Birmingham is the second largest city in the UK and has a wealth of history in the trade and manufacture of jewellery. The area called the Jewellery Quarter emerged during the 19th century and grew into the greatest concentration of wholesale and retail jewellery manufacturers in Europe. The Jewellery Quarter produces a large percentage of the UK’s jewellery and is home to the world’s largest Assay Office. The flavour of the area has evolved as demands change and new creative businesses are dotted throughout the area, while the more traditional plating and manufacturing companies remain to service their needs.
D&M were based in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter for some 14 years with access to casters, mounters, finishers and many metal suppliers. Over the past 16 years D&M’s customer base has stretched right across the UK and Europe as the internet and numerous logistic companies have become available and more competitive to use.
In fact, trade links across the region developed significantly to a point where D&M were no longer required to remain in the country’s second city. Moving out of the city actually made sense – not only from a logistics point of view, but also from a business development viewpoint.
In 2018 D&M relocated to Worcestershire as the business had grown and more space was needed. All the advantages of the Jewellery Quarter are still accessible while being able to ensure pricing can be kept competitive and service levels can be maintained and even improved upon.
Birmingham and its Jewellery Quarter will always be the centre of excellence for jewellery manufacturing and sales across Europe, and D&M will always retain and be proud of its close links.