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.


Location: UK
Members: 67
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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

What would you like to read or write about?

Started by Rebecca Skeels. Last reply by Rebecca Skeels Jul 12, 2015. 2 Replies

Calling ACJ members: Do let us know what you would like to read about in the next issue of Findings. Contact: or comment here!New Writers: Findings is a valuable hub for knowledge sharing within the ACJ. Articles about events, projects, technical innovations, ideas, issues, internships, seminars, collaborations, new work, national and international. Contact: Being Worn: One of my policies for Findings is to picture jewellery being worn, and where possible not just on pretty young female models! If you see a great image of contemporary jewellery being worn, bring it to my attention. It may spark something. Contact:

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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Sunday

application for Handmade Edinburgh and Handmade in Britain. The deadline for applications for both shows is Friday 28th April. You can apply online here:

Handmade Edinburgh 27 - 29 October

The second edition of Handmade Edinburgh will be returning to the Royal Mile in October 2017! Bringing together the most exciting contemporary designer/makers from Scotland and beyond, Handmade Edinburgh celebrates the very best in contemporary craft and design. Click here for a selection of images from Handmade Edinburgh 2016.

Handmade in Britain 10 - 12 November

Handmade in Britain 17: The Contemporary Crafts & Design Fair, is our annual Christmas shopping event at the beautiful Chelsea Old Town Hall. Over three days, the event will celebrate the best in high-end design and craftsmanship from over 100+ highly skilled, UK-based designer-makers. Click here for a selection of images from Handmade in Britain 2016.

Read some testimonials from past exhibitors here:

Please remember, online applications only take 15-20mins and all you need to apply is:

- A short description of your work for show magazine entry purposes, maximum 25-30 words.

- Four images of your work. 1 MB max or image won't send.

- One image of a previous exhibition display and the name and year of the show. 1 MB max or image won't send.

If you would like to know more about Handmade Edinburgh email and Handmade in Britain Chelsea contact at

We look forward to seeing your application.

Best wishes,

Jacqui Rudd

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Sunday

An opportunity to preview Boodles latest high jewellery collection; ‘The Poetry of Landscape’, before it is showcased to the public. Boodles Director, James Amos, and Head of Design, Rebecca Hawkins, discuss the creative processes involved in making the collection.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Sunday

Vacheron Constantin’s in-house master watchmaker and engraver demonstrate their skills in fine watchmaking, including the assembling of a movement and hand-engraving.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Sunday

applications for autumn festivals close soon
“The quality of designers was fantastic and everyone had such different work.”
Just over a week to go until the applications for the popular autumn craft festivals, thread and festival of crafts, close. With glowing reviews from former exhibitors, we believe that no matter what specialty, there is bound to be a festival to suit you and your work. Applications close on Sun 30 April. To find out more about how to apply, please visit the craft festivals page.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Sunday

New Emergency Relief Guidelines for Folk + Traditional Artists

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Sunday

A Letter to Soon-to-Be Art School Graduates

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Sunday
Here London 2017
Here is It’s Nice That’s annual symposium held at the Royal Geographical Society in west London on Friday 9 June. The one-day event brings together a vast array of the most exciting creative talent from the UK and abroad for inspiring and entertaining talks exploring creative processes and ideas.
On this page you can learn more about the speakers and activities at the event, buy tickets, and explore the archive of talks from previous years.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Sunday

Challenge your senses at Clerkenwell Design Week with a range of playful and interactive encounters brought to you by Norwegian manufacturer HÅG and science communication and immersive experience design collective Hack the Senses!

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Sunday

In May and June 2017, the a-n team will be out and about in five UK towns and cities, bringing together artists for a mix of workshops, talks, get-togethers and much more.

Each a-n Assembly will take place over two days, and you can expect conversation, networking, debate, practical advice and guidance surgeries, artist-led tours and artist meals. You get to pick and mix what you’d like to attend!
Developed with artists and artist-focused organisations in each of the five locations, Assembly will have a regional resonance that supports a-n’s members and their communities.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Sunday

David Bielander winning a Swiss Design Award.

David Bielander (born 1968) develops intriguing jewellery pieces that defy user expectations and push the limits of what an ornament can be. Following apprenticeships in Basel and Schwäbisch Gmünd, Bielander enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, where he studied under professor Otto Künzli. He has since developed an unconventional, self-lead path where experimentation abounds, precious materials are subverted and pushed to the limit, and the user is intentionally pushed out of his comfort zone. Bielander lives and works in Munich, and his work has been shown in galleries and museums around the world.

The Confederation grants Bielander a Swiss Grand Award for Design in recognition of unconventional point of view and his critical method, which yield unconventional and striking results that set him at the forefront of international jewellery design. Prior to the Grand Award, Bielander has won the Swiss Design Award in 2012.


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