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Workforce: Rudell the right setting for two jewels in its crown.

Double celebrations are being held at Rudell the Jewellers, Harborne, with deputy manager Lisa Downes and sales assistant Debbie Cox gaining new qualifications valued in the jewellery trade.

Ms Downes, left, aged 31, is a step closer to achieving her Fellowship of the Gemmological Association having passed the preliminary examination with a Grade A.

Ms Cox, aged 30, has passed her Retail Jewellers Diploma.

Ms Downes' efforts mean she can now enrol on the one year FGA diploma course, one of the highest qualifications attainable in the jewellery profession.

She will study twice a week at the University of Central England's School of Jewellery, covering every aspect of gemstone identification, with theory and practical exams to follow next June.

Ms Downes, from Birmingham, said: 'I am delighted to have passed.

'It has taken a lot of effort, particularly combining study with my job at Rudells, but was clearly worth it in the end.'

Ms Cox, who lives in Stourbridge, studied for a year for her Retail Jewellers Diploma and had to sit practical and theory exams before qualifying.

She said: 'I am really pleased.

'This qualification is well recognised in the trade and important for anyone looking to make progress.'

But there was to be no rest for Ms Cox who was soon off to London for a three-day diamond grading course.

She said: 'In time, I will look at achieving further qualifications, such as the Diamond Grading Certificate, or perhaps follow Lisa's route and try for my FGA.'

Rudell the Jewellers is a family-run business with stores in High Street, Harborne, and Darlington Street, Wolverhampton. Each carries about 30,000 different items of jewellery.

Managing director Tony Rudell said: 'Lisa and Debbie have done extremely well.'
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