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
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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 April 18, 2017 at 9:00am
April 13 - May 14th 2017

One Two Five Gallery
4 Abbey Green, Bath BA11NW
11 - 5 Wednesday to Saturday
12 - 4 Sunday

The Easter Show at One Two Five showcases six contemporary jewellers alongside Carole and Gary’s work. Polly Horwich , Annie Beardsley, Adele Tipler, Kaz Robertson , Fionna Hesketh, Amy Keeper and Shelby Fitzpatrick. The work will be distinctive incorporating unusual materials and colour with jewellery made from plastic, perspex, aluminium , metal , resin and stone. Annie Beardsley is showing her most recent collection of 'spoons', combining found and reinvented materials. These lovely objects explore the idea of what is precious.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 16, 2017 at 9:41am
#ruskinprize 2017 | DEADLINE APPROACHINg 24.04.2017
The Big Draw with the Guild of St. George is pleased to announce the call for artists and makers open for The 4th John Ruskin Prize
Application Deadline: Monday 24th April 2017 at 5pm
Prizes: 1st Prize (£3000) | 2nd Prize (£1000) | Student Prize (£1000)
Shortlist Exhibition: The Millennium Gallery, Sheffield 21st June – 8th October 2017
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 16, 2017 at 9:41am
Proposals for Tresor Contemporary Craft Fair, 21 - 24 September 2017
The Crafts Council is putting together a proposal to exhibit a body of works by new British talent at the inaugural Tresor Contemporary Craft Fair, Basel in September this year.
Showcasing craft that demonstrates an inventive approach to materials and superb making skills this offers a chance for exhibitors to present ambitious large scale pieces and reach a new global audience. The Crafts Council hopes to take up to 10 exhibitors’ works to Tresor. The selection panel will be looking for imaginative and experimental uses of materials underpinned by strong conceptual ideas.
Read more and apply

To apply you need to create a Crafts Council website account and apply through your dashboard.
Deadline for applications is midnight on Friday 21 April 2017.osals for Tresor Contemporary Craft Fair, 21 - 24 September 2017
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 16, 2017 at 9:30am

Collect returns

Put the date in your diary, Collect returns to the Saatchi Gallery from the 22 to 25 February 2018.

The event is an unrivalled opportunity to see and buy contemporary museum-quality objects in ceramic, glass, jewellery, wood, metal and textiles from established and emerging artists and makers represented by the world's finest galleries.

For those wishing to be part of the fair, we’re now calling for applications from galleries for the fair and individuals who wish to exhibit in Collect Open.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 16, 2017 at 9:29am

Ignite your creative business ambitions at Flourish, our two day event for makers held at Armourers Hall in London on the 19 and 20 June.

We’ll be bringing together makers with leading industry experts to share, debate and learn. Topics will range from practical advice on finance and copyright laws to creating a strong brand identity.

Early bird tickets from £35. Book by 15 May 2017.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 16, 2017 at 9:27am

Craft on the big screen
With 44 films over 3 nights - Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival is back with a typically eclectic programme.

Expect documentaries, animation, and profiles of makers such as Kate Malone, Simone ten Hompel and letterpress artist Martin Clark. There’s also a bit of comedy too!

You can now book your tickets for this year’s festival taking place at Picturehouse Central from 2-4 May during London Craft Week.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 16, 2017 at 9:24am

Seventh Annual International Gold Conference Gold
Creativity, Community, and Collaboration

Wednesday, April 26 - Friday, April 28, 2017

New York, NY

Peter Schmid, Nectar cuff bracelet, 2016, 24kt gold, sterling, green beryl, yellow beryl and blue beryl (aquamarine) gems, diamonds; 2.5 x 3.25 x 0.5 inches, photo: courtesy, Aaron Faber Gallery

Taking a wide-ranging look at gold and with a focus on jewelry, Initiatives in Art and Culture (IAC) explores the underpinnings of gold's abiding emotional power, allure, and enduring value. IAC's Gold Conference annually brings together representatives from all communities and disciplines to engage in a multi-faceted exploration of the power and meaning of gold.

"All creative art is magic," wrote Joseph Conrad, an "evocation of the unseen in forms persuasive." In the Seventh Annual Gold Conference, IAC considers the essential dialogue between the magician or artist and his audience, since experience of the magic or art is fundamental to its existence and to understanding "The Magic of Gold," as it applies to art, industry and its elemental state. Gold is a symbol of ultimate emotional power, allure, and enduring value. This affirmation forms the foundation of this conference's inquiry for which jewelry serves as the point of departure.


In two days of panels, talks and discussions involving over 40 renowned speakers and participants, Initiatives in Art and Culture explores craft, artistry, and manufacture of gold jewelry; training the next generation; current trends in retail including the use of "story-telling"; the future of multi-generational businesses; legislative and regulatory guidelines; ethical sourcing and responsible practice. Formal sessions are complemented by a reception at Aaron Faber Gallery and a kick-off event at ReinsteinlRoss, Goldsmiths. See the full speaker listing and schedule at the registration link.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 16, 2017 at 9:19am

 Tribute to Manfred Bischoff
The Exit Is at the Entrance
By Liesbeth den Besten

Manfred Bischoff, Tribute to Manfred Bischoff
March 9 – April 8, 2017
Galerie Handwerk, Munich, Germany

The first impression of the Tribute to Manfred Bischoff exhibition is dominated by the large photographs on the walls of the Handwerkskammer exhibition space in Munich. They show the interior of the ancient Capuchin convent in San Casciano dei Bagni, Italy, where the German artist lived from 2000 until his death. The images are an inviting welcome because they give the illusion of entering someone’s personal space, yet there is a contradiction between the inviting picturesqueness of the interior photos and the way the exhibition is organized. The visitor must work hard to grasp the richness of 35 years of work by the artist, in the context of the contents of his legacy, which covers the walls, and in the context of the jewelry of his contemporaries. It is especially difficult because the visitor is not facilitated with a lot of supporting explanatory material. Yet this is one of the most interesting jewelry exhibitions I have seen recently.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 13, 2017 at 12:40pm
Dave Snyder: Art is not Design
Design in the most classic sense is a potent business strategy, says Firstborn executive creative director Dave Snyder. Here's how he and his team help brands like Pepsi, Mountain Dew, and reposition themselves through good business solutions that are equally beautiful.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 13, 2017 at 5:08am Part-time Assay Office Assistants, London - £19,342 pro rata

The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office is a commercial business responsible for the hallmarking of precious metals since 1300.

We are now seeking two permanent Assistants to work part-time at an offsite facility in Central London, applying laser hallmarks to jewellery items.  Each post will cover for the other during holiday periods.


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