A Birmingham-based jewellery manufacturer rolled out the royal treatment as a member of the house of Windsor visited its state-of-the-art facility.
WB the Creative Jewellery Group welcomed the Duke of Kent to its manufacturing facility in Birmingham as part of his day-long visit to the city.
The Duke was accompanied by the deputy lord lieutenant of West Midlands, Simon Topman, high sheriff of the West Midlands, John Hudson, and the lord Mayor of Birmingham, Ms Anne Underwood.
The group was taken on a tour of the company’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility by operations director, Mark Thomas, who showed the party the different processes involved in creating the precious diamond and gem-set jewellery.
During the tour, the Duke was introduced to Stephen Derby, who operates a CNC machine within the company’s prize-winning wedding ring cell, Eleanor Inglefield, a diamond setter who joined the company as an apprentice three years ago, and Tracey Painter, who works as an assay marker within the group’s in-house Assay Sub-Office.
Charles Brooks, a trainee mounter, who is currently just finishing his first year of a level two diploma in jewellery manufacture at the British Academy of Jewellery, spoke to the Duke about his work.
“He asked what I was doing so I explained I was filing the side of a ring after it had been sized. Then I showed him a before and after example. He watched closely and seemed interested. I really wasn’t expecting to be introduced and was just glad that I had cleaned my bench before he arrived,” Brooks said.