The University’s gemmology department has moved into new, premises at 1 Moreton Street in the Jewellery Quarter, enabling further development of gemmological training for School of Jewellery students and forms part of ambitious plans to establish a centre of learning excellence for the Midlands jewellery trade.
Completed at the end of 2015, the relocation provides facilities for 90 full-time and part-time gemmology students from Birmingham City University, as well as access to the highest specification of equipment available for gemmological education within the UK.
“This partnership provides students with access to resources they otherwise wouldn’t have had, as well as opportunities for members of the public and those seeking further personal development to access new training courses and work placements”, said Gaynor Andrews, Head of the School of Jewellery at Birmingham City University.
“Positioning an educational resource within a working environment will also stimulate Assay Office Birmingham employees to undertake continual professional development, therefore supporting an upskilling of the existing workforce.”
Founded in 1773, Assay Office Birmingham provides assaying (testing) and hallmarking of precious metal items, such as gold, silver and platinum, as required by the Hallmarking Act.