 specialist retailers and craftspeople working here who combine traditional craftsmanship with innovative designs and premium materials to create stunning jewellery – often at better prices than anywhere else in the UK.
From bespoke designs and wedding rings to watches, gold and silver necklaces and gemstone bracelets to diamond earrings – the Jewellery Quarter inspires some of the most prestigious jewellers in Birmingham and the UK.
Planning Your Visit
The Best Jewellers in the Jewellery Quarter
One day is never enough to cover everything in the Jewellery Quarter, but the below list will ensure you get to see the best of what the Jewellery Quarter has to offer – including the best jewellers.
Mitchel & Co
Mitchel & Co is an established, independent, and family-run jeweller based in the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter.
Platinum Jewellers is a working jewellers specialising in platinum and 18ct gold engagement and wedding rings.
Diamond Heaven is an established UK jewellers manufacturing diamond jewellery, engagement rings, wedding rings and diamond rings.
G.L. Bicknell & Sons
Bicknell Jewellers is a diamond jewellery specialist with 40 years experience in designing and making diamond jewellery, engagement rings, and wedding rings.
Diamond Quarter houses the finest pieces of jewellery made by some of the most skilled craftsmen in the country.
Victoria James is a family run manufacturing jewellers specialising in diamond engagement rings, ruby, sapphire and emerald rings, and diamond and gemstone pendants and earrings.
Michele White Jewellery
Michele is an acclaimed British contemporary jewellery designer, producing innovative and progressive collections in precious metals and gemstones.
Whether it be to celebrate a momentous occasion or embellish everyday life, Béo offers an exclusive selection of bridal and fine fashion jewellery.
Becca makes jewellery inspired by the natural world and is characterised by balance. She creates pieces with graceful shapes and sweeping curves in silver, gold, platinum & palladium.
Kate Gilliland creates wondrous and thoughtful pieces of wearable natural history, delicate pieces of jewellery that will spark your imagination, immortalised forever in precious metal.
Zolia Jewellery flirts with the idea that sculpture and jewellery are interchangeable. Wearable pieces of eccentric and quirky sculpture are turned into unconventional pieces of jewellery.
Quo Vadis Jewellery
Sarah Leighton-Chapman and Eddie Chapman make up Quo Vadis Jewellery. They use traditional skills and techniques to create contemporary pieces.
Bond Jewellery & Diamonds
Bond bring together beautiful designs, stunning diamonds & gemstones, and master craftsmen to create breathtaking jewellery pieces made uniquely for you.
Kensington Jewellery is a family run business that provides customers with a high quality product for a fair price, coupled with outstanding customer service, advice and professionalism.
Aardvark Jewellery hand curate the finest antique rings and antique jewellery, as well as provide skilled craftsmanship with our own line of brand new handmade jewellery pieces.
Lora Leedham has over 10 years’ experience creating bespoke and beautifully handcrafted jewellery. Everything is crafted to the highest standard using silver, gold, and palladium.
James Newman Jewellery
James Newman make beautifully designed, handmade bespoke jewellery. Choose from carefully crafted contemporary pieces, unique bespoke pieces, and remodelled pieces.
Element Bespoke Jewellery
Element Bespoke Jewellery intertwines the traditional production techniques with contemporary design to create eye-catching pieces of jewellery that turn your vision into reality.
Fei Liu Fine Jewellery
The essence of Fei Liu Fine Jewellery is that of great drama and elegance. For Fei, design is all about the intricate details and pairing delicately sculpted settings with vivid and colourful stones.
Sonny’s brings to you a large selection of 9ct, 18ct, 22ct gold and platinum jewellery, offering a comprehensive service right from conceptualisation to the realisation of your special piece.
Museums & Attractions
The Jewellery Quarter is a Conservation Area and has over 200 listed buildings to explore so you cannot shop for jewellery in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter without visiting its prestigious landmarks. Learn more about the Quarter’s history and heritage by visiting a few key places of interest:
The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter
The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter tells the story of the Jewellery Quarter and Birmingham’s renowned jewellery heritage and offers a unique insight into the working life of the Quarter.
The Chamberlain Clock stands at the heart of the Jewellery Quarter. It is an Edwardian cast-iron clock tower erected in 1903 in remembrance of Joseph Chamberlain.
Warstone Lane & Key Hill Cemeteries
Many of Birmingham’s inventors are buried in the Grade II listed cemeteries including Harry Gem, the inventor of Lawn Tennis, and Alfred Bird, the inventor of Bird’s Custard.
Located in a former pen factory, the Pen Museum tells the story of how modern pens evolved and Birmingham’s role at the centre of the pen trade in the 19th century.
JW Evans Silver Factory
Established in 1881 and rescued by English Heritage, J. W. Evans is one of the most complete surviving historic factories in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter.
St Paul’s Square
St Paul’s Square, with St Paul’s Church at its centre, is the stunning last remaining Georgian Square in Birmingham.
The Coffin Works is a preserved factory that specialised in the making of coffins. It is a museum about coffin making, with tours and stories of the funerals of famous people in history.
Ideal for art lovers, the RBSA Gallery is a gallery space exhibiting exciting new artworks by local artists.
Food & Drink
Whilst shopping for your dream piece of jewellery and delving into the Quarter’s heritage, why not quench your thirst, enjoy some exquisite cuisine, and experience the buzzing nightlife in the many bars and restaurants that Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter has to offer.
stylish Italian restaurant with chalkboard specials, dark wood tables, a bar, and an outdoor terrace.
multi-award winning boundary-pushing Indian cuisine with stylish decor and passion-driven service.
The Jam House
big-name jazz, blues and rock acts in intimate 3-storey Georgian building with top-floor restaurant.
40 St Paul’s
exclusive and intimate award-winning gin and cocktail bar in St Paul’s Square with more than 140 gins and just 24 seats.
The Button Factory
renovated Victorian factory with an expansive rooftop garden now housing a contemporary venue for brunch, lunch, and dinner.
The Lord Clifden
dynamic venue known for its urban street art, screens for sports fans, hearty all-day menu, and one of the best beer gardens in the city.
a modern British restaurant bringing an innovative and exciting food style in a relaxed space with personal, informed service.
The Church Inn
sourdough pizzeria and hip go-to pub with eclectic decor and roof terrace.
Rose Villa Tavern
friendly staff, quality drinks, and comforting food in a stained glass, grade II listed building.
delicious Indian street food and craft beer taproom in a unique setting underneath Snow Hill railway arches.
daytime cafe/bar switching over to a lively evening venue, over 3 floors of a Victorian warehouse.
Anderson’s Bar & Grill
meat-oriented menu of grills and steaks in bare-brick vaulted cellars with wooden floors.
Pig & Tail
thriving and modern cocktail and craft beer bar with fresh, locally sourced, exciting dishes in a relaxed, yet vibrant atmosphere.
warm and friendly Turkish dining experience in a family friendly restaurant.
So what are you waiting for! Head to Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter today to shop exquisite and beautiful pieces of jewellery, learn about its incredible history with museums and attractions, and soak up the atmosphere and enjoy delicious food and drink with the many bars and restaurants. Visit Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter today – it’s a real gem and true national treasure.