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
Members: 70
Latest Activity: on Sunday

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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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 January 30, 2016 at 7:35am
Saturday Studio: Life Drawing
SATURDAY 27 FEB, 14.00–15.00, 15.00–16.00, 16.00–17.00
Aged 14-19? Drop by to try out or develop your skills at drawing the human body in our life drawing sessions led by London Drawing. All materials will be provided and there will be a nude life model.
› Saturday Studio: Life Drawing – find out more
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 30, 2016 at 7:32am



This evolving exhibition will examine perspectives from artists, psychologists, philosophers and neuroscientists to interrogate our understanding of the conscious experience.

Exploring phenomena such as somnambulism, mesmerism, and disorders of memory and consciousness, the exhibition will examine ideas about the nature of consciousness, and in particular what can happen when our typical conscious experience is interrupted, damaged or undermined.

States of Mind: Tracing the edges of consciousness will feature a series of changing installations. The first one will be The Whisper Heard by Imogen Stidworthy, from 4 February until 24 April. Find out more about this and future installations.

› States of Mind: Tracing the edges of consciousness – find out more

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 30, 2016 at 7:26am

The gallery will finally be closing 4:00pm Jan 31. Final reductions in the gallery!

After 22 years in business and lots of great fun along the way, the time has come for us to hang up our hats, kick off our shoes, relax and… retire!

It has been a privilege and a pleasure to work with literally hundreds of really great British makers.

Our long years in Eton have seen couples choosing engagement rings and coming back for wedding bands. We have observed families develop, grow and the next generation becoming our customers!

Jam will finally close its doors on January 31st. 2016 but before then, we will be having a super retirement sale. The web site will show the available stock until the end of January with items available for purchase “in store” ONLY.

We would like to thank you all for your business, loyalty and friendliness. If you are passing by do pop in, have a browse and say goodbye.

Jacqueline and Mike 

Last few items on sale!

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 30, 2016 at 7:24am

2016 Events for Your Diary

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Valuation Day

Venue: Goldsmiths' Hall

Date: Friday 11 March 2016 

Time: Bookings available between 9am-4pm

Cost: From £49.95

Have you ever wanted to discover the true value of that treasured jewellery or silverware piece?

Valuation Days offer the chance for a private one-to-one consultation and professional appraisal by our expert valuer. You will also receive a comprehensive portfolio of your items.

Places are limited. To book, please contact Alison Byne on 020 7606 8971 or click here to email her.

New Customer Tours

If you are newly registered with us, don’t forget to book your complimentary tour.

All tours take place on a Monday morning from 10.30am and last approximately two hours. If you haven’t booked your place, please click here to email Karen in Registrations quoting your account number and she will send you a list of available dates. Dates are booking up fast, so make sure you book early.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 30, 2016 at 7:22am

Vacancy – Assay Office Apprentice

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Image: Apprentices Robert Grant and Robert Hinson with their Master Dave Merry meeting The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall 

The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office has a vacancy for an Apprentice technician. 

This four year apprenticeship scheme offers fully mentored training in all areas of assaying and hallmarking.  The job is very hands-on and requires a high level of commitment from the right individual.  Internal and external training will be provided in order to achieve a City and Guilds qualification at the end of the four years.

We are looking for someone who would be dedicated to a long term career within the Assay Office.

You will need to be aged between 16 and 18 and live within a commutable distance of the City of London. Please contact Dave Merry for further information.

Closing date: Friday 26 February 2016

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 30, 2016 at 7:19am


Dates: Tue 19 January 2016 to Tue 8 March 2016

Time: 8am – 6pm

Cost: Free

Venue: The Atrium at the Goldsmiths’ Centre

The Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council is the flagship organisation for the precious metal industry. It promotes, supports and enhances skills and excellence across the profession through a unique annual national competition for UK based designers and craftsmen.

Over 700 entries are judged by industry experts at the Goldsmiths’ Centre, which culminates in a prestigious awards ceremony and public exhibition at Goldsmiths’ Hall. This showcase celebrates the winners from 2015, their outstanding craftsmanship, creativity and originality, and brings together, for the first time, a selection of work by the Council’s important Ambassadors, Leo De Vroomen, Shaun Leane & Stephen Webster.

For more info, please visit

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 30, 2016 at 7:16am
Holts News

We kicked off 2016 with a bang here at the Academy. Our new Traineeship Programme began on 11 Jan, which saw 15 young people begin their journey into work and improved confidence. We are extremely proud to say that many of our last Traineeship group are now in full-time work since completing the 6 week programme.

Our new Level 2 Jewellery Manufacture and Design Diploma students started on 27 Jan, we look forward to following their progress this year!
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 30, 2016 at 7:16am
Camden Council to develop new jewellery workshops
Camden Council has announced its support of jewellery businesses in Hatton Garden through the development of new “affordable” work spaces.

The council said that it hopes this will address a “critical” shortage of local workshop space, which is renowned as a centre for jewellers and follows on from concerns about rising rents putting an extra strain on the industry in the area.

It comes as the council is also supporting moves to develop the area as a Business Improvement District (BID), which recently organised Hatton Garden’s first-ever Christmas lights switch-on.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 30, 2016 at 6:42am

New UCA page on AJF.. alumni now submitting portfolios, see Sharon Harvey BA 2014 already loaded

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 29, 2016 at 10:37am

Kathy Vones
Jewellery Design - Shortlisted 2016
Scottish based Kathy is currently completing a PhD on the creation of stimulus-reactive jewellery using smart materials and microelectronics following extensive study in silversmithing and jewellery.

The inspiration in Katharina’s work has come from two very different sources : the vibrancy of natural structures and the darkly glittering geometries of the city which she expresses by using a variety of materials ranging from tactile silicon to intricate metallic structures enclosing geometric gemstones and ossified minerals.

Not only content with a variety of materials she also uses a range of technologies such as photo-etching, three-dimensional printing and laser welding which enables her to replicate the fragility of mould and closely integrate the pieces into the geometries of the human body. Her Xylaria Brooch (2013) for example is based on observing the way in which crystalline and fungal growth forms on exposed surfaces in natural environments using silver, gold and silicone shapes that seem to burst out of calcified mineral growth. Additionally the brooch changes colour as the temperature rises and falls through thermochromic pigments being infused into the silicon.
Kathy’s development of ‘soft’ sensors, possible through piezoelectric, shape memory and magnetic smart materials has also resulted in pieces such as her Geotronic Brooch (2013) in which a light source pulsates in tandem with the human heartbeat.

If awarded the fellowship she would like to further explore the visual and functional potential inherent in smart materials and also develop a further collection of interactive jewellery possibly incorporating other smart materials such as memory metals and even live cellular material and smart polymers.


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