The Association for Contemporary Jewellery


The Association for Contemporary Jewellery

The Association for Contemporary Jewellery is devoted to the promotion, representation, understanding and development of contemporary jewellery in the United Kingdom and abroad.


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The Association for Contemporary Jewellery

is devoted to the promotion, representation, understanding and development of contemporary jewellery in the United Kingdom and abroad.

Founded as a membership association in 1997 and registered as a Limited Company in 2006, it recognises a need to foster discussion, debate and critical review and interaction amongst its members. To this end we organise conferences, lectures, seminars, workshops and an annual general meeting for our members. Our regular newsletter, findings, features reviews, information, comment, book offers and discounts and is of benefit to both our members and the wider public. We also produce a monthly e-bulletin featuring news and opportunities.

We welcome as members practising jewellers, associated designers and crafts people, educators, students, gallery owners and retailers, museum curators, critics and collectors - indeed, anyone with an interest in contemporary jewellery.

The Association for Contemporary Jewellery 
PO Box 37807 London SE23 1XJ United Kingdom 
Telephone: + 00 44 (0)20 8291 4201 
Fax: + 00 44 (0)20 8291 4452 



• promote greater understanding of contemporary jewellery
• support jewellers’ creative and professional development
• develop audiences for this lively field of contemporary craft and design

Discussion Forum

"Disbelief" over plans to remove crafts from UK creative industries_ Dezeen Magazine

Started by Vicky Saragouda. Last reply by Rebecca Skeels May 7, 2013. 3 Replies

Government proposals to remove crafts from its list of recognised creative industries have triggered "disbelief" and "frustration" in the sector...Article published by Dezeen Magazine on May 1st.www.dezeen.comContinue

Tags: Council, Crafts, industries, creative, Crafts

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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Thursday
Are you displaying your Dealer's Notice?

Please note that the Hallmarking Act 1973 states that it is an offence for a dealer not to display the current notice in his/her premises. Any previous versions of this notice will need replacing with the current version.

You can download a free copy from our website here. Display copies are available to purchase for £10 collected or £15 delivered. Tel. 020 7606 8971 for further information and orders.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Thursday
Valuation Day - Goldsmiths' Hall, Friday 19 September

Our next Valuation Day at Goldsmiths’ Hall is on Friday 19 September.
These ever popular events, held in the magnificent Goldsmiths' Hall, offer the chance for a private one-to-one consultation with our expert valuer.

Places are limited and by reservation only.
For more information or to reserve your place contact the valuations department on 020 7606 8971 or
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Thursday
"Diamond Geezers and Gold Dealers" ITV1, Thursday 24 July at 9pm

Watch this one-off documentary taking an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the unique world of Hatton Garden. This programme follows some of the local tradespeople as they go about their daily business, including bespoke jewellery maker Michael Lynton, who has been practicing his craft for 40 years and has worked for some of the best jewellery houses in the country, glamorous 25-year-old Leigh Stutman, who works in precious metal reclamation, sole trader Steve Kirby, who makes a living buying and selling gold, and security guard Chris Eracleous, who has commissioned a diamond ring from new jewellery maker Karl Karter and plans to propose to his girlfriend of four years. You may even catch a glimpse of the assay office!
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 21, 2014 at 11:21am

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am pleased to inform you that the nineteenth edition of AF – L’Artigiano in Fiera (International Crafts Selling Exhibition) will be held at Fieramilano - Rho Pero from 29th November to 8th December 2014, a few months before the opening of the Universal EXPO 2015 Exhibition.

We are already preparing a global event thanks to the great success of last December’s appointment: more than 2,900 companies exhibited products from 113 countries. The entrance for visitors is free and, being a direct selling exhibition (BtoC), products can be sold directly to public and trade.

Please find attached a participation project completely devoted to United Kingdom and the general information about the event.

Hoping to include you amongst the numerous countries representatives in our show this year, I rest at your disposal for any other further information you may need.

Best regards,

Roberta Roffi

Area Internazionale/International Department
AF-L'Artigiano in Fiera
Viale Achille Papa 30
20149 Milano – Italy
Tel. +39.02.31911961
Fax +39.02.70058857

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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 16, 2014 at 2:57am
Harriet Vine, Tatty Devine artistic director

Harriet co-founded Tatty Devine, now an acclaimed handmade fashion jewellery brand. Their laser-cut plastic collections have featured in a number of high fashion magazines and London Fashion Week.

Harriet Vine (left) and Rosie Wolfendon (right) set up Tatty Devine together after meeting at art college.
I'm from Rochester in Kent.

What job do you do?
I am artistic director and cofounder at Tatty Devine.

Tatty Devine has been going since 1999, when Rosie Wolfenden and I set it up.

We design and make handmade laser-cut acrylic jewellery and accessories. We put out two seasonal collections per year, and we're also known for our name necklaces.

We have two London shops, in Brick Lane and Covent Garden.

How did you get started in jewellery?
I've always been making stuff, not just jewellery, ever since I was little.

"We found bin bags full of leather samples. We made accessories, set up a market stall, and made some money from it."
I used to go to boot fairs a lot, and still do. I'd buy things like wooden bottle openers and make them into necklaces. I was always finding things and stringing them round my neck.

Rosie and I met at art college. When we lived together, we were sharing a house full of boys in bands. They left a lot of plectrums lying around, so I used to harvest them and make them into earrings.

I was really interested in how the perception of an object would change when it was picked up from the floor and became a piece of jewellery.

One night Rosie and I found a lot of bin bags full of leather samples. We took them home, not exactly sure what they would become – but we knew it would be exciting.

We set up a market stall selling leather cuffs made from the leather we had found. When we made some money from it, we took it to a leather shop and bought some zebra print ponyskin to make more wrist cuffs with. I think that was our first proper investment that wasn’t on falafel and whisky!

We made and sold more cuffs and had a super fun time, and by Christmas we were being stocked in Whistles and Harvey Nichols.

Then a stylist saw Rosie wearing a headpiece we'd made and asked about it. She replied, 'My company make these'. The stylist turned out to be from Vogue magazine, and she asked us to bring our collection in the following week!

We didn't have a collection as such at that point, so we made stuff frantically all weekend, and it was featured in Vogue's Millennium issue.

We applied to take part in London Fashion Week, got in, and pulled out all the stops. We turned up with a collection of plated chains with pendants made from plectrums and old dart flights. There was nothing else like it there.

We also photocopied giant pictures of budgerigars, pasted them onto hardboard, cut them out with a jigsaw, and made them into brooches.

A little while later, we discovered plastic. We were on a trip to New York. We saw a shop which sold laser-cut letters for signs, and really liked the idea of making jewellery that way.

"When we found out what laser-cutting was, it was a real eye-opener."
We had no money – or the volume of material you need – to get any pieces cast in metal. So when we found out what laser-cutting was, it was a real eye-opener.

At the start, I had to get help from a friend who could recreate my designs for me on a computer. As things began to take off, I learned to use Adobe Illustrator to do some of my design work. I picked it up quite quickly.

As we began to cut plastic more and .......
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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 14, 2014 at 12:04pm

Summer at Ardington


Summer at Ardington is packed with an inviting array of interesting and unusual craft courses – the ideal way to learn, relax and recharge. A day or two absorbed in a craft is better than a holiday!



18th:                        Casting in Pewter – Cuttlefish Moulds (see details)

19th:                        Paper Engineering - Pop-up Spirit House 

23rd:                        Creative Paper Cutting

26th – 27th:            Hand-Stitched Small Leather Goods 

31st – 1st Aug:       Contemporary Cloth Doll Making – Beginners


1st:                          Willow Piglets

7th – 8th:                 Enamelling on Copper

9th:                          Pendants and Brooches in Pewter

10th & 12th:            Hand Woven Rush Sunhats

16th – 17th:            Reduction Lino Cuts

23rd – 24th:            Shaker Boxes

27th – 28th:            Silver Jewellery - Classic and Contemporary

27th – 29th:            Goldwork Embroidery – Iridescent Insects 

29th:                        Stained Glass Taster


Ardington School of Crafts

Office hours: Wed – Sun, 9am – 5pm


Ardington School of Crafts, School Road, Ardington, Nr Wantage, OX12 8PN, Tel. 01235 833433


Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 8, 2014 at 1:50pm
Gail Hufjay
(914) 282-9844
New York, NY, USA



Mill Valley, CA, July 1, 2014--Art Jewelry Forum (AJF) is accepting applications for its 2014 Artist Award. This is the fifteenth year that AJF will be providing a cash award to a contemporary jewelry artist. The amount of the 2014 award will remain at $7500 this year thanks to the generous support of Susan Kempin and Susan Beech, both long-time collectors and supporters of AJF.

Jurors for this year's competition are Sooyeon Kim, jewelry artist and winner of the 2013 award, Carin Reinders, Director of the CODA Museum, Apeldoorn, Netherlands, and Karen Rotenberg, Founder and Director of Alianza Contemporary Craft and a collector of contemporary jewelry.

The purpose of the award is to acknowledge promise, innovation, and individuality in the work of an emerging jewelry artist and to help to advance the artist's career. The competition is open to makers of wearable art jewelry who are not currently enrolled in a professional training program. Work submitted in the application must have been unsupervised, and not previously submitted for a BFA or MFA show. What has changed this year is:
Applicants must be 35 years of age or younger at the time of the application deadline (September 30, 2014)
Work must have been made between 2012 and 2014
Applicants who have applied previously must submit new work, i.e. work submitted in a prior AJF Artist Award application may not be resubmitted in the current application
Applicants may have had, or be scheduled to have, a solo exhibition
Deadline for submission is September 30, 2014.

Applications may be submitted beginning July 1, 2014 at

More information about the award and the application guidelines may be found on AJF's website.

Art Jewelry Forum, founded in 1997, is a non-profit organization with the mission to advocate for the field of contemporary art jewelry by promoting education, appreciation, and support for contemporary art jewelry. The award was established in 1999 and its first recipient, Yeon-Mi Keong, received the award at the 2000 Conference of the Society of North American Goldsmiths.
The winner will be chosen from among five finalists. The announcement of the winner will be made during the Schmuck Jewelry Fair in Munich in March 2015. The artist's work will be exhibited at one of AJF's member galleries taking part in a jewelry fair in the US or Europe in 2015.


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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 6, 2014 at 1:23pm
The Garden Museum are seeking exhibitors to turn their beautiful church interior into a treasure trove of original craft and design.

All things sustainable, eco-friendly and home-grown are welcomed and the organisers would like to hear from makers whose products fit into one or more of the following categories:
• Reclaimed/Recycled/Upcycled
• Environmentally friendly materials/processes
• Fairly traded, ethically produced
• Seasonal, organic, sustainable foods

How to Apply:
They are looking for the most original and beautifully designed products which really demonstrate and promote sustainability.

If you are interested please send an email to with the following information:
• Name/address/phone number/email address
• Website address/Twitter/Facebook page if applicable
• Brief description of your products
• How your product fits into the above categories
• Attachment of a press quality high-res image of your product

Deadline for Applications is 12 July 2014

Find out more on the Garden Museum website:
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 6, 2014 at 9:51am

Delirio y Cordura (Delirium and Sanity): Contemporary Chilean Jewelry
July 9 – August 10, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday July 11, 6-8 pm
Carolina Gimeno, Yessica Bordón, Rocco Napoli, María Eugenia Muñoz, Verónica Pérez Artigas, Claudio Pino, Rafaela Pruzzo, Nano Pulgar, and Paola Raggo will be present at the Opening Reception.

Special Saturday Morning Lecture: July 12, 11am – 12 noon
Carolina Gimeno, Nano Pulgar and Paola Raggo speak about Contemporary Jewelry in Chile. Refreshments will be served. Don’t miss this special event!

Participating Artists:
Carolina Gimeno, Carolina Hornaüer, Claudia Correa, Claudio Pino, Francisco Ceppi, Gabriela Fissore, María Eugenia Muñoz, María Ignacia Walker, Nicolás Hernandez, Paola Raggo, Pía Walker, Rafaella Pruzzo, Rocco Napoli, Valentina Rosenthal, Verónica Pérez Artigas, Walka, Yessica Bordon

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 6, 2014 at 6:39am

I'm looking forward to the conference and workshops next week in Falmouth, Any ACJ members there please say hello!

Keynote Speakers


Fred Baier Keynote Address
Fred Baier calls himself a furniture artist rather than craftsman. He is renowned for his avant-garde furniture that playfully blurs the boundaries between design and art. His career spans over 40 years, with work featuring in museums and held in numerous private collections. His pioneering work with digital technologies in the 1980s, makes the ‘Prism chair’ one of the earliest pieces of British furniture designed on a computer.

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Fiddian Warman Keynote Address
As founder and MD of Soda Limited Fiddian leads it’s team of artists, developers and entrepreneurs in the development of creative tools that help communities work, play and learn together. The best known of Soda’s suite of innovative applications is the BAFTA-winning online construction environment, Sodaplay. Fiddian also teaches part time and if founder of Makers’ Guild, a knowledge sharing organisation for makers of all flavours.

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Dr Jayne Wallace Keynote Address
Dr Jayne Wallace is a Digital Jeweller, Reader and Dundee Fellow at the Eclectric Research Studio, University of Dundee. She belongs to an emerging generation of designers from a contemporary craft background working with digital technologies to redefine conventions of how, why and with what things are made in our digital culture. The ways in which our bodies, and the objects that we associate with them, represent different facets of who we are, how we understand ourselves and our relationships with other people have long been a fascination for her. She develops hybrid forms of physical-digital artefact, such as digital jewellery, to serve as a platform both for the exploration of new ways for the digital to support our sense of self and also as a provocative lens on our current assumptions of the materiality and meaning of the digital.

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Professor Chris Speed Keynote Address

Chris Speed is Chair of Design Informatics at the University of Edinburgh where his research focuses upon the Network Society, Digital Art and Technology, and The Internet of Things. Chris has sustained a critical enquiry into how network technology can engage with the fields of art, design and social experience through a variety of international digital art exhibitions, funded research projects, books journals and conferences. At present Chris is working on funded projects that engage with the flow of food across cities, an internet of cars, turning printers into clocks and a persistent argument that chickens are actually robots. Chris is a co-organiser and compere for the Edinburgh events and is co-editor of the journal Ubiquity.


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