vivienne westwood

Vivienne Westwood

Dame Vivienne Westwood (1941-2022) Originating from humble beginnings, the Vivienne Westwood label has grown from its London store to an international phenomenon, sustaining its desirability through decades. The label is…

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Talk to me about Christopher Ward watches…

Kes Crockett | Watch Department Founded in 2004 by Chris Ward, Peter Ellis and Mike France, watch manufacturer Christopher Ward has become one of the great horological success stories of…

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Major Nichols Bicycles

Major Nichols Major Nichols was born in his father’s bicycle shop on the 17th September 1914 in West Bromwich so it is no surprise that he became a popular name…

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Vera Montalban

Vera Montalban  Born in Malaga, Spain in 1948 he developed a love of colour and from the age of five, he began to display his artistic talent initially painting in…

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Bernard Instone

Bernard Instone (1891-1987) is one of the jewels of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. Born and educated in Birmingham, Instone became a renowned designer of contemporary jewellery in the 1920s and a…

the fumsup charm a charming and powerful piece of history

The Fumsup Charm: a charming and powerful piece of history

We all recognise the four-leaf clover as a sign for good luck, and we cross our fingers to each other to share our hopes for good fortune, but the late…

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Five watches to start your watch collection

With around 90% of the UK population owning a smartphone, the need to wear a watch for time-keeping purposes has never been lower. Despite this, watch sales by both volume…

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The Fellows Award: Horology & Jewellery

What is a Fellows Award? We are proud to sponsor two awards at Birmingham College University’s School of Jewellery each year. The awards reflect two main areas of the school…

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American Civil War Brooch Sells at Auction

A brooch given by an American Unionist General sold in our Antique & Modern Jewellery auction in August 2016. General Robert Stuart fought in the American Civil War and gave…

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Maundy money: history, significance and value

What Royal Maundy? The Royal Maundy is a Christian religious ceremony that takes place in The Church of England. Taking place during the Easter holy week on Maundy Thursday, the…