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

What would you like to read or write about?

Started by Rebecca Skeels. Last reply by Rebecca Skeels Jul 12. 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 May 11, 2012 at 11:05am




The principal expenses of the artist, which s/he is expected to meet from the £3,000 grant, are:

  • travel to and accommodation in another country for at least three weeks while attending a course or workshop. (The course is arranged and paid for by the scheme, but the responsibility for making the practical arrangements regarding travel and accommodation rests with the artist.)
  • expenses in London for one week while visiting the British Museum and/or Victoria and Albert Museum.
  • living expenses for a further four weeks, including travel to a BAMS conference.
  • travel to mentoring sessions with a UK-based medal-maker.
  • production of at least one medal.


Moreover, the artist will be expected to retain his/her membership of BAMS (currently £35 per annum) for a further three years after the conclusion of the twelve-month period, thereby maintaining close involvement with the medal world.


Applications from artists wishing to be considered for the scheme should consist of:

  • a letter explaining why the artist is interested in the scheme and what s/he hopes to get out of it.
  • an idea for a medal that s/he would like to make. (This should indicate an ability to think in terms of medallic art and may include sketches and text concerning the ideas behind the medal.)
  • a curriculum vitae.
  • the name, position and contact details of a referee who may be contacted by BAMS.
  • printed images (not transparencies or a disk) of six works by the artist.


Applications should be received by the 31 May 2012. They should be sent by post or delivered by hand. E-mail applications are not accepted. A decision will be made in June.  All applicants will be informed of the outcome.  The scheme will run from September 2012 through to August 2013.


Applications should be sent to:

Janet Larkin, Secretary

British Art Medal Society

c/o Dept of Coins and Medals

The British Museum

London WC1B 3DG


E-mail enquiries should be addressed to                                        

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 7, 2012 at 6:12am

Total professional valuations solutions

We are continually developing our valuations service and we would like to tell you about the Valuation Days we can run in your store. Your customers can have their jewellery, gemstones, watches and silverware appraised by our experienced valuer. This is important for insurance purposes, especially as the price of precious metals continues to rise.

If you already have your own valuer we can still help by offering cover for them whilst they are away. We are confident we can work with you. But don’t just take our word for it. Rachel Jeffrey, from Rachel Jeffrey Ltd, comments, “We held our second valuation day with the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office, which was a huge success! Each customer valued the friendly expert opinion and their valuation portfolio. It was great to offer another service and attract new customers.” If you would like to find out more please call us on 020 7606 8971 or

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 7, 2012 at 6:11am

V&A Exhibition - Fit for Purpose: Contemporary British Silversmiths

Contemporary British Silversmiths is delighted to announce it has been invited by the Victoria & Albert museum to create an exhibition as part of its British Design Season and to complement its major exhibition British Design 1948-2012: Innovation in the Modern Age.

For this display Contemporary British Silversmiths brought together the work of 52 of its members. It takes an imaginative look at the theme Fit for Purpose, exploring the function of each object both practically and conceptually. The work on show demonstrates that silver, with its unique working and practical properties, is as relevant today as it has ever been. Each piece features a UK hallmark, along with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee commemorative hallmark, making these objects historically significant and collectable.

This free event runs until 16 September at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. The exhibition is also generously supported by the Goldsmiths’ Company.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 7, 2012 at 6:10am

Making brooches for the Queen

Fine jewellery designer and goldsmith Kristjan Eyjolfssonhas now begun using the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office for hallmarking. We are particularly excited about this as Kristjan is producing some very intricate flower pins on behalf of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), as well as a very special brooch which will be given to the Queen as a gift to mark her Diamond Jubilee. Kristjan is an ethical goldsmith and as a commitment to the use of recycled metals, Kristjan Eyjolfsson Fine Jewellery have registered specially-designed marks with us to stamp pieces made of recycled silver, gold and platinum. This is in order to promote pride in the use of recycled metals and also spread the use of these materials where possible.

The RHS pins are all lasered with the Recycled Silver mark, the Queen’s Jubilee mark and the the Goldsmiths' Company Assay Office standard marks comprising of Kristjan's sponsor’s mark, traditional fineness mark, millesimal fineness mark, Assay Office mark and date letter mark.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 7, 2012 at 6:04am

In the News: “London Jewellery Week company liquidated with debts of £135000”, Event Magazine

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 7, 2012 at 6:03am

Keep your eye on Benchpeg, Rebecca puts up some fab stuff... here are some highlights this week:

Job: Production Manager – Manufacturing, Luxury Goods Retailer - Central London
A luxury goods retailer that is renowned for its distinctive products made with exceptional craftsmanship, finest materials and continues to produce many items on site in its workshops is searching for a Production Manager. 

Our workshops produce silverware, jewellery and leather goods via a mix of predicted production and highly specialised bespoke items for our global VIP client base. Responding to forecast orders and ad hoc demand is at the heart of this operation requiring significant planning and day-to-day management.
[Read more in the newsletter 1.1 or on].

Job: Silversmith, Luxury Goods Retailer - Central London
A British luxury goods retailer based in the West End renowned for its distinctive products made from the finest materials and exceptional craftsmanship is looking for an experienced silversmith. The successful candidate will produce and assemble bespoke items and products in precious and non-precious metal for the company’s global retail stores and undertake customer repairs. Sound technical knowledge, the ability to produce from technical drawings and problem solving skills are essential. The role requires liaising with polishers, guilders and management to ensure that the product is available within the agreed timeframe.
[Read more in the newsletter 1.2 or on].

Job: CAD Designer, Weston Beamor - Birmingham
Weston Beamor, one of the most respected and trusted names in the jewellery industry, have an exciting opportunity for a talented and enthusiastic CAD Desigenr to join their expanding Bespoke CAD & RP Team in Birmingham. [Read more in the newsletter 1.3 or on].

Job: Experienced Goldsmith, Shaun Leane - Central London
We are looking for a very experienced freelance goldsmith to join our busy atelier on a part-time or full-time basis. The successful candidate will be confident at hand-making fine jewellery, with great organisational skills and the ability to work to strict deadlines. [Read more in the newsletter 1.4 or on].

Job: Jewellery Maker, Sacred - London
Sacred is hiring for July and August. Candidates need to be expereinced with assembling jewelley.
[Read more in the newsletter 1.5 or on].

Call for Applications: Seek & Adore - Online
Seek & Adore is looking for exceptional British designer-makers who want to sell their exceptional and distinctive homewares, accessories and jewellery online.
[Read more in the newsletter 9.4].

Call for Applications: The Guild of Enamellers Bursary Award 2013
The Guild of Enamellers is pleased to announce news of their 2013 Bursary Award. The Award winner will have a free place at the Guild of Enamellers Conference in April 2013, with the opportunity to exhibit their work and enter for a range of awards, as well as free membership of the Guild & access to the extensive Guild library. [Read more in the newsletter 16.1].

Accounting: Can the Cost of Caring for an Animal be Tax-Deductible?
benchpeg knows that many of you out there have canine conpanions within the workshop and work environment. When FreeAgent had a forum question posted recently:
Where should the cost of a guard dog be posted in a business’s accounts?
We asked FreeAgent if we could post their answer. [Read more in the newsletter 23.1].

Write for benchpeg
Would you like to submit an article, thought piece or essay to benchpeg? Have you something to say?
[Email benchpeg to discuss @]

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 5, 2012 at 9:17am

One week to go until the application deadline. Apply on-line now.

2012 sees the show return to a temporary hard sided pavilion. This year, for the first time, the fair will be situated in the main public square: a vibrant area, surrounded by trendy bars, street cafes and the commercial offices of some of the UK’s leading financial and legal companies.

4-7th October 2012

The Pavilion, Hardman Square, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3EB

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 5, 2012 at 9:14am

Richard Deacon - ASSOCIATION

Lisson Gallery
London NW1 5DA

COMING UP: 11/05/2012 to 23/06/2012

Along with his continued interest in material exploration, Association illustrates Deacon’s fascination with the relationship of the individual component to the structural whole and new works in ceramic, aluminium and steel evidence this investigation.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 5, 2012 at 9:11am

 Artists International Development Fund - Call for Applications

The Artists’ international development programme is a £750,000 fund, jointly funded by the British Council and Arts Council England.

The programme offers early stage development opportunities for individual freelance and self employed artists based in England to spend time building links with artists, organisations and/or creative producers in another country. 

We have developed the Artists’ international development fund to help us achieve our aims within goal 1 of our 10-year framework Achieving great art for everyone: talent and artistic excellence are thriving and celebrated. We want artists to be open to international perspectives and to expand their horizons. You can find out more about this in the Arts Council Plan 2011-15.

The British Council and the Arts Council want the programme to produce:

• a cadre of artists and creative practitioners in the UK (and also globally) who have experienced the benefits of international working between the UK and other countries and are advocates for it among their peers

• an increase in the amount of international collaboration among artists between the UK and other countries across the arts and creative industries

• artistic development for artists

Artists are able to apply for small grants (minimum of £1,000 up to £5,000). You can only apply to the Artists’ international development programme once in any financial year.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 5, 2012 at 9:09am

 May is Craft and Design Month

Hundreds of craft events already take place successfully every year during the month of May; now Craft and Design Month can bring them all together under one banner to collectively target national and regional media. There are also lots of opportunities for people to organise something especially for Craft and Design Month.

The overall aim is to achieve wider publicity and public awareness of the fine craft and design that exists in the UK today.

This project receives no funding or grant aid. It is entirely based on the simple concept of people working together for the benefit of the whole creative community and is sponsored by craft&design magazine, who have launched this unique opportunity to celebrate and promote crafts across the UK.

For craft events in your area visit:

For more information:


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