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 Saturday

Exhibit at Collect 2018

Collect 2017 Photo:Sophie Mutevelian

Collect is the craft sector's premier showcase, bringing together galleries, artists and collectors from around the world to present a stunning array of established and new talent. Since its launch in 2004, Collect has gone from strength to strength to become one of the world's leading fairs for contemporary applied art and the highlight of the craft calendar.

In 2018, Collect will return to the beautiful setting of the Saatchi Gallery from 22nd to 25th February. Presenting craft in a fine art context, Collect profiles the exceptional skill and intellectual rigour behind modern craft – from works in ceramics, glass, metal, wood, textiles and jewellery to makers working in non-traditional materials and using experimental techniques. At a time of unprecedented interest in craft, it brings together the passion of collecting, interest in design and interiors, with the energy of making.

Above all, Collect challenges perceptions of what craft is and can be. Craft is dynamic and extends across the fields of contemporary art and design. Collect’s exhibitors show works that push beyond the traditional boundaries. Whether a maker defines themselves as designer, artist or craftsperson, or all three – materiality and the handmade are at the core of what they do. Collect reflects that diversity, giving visitors the thrill of discovering the unexpected, the surprising and the unfamiliar.

Why exhibit at Collect 2018?

Collect 2017 recieved over 14,000 visitors.
One in every five visitors comes to Collect to buy or commission work.
Collect private events attract a wide ranging audience made up of private collectors, curators, cultural professionals, funders and policy makers.
Close of show sales for Collect 2017 were estimated in excess of £1.5 million with a positive response from exhibitors for future business

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Saturday

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a local professional maker to join the creative community at Making Space in Hampshire. Making Space is a community based craft organisation promoting excellence in contemporary craft, design and visual arts through community engagement, networking, partnership and maker development. One of our seven individual maker studios is available to hire from £200 per month (based on single occupancy) or at a reduced rate for tenants sharing. Free parking, 24/7 access. heating, lighting and internet access is included in this monthly rental fee. For further information:

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Saturday
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Saturday

One to Watch: Kate Haywood

We speak to hothouse 2017 maker Kate Haywood about cermaics, residencies and cermony

Kate is a ceramicist interested in exploring the ways in which poetic structures can function visually, by balancing and manipulating material qualities and employing a ‘Thinking through Making’ approach. Her objects relate to ritual, ceremony and adornment and these references create a heightened physical awareness of the body. Initially this is communicated through an immediate, intuitive, tactile language.

Kate has been selected for Hothouse, the Crafts Council's Talent Development Programme for emerging makers.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Saturday

The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office is committed to providing a premium quality hallmark and a premium quality service to match. In 2015 we introduced the simplest pricing method in UK Hallmarking to date at a time when transparency in our trade was essential. In 2016, we did not increase any prices of our core hallmarking services. While we have been able to hold our prices constant in recent years, we must now make some slight increases.

• Unlike most other assay offices, we apply the full traditional UK hallmark as standard, and at no extra charge. This means we don’t charge an additional fee for application of your sponsor’s mark.

• We don’t charge extra to apply a laser hallmark, so we don’t apply an additional charge where you request two marking methods in your packet. In fact, we’re the only Assay Office to accept mixed marking requests in the same packet.

• We don’t charge by item type, weight of items or a handling fee where only one layer of wrapping is present.

• We are the cheapest Assay Office for small packets containing 1 or 2 items because we want to support those at the start of their careers to the benefit of the trade. Read more about our support of the trade.

• In addition to simplifying the price list and providing you with easier to understand invoices, in 2016 we launched a new website to further ease your interaction with us. You can now pay online for your packets, and even submit your hallnote online. These process improvements mean that we will no longer be calling you to process packet payments, and 2017 will see the phasing out of the four-part hallnote pads.

The new price list will come into force on 1 April 2017 and can be viewed online along with our current price list, which will be valid until 31 March 2017.
All our costs remain competitive, and we encourage you to take advantage of our broad range of services. By using them and the London hallmark you form part of our trade’s legacy, and support its permanence.
May I take this opportunity to wish you a successful and profitable 2017 and to thank you for your continued business. We look forward to continuing to fulfil your hallmarking needs for many years to come.

Yours faithfully

Adam Phillips
Account Manager

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Saturday

Wellcome Shop now online!

Stimulate your mind, explore your creativity and discover your passion with our wonderful books and gifts.

Expertly curated to reflect and complement the themes running through Wellcome Collection, our shop stocks an inspirational selection of books for the incurably curious alongside an enticing range of quirky, unusual gifts – from cuddly microbes to artisan anatomical jewellery.

We’re pleased to announce that our shop is now available online. Browse at your leisure, and then pick up your purchases in-store or have everything delivered direct to your door.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Saturday

Over 300 films watched and just 44 films made the cut. Ahem. Tickets for Real to Reel craft film festival go on sale next week.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Saturday

One to Watch: Eva Fernandez-Martos

We speak to designer maker and hothouse17 participant Eva Fernandez-Martos

Eva is a designer maker with a background in mechanical engineering. Her work challenges the notions of preciousness and value, aiming to instil an appreciation of the ordinary and the man made by stimulating curiosity and challenging perceptions.

Eva has been selected for Hothouse, the Crafts Council's Talent Development Programme for emerging makers. Find out more about Hothouse

What sparked your interest in notions of value, preciousness and ‘ordinariness’?

I believe that my interest in those notions comes from the idea of material possessions. I grew up not long after the end of the dictatorship era in Spain in one of the poorest regions, Andalucia. I experienced the transition from longing for material things that were out of my reach, to being able to afford almost everything I could think of.

After flooding my life with material possessions, I realised to my disillusion that that didn’t make me happy and that it was, in fact, a bitter addiction. That is the reason for my search for the meaning of value and preciousness. I try to find the value in what is already there, rather than in the next possession or something that is unattainable. I believe that my struggle is not a personal one but a general crisis in our current society......

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Saturday

Jewellery: Wearable Glass

National Glass Centre presents an exhibition of newly commissioned glass jewellery, made through exciting new collaborations between four glass artists and eight jewellers.

25 March – 1 October 2017

Glass artists: James Maskrey, Ayako Tani, Joanne Mitchell, Angela Thwaites

Jewellery Makers: Kate Haywood, John Moore, Chris Boland, Christopher Thompson-Royds, Kaz Robertson, Heather Woof, Emmeline Hastings, Maud Traon

National Glass Centre presents an exhibition of newly commissioned glass jewellery, made through exciting new collaborations between four glass artists and eight jewellers.

Glass jewellery has a history going back to the Ancient Egyptians. In the 19th and early 20th the artist Rene Lalique used glass to make jewellery but more recently the use of glass in jewellery by artists has been limited. Through the exhibition Jewellery: Wearable Glass National Glass Centre aims to re-introduce glass as a material to be used by leading jewellers based in Britain.

National Glass Centre works closely with a number of artists who have a high level of expertise in different techniques used for glass production. James Maskrey works in hot glass, Angela Thwaites in cast glass, Ayako Tani in lamp worked glass and Joanne Mitchell works in fused and waterjet cut glass. These four artist have worked with eight jewellers lending their expertise and guidance to jewellers who have had ten days each to create experimental new work in glass.

The exhibition presents this new jewellery in glass alongside the jeweller’s more established work. Through this project the jewellers and artists specialising in glass have collaborated, sharing their skills and challenging what is accepted as standard practice in both jewellery and glass. Work by the four resident artists will compliment the jewellery showing the diverse range of work undertaken at National Glass Centre.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Saturday

Hello and welcome to this weeks newsletter.
Exclusive Interview
Hannah Bedford Jewellery

Hello and welcome to this weeks newsletter. We’ve outdone ourselves once again and delivered a fantastic jam packed newsletter for you – from an exclusive interview with Hannah Bedford fine jewellery designer (a must read for anyone about to or already creating their own jewellery line) to India becoming the next jewellery global diamond trading hub and the Pink Star going under the hammer, again.

If you’re a UK reader, Mother’s Day is this weekend, so brace yourself for last minute panic buying from husbands, fathers and children who have finally left the wilted petrol station flowers to the doldrums and embraced jewellery as the perfect gift – which of course it is! Figures from Halifax card predict another bumper year for holiday sales over the weekend, with much of the spend going on jewellery.

What’s your jewellery story this week – hit reply and let us know – it’s good to talk.


Exclusive Interview
Hannah Bedford Jewellery

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There is something deliciously tactile about Hannah Bedford’s contemporary fine jewellery, that you can't help but want to get a closer look. So when a few weeks ago, Hannah Bedford took to twitter to announce that her company had become a Fairtrade Foundation registered jeweller, naturally we wanted to quiz her about her fine jewellery, what made her decide to turn to Fairtrade gold and what secrets of her success would she pass on to our readers. If you are contemplating creating pieces using Fairtrade gold, or if you are a jeweller who is also creating contemporary fine jewellery or perhaps you are looking to launch your own jewellery line – read on, because Hannah Bedford’s jewellery success story is a must read.

Pink Star diamond tipped to smash auction records

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April 4th Sotheby’s in Hong Kong will be putting the 59.60-carat diamond known as "The Pink Star" to auction. Read More Here

India the next Global Diamond Trading Hub?

narendra-modi-oath-taking-PTI-360.jpgThe Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India said last week that India has acquired a global brand for high skills and excellence in software but is yet to do that in jewellery. He added that India has emerged... Click Here to Read the Full Story

Extra space for jewellery in the remodelled new V&A shop

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The V&A is about to unveil the remodelled main shop in the centre of the Museum, having undertaken the first redesign of the space in 11 years. See the Full Story


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