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Countess of Wessex Visits School of Jewellery


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The Countess of Wessex visited to The School of Jewellery, located in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter – largest concentration of businesses involved in the jewellery trade, which produces 40% of all the jewellery made in the UK. The School of Jewellery is part of the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (BIAD), a faculty of Birmingham City University.

HRH Countess of Wessex receives a gift from the School of Jewellery
HRH Countess of Wessex receives a gift from the School of Jewellery, presented by graduate Rebecca Sellors

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The Countess met many students and staff and who demonstrated both the traditional hand craft jewellery skills and new technology applications including 3D printing to produce exceptionally detailed pieces.

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Trying for size
Trying for size
intense detail through 3D printing
intense detail through 3D printing

 

Sharon Lea, The Lord Mayor and Marian Davies looks into the wonder of 3D printing
Sharon Lea, The Lord Mayor and Marian Davies look into the wonder of 3D printing

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The watch mechanism demo
Watch mechanism demo

The School is also a centre IMG_4381 watchmaking where human dexterity and craft skills are irreplaceable by technology and the students travel from far and wide to study here.

Small but precise lathe
Small but precise lathe
Lots of chucks
Lots of chucks

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New Principal of Birmingham Conservatoire Julian Lloyd webber joined the party and commented that some of the same teaching and learning techniques apply to jewellery and music where students must perfect the techniques on their own, but then bring them out into the world of their chosen discipline.

For more reports from the day please visit The Countess’s blog hrhcountessofwessex and the university’s Facebook page  BCU FacebookIMG_4372

 

 

 

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