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

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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 July 26, 2017 at 9:08am

Maltings: to be immersed in all things textiles!
Sat 30 Sep 2017 9am-6pm,
£5 advance, £7.50 on the door
Workshops. talk programme, exhibition and the marketplace.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 26, 2017 at 9:05am
Christina Hurst
Jewellery Showcase
Christina creates jewellery inspired by natural textures and forms, the rugged bark and dripping seeds from trees, clusters of berries, flowering vines and blooming buds. Studying natural forms such as these through drawing and photography, Christina takes shapes and textures she finds interesting and simplifies or abstracts them to translate them into metal. Combined with materials such as pearls and precious stones she creates beautiful tactile jewellery, which is a pleasure to wear.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 26, 2017 at 9:02am

Last chance to apply for Handmade Oxford - deadline this Friday!

Welcome to the very first Handmade in Britain fair in Oxford! Handmade Oxford will take place at Oxford Town Hall from Friday 18 - Sunday 20 May 2018.

Handmade Oxford is open for online applications from contemporary craft makers working in the following disciplines: furniture, metal, ceramics, glass, jewellery, textiles, woodwork, paper and sculpture.

Visit our website for full details and apply for your place at the show by Friday 28 July 2017.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 26, 2017 at 8:56am

In NOW RADICAL we emphasize an awareness of your place as artist/jewelry-maker in the world. NOW RADICAL takes the position between yourself and the world. Between the real and the fake. In NOW RADICAL we encourage your own image and habits and firmly confront you with them through art and art-jewellery making. NOW RADICAL is about strength, we will positively convert this energy into art and art jewellery. In NOW RADICAL we will only use natural materials. Materials which are supplied raw from the earth. By treating these materials with respect there arises honor and another sort of form language - a language close to man, and the wearer of jewellery.
In this workshop NOW RADICAL we learn how to look, work and talk. We have to stand for what we are, and what we are making. NOW RADICAL is a workshop where we will discover and explore the power of the maker. You will fine tune and connect with our own radicality, guiding yourself on the way to delve deeper into your own visual language and see yourself better.
Together we will search for your own “RADICALITY”. This means that you will get in contact with yourself. We will guide you through your primary experience, teach you to formulate your own positions, and support you in translating this into making fine art and art jewellery. NOW RADICAL is about taking another approach at our experience of making, a statement about how you can relate to your own inner force. Artists, students and teachers are stimulated to produce work around this idea. By doing so, it is important that there is not only rational reflection, but also allowing the subconscious to enter into the work process. Each participant, fine-artist or art-jeweler will formulate the frame of her/his reference.
The NOW RADICAL course is built on a step-by-step process of education in which an end product is not the most important goal. The emphasis lies on personal guidance and development. The participants are given the tools with which to continue this process on their own. By means of direct action people learn to take steps.


Ruudt Peters, Koen Jacobs

Dates and price

Dates: 7 till 13 August, 2017. 8.00-20.00 hrs, total  ± 60 hrs teaching
Arrival: Monday, 7th August 2017, 9.00 hrs at Poelstraat 4 Ravenstein
The course starts: Monday, 7th August 2017, 10.00 hrs at the summer studio.
The course ends: Sunday, 13th August 2017, after breakfast.
Departure: Sunday, 13th August 2017, 11.00 hrs.

Information and registration:
Ruudt Peters, Berenstraat 17-C, 1016 GG Amsterdam, the Netherlands:
For more information about Ruudt Peters see:
Koen Jacobs:
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 26, 2017 at 8:52am

We’re looking for someone who can enthuse and engage students while making a substantial contribution to the School’s research and enterprise activity. Experience as a gemmology tutor is essential as is a record of research and/or the supervision of postgraduate students. You will hold a PhD or equivalent industry qualification or experience. The ability to work with a team to develop new course material is a core requirement, as are excellent IT skills.
The School of Jewellery is the largest in Europe, with unrivalled facilities and expertise across a diverse yet specialist sector. Based in the heart of Birmingham’s thriving Jewellery Quarter since 1890, the school has achieved the highest national and global reputation across its courses.

The School is now seeking to appoint a new and enthusiastic full-time lecturer in Gemmology within our new state of the art facilities based within the shared Birmingham Assay Office building.
This is an exciting opportunity to join a friendly, experienced specialist teaching team and contribute to the continued successes and achievements at home and abroad within the Faculty of Art, Design and Media at Birmingham City University.

About the role
We are seeking a Full-time Lecturer in Gemmology to support the expansion of our full and part-time courses.

The role carries responsibilities for:
- Teaching a variety of modules on the BSc (Hons) Gemmology & Jewellery Studies course curriculum
- Delivery of the Gem-A foundation, diploma and diamond diploma professional qualifications
- Supervision of current postgraduate research and future Post graduate taught students within the department.

The successful candidate will contribute to an excellent student experience through the use of relevant and inspiring learning, teaching, support and assessment methods. Your teaching activities will be further enhanced by your contributions to research, enterprise and scholarship within your specialist field.  You’ll also provide su

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 25, 2017 at 4:46pm

There were great discussions about tool-making and lots of practical tips at our 20:20 Visions conference earlier this month, thanks to Tim Blades' workshop session.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 24, 2017 at 6:12am

Delegates had a brilliant time at the ACJ's 20:20 Visions conference recently. This pic shows part of an interactive performance of Zoe Robertson's flockOmania - we were all invited try on and play with these amazing wearable objects! Follow ACJ on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for more photos, opportunities and events!

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 20, 2017 at 6:02pm

Everyone enjoyed a very delectable time at our recent 20:20 Visions conference, including this delicious performance by Rachael Colley and Nuala Clooney (aka BY|WITH|BY) as part of the 'Ambiguous Implements' exhibition.   

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 18, 2017 at 5:50pm

Follow ACJ on Instagram to see some of the highlights from our fabulous 20:20 Visions conference in Sheffield. We celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Association for Contemporary Jewellery with performances, talks, workshops, pin-swaps, exhibitions and more! Meanwhile our 20:20 Visions exhibition will continue its nation-wide tour, with the next stop at Birmingham's School of Jewellery, opening on 11th September -23rd October 2017. More details on our ACJ website!

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 14, 2017 at 4:27pm

 It takes a careful blend of science, craft and compassion to make a prosthetic eye

The exposed surface of the human eye is extraordinarily complex and frequently the crux of social interactions, which makes crafting a prosthesis an intricate and delicate task. Few people know this better than David Carpenter, an ocularist at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London and part of a team responsible for making some 1,400 artificial eyes a year. In this short documentary from the UK filmmaker Barry J Gibb, Carpenter takes us through his process step by step, from measurements to the final polish. The resulting video is not for the squeamish: a fascinating mix of craftsmanship, artistry and human biology.

Director: Barry J Gibb


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