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 August 12, 2014 at 12:03pm
AN launching new lovely website!
We are delighted to be launching a test phase of our brand new website

It has been a big job transferring over 146,000 articles, images and contacts but a dramatically improved site, which is quicker, easier to use and navigate will help members get more from a-n.

Recognising that members join a-n for a number of reasons, from gaining professional development, accessing insurance, using resources or growing their networks, the site is geared around a central ‘network’ page.

With an emphasis on community tools, a-n is the perfect place to start a conversation and connect with supportive, creative people in a professional online community. It’s your space to share a blog, create a collection, post events and jobs listings, with:

- mobile and tablet-friendly design

- new intuitive navigation

- easy to browse and find content using ‘explore’, filters and tags

- managing your account is simple and all in one place

- personal home ‘network’ page which is a central spot for all the latest content

For a quick introduction to our site and ideas about how to use it check out our User support section.

Please remember this is a test phase for the new site and we are likely to experience some issues while it settles down.

See this trouble shooting and fix list and use the Ticket support system in Contact us if you need further help.

Remember it’s your site. We need your comments and feedback to continue improving and look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes,

From all at a-n
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 12, 2014 at 11:18am
Do you have the current version of the Dealer's Notice displayed at point of sale?

Whether you sell in a shop or on a stall, any other versions of this notice are void and must be replaced.
It can easily be downloaded for FREE here:
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 12, 2014 at 11:17am
Assay Advice - Mixed Metals

Do you work with mixed precious metals and are unsure of the hallmarking requirements? If so, read on...

We see an increasing amount of mixed precious metal work coming through our Assay Office each day, but customers are sometimes unsure about the legal requirements.

All the law now states is that the consumer must be able to see the difference between the two precious metals (by colour or texture) and be able to see the extent of this. This way, we can also easily identify each precious metal for testing and hallmarking.

We will always apply a hallmark relating to the lowest standard of precious metal. So if you have a sterling silver item with 24ct gold, we will apply a sterling silver hallmark and you will have the option to request a gold 'part-mark' (which will officially identify gold in the piece). This part-mark will cost an additional 35p per item, but is not a legal requirement.

So, how do you complete the hallnote when submitting your work? Simply tick the 'mixed metals' box and provide a brief description!
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 12, 2014 at 11:14am
Free workshops to celebrate Farnham's Month of Craft and Craft Town
New Ashgate Gallery will organise a range of free and exciting workshops throughout October, the month of Craft, in celebration of Farnham’s Craft Town status.
Supporting diverse community participation through a programme of gallery and community workshops and working closely with talented local artists and local organisations such as Farnham Museum, New Ashgate Gallery will deliver workshops in the gallery and in the community, making craft accessible to anyone who is curious and would like to have a go.
Workshops for adults:
Introduction to Japanese Calligraphy
Mon 20 October, New Ashgate Gallery, 10am-4pm
Join artist and weaver, Nao Fukumoto O’Neill, as you explore this ancient and serene Japanese art form.
Stunning Traditional Stained Glass
Tue 21 October, 10am-4pm. Venue tbc
Add colour to your life as you learn the basics of stained glass with artist, Maggie Beal. (This workshop is not suitable for anyone who is pregnant.)
A workshop for families:
Spooky Halloween Headwear
Wed 29 October, Farnham Museum: Garden Gallery, 10.30am-12.30pm
Have fun with local milliner, Beverley Edmondson, as you conjure up a terrifyingly stylish hat for Halloween! (Please note that children will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian with no more than two children per adult.)
Workshops for artists: (by Alison Branagan, Creative Industries Consultant):
Exciting Taxation and Getting Paid!
Mon 6 October, New Ashgate Gallery, 1.30-4pm
This talk will explore how to invoice a client and raise your awareness of the importance of terms of trade. You will also have the opportunity to learn about the gripping topic of income tax and how to make the tax system work for you.
Understanding Makers Rights & the Essential Art of Protecting Your Work Online
Mon 13 October, New Ashgate Gallery
How to protect your copyright, design right and business name in the marketplace. In this era of copy-culture this talk hopes to raise important issues when showcasing your work on social media, blogs and websites. More intriguingly you might have small sums of money waiting for you to collect from DACs the Design & Artists Copyright Society. This workshop is organised as part of the Surrey Artist of the Year competition.
How to book: Spaces are limited. Book at or 01252 713208.
These workshops have been made possible thanks to support from the Patricia Baines Trust and Farnham Town Council.
New Ashgate Gallery
Waggon Yard, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7PS
01252 713208
(in the office on Mondays, Wednesdays – Fridays)
Registered Charitable Trust No. 274326
For more than 50 years, New Ashgate Gallery has been a window into arts and crafts, supporting artists and makers. It is dedicated to champion the best contemporary art and craft and to provide an unparalleled resource in Farnham, Surrey and beyond.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 10, 2014 at 6:06am

Jewellery Open Access day we are planning for the 6th September.

There will be three bookable slots:

Half day morning from 10am - 1pm (6 places available)

Half day afternoon from 1pm - 4pm (6 places available)

Full day from 10am - 4pm (6 places available)

It costs £25 for the half day slots or £50 for the full day.

The sessions are untutored, however Rebecca will be on hand to assist if you get stuck with anything.

The costs include use of the studio space, materials, tea and coffee but exclude all materials.

Any materials used must be paid for on the day directly to Rebecca in cash only.

There will be a limited amount of fine silver PMC available at a cost of £40.00 for 16g. Please let us know in advance if you wish to purchase this.

If you wish to book, please visit the Open Access section of our website:

Hope to see you there!


Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 10, 2014 at 6:04am

We are now inviting applications for our Desire Fairs in Chelsea and Winchester from silversmiths and jewellers working in any media. Demand for spaces is expected to be extremely high so you are urged to apply early.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 10, 2014 at 6:04am


AJF's publication committee and staff wrangle not just the fabulous content AJF publishes each month, but also manage the 125-plus writers--from five continents--that contribute to AJF. When I said "contribute," I should be clear that AJF pays writers for their work, commensurate with their experience, as they say. Your support goes toward paying the writers for their efforts!

Part of AJF's mission is to nurture writing and critical skills by providing younger writers with editorial support and encouragement. This means AJF commissions not only established writers who are regularly featured in books, magazines, and online journals, but also writers just starting out. Working with less-experienced writers means that our content will vary in color, style, and expertise, but we think it is worth helping young writers find their voices in a field that notably lacks dedicated history/critical theory departments.

Here's what some of AJF's writers look like, listed alphabetically by first name. (There are even more contributors, but these are the ones whose photos we have!) Aren't they a smart-looking group of individuals?

You can learn more about them in the taglines that appear below their articles. I hope you enjoy "meeting" them as much as we enjoy working with them.

Benjamin Lignel
AJF Editor

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 7, 2014 at 5:47am

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 1, 2014 at 12:04pm
Katie Roberts
Katie creates beautiful, dynamic forms, which play with light and perspective.
Silver and gold are used throughout her work, accented with contrasting metal, oxidisation and geometric pattern.
Gold is applied in a process called Keum Boo, where the gold is added to the silver as a thick leaf, using heat to bond the two metals.
Katie is a member of the Birmingham School of Jewellery Alumna and 2014 Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Award Winner for Contemporary Silver Jewellery.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 1, 2014 at 11:58am
Hi from the team at Holts Academy,

You are receiving this email as one of our previous project participants (you may have studied with us on our BTTP, Future in the Making or Jewellery Connections projects).

It’s our 15th Birthday this year and to celebrate, we are offering the opportunity for all previous project students to benefit from £1,500 of funding towards our 14 Day Advanced CAD Certificate which commences on August 6th and is on every Wednesday and Thursday through to September 25th.

The course usually costs £3,000 but until Tuesday 5th August at 3pm, to celebrate our 15th Anniversary, we are offering a £1,500 bursary for you. Full course information is below and spaces are strictly limited.

This course is perfect if you already have some experience with CAD and want to take your skills to the next level. It will keep you completely up to date with the most recent technology and allow you to master your applied jewellery CAD/CAM skills alongside expert designers in the most challenging CAD course ever developed in the UK!
Level 4 CAD Certificate for Jewellery Design encompasses a diverse range of highly advanced skills associated with CAD/CAM design and manufacturing. By the end of this course, you will have achieved significant practical experience in a range of advanced CAD techniques for jewellery and silverware modelling, as well as managing the entire manufacturing process independently on your own designs.

For many of our past students, this course has proven a fantastic way to launch their career in the jewellery industry:
Previous students’ work has been manufactured and sold by companies such as Beaverbrooks and F Hinds.
Previous students have gone on to work with companies such as Kabiri, Shaun Leane, Dower and Hall, Ben Day, David Valle, Tomasz Donocik, and Brown and Newirth, or have established their own jewellery making businesses.
Several CAD course alumni have won industry awards - Sarah Herriott was Joint Gold Winner of the 2014 Goldsmiths Company Assay Office Award (Technical Innovation 3D) and Contemporary Jewellery Silver winner
2014 Goldsmiths Award Winner (Commendation, CAD Presentation) and Alumni Zoe Harding says:
"Jack is a great teacher, who is so obviously passionate about the subject. I know I am not the only one from the class who wishes a level 5 course existed so we could all carry on! We are on our own now but have the tools needed to continue learning as we go along."
To book - call Tarjew Kirkland on 020 7405 0197 or email

Can’t make this course? Why not find out about our Industry CAD Short Courses, they last 2-3 days and costs between £199 - £399 (our new website will be live in a week or two)

P.s If you’re not on our mailing list you can sign up by replying to this email and requesting to be added on, that way you won’t miss out on future offers and other birthday discounts over the next few months.

Kind regards

Lili Cavaliere
PR and Events Officer

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