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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"Disbelief" over plans to remove crafts from UK creative industries_ Dezeen Magazine

Started by Vicky Saragouda. Last reply by Rebecca Skeels May 7, 2013. 3 Replies

Government proposals to remove crafts from its list of recognised creative industries have triggered "disbelief" and "frustration" in the sector...Article published by Dezeen Magazine on May 1st.www.dezeen.comContinue

Tags: Council, Crafts, industries, creative, Crafts

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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 15, 2015 at 12:39pm

April 30 - May 1, 2015 /// Lincoln Center
We're thrilled to announce speakers for the 2015 99U Conference (with more still to come!).

We have less than 50 tickets left for the event, and they'll go fast. If you'd like to join us, we suggest applying now.

/// 2015 Speakers

Stewart Butterfield
CEO + Co-founder

Rochelle King
Global VP of Design + User Experience

Kimberly Bryant
Founder + Executive Director
Black Girls Code

Franklin Leonard
The Black List

Elle Luna
Artist + Designer
The Crossroads of Should + Must

Shane Snow

Casey Gerald
Co-Founder & CEO
MBAs Across America

Alex Blumberg
CEO + Founder
Gimlet Media

Kelly McGonigal
The Upside of Stress

JB Osborne
Red Antler

Paola Antonelli
Senior Curator of Architecture + Design

Rob Forbes
PUBLIC, Design Within Reach

Clive Wilkinson
President + Design Director
Clive Wilkinson Architects

Anil Dash
Co-founder + CEO

Christoph Niemann
Illustrator, Artist + Author

Kelly Sue Deconnick
Comic Book Writer
Captain Marvel

Ayse Birsel
Birsel + Seck LLC

Rohan Gunatillake
Mindfulness Everywhere

Scott Belsky
Head of Behance + VP of Community

Wil Reynolds
Founder + Director of Strategy

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 15, 2015 at 12:30pm

The SCHMUCK is an international exhibition that has been taking place in Munich for more than 50 years. It combines works of established artists and promising newcomers in the area of contemporary jewellery design and is the meeting place for collectors, jewellery lovers and museum curators from Germany and abroad.

Organized as a worldwide contest, the works are chosen by an internationally renowned curator each year, this time by Eva Eisler, professor at the Prague Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design (AAAD). “Presenting works at the SCHMUCK is an honor for any jewellery designer“, says Dieter Dohr, Management Board Chairman of the GHM Gesellschaft für Handwerksmessen mbH. That is also why this time, more than 600 gold smiths and jewellery designers from Germany and abroad applied for the special show. In spring 2015, contributions by 63 artists from 21 countries will finally be on display.

This time, Karel Novak from the Czech Republic will be honored as the classic of modern art. Highlight of the SCHMUCK will be the awarding of the Herbert-Hofmann-prizes on Saturday, 14 March 2015 at 5 pm on stage in hall B1. On this day, a jury will select the three best works of the SCHMUCK. Each year, a number of accompanying events group around the special show at the Internationale Handwerksmesse in Munich galleries, museums and cultural institutes.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 15, 2015 at 12:28pm
Gold Museum of New Taipei City Government has laid down the basic foundation of raising the standard of metal crafts in Taiwan with our experience of holding National Metal Crafts Competitions in the last eight years. In 2015, we carry on the spirit of promoting the metal crafts of Taiwan and combine it with the theme of celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Gold Museum. We are now calling for entry worldwide, and looking forward to seeing entrant to break new ground in metal crafting.

Furthermore, in response to New Taipei City's status promotion as well as to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Museum, we have upgraded the scale of competition in 2015 to a higher standard and renamed the competition to “2015 Taiwan International Metal Craft Competition,” providing a wider platform to the art of metal crafts from all around the world and expecting to bring Taiwan's metal crafts more in line with international level. The competition invites metal craft professionals worldwide to participate in the jury, hoping to facilitate the interaction between Taiwanese and international metal craft artists and to stimulate art creations with a sense of contemporaneity and distinctive Taiwanese cultural features.

The competition has two categories: Jewelry and Objects. All entries must be originally created by the entrant(All entries must be created by personal), and metallic material should be the core of the entries. The competition results will be published in an electronic book, while the prize winning artworks will be exhibited in the Exhibition of “2015 Taiwan International Metal Craft Competition.”

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 15, 2015 at 12:22pm

The Desire Fair is staging another fabulous event at the Old Town Hall in Chelsea. Don't miss this opportunity to view and purchase work from some of the UK's finest designer makers.

The event showcases stunning collections from both emerging British talent as well as established contemporary jewellers and silversmiths. All are professional designer makers who have been selected from the very best jewellers and silversmiths in the UK for the quality of their work, individuality and innovation.

Jewellers here work in leather, acrylic, ceramics, paper, glass, copper and wood as well as more traditional silver, gold and platinum jewellery featuring gemstones, pearls, beads and enamelwork.

Take a look at our Facebook album for a small sample of the type of work that can be viewed and purchased at this event.

Don't miss kinetic jewellery by Michael Berger, cellulose acetate jewellery by Lesley Strickland, fold-formed jewellery pieces in aluminium,

Bold jewellery by Kate Gorman
copper and silver by NbNg and innovative, bold, mixed media jewellery by
Kate Gorman for those who really want to stand out from the crowd!

London skyline tealight holder
Amongst the silversmiths exhibiting are Jen Ricketts with her intricate functional work including city skylines, Brett Payne with his hand forged sterling silver candlesticks and Rebecca Joselyn whose work has appeared on Channel Four's Four Rooms.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 15, 2015 at 12:18pm

Call for Applications -
A’ International Jewellery Design Awards

The A' Jewellery, Eyewear and Watch Design Awards are open for entries by Jewellery, Eyewear and Watch Design professionals worldwide. Designs that were designed within the last 10 years are eligible to be nominated.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 15, 2015 at 12:16pm

Call for Applications -
Wearable Technologies Competition
Your chance to innovate

This £210k IC tomorrow contest seeks to encourage innovation in wearable technology.

Are you a digital start-up or SME seeking funding?

We have six awards of up to £35k to fund the development of digital solutions solving challenges across wearable techonology in the theme areas of sport, wellbeing, entertainment, hospitality, health and safety and accessability and design.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 15, 2015 at 12:11pm

Paid Metalwork Internship -

Full time, four day week, fixed term,
6 month paid internship.
You will work alongside Rebecca, helping in the day to day running of the studio, as well as assisting with varied projects which include public art, corporate and private commissions, exhibitions and product collaborations.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 15, 2015 at 12:08pm

Fair & Events Manager - London
c. £28,000

The Goldsmiths’ Company is one of the Twelve Great Livery Companies of the City of London.
We are now seeking a Fair & Events Manager to manage the annual Goldsmiths’ Fair, Britain’s premier selling event for contemporary jewellery and silver.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 15, 2015 at 11:55am

2015 Creative Toolbox Series on Art and Science

The first of a 3-part series will kick off on:
Thursday, April 2, 2015
The Art and Science of Creativity : An Evening with Dr. Edison T. Liu
Hannaford Hall, USM Abromson Center, Portland Campus

Edison T. Liu, M.D., President and CEO of The Jackson Laboratoy, will track through music and lecture, the commonality between art and science and how human beings are hardwired to create. Using piano pieces to underscore his points, he will discuss how both art and science find comfort in patterns and define how to create something from nothing. Part piano recital and part lecture, this event will both entertain and enlighten, showing how creativity and innovation in art and science has impact on all our lives.

Special thanks to our sponsors CBRE/ The Boulos Company,, Rinck Advertising, TK &A, Maine Magazine and MaineBiz

Space is limited! Tickets are $35 each and corporate sponsorships are available.
Contact to register today or call Jean at 207-730-0694.

In the next few weeks look for more information:

June The Art and Science of Food, Details Soon

October The Art and Science of Craft Brews, Details Soon

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 15, 2015 at 11:53am

A blog charting the progress of the makers on the Hothouse programme

Hothouse is a programme of creative and business development for new makers. Hothouse 5 is taking place from February to July 2015 and here some of the makers talk about their expereinces.


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