Jewellery Quarter designer makers launch Christmas pop-up shop

Jewellery Quarter designer makers launch Christmas pop-up shop
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Twelve up-and-coming designer makers from Design Space are showcasing their first jewellery and giftware collections at a new pop-up shop in Birmingham’s Great Western Arcade.

The pop-up shop, which is known as ‘Number 22’, is open until Christmas and specialises in handmade, beautifully-finished, limited-edition pieces – ideal presents for that special someone or even yourself!

Designer makers exhibiting at Number 22 are Tom Asquith, Elizabeth Boyd, Karen Collis, Lana Crabb, Joanna Fronczak, Chloe Hurn, Steve Kukla, Amy Logan, Sarah Manterfield, Jessica Nam, Amanda Trimmer and Rosie White.

Part of Design Space – a unique scheme managed by Birmingham City Council that provides business support and workshop space to emerging jewellers and is funded by the European Regional Development Fund – the shop will launch the emerging designers’ first collections, with pieces ranging from glimmering gemstones cushioned in gold and silver to colourful, quirky pieces made from unorthodox materials.

The shop is staffed by the designers themselves, who are on hand to share insight into the jewels, discuss bespoke commissions and help ensure the gift buying experience is as enjoyable as possible, even providing a luxury gift-wrapping service.

Pendant within a pendant by Joanna N Fronczak

Lana Crabb, one of the designer makers on the Design Space scheme, said: “The Number 22 Shop in the Great Western Arcade is such an exciting opportunity for us as makers to engage shoppers with contemporary, hand-made gifts that are truly unique.

I’m really looking forward to delivering a fantastic jewellery-buying experience and helping customers find the perfect present that will enchant the recipient and be treasured way past New Year!”

The Number 22 shop is just the first of a series of events for the twelve jewellers, who will also be exhibiting at The Jewellery Show at the NEC, Birmingham in February and the British Craft Trade Fair, Harrogate in April.

Rings by Jessica Nam

Councillor Tahir Ali said: “This provides a fantastic opportunity for the businesses to showcase their work to the public, and demonstrates the wealth of creative talent we have here in Birmingham. We are determined to support retail businesses and this is a great way to promote the area.”

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