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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Started by Rebecca Skeels. Last reply by Rebecca Skeels Jul 12. 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 November 8, 2015 at 1:30pm
Velvet da Vinci is pleased to present the first US solo exhibition of jewelry objects by Helena Johansson Lindell. The exhibition will run from November 4 through December 6, 2015. An opening reception with the artist will take place on Friday, November 6, from 6-8pm.

Born in Huskvarna, Sweden, Lindell creates one-of-a-kind wearable works, utilizing material substances such as wood and plastic from found objects. Deconstructed, altered, and then reassembled, everyday cooking tools and children’s toys are transformed from their initial incarnation into playful but modernist adornments for the body. Minimal in aesthetic and configuration, each piece is turned on a lathe, rendering smooth, sensual, and brightly colored forms. On her most recent body of work, the artist has stated:...

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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 8, 2015 at 1:10pm
ACJ Members are welcome as guests to the forthcoming Society of Jewellery Historians lecture, given by Dauvit Alexander. The lecture takes place at the Society of Antiquaries of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly (north-west corner of the courtyard, past the Ai Wei-Wei trees), on Tuesday 24th November starting at 6pm sharp.

Interested ACJ members should notify their intention of attending through the SJH website - see below. They'll have to give their names on arrival and sign in, where SJH's Membership officer will be supervising the attendance book on the door.

Dauvit Alexander: Précis of “Digital Tools and New Technologies in Contemporary Jewellery”.

The future is history which hasn’t happened yet, and there can be little that has happened in the last few years which is as futuristic as the much-discussed, much-misunderstood “3D Printing”, yet this technology has been with us since the 1970s. It is widely described as being a ‘disruptive technology’, yet its power to disrupt seems, on the face of it, limited to the production of pointless plastic objects.

Dauvit Alexander will discuss the impact of this technology on the jewellery industry, where it has been widely adopted and is quietly driving a new industrial revolution.

Tuesday 24th November, 2015, 6pm
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 8, 2015 at 1:06pm
Play Jewellery – wearing, making, thinking.

Contemporary jewellery is a minor genre within the fine and applied arts that developed by leaps and bounds in the early 80s. Today, the scene is anchored in a global network where it has grown into a vibrant movement dealing with the subject of jewellery. The movement began in Europe and has spread to a worldwide dialogue. Each country approaches the subject differently based on the concerns of its culture and society. Last spring Japanese jewellery artists Mikiko Minewaki and Kimiaki Kageyama received the internationally renowned Herbert Hofmann prize in Munich, Germany.
Even so, the Japanese scene lacks an understanding of jewellery as an artistic media worthy of dialogue, critique and sometimes even praise. They are yet to move beyond craft and fashion, and Otto Kunzli’s exhibition is an important step forward.
This program will promote the exhibition while offering a fresh viewpoint through workshops, guest speakers, seminars and displays of the diverse styles of art jewellery within Japan.

Program organized by Schmuck2 and Makiko Akiyama in cooperation with method inc.:

Download the Program as Pdf here
See the Map of the Venues here / Design of the Map: The Simple Society

Mobile Gallery by Akihiro Ikeyama
Time/date: November 8 - December 6
The Mobile Gallery will be on tour every Wednesday and Sunday from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Venue: TTM and streets of Tokyo (B)
Please follow the route marked on the map
When the mobile gallery is not on tour it is on public display at TTM.
With the Mobile Gallery Akihiro Ikeyama proposes a flexible exhibition—one that travels on the back of a bicycle—as a metaphor for the nature of jewellery and how it accompanies us in our everyday lives. The Mobile Gallery will pass through the streets of Meguro, Ebisu and Shibuya to display jewellery works by Akihiro Ikeyama, Jun Konishi, Saika Matsuda, Ryuichiro Nakamura and Maki Kawawa. Follow its route marked on the map.
All artists graduated from the Hiko Mizuno Jewelry College in Tokyo and except for Maki Kawawa completed their studies with Otto Künzli at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 8, 2015 at 12:41pm
Christie’s is selling Margaret Thatcher’s jewellery next month including a Chaumet Art Deco necklace with a £180,000 price tag.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 8, 2015 at 12:38pm
CALL FOR REFLECTIONS AND OPINIONS from Lieta Marziali (email below)
Did you attend the Contemporary Jewellery Study Day at The Goldsmiths' Centre on Thursday 5 Nov? If so, I'd like to know your thoughts.
I have been commissioned by Poppy Porter, the editor of The Association for Contemporary Jewellery's bi-annual magazine "Findings", to write a report on the day. As this will be not be published until next spring, I am not interested in producing a dry narrative about a day by then so far in the past.
All the speakers showed an extremely opinionated attitude about where they thought the future lies. So I am interested in what quote, question, opinion, inspiration, personal reflection or just downright rant YOU took away with you on the day. What opinion did YOU form? And how is this going to shape YOUR role in contemporary jewellery?
- Please send a one/two-sentence response (I really want you to think and get to the essence of it) either by DM on here or to - please also let me know if you are happy for your name to be quoted
- Please tag and share this post with friends and colleagues you know who also attended
Thanks a lot for your collaboration and contributions!!
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 8, 2015 at 12:34pm
The Paying Artist campaign spreads the word in the UK and beyond

Joseph Young, AIR Council, spoke at ManiFiesta in Ostend in September, and last month headed to Pilsen in the Czech Republic to represent Paying Artists at Status of the Artist: the International Association of Art Europe conference and general assembly.

This week Caroline Wright, AIR Council, attended the Lithuanian Artists Association 80th Anniversary Conference on ‘The Significance of Institution in the Processes of Culture’. Caroline’s talk focused on the leadership role of institutions in Paying Artists in the UK.

Meanwhile in London, Regional Advocate Sean Edwards spoke on Paying Artists in the Artist-Led with a-n at Sluice_ 2015, a discussion centred around how artists can lead the way on fair pay.

And on 18 November Regional Advocate S Mark Gubb will be joined by Angela Kennedy of Artists Union England to discuss The money problem: or, how artists could be paid more than £10,000 a year as part of ArtQuest’s System Failure: six conversations to reboot the art world.

Campaign support

During the recent Labour leadership contest, Jeremy Corbyn, now the elected party leader, commended the Paying Artists campaign and proposed to roll out its recommendations across the cultural sector in his Vision for Britain 2020 arts plan.

Grand Union, Bristol Biennial, Alias, The Collection and The Fruitmarket Gallery are amongst the latest to lend their support to the campaign. If you’d like your organisation or project to be listed in our supporters’ page then please send a support statement and logo to

Thank you for your on-going support

a-n / AIR
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 1, 2015 at 9:58am
A Group Exhibition of Jewels and their Inspiration

Creativity is mostly a mystery driven by inspiration. Jewelry artists are no exception, taking inspiration wherever it is to found: from nature, from popular culture, from storyboards, photographs, painting and sculpture, travel, the history of art and the history of jewelry and decorative arts. Aaron Faber Gallery has asked a select group of jewelry makers recognized for their style and innovation to share their inspirations in a group exhibition. Thus, “Referencing the Muse”.

• Glenda Arentzen
• Élise Bergeron
• Roland Dubuc
• Arata Fuchi
• Barbara Heinrich
• Lucie Heskett-Brem
• Juha Koskela
• Christy Klug
• Brooke Marks-Swanson
• Bernd Munsteiner
• Harold O’Connor
• Claudio Pino
• Linda Kindler-Priest
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 31, 2015 at 8:23am

Just a reminder to let you know that Sarah Macrae will be running a one day jewellery workshop here on 5th December, great for making something special for Christmas ! I’ve attached a flier with some more details. Places are filling up now but we still have a few left so give us a call if you’d like to reserve your place.

Kind regards

Kathy Williams
Administration & Operations Coordinator
Please note, I work part time hours.

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Bishopstoke Road, Leigh Park, Havant, Hampshire, PO9 5BN
p: 02392 472491
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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 31, 2015 at 8:11am

How can you start your career in the jewellery trade? Jessica Rose, founder and director of the London Jewellery School, sets out some ways you can work in the jewellery business.

Learning how to sell your work is often as important as learning how to make it. (Image: London Jewellery School)
Once you've done a bit of training in jewellery making, and your practical techniques are up to scratch (or at least in development – there is always more to learn), you can start thinking about the process of setting up a jewellery business or brand.

There are many ways this can be done, but I tend to categorise them, fairly crudely, into two main types of business: home jewellery businesses, and established jewellery brands.

1. Setting up a home jewellery business
A home business is often where people start. You can launch a small business that can be run from home on a shoestring budget, with low risk and manageable overheads.

Running a business takes time and passion. The key is to keep your customers in mind at all times.
Often home jewellery businesses start as a part-time job, making and selling your work. You might do this on your own, or as part of a collective.

Items can be sold online, through your own branded website or through a third party website such as Etsy or Not On The High Street.

They are also often sold to individuals or stocked by independent shops, boutiques, market stalls or events.

Running a business takes time and passion, but can be hugely rewarding. The key is to keep your customers in mind at all stages of the process.

Try to find a niche for yourself so that you are offering something unique, and keep those overheads down. The money you bring in should go towards generating a profit or business growth, rather than you spending it, which is very easy to do!

Some great places to start with setting up a jewellery business include:

Taking a jewellery business distance-learning course
Enrolling on specific jewellery business courses to learn face-to-face from those that have ‘been there and done it’
Researching your nearest jewellery school – there are several major jewellery training centres around the UK
The British Library Business and IP Centre, which has lots of events and support for new businesses
The Start-Up Loans Company, which offers loans and mentoring support for new businesses
The Design Trust, which offers online resources for designer-makers.
2. Establishing a jewellery brand
Some people are able to combine a keen business head with experience in the field. They launch straight into developing a brand with the aim of selling their work through their own website, wholesalers and private commissions.

In some cases it’s possible to open a shop or workshop space, often employing others and creating a scalable business that can grow. This route is not for the faint-hearted.

Building a recognized and trusted brand takes time (often three or four years or more). The process requires money or investment, contacts, and plenty of will and determination.

Often it is advisable to start small, test out your idea, get some sales through the door and set up a home-based business first before investing in something more costly and risky.

There is support out there for budding designers who want to make big strides, some of which include:


Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 31, 2015 at 8:05am

Materials Library Evening

Date: Thursday 12th November
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Booking opens 29th October at 7pm

Book here

Do you have a pressing materials question? Or would you like to learn more about a material and its properties? Then this is the event for you!

Join the Institute of Making team and its directors Zoe Laughlin, Mark Miodownik and Martin Conreen in exploring the Materials Library’s curious collection. See, touch, discuss, play with and learn more about the extraordinary material world that surrounds us.

For more information click here


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