At the age of 16, Nigel Blackburn began visiting antiques fairs and auctions, refining his eye for jewellery. Today his family-run Birmingham company buys and sells jewellery on a bigger scale. With the recent 300% rise in the price of gold, he is able to buy, melt and refine gold from jewellery to produce 200kg of bullion each week, which is then sold on. The boom in gold prices and television coverage have helped sales to rise by 64% a year, from £9.8m in 2006 to £43.2m in 2009.
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