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The Ashes 2015- A Historical Cricket Win for England at Edgbaston Cricket Ground

The 2015 Ashes series is the test cricket match series being played between England and Australia. In 2015 Ashes series, 3 test matches has been played between England and Australia. And now, England leads the series with 2-1 in front of joyful edgbaston crowd.

The biggest Test Match Series in the world is returning to Birmingham after the England and Wales Cricket Board announced that Edgbaston Stadium would stage England vs. Australia in the Third Ashes Test Match.


The venue also known as Edgbaston Cricket Ground –The appearance on this ground was more than 100,000 over the five days of play from Wednesday, July 29, to Sunday, August 2, 2015.

What you know about this ground? Let’s discuss something more about Edgbaston cricket ground.

History of Edgbaston Cricket Ground:

Edgbaston cricket ground

Edgbaston Cricket Ground, a cricket ground exists in the Edgbaston area of Birmingham. This ground also known as the “Country Ground” or “Edgbaston Stadium”. It is a home to Warwickshire Country Cricket Club and is also used for test matches, one day internationals and Twenty20 internationals. With almost permanent seating for 25,000 spectators, Edgbaston is the second largest cricketing venue in the United Kingdom, after “Lord’s Cricket Ground” in London.

Situated in the country suburb of Birmingham, it was established in 1882. It was the youngest of England’s six regular test grounds, until Chester-le-street was inaugurated in 2003.

Edgbaston made its debut in 1902, when England and Australia played a test from May 29-31 and an ODI between the same teams on August 28, 1972. With a crowd capacity of 21,000, it was voted ideal for One-dayer’s as well. It hosted just four Tests in its first 27 years, but upon re-entering the circuit in 1957, it was considered to be the most state-of-the-art ground in the country, with the Thwaite Memorial Scoreboard, constructed in 1950, among the most notable features.

A new phase of renovation got underway at the end of the 1990s, which, partially funded by lottery money, resulted in the Edgbaston Cricket Centre and the £2million Eric Hollies stand. The ground was the scene of Brian Lara’s world-record 501 not out, against Durham in 1994, and in 1999, played host to perhaps the single greatest one-day match in history – the tied World Cup semi-final between Australia and South Africa in 1999.

Birmingham- a city of culture


As already said that Edgbaston ground is situated in Edgbaston, an area in city of Birmingham. Birmingham is a metropolitan borough in the west midlands, England. So, if you are coming to enjoy this test series. Birmingham is an amazing city, and there are probably a few interesting and quirky facts here that you never knew about. Some of them are as follows:

1. Birmingham is much, much older than you think.
2. Audio sampling started in Birmingham.
3. Birmingham takes St Patrick’s Day very seriously indeed.
4. The Football League started here.
5. Lord of the Rings is basically set here
6. Every area has its own tribe
7. We are a celebrity factory!
8. There are many religions here, but we all worship food
9. Thomas the Tank Engine isn’t from Sodor – he’s a Brummie.
10. It’s a paradise for arty types


Except all these, Birmingham is also known for the world’s most highly goldsmiths and jewellery makers. The “Jewellery Quarter” area of Birmingham has a prestigious background with a history spanning over 250 years. It is also known as Europe’s largest concentration of businesses involved in the jewellery trade, which produces 40% of all the jewellery made in the UK.

So, if you are in Birmingham for Ashes Series 2015 or planning to visit, then don’t miss these places of Birmingham. We guarantee that you will return home with the unforgettable lifetime memories and experience a new world on earth.

The Regeneration of The Quarter

Birmingham has finally woken up to realise its true gem, the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter.

Millions of pounds have been pouring into the area through top class builders creating some much needed affordable housing, new designers breathing life into jewellery manufacturing and retail outlets like Marlows offering top class Bond street diamond jewellery at realistic prices to the hard working public. No longer is the status of the Quarter stuck to factory outlets and manufacturing jewellers only. These factories and manufacturers have created some of the best retail outlets offering some of the best value jewellery in the UK and Europe.

Diamonds, precious stones, gold and precious metals being a commodity, retail prices are mostly dependant on overheads, and while comparing London and Birmingham overheads, it seems plausible that Birmingham, being the closest large city to London can offer the same commodity as London at up to half the price. The high speed rail link coming into play by 2026 will further boost Birmingham as a major player in the UK with job creation, affordable housing structures, and day trippers from London and the home counties looking for bargains!!

Companies like Mitchell & Co are offering bespoke items to the public at affordable prices and friendly wedding ring companies like Neweys supply affordable items to all.

This considering, the Birmingham Council in association with the Jewellery Quarter Regeneration Partnership is creating a completely new ambience around the Clock Tower so visitors feel they are in a friendly, tranquil, safe and secure environment while shopping for precious items. The project is spearheaded by some well-known jewellers of the area including one of the most famous auction houses in Birmingham and the UK, Fellows & Co. and top class watch and jewellery companies like SP Green.

The partnership between local government and local businesses, involved in the project will ultimately bring more and more visitors to the Quarter from all parts of the UK, Europe and the world for relaxing, shopping and enjoying a friendly chat with people without feeling daunted or pressurised into buying things that they don’t really need. In an era where prudence is the keyword before spending, the Jewellery Quarter will bring extremely good value for the spending public as far as jewellery shopping goes amid a relaxed atmosphere. A visit becomes financially very attractive now.


The Clock Tower Location



Regeneration Partnership Ongoing Works

10 Over The Top Engagement Photos

When announcing some of the happiest news you’ll get to deliver in your adult life why not do it in the most over the top and ridiculous manner? These people certainly did, and then decided to take a load of professionally made photos in the process. Who knows why you would want to do this, one can only assume it’s a glossier way of boasting to all of your intimate friends.

1. Pre-historic Wonderland

Forever solving the argument of ‘how did the dinosaurs die out’ (they were turned into children’s play equipment) this couple decided to share their announcement in the most absurd way possible. You can only hope this was in a park near their house or that is one hell of an odd location scout.



2. Sitting Awkward

In order to show this couple’s awkwardness they decided to sit really far apart and in really unnatural positions. What part of their relationship this is meant to show isn’t clear, however it does show off the soon-to-be groom’s excellent posture. Maybe that’s why they fell in love.



3. Bigger is Better

The sheer volume of your love could fill a vast amount of space! Which is exactly what this couple were trying to convey in their turbine-hall-esque far shot engagement photo.



4. Pets and Signs

Rope in a confused pet and some signage when announcing your engagement. Not only does it show off your impressive sign-balancing skills it also shows off your budding family. Yes, the pet may be regretting letting you adopt him but on the plus side he looks really cute.



5. Subliminal Humour

Perhaps in an unfortunate turn of events this couple didn’t see the message plastered between them on the garbage cans they were posing on, for some reason. Whether its the conflicting message or the ridiculous poses the couple are standing in this picture definitely qualifies as Over The Top.



6. Run Through a Field of Love

Nothing says lasting love like skipping through a field of joy, holding hands with your beloved. This couple may have been inspired by The Sound of Music or they may have been mid fall, who knows, what is important is they decided to show their engagement by taking a series of over the top photos.



7. Star Crossed Lovers

When you find that special someone and they just so happen to like cosplay just as much as you do announce it to the world by doing a Star Wars themed Engagement shoot. This couple shot the photos in the Santa Cruz mountains, where bikers kept passing them. People kept commenting on how great the couple was. Let your freak flag fly with an awesomely themed Star Wars Engagement announcement.



8. Take a trip down the rabbit hole

If you feel as if your wedding plans are spiralling out of control then regain the balance by taking your engagement photos in the imagined world of Alice in Wonderland. The over the top costumes and wonderfully imagined set make for a truly unique announcement, all the while reliving one of your favourite books from childhood.



9. Slam Dunk

If fantasy and role-playing isn’t your thing then take to the courts. This couple both had a passion for basketball and decided to announce their engagement…on a basketball. Some would question the romance of this, however, the couple did go all out and bought custom printed jerseys and they also bought new pairs of Jordans. Definitely over the top.



10. Zombie Invasion

Perhaps the most survivalistic of the list is this engagement announcement made with a Zombie theme. Yes, you heard, a zombie theme. Shout your love from the rooftops to all your friends, whilst fighting off a hoard of the undead. You may enjoy zombie films, but is your engagement the time to share this with everyone? Apparently so.



Christmas Family Gift Ideas

If you are struggling to know what to ask for as a Christmas present this year, a quick visit to the jewellery quarter Birmingham may help to do the trick. Enter a magical world of sparkles, bling, and good old fashioned quality. There are pieces of jewellery that can be found in the quarter which cannot be purchased anywhere else in the world. With so much choice on offer, there is bound to be something that takes your fancy in jewellery shops in Birmingham. No matter how much of a digital age that we might be living in, there is no substitute for top class customer service.

When it comes to choosing items of jewellery such as necklaces or bracelets, it often helps to be able to try a piece on before committing to buy it. That is why paying a visit to our friendly jewellers is such a good idea. You will never feel rushed or pressurised into buying a product and it is important for us that you find the right product for you.  However, once you have sorted out the Christmas presents for yourself, there may be a struggle to think of ideas for the rest of the family. That’s why we’ve put together a quick list of gift ideas for the other people that you have to buy for.


Always a difficult decision because most men have a tendency to buy whatever they want when they first want it! However, there is nothing like a quality watch to show how much you value a relationship. If the man in your life isn’t a big fan of jewellery, it may be worth thinking outside of the box. A whole host of new video games are released before Christmas and if your fellow is a gamer he may well enjoy the latest title. Any money that you save on buying the game can be used to treat yourself to some nice jewellery instead!

Aunts and Uncles

Aunts and Uncles are often difficult to buy for because they are unlikely to ask for anything specific. Of course, you can always go down the traditional flowers and chocolates route, but that seems to lack a bit of thought and effort. If you have the time however, you could always make up a personalised hamper of their favourite foods and drinks. Consumables such as fruit ciders and homemade chocolate cakes will always be gratefully received.

Nephews and Nieces

If you are lucky enough to have young nephews and nieces, there are various options available. Keepsake jewellery items always go down well with girls, and boys love to get cufflinks so that they can feel grown up like their dads. However, if you want to get something slightly more fun, do a bit of research on the Internet to find out what the latest kids’ crazes are. It may well be worth having a quick word with their parents to ensure no doubling up of presents beforehand or there could be tears!

Christmas Shopping

Christmas is just weeks away but there is no need to panic about finding the perfect presents yet. What is more, if you don’t fancy going out into the cold and wet weather and braving the maddening crowds to find your gifts you don’t have to! The rise of the Internet means that it is now possible to browse through beautiful jewellers online and from the comfort of your own home. After a long hard day at work there are few things as enticing as curling up in front of the fire with a nice cup of tea.

Why don’t you relax this year and choose most of your Christmas shopping on your laptop. If you have any questions, it is always possible to contact staff by telephone or email. Alternatively, pop into the jewellery quarter Birmingham and see some of the stunning items on offer in the flesh. Choosing a present for the special someone in your life can be a difficult task. After all, there is a fair amount of pressure to ensure that you don’t buy something which they won’t like. In case you are struggling for some inspiration this year, here are a few gift ideas which should always go down a treat.


Earrings can transform a look in an instant. There is nothing like a quality pair of sparkling earrings to brighten up a lady’s face. Whilst it is true that most women have their own personal preferences when it comes to styles of earrings, it is not too difficult to find out what that style may be. Keep an eye out and notice what the lady in question normally wears. A pair of stylish yet discreet studs may indicate that a huge pair of looping earrings may not be the right choice and vice versa. One of the best things about earrings when it comes to Christmas time is the fact that they are very light to send through the post. The postal service deals with millions of parcels sent at home and abroad every day during Christmas, so sending a pair of earrings to your sister in America should not cost the earth.


Many women don’t think of buying necklaces for themselves, which is why receiving one at Christmas can be such a real treat. Jewellery shops in Birmingham are a great place to start looking for pieces which will catch the eye. Talk to a jeweller and get some expert advice about the different styles and lengths available.


If you are looking for something really special, a diamond ring will always impress the lady in your life. One of the problems in buying a ring for somebody else is that you won’t necessarily know what their ring size is. Overcome this problem by sneakily borrowing a ring that your loved one already owns. Get it checked out by a jeweller and they will be able to tell you the size of the ring that you should ideally manage to buy.

Questions to ask yourself before you look for a watch

The idea of finding a watch seems, at first, like a fairly straightforward one. You look, you see which ones you like the most and you buy it. But once you get to the shop you will quickly find that watches are like children, they look the same from afar but up close you realise they’re all very different.

Why are you buying a watch?

Seems like a silly question but it’s actually pretty crucial. Are you buying it for yourself or someone else? How much will you wear it? A watch can be a true investment in personal style and if you go for high quality, you could have it for the rest of your life. Watches aren’t usually changed depending on the event like many jewellery items; they become a part of your ensemble and your life.

If you’re looking for a watch that can keep up with an active and sporting lifestyle then you’ll be looking for a different watch than someone who’s looking for pure luxury. Once you work out why you want it then you’ll be in a better position to start looking.

Style over fashion

Chances are, you’ll have this watch for a long time and during the lifetime of the average timepiece fashions will come and go. Choose a watch that has a timeless style about it rather than an obvious and ephemeral fashion. Bright colours may look great at the beach bar, but they’re probably not going to cut it in a business meeting. So go for more muted and stylish shades if you want a watch that will serve you just as well at work.

Functional style

A sport watch can usually be fairly smart and chronograph watches are useful for a myriad of things, so combining functionality and style has never been easier. Generally, find a watch that suits the office and the court but if you’re a real sports junkie then consider a classic, elegant watch for the office and normal wear and a separate sports watch.

Men’s and women’s watches

Men’s watches tend to be larger than women’s, and are usually more muted colours. Women’s watches are frequently available in a larger selection of colours, including different hues of classic metals such as rose gold.

There are a myriad of differences and it’s unusual to find large ranges of unsex watches. Frequently though, if you are looking for watches as a couple, you will be able to see a good range of his and hers watches in the same style but with subtle feminine or masculine flairs.

Delve into the Jewellery Quarter

A watch is something you will cherish and keep for years, potentially decades and so just going into one shop may not be enough. Exploring the famous Birmingham jewellery quarter will allow you to explore a vast range of watches and shop around without having to traipse from one end of the city to the other. With many jewellery shops offering watches and several dedicated watch companies, the jewellery quarter is the best place to get a large choice and expert advice and guidance when browsing.

With complex and intricate designs combined with modern technology, it’s important to understand the capabilities of a watch before you buy it and not to just judge it by its looks. Always ask as many questions as you like and the staff will be more than happy to oblige; they understand that it’s a serious, long term purchase.

The Jewellery Quarter set to sparkle even more

We all know that Birmingham’s iconic Jewellery Quarter is a mecca for tourists and jewellery lovers alike, but with a host of new developments it’s set to sparkle even more. The area is vital to Birmingham’s tourist industry whilst its continual development is central to the city’s regeneration plans, so just what can we look forward to?

The Hampton by Hilton Hotel

This beautiful £6.4million hotel was completed earlier this year, and it’s a shining example of sympathetic restoration combined with modern luxury. The hotel is situated on the site of a former textile factory and has actually kept a lot of the listed façade intact, ensuring the building is in-keeping with the rest of the area and retaining a bit of character too. That’s not to say guests won’t get the height of luxury – the 109-bedroom hotel is spread across five floors and boasts exceptional facilities including a 24-hour bar, restaurant and fitness centre, and it’s in a truly enviable location too.

A coffin factory becomes a museum

The keys to a former coffin factory were recently handed over to Birmingham Conservation Trust to be turned into a museum, breathing new life into this historic building and being a great tourist attraction too. The Newman Brothers Coffin Fitting Works was in operation for over 100 years, first coming into being when Queen Victoria was on the throne and finally closing in 1999, and the museum will give visitors the chance to step back in time. They’ll see how it was in its heyday, with machinery, coffin handles, shrouds, metal plates and linings all being on display, and it means this Grade II listed building can be properly restored to its former glory.

From Birmingham Mint to luxury flats

The historic Birmingham Mint is set to become home to luxury flats, and work is finally getting underway after plans stalled four years ago. The building was constructed in 1860 and continued to mint coins until a mere ten years ago, and at one time it was even the largest independent mint in the world – it’s a building with a pedigree, and luckily the developers are going to retain the beautiful façade to keep its Italianate style intact. This grand Grade II listed building will be transformed into six flats above offices, and although building work hasn’t yet begun (at the time of writing) we can’t wait to see the results.

Experience the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham

This historic area is transforming into a thriving urban village in its own right, and it’s no wonder it’s so popular with tourists and locals alike. Of course, all these new developments don’t detract from its heart – the Quarter is and always has been known for its jewellery, boasting some of the finest jewellers in Birmingham and the UK as a whole, and that’s set to continue. These regeneration projects will only add to the area, so if you’re looking for a new tourist destination or want to get your hands on some exquisite jewellery, make sure to head to the Quarter and experience this iconic part of Birmingham for yourself.

Things To Do In The Jewellery Quarter

Birmingham is a city of deceptive depth and culture with much more to offer than people might first realise. Aside from having a plethora of historic buildings and landmarks, the UK’s second city also has a commitment to the arts and its own specific heritage. This makes the midland’s top city a beacon that attracts people from far and wide. But what is on offer for couples? While Birmingham might not be Paris it does have one ace up its sleeve. The Jewellery Quarter. This area is unlike anywhere else in the rest of the United Kingdom, bringing together heritage, history, landmarks, romance and shopping to provide a unique experience. It is the largest collection of jewellery shops in the country making it the hub of diamonds, gems and precious metals. If you are wanting somewhere to choose a ring to honour and solidify your commitments to your partner, then this could well be the best place to come!

But the Jewellery Quarter Birmingham should be about much more than simply choosing a ring. With all of these diamond shops and the investment that engagement and wedding wings represent, you may want to spend more than one night here. Fortunately, Birmingham has more than enough to keep you entertained, no matter who you are. From the Sea Life Centre to the Science museum you can learn, while there are landmarks such as Stoneleigh Abbey, Coventry Cathedral, a network of operating canals, Winterbourne House and Garden and much more. In the Quarter itself you will find two very important museums – The Museum of the Quarter and the Pen Room. We are also home to quite a few art galleries and sport around 200 listed historic buildings! By coming to our UK jewellers you will access an entire culture of gemological history and tradition.

Places To Stay

Birmingham also has a great range of romantic hotels that will be the perfect complement to your time spent in the Quarter. Deciding on the right ring or piece of jewellery can take time and you will naturally want to weigh up the options, so we have many different types of hotels from luxury options to budget, from serviced apartments to spas.

If luxury is your aim, then the Malmaison Hotel is a great suggestion. It is built inside a converted Royal Mail sorting office and is one of the centres of activity within the city. If you want the best of the best, then this is the place to come, particularly since they offer some of the most opulent luxury executive suites in the country.

For those on a relaxation kick, The Elms Hotel and Spa is just waiting to help you unwind. Set in remarkable grounds the Queen Anne Mansion looks like the set of an expensive period drama with beautiful ivy-covered walls as well as extravagantly decorated rooms. This spa is in the heart of Worcestershire and commands an amazing view over the Teme Valley.

5 Things to Think About When Choosing Engagement Jewellery

Shopping for engagement jewellery could send you nicely into the 75% of men who buy their prospective brides an engagement ring, typically a diamond. But this is the modern age of civil marriages, beach weddings, second weddings and commitment ceremonies!
Our point being that when it comes to diamonds, here in the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter we’ve got plenty of tips for the modern marrying couple, whatever their situation.

1. What kind of jewellery?
There is no longer a hard and fast rule about diamond engagement rings. For reasons of style, lifestyle, practicality and cost, there’s no need to feel limited by the traditional choice of a diamond engagement ring.
Most jewellery shops like our jewellers in Birmingham are accustomed to buyers looking for something a little different when it comes to engagement jewellery. A diamond pendent, a tennis bracelet, cocktail ring, stud earrings – there’s plenty of choice and nothing that says you shouldn’t go with whatever suits your intended best.
2. Does it need to be more practical or just decorative?
The idea of most engagement jewellery is that it be worn most of the time, not just dug out for special occasions. And that means thinking, to a degree, practically. Does the wearer have a job that makes finger jewellery highly impractical? Or quite the opposite – is their lifestyle perfectly suited to a great big exquisite diamond ring?
3. What kind of style statement should the piece make?
For many, women especially, the style of their engagement jewellery probably needs to be quite dexterous. For example, as appropriate in the workplace as on the beach. But the key is to make sure the right statement is made, e.g. is it all about a single, simple diamond to be worn with lots of other gems and jewellery pieces, or would they prefer a magnificent, eye-catching piece of engagement jewellery to be worn as a bold statement piece all its own?
4. Does it need to match other gems and precious metals?
We can change settings and alter jewellery to make it fit in with your intended’s existing jewellery collection if needs be. For example, having an engagement ring set on rose gold when all other pieces of jewellery are white gold can be frustrating for the wearer.
Choosing the right precious metal, in particular, can be difficult for a jewellery novice, so a little digging through existing pieces can be helpful. And don’t worry, our experts are quite adept at translating comments like “I think most of her rings are a proper gold-y gold. You know, the yellow one.”
5. Can you answer any of the questions above?
It not, it’s probably time to call in a little help! There’s nothing wrong with calling in reinforcements for a day out at the Jewellery Quarter with our experts.
Asking friends or family to lend a helping hand could help avoid making the wrong choice. But even wrong choices can be rectified with another trip to see us!

No. 1 For British Jewellery

At the heart of Birmingham lies a cultural heart that many outside of the city do not even realise exists. There is the typical plethora of restaurants, bars and clubs that populate most city centres (though Birmingham’s are better, naturally!) but there is also a healthy selection of art galleries and museums. What other cities certainly do not have is anything that compares with the Jewellery Quarter. If you are looking for an altogether more cultural experience when buying jewellery, then Birmingham is the best place in the country to come. And who wouldn’t want something more meaningful? Jewellery itself is steeped in history, culture and tradition – the very fact you are buying it is testament to this! So why not make a day of your jewellery shopping and truly explore the cultural wonders that the UK’s second city has to offer?

The Centre Of Jewellery

Birmingham jewellers know of the rich history the Quarter has. This is why we have our very own Museum of the Jewellery Quarter. The many jewellery shops Birmingham boasts date back well into Victorian times, most notably along Vyse Street. Today we produce as much as 40% of the UK’s entire jewellery as well as being the second largest concentration of jewellery shops in the whole of Europe. With 3000 people living in this 1 square kilometre area, the Quarter is a thriving place that has an incredible amount of heritage and history. Certainly, if you are looking for jewellery, then this is the UK’s hub.

There is a multitude of different types of shops all producing jewellery here, so no matter what you are looking for you will find it! We have a number of shops that specialise in diamonds, producing some of the most perfect stones you will ever see. Given that there are so many shops in such a tight area, the high competition ensures prices are about as good as you are going to get them. Each shop is also fully accredited and will issue you with a certificate to prove the authenticity of the diamond. All you need to do is find that one diamond that takes your breath away.

There are also shops specialising in precious metals such as gold as well as those that deal almost exclusively in gemstones such as emerald, jade, onyx, sapphire, amber and more. The country’s best jewellery specific shops are found here too such as watch sellers, ring specialists, earrings and more. If you are looking to make essential repairs, we can take care of you and your jewellery, particularly when it comes to watches.

Tourist Sites

This special area also has its extra special highlights. The Chamberlain Clock tower stands elegantly at the junction of all of the main Quarter streets. It has stood since 1903 and has been recently restored to its natural state. It is from this clock that you will explore the area and hopefully find the perfect piece of jewellery for you. There is also the Big Peg, the Pen Room Museum, the RBSA Gallery, St Paul’s Gallery and numerous bars.