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Edinburgh jeweller to exhibit jewelled JK Rowling novel cover as part of 155th anniversary event

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Historic Edinburgh jeweller Hamilton & Inches is set to exhibit the cover of a rare jewelled edition of Harry Potter author JK Rowling’s The Tales of Beedle the Bard as part of the store’s 155th anniversary event.

Hamilton & Inches, which has for more than 120 years held a Royal Warrant, will be exhibiting a selection of items it has worked on in the past for the anniversary celebrations.

From 26 August until 5 September the public will be able to view never-before-seen pieces within the jeweller’s newly renovated showroom.

The earliest of the exhibits dates back to 1887, the retailer revealed.

Amongst the collection of handcrafted items is a jewelled cover of JK Rowling’s handwritten The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a spin-off book from the Harry Potter series.

Trophies celebrating The Scottish Open, the Royal Highland Show and Scottish Women’s Football will also be on display, alongside a further 70 items generously donated by businesses and customers alike.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard was originally handwritten and illustrated by JK Rowling as a limited edition of only seven copies, one of which was sold at auction in 2007 to raise money for charity.

It was then published in 2008 and continues to be sold in aid of the children’s charity, Lumos, which was started by JK Rowling.

There will also be a Lumos Maxima bracelet: a charm bracelet created in 2013, inspired by Rowling’s writings.

Last year, the Edinburgh-based jewellers launched a search for bespoke items created by its talented craftspeople to create an extensive display featuring some of its greatest designs.

Victoria Houghton, Hamilton & Inches CEO, said: “One hundred and fifty-five years in business is a wonderful milestone to reach and we want to make sure we mark the occasion properly.

“Showcasing the pieces created by our extremely talented team and celebrating their craft is the perfect way to do so.

“We look forward to welcoming visitors and sharing the history behind the items featured within the Celebrating our Craft showcase.”

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