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, 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 May 14, 2017 at 8:49am

Carve your own ring
Sketch a design and carve your own ring alongside trained jewellers at London Rocks Jewellery in London's Jewellery Quarter, Hatton Garden.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 14, 2017 at 8:48am

The brooch is back!
TfL and Craft Central have collaborated to celebrate TFL's unique history of design with the launch of 13 Underground inspired brooches - also don't miss the TfL Pop Up Shop in Additions.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 14, 2017 at 8:39am

Subject Leader and Programme Coordinator – Conservation of Clocks and Dynamic Objects
West Dean College
Location:     Chichester
Salary:     £38,000 per annum
Hours:     Full Time
Contract Type:     Permanent
Placed on:     9th May 2017
Closes:     23rd May 2017

The Edward James Foundation is a charitable educational trust located on the 6,400 acre West Dean Estate in beautiful West Sussex countryside near Chichester, specialising in creative and applied arts.  As well as being a respected educational institution; the historic house and collections, the stunning grounds and gardens open to the public, and the year round events and exhibitions make West Dean truly unique.

We currently have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic conservation professional to be the Subject Leader specialising in Clocks and Dynamic Objects.  Working within the School of Conservation, the post holder will be responsible for the organisation and delivery of subject specialist curriculum for conservation of clocks and related dynamic objects at Graduate Diploma and Masters level, as well as having responsibility for the co-ordination and management of some aspects of cross-school curriculum as agreed with the Head of School.

The Clocks department comprises one of five conversation disciplines offered at West Dean, with courses ranging from Foundation Diploma to MA; validated by the University of Sussex.  Subject-specific study within the broad contextual experience of a multi-disciplinary conservation college, a low staff-to-student ratio, extensive workshop time and international profile, contribute to a unique experience. With the course established for over four decades West Dean Alumni are leading practitioners both in the UK and beyond.


Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 14, 2017 at 8:28am

Don't forget!

Collect: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects, presented by the Crafts Council, is returning to the Saatchi Gallery from 22 to 25 February 2018.

Collect Open offers a unique opportunity to exhibit alongside international galleries showing the very best contemporary craft from around the world. It has been a rich addition to the fair since 2011 and encourages artists to show work which challenges traditional perceptions of craft and design.

This is a unique opportunity to present the unexpected to an influential and high-profile audience. We are interested in receiving proposals from individuals and collectives to present large scale, conceptual, installation based work.

Criteria for the brief:

    New direction from the applicant / focusing on ambitious, challenging and risk taking work
    New body of work / first showing is mandatory
    Strong theming and curation by the applicant
    Aesthetics and coherence of the work proposed

Note: Collect Open is principally for contemporary design and applied arts, therefore applications will not be accepted for painting, drawing, graphic design, print-making, photography or fine art sculpture.

Online applications for Collect Open will close at midnight 11 June 2017

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 14, 2017 at 8:22am

Reach a new global audience

Together with The New Craftsmen and renowned architect and interior designer Natalia Miyar, we’re inviting emerging makers to become a part of our showcase at Miami Art Week and Design Miami in December this year.

We’re looking for bold, playful, tactile objects which can transform interiors and inspire audiences – and which demonstrate first class making skills, creativity and imagination. Successful participants will have the opportunity to present ambitious pieces and reach a new global audience.

Deadline for applications: 11 June 2017

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 14, 2017 at 8:14am

States of Play

A Crafts Council and Hull 2017 Partnership Exhibition, supported by the British Council

States of Play is a new Crafts Council exhibition for Hull City of Culture 2017 which shows how play shapes our lives and the world around us.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 9, 2017 at 4:29pm
Sad news. .... Velvet da Vinci in San Francisco is closing. After 26 years it has been a good long run! It has been a privilege to work with so many inspiring artists, first in Hayes Valley and for the last 13 years in the wonderful space on Polk Street. Heartfelt thanks to the many loyal customers, colleagues and friends who have supported the gallery for so long. To the hard working VdV team, Diane Komater, Nikki Couppee, Amy Tavern (and Sienna Freeman!) I will miss you more than I can say. The gallery will be winding down during May and June and will close by July 1. If there is a special piece that you have been thinking about... now is the time to get it!

Although the gallery will be closing Velvet da Vinci can still be found online. You can visit the gallery archive on the website and I plan to develop the online business at in the future. Follow the gallery on Instagram and Facebook. There are a few projects still in the works that I would love to see through so there is a good chance that Velvet da Vinci will Pop-Up from time to time... I'm not sure what the next chapter will bring but I look forward to see what happens. Thanks for being part of the adventure.

A Velvet da Vinci Closing Party will take place on Saturday June 3, 2017, 5-9 pm. Details to come. Hope to see you there!

xx Mike Holmes
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 7, 2017 at 4:34am

Full membership to receive discounts, e newsletters, Findings Magazine, special member Invites to exhibitions and talks, promote yourself and much more.

Plus Thank you all that follow, like and become members of our digital networks!

Facebook: 3032 likes and 2946 followers

Linkedin: 2978 members

CraftHaus: 67 members

Our newest platform and fastest growing:
Instagram: 457 Followers

Twitter: 1234 Followers:

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 7, 2017 at 4:27am
  1. #ND17 returns to London’s Business Design Centre for 2weeks of design talent 28 June–1 July/ 5–8 July @NewDesigners
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 6, 2017 at 11:51am

Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Jewellery and Metalwork (0.5 FTE / 18.5 hours per week)
Arts Computing Engineering And Sciences
Grade 7/8 - £32,958 to £4...


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