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 September 23, 2017 at 8:09am

29 September - 1 October

After nearly 40 years in Clerkenwell this is a new era and an exciting opportunity for Craft Central. We are building a new community of designer-makers, creatives and start-ups bringing design and making back to this area of traditional industry.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 23, 2017 at 6:45am

New research revealing declining exam entries for arts subjects comes as Education Minister Lord Nash denies that arts take-up in schools has slowed since the Government introduced its controversial EBacc policy.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 23, 2017 at 6:42am
Design Frontiers is a group exhibition at Somerset House, within the Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court, West Wing and Terrace Room Galleries, of 30 leading international designers whose work challenges boundaries. The curated and free exhibition will illuminate the thinking and working processes of these practitioners, each renowned for re-defining and leading their respective disciplines: from automotive to fashion, product design to graphics, digital to performance. Tickets are free, but registration is essential.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 23, 2017 at 6:40am

Open Day: Faking It

Date: Saturday 21st October
Time: 1-5pm
Location: Institute of Making, Malet Place, UCL, London, WC1E 7JE Map
It's free, open to all, no bookings, just drop in from 1pm. Gates close at 5pm.
Save the date and join us for an extravaganza of materials and making around the theme of Faking It. We will look at everything from 'masquerading materials' to painting in virtual reality with the experts from UCL's Immersive Virtual Environments Laboratory. Meanwhile, in the Fake Over section, use our tools, tricks and tips to make wigs and watch expert prosthetics at work. Explore hidden worlds of illusion, counterfeiting, imitation culture and secretive objects, including fool-worthy Shabtis from the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology. Or just BBQ your own Quorn party sausage.

We will be taking over the street outside the Institute of Making, filling it with demonstrations - including the craft of drag by the talented Charity Kase - and making stations, and bringing our most misleading and mysterious materials out of the shadows. This event is part of the Bloomsbury Festival, with lots of exhibits, talks and trips across UCL.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 23, 2017 at 6:37am

15:00 - 16:00
Sunday, 24th September 2017
Laser cutting and engraving: an introduction for architects and designers
Cut Tec


Looking for inspiration for your latest project? Want to do something new and different to make your mark? Visit our seminar at the London Design Fair, Sunday 24 September 3-4pm. We’ll show you how today's laser cutting and engraving technology can transform your designs and offer new, exciting ways to use this process.

The seminar will cover:

    At what stage to engage with a laser business
    How to specify a laser project
    Typical costs based on various material and techniques and how your designs can affect this
    The latest materials and their applications: metals, wood, plastics and unusual
    Getting your drawings right first time
    What to expect from a good laser business
    Next steps: fabrication, finishing and beyond Cutting Technologies, is one of the best equipped laser cutting and engraving companies in the UK.

Working alongside the world’s top designers, artists, engineering companies and brands, Cut Tec bring their ideas to life. The award-winning company now offers RIBA accredited CPD seminars to show what’s possible when it comes to laser cutting and engraving.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 23, 2017 at 6:34am

11:00 - 12:00
Sunday, 24th September 2017
British Craft Pavilion Talk | How we make things
Hole & Corner

A panel discussion hosted by British Craft Pavilion curators Hole & Corner in The Common cafe situated in the British Craft Pavilion. With Forest + Found, Stoff Studios, Julian Mayor and Par Avion, on where ideas come from, their conceptual approach and how they collaborate with others.

Hole & Corner is independent quarterly print magazine, dedicated to stories of craft, beauty, passion and skill. The title comes from an old English term meaning a secret place: somewhere you go to escape the world, to be inspired, to contemplate and create. Why not follow us on Instagram for more maker stories, secret places and beautifully crafted objects.

Panel: Forest + Found, Stoff Studios, Julian Mayor and Par Avion.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 23, 2017 at 5:45am

Goldsmiths' Fair opens next week! The Fair is a unique opportunity to meet the creative makers behind the UK’s most exciting contemporary jewellery and silver. Don't miss this opportunity to commission and buy directly from the UK's leading craftsmen.
You can still book early bird tickets at a discounted rate from the Fair website.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 19, 2017 at 8:39am
Sharing on behalf of Coin Street Builders:
Coin Street Community Builders are searching for innovative, independent designer-makers to join the Oxo Tower Wharf community. They are accepting applications from retailers operating across a range of design disciplines (from fashion and craft to product design and technology).
There is a large triple unit available to let from September 2017 that faces the Courtyard, one second floor Courtyard unit to let from October, and one first floor Riverside unit available from November 2017.
These rarely available units are heavily subsidised to enable creative business owners to launch or upscale their self-designed products and hopefully build a successful enterprise.
To find out more or to arrange a viewing please contact Belinda Moore on 020 7021 1650 or email The lettings brochure is available to download from
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 17, 2017 at 7:54am

Autumn Clearance Offers

Hello from all of us here at Marcia Lanyon Ltd!

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 17, 2017 at 7:52am

Are you interested in moving your designer maker business to the next level, but unsure how to go about it? The Jewellery Production 1 workshop (Jewellery P1) has been created to help small jewellery designer-maker businesses ready themselves to work with larger scale suppliers and respond to the changes in the jewellery market today.

This two day intensive course will cover a range of topics designed to provide attendees with the knowledge and tools to help increase profitability, maximise time and attract new customers; exploring some of the ways in which you can extract more value from your business, without diluting your brand.
Application deadline: 11:59pm, 22nd September 2017
The workshop itself takes place on 18th and 19th October 2017


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