Brilliantly Birmingham is Back

23 Nov

Brilliantly Birmingham is back again, celebrating it’s eleventh year with loads of things for you jewellery lovers out there to do.

Back on 27 November, if you’ve read our previous post, you’ll know that Brilliantly Bimingham is a contemporary jewellery festival held across the city. Every year there is a different profile designer-maker and this year it’s Birmingham City University Graduate Li-Chu Wu, who makes her intricate and multi-layered jewellery entirely out of paper. That’s right, paper. And yes, I did ask what happens when you stand in the rain.. I think the idea is not to?

An example of Li-Chu Wu's work

There’ll be lots of exhibitions at this years festival, including the fifth annual FLUX. Held in the new gallery space in the mac in Cannon Hill Park, 30 new designer-makers have been given the chance to show their work here. You can also buy a unique piece of jewellery at FLUX, either for yourself or for a loved-one, depending on how selfish you feel! Just remember Christmas is around the corner..

Emma Louise Lawson, whose work is being displayed as part of FLUX

Once you’ve had a look at all the jewellery on offer, you can pop along to one of the Brilliantly Birmingham Trend Talks. They’re great if you’re interested in how important jewellery is within the fashion world and they have some fab speakers. One of which is Ana de Costa, who was invited by Swarovski to take part in their prestigious ‘Runway Rocks’ show as part of the first Coutts London Jewellery Week. So she knows her stuff!

A piece by another FLUX designer, Yu-Ching Huang


As part of the festival, there’s also going to be a Treasure Trail exhibition of pieces across the city and the Jewellery Quarter, including the School of Jewellery, Harvey Nichols and Azendi in the Pavilions. The exhibition is launching with an online Foursquare competition, with the prize being a one-of-a-kind piece of Li-Chu Wu’s jewellery. All you have to do is visit each venue on the Treasure Trail to find a letter, which will spell out the name of one of the FLUX designer-makers. The first person to send the completed name to Brilliantly Birmingham will get the bespoke prize. How exciting does that exhibition sound?

Brilliantly Birmingham will be running until 9 January 2011. So if you were thinking of visiting Birmingham this winter for your Christmas shopping, keep this festival in mind. For more information, visit

Have you ever been to Brilliantly Birmingham before? Let us know your thoughts on the festival.


One Response to “Brilliantly Birmingham is Back”

  1. Joanne November 23, 2010 at 8:18 pm #

    Love the USC clutch – my face! I love chain straps x

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