We are proud to have served in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter since 1918, one of Europe's largest concentration of businesses involved in the jewellery trade, producing 40% of all the jewellery made in the UK. Over the last century we have supported an array of jewellery making, from the very best of traditional craftsmanship and industrial service, through to pioneering practices of today and tomorrow.

Cooksongold and our location in the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter is the result of a series of acquisitions. Our location in Vittoria Street was originally the site of Johnson Matthey Jewellery Ltd, as in 1918 they wanted to establish a base in the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter to supplement their main premises in Hatton Garden. It was quickly established as a manufacturing site and sales office to serve both jewellery manufacturers and Industrial users in the Midlands area. The business grew considerably in the early years constantly expanding its range of products and production facilities, and as a result further premises next door on Vittoria Street were acquired and converted for use as production, stock holding and a new trade counter. In 1982 the decision was made by the Johnson Matthey Board to transfer the headquarters of its jewellery business from its site in London to the Vittoria Street premises. In 1994 following the Cookson Group PLC's acquisition of Johnson Matthey Jewellery Ltd the business accelerated in growth. In 2013 we became part of the Heimerle + Meule Group, starting a period of more dynamic investment into pioneering technologies, partnered with our expertise in traditional jewellery making supplies.

To celebrate our anniversary, we've located a range of content from the archives to share the nostalgia with you.

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  • A view of Hockley Street, with the Goldsmiths & Jewellers Arms - Still open today!

  • The Cooksongold store in its original form

  • A historic look at production

  • Our newly constructed Vittoria Street building sat amongst the Victorian Dwellings

  • Time for a smile in production

  • Order processing, pre computers

  • Weighing the metal ahead of deliveries

  • All systems go in the store

  • Quality control under the watchful eye

  • Time for a pose in the workshop

  • Discussing strategy on the job

  • The original Vittoria Street building

  • Deep in thought in production

  • Construction of the new Vittoria Street building

  • A look at the laboratory in the 60's

  • A tight squeeze for parking

  • Construction of the 3rd floor, set against the Birmingham skyline with the new addition of the BT Tower

  • Construction of the new Vittoria Street building halted due to the winter freeze

  • Extension of the factory workshop

  • The new building under construction

  • The second phase of the build begins after completion of the first building

  • The original Vittoria Street buildings

  • Precision production for a young apprentice

  • The canteen team in their Easter Bonnets

  • A busy day at Cooksongold

  • Number crunching in the Sales Office

  • The completed building

  • Activity in the original store

  • Delivery in style! The company Rolls Royce

  • Orders over the counter - At the heart of jewellery making for 100 years!

  • Cutting a mould

  • A letter regarding working hours during the continuation of World War 2

  • Removing molten metal from the furnace

  • A team effort when rolling silver

  • Ladies hard at work in the waxing shop

A view of Hockley Street, with the Goldsmiths & Jewellers Arms - Still open today!

  • A view of Hockley Street, with the Goldsmiths & Jewellers Arms - Still open today!

  • The Cooksongold store in its original form

  • A historic look at production

  • Our newly constructed Vittoria Street building sat amongst the Victorian Dwellings

  • Time for a smile in production

  • Order processing, pre computers

  • Weighing the metal ahead of deliveries

  • All systems go in the store

  • Quality control under the watchful eye

  • Time for a pose in the workshop

  • Discussing strategy on the job

  • The original Vittoria Street building

  • Deep in thought in production

  • Construction of the new Vittoria Street building

  • A look at the laboratory in the 60's

  • A tight squeeze for parking

  • Construction of the 3rd floor, set against the Birmingham skyline with the new addition of the BT Tower

  • Construction of the new Vittoria Street building halted due to the winter freeze

  • Extension of the factory workshop

  • The new building under construction

  • The second phase of the build begins after completion of the first building

  • The original Vittoria Street buildings

  • Precision production for a young apprentice

  • The canteen team in their Easter Bonnets

  • A busy day at Cooksongold

  • Number crunching in the Sales Office

  • The completed building

  • Activity in the original store

  • Delivery in style! The company Rolls Royce

  • Orders over the counter - At the heart of jewellery making for 100 years!

  • Cutting a mould

  • A letter regarding working hours during the continuation of World War 2

  • Removing molten metal from the furnace

  • A team effort when rolling silver

  • Ladies hard at work in the waxing shop

Cooksongold

  • 1918

  • 1946

  • 1968

  • 1982

  • 1994

  • 1996

  • 1998

  • 1999

  • 2007

  • 2009

  • 2011

  • 2011

  • 2012

  • 2013

  • 2013

  • 2013

  • 2014

  • Cooksongold launched our Precious M080 additive manufacturing system at Baselworld

  • 2014

  • Launch of restructured Cooksongold.com website, with significant investment in new technology

  • 2015

  • 5pm Next Day Delivery service launched to coincide with the creation of our new purpose built larger warehouse

  • 2018

  • Launch of brand new Cooksongold store, completely redesigned to allow more products to be displayed than ever before

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