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