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New Apostolic Pastoral Congress Bishop receives gold pectoral cross at Manchester Cathedral consecration service
The Jewellery Industry Innovation Centre (JIIC), School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University, was commissioned to create a gold pectoral cross set with a hand cut garnet which was to be a faithful interpretation of how the pectoral cross from the Staffordshire Hoard would have looked prior to being damaged/buried. There are very few Christian items within the Hoard and the original pectoral cross is displayed in a specially designed new gallery at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.
The gold cross was formally presented at a service in Manchester Cathedral on Saturday 24th October to consecrate a newly appointed Bishop into the Apostolic Pastoral Congress (APC). The replica’s purpose was twofold, it was to be worn by the Bishop during services and also used to promote awareness of the Staffordshire Hoard and, in line with APC's objectives, of early Christianity in the Midlands of England.
Permission to undertake this special commission was sought from the Hoard Management Group and the commission involved laser scanning and 3D CAD/CAM technologies by JIIC, casting and surface finishing processes by Hockley Mint, and hand stone cutting and setting by CW Sellors.
Notes to Editors
The Staffordshire Hoard is one of the world's largest collections of Anglo-Saxon gold and was originally discovered in a field near the village of Hammerwich Staffordshire, on 5 July 2009. It consists of more than 3,500 items, that are nearly all martial or warlike in character, with an estimated value of £3.2 million, and is jointly owned by The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery and the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. The artefacts have tentatively been dated to the 7th or 8th centuries, placing the origin of the items in the time of the Kingdom of Mercia. Hoard items total over 5 kilos of gold, over a 1 kilo of silver and 3,500 cloisonné garnets. There is nothing comparable in terms of content and quantity in the UK or mainland Europe. Further information is available at www.justgiving.com/treasuryappeal
Jewellery Industry Innovation Centre
The Jewellery Industry Innovation Centre (JIIC) is a part of the School of Jewellery and is internationally respected for its expertise in utilising highly complex 3D CAD/CAM and laser technologies to provide small scale product development solutions. It has an outstanding reputation for its pioneering practices in the areas of innovative metal manufacturing, and application of advanced techniques, is a leading industry player in the introduction of innovative manufacturing processes, advanced techniques and materials, and has been driving and supporting the introduction and adoption of cutting edge technology applications in the jewellery and allied industries for over 18 years.
JIIC specialists have been combining their expertise in the application of advanced technologies with their considerable knowledge of craft techniques, to create replicas of some of the Staffordshire Hoard’s most precious items for future generations to study and enjoy.
Apostolic Pastoral Congress is a member-body of Churches Together in England (CTE) and also of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI). The APC focuses-on, and promotes awareness of early Christianity and Christian heritage in the British Isles during the first millennium of the Christian era.
C W Sellors Fine Jewellery are a specialist independent luxury jewellery retailer and manufacturer established in 1979, with 14 jewellery and watch boutiques along with leading e-commerce jewellery and watch websites. Based in Derbyshire they have been hand-crafting and working with gemstones from around the World for over 35 years.
Hockley Mint was founded in 1994, and has built on their reputation for innovation combined with classic design and fast friendly service to become one of Europe’s largest manufacturing Jewellers. Based in the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter, the company manufactures wedding and engagement rings, cast components, findings and precision engineered jewellery parts.