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 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

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 14, 2017 at 4:23pm

98 works of exciting and innovative studio jewellery in our I AM HERE exhibition, opening in London next week.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 14, 2017 at 4:18pm

Added Summer Class!
New Inlay Techniques in PMC and Polymer
August 18-21
Hi All,

The New Inlay Techniques class that I just taught was so popular and had such a long wait list, that I'm adding a second session August 18-21 at my home studio in Central Vermont.  There are only 2 seats remaining!   

 The class description and registration details are on my website under "schedule".

If you're interested in grabbing one of the last spaces for this dynamic class, please email me and I will hold the space for you.
I hope to see you!


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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 14, 2017 at 4:15pm

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Entries close Monday 31 July

We will select our favourite entry to win an Iro throw in Goldfish by Anna-Lisa Smith.


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