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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Hello ACJ followers, Likers and Members. Could you comment on this post and let us know the one thing you like to see on our networks and the one thing you would prefer not to see! Thank you.

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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 31, 2013 at 9:19am
Making Space Brochure, May – August 2013

Out now.. summer brochure which features creative classes, workshops and events running at Making Space from May to August 2013. We have workshops to suit everyone: 5-week and 10-week evening classes for adults, Saturday workshops and children’s summer holiday activities - all offering tuition in a range of crafts from jewellery, glass and textiles to ceramics, print-making and photography.

Highlights of the summer season include:

A 5-week morning workshop in Textile Printing & Painting with Rachel Reynolds: explore pattern, print and texture using a variety of printing techniques. Starts Tuesday 14 May, 10.30am-12.30pm.

Wendy Dolan’s Adult Saturday workshop in Machine Embroidered Book Covers: Enjoy a day making designs for book covers. Saturday 4 May, 10am-4pm.

Children’s Summer School: take part in up to eight different craft activities over a week then create an exhibition showcasing all of your work to show your family and friends. Activities include shadow puppets, willow sculptures, modrock masks and cartoon comics. Monday 12 August to Friday 16 August.

New this season: Early Bird Offer! We are offering anyone who books and pays for any Adult Saturday workshop 5% off if they book before 19 April.

The box office will be open for bookings at 10am on Tuesday 2 April - you will not be able to book before this date. To book a place, please call the office on 02392 472491 or email

PLUS: We still have some places left for our Easter Holidays children’s workshops on 9, 10 and 11 April as well as our Family Fun Day on Saturday 6 April – please see the attached information for details.

We hope to see you at Making Space soon.

Kind regards
Catharine Russell
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 27, 2013 at 9:58am

After a week of tense voting, the winners of Professional Jeweller’s Treasure competition 2013 have been revealed as Rosita Bonita, Smith/Grey and Tessa Metcalfe. The three jewellery brands, which have now each won a stand at June jewellery selling show Treasure in London, battled it out as part of a shortlist of 10 to win votes on The competition attracted a high level of voting with 16,600 votes placed in the seven days of the competition. During this time the website received 28,100 visits and generated 87,061 page views. The finalists’ PR activity - which included securing features in newspapers and magazines, heavy promotion through social networking sites and running competitions to win jewellery - appeared to pay off with more than 66.62% of visitors in the seven days being new to The three winners have distinctly varying styles making this year’s selection an exciting line-up. Rosita Bonita works with screen-printed or foil-embossed leather to make large statement necklaces, Smith/Grey creates striking originality and bold motifs such as tumbling horses and roughened signet rings, and Tessa Metcalfe makes jewels from casts of dead pigeons' feet. Rosita Bonita founder Rowenna Harrison said: "The public side of the competition, although pretty stressful, has also been really rewarding. I've had such phenomenal support from my followers, friends, family, stockists and other designers, and have gained lots of new followers through the campaign process. "It's been a real boost. I'm so happy now to have the opportunity to show at Treasure and to reach a new audience." The competition, however, is not over just yet. Next the three winners will go on to face the judges of this year’s competition once more who will this time look for commercial savvy. The designers will be interviewed by Professional Jeweller about their business plans for the future, the interview will be presented to the judges and they will then award the brand with the most commercial potential an additional stand at trade show The Jewellery Show London, which takes place at Somerset House in June. This year the judges are Professional Jeweller editor-in-chief Rachael Taylor, Professional Jeweller deputy editor Kathryn Bishop, Treasure organiser Della Tinsley, The Jewellery Show event director Julie Driscoll, ROX managing director Kyron Keogh, Green + Benz managing director Helen Dimmick, Baroque founders Kyle McIntosh and Jason French, Steffans director Wes Suter, Marmalade Jewellers co-founder Nadine Meegan, and last year's overall competition winner Claire English.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 24, 2013 at 9:58am
hand engravers association AGM

What a great year for the hand engravers association, all highlighted in the chairmans report at the AGM this week! From apprentiship schemes, dedication to teaching and their highlight of the opportunity to share... Cut In Clerkenwell. Stage two now in full flow and growing by the day... Records of individual hand engravers across Great Britain.

The records and paperweight project will be open for the public to see At: The Clockmakers' Museum and Guildhall Library, Aldermanbury, London EC2V 7HH on the 17th April. And worth visiting more than once as it will be growing over the year!
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 24, 2013 at 9:45am
alexandre diamond optical setting and engraving school event at goldsmiths

The first technical event at the goldsmiths centre, with a mix of visitors from traditional hand engravers, diamond and stone setters to us jewellery new and old.

The presentation started more as a sales pitch of the school and a very mini sales pitch of the grs equipment; Then the founder of the school did a demonstration.. Alexander Sidharov played down his skills, but his precision, speed and skill shone through rapidly setting stones with cleanliness and traditional style within minutes.

Afterwards we all had the opportunity to chat with the Sutton Tools rep. .... Very very friendly and helpful and Alexander as well as catch up with the rare opportunities of chatting and having time for each other!
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 24, 2013 at 9:32am
Institute of the making. grand opening.
What a very busy event, lots of activity and materials hanging about. Smaller venue than expected, but some interesting events coming up. It's a shame it's so far from me!

Downside of the opening, the only info was on the leaflet and web, hard to get to speak to anyone because it was busy, and materials weren't labelled! But guess it was more about the make space!

Do discuss below if you went or are going soon, Grace Horne's master class looks good in the summer! And invent a material workshop... I'm intrigued!
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 24, 2013 at 9:19am
Great to see the exhibitors at Desire this year! Thought I aught to write a little something. Feel free to comment and discuss below too, it would be great to get some views from some of you that exhibited!

It was lovely to see such a broad range of work and surprising to see such a broad range of quality too. Some of our wonderful members mixed in with some fabulous silversmithing!

Not so sure about the venue though, I didn't exhibit, but as visitor and maker I found it a bit disappointing! A little claustrophobic, particularly in the main hall, and the Saturday was a little quiet. The signage wasn't great outside and the cafe smelt a bit odd.

However it's great to see some of the old favourites exhibiting alongside some of the newer guys!
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 23, 2013 at 7:13am
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Young British Jewellers:

New online community launched to connect contemporary British jewellers and promote their work

Young British Jewellers, founded in 2012 by jeweller Vega Bantock and historian Christopher Minton, showcases contemporary British jewellery and provides an online forum for contemporary British jewellers.

The website offers free profile space for contemporary jewellers of all ages working or studying in Britain. Each new member is provided with a free personalised profile and image gallery to promote their work, along with a private messaging system to communicate with other Young British Jewellers. The site’s contemporary jewellery blog features exhibition reviews, interviews and insights into jeweller’s studios.

An Events page details current and future jewellery exhibitions taking place in Britain, enabling contemporary jewellers to find out about and attend events across the country. This solves an issue encountered by Vega Bantock during her degree at Birmingham City University: “Contemporary jewellery isn’t usually sold in shops but instead showcased in art or craft galleries, and information can be hard to find unless you know exactly where to look. The YBJ Events page will make it easier for people to find out about exhibitions, thereby boosting gallery visitor numbers.”

Explaining the pair’s motivations for establishing the site, co-founder and University of Birmingham graduate Chris Minton says, “After study, many jewellers work alone in home studios and can lack the support of a community environment. Young British Jewellers provides a solution to this problem, both online and through our exciting new events.

“In addition, we recognise that consumers often find it hard to locate well designed, unique pieces of jewellery online, as searches usually bring up the bigger, mainstream jewellery companies, while the websites of individual makers remain hidden. By bringing everyone into one place, Young British Jewellers makes it easier for jewellers to be accessed online, helping them promote themselves.”

Planned future developments for Young British Jewellers include organising networking events for jewellers to inspire the formation of collaborations and collectives, creating web pages detailing jewellery galleries in Britain and jewellery course providers, as well as establishing a series of interviews with course directors of jewellery degrees across Britain, providing insights into the future of contemporary jewellery.

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For further details and enquiries about Young British Jewellers, or to schedule an interview with its founders, please contact Lucie Boase (Young British Jewellers Press Officer) on 07929 179521 or e-mail

Young British Jewellers | on Facebook | on Twitter


Young British Jewellers Press Release #1, 20 March 2013
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 23, 2013 at 7:10am
Dear Maker/Artist

At the time of writing we still have a few spaces left at some of our 2013 events for certain disciplines. If you have not yet applied for these leading events please send applications as soon as possible. Click here for details and costs of exhibiting at all of our shows.

In addition to the information previously published, we can now also offer a shell scheme package at our Crowthorne event which takes place from 25-27 October. The additional cost of this starts at £85 + VAT.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 23, 2013 at 7:06am

A warm welcome to the craft&design March newsletter. This issue features some great events taking place in the near future - some nearer than others so please be warned!

Download your March Newsletter here

We'd also like to remind you that VOTING IS ALMOST OVER . You've only got until 31ST MARCH to vote for your favourite maker in the craft&design Selected Awards.

With Craft and Design Month around the corner there is, as always, lots going in.


Jan and all the team

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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 17, 2013 at 2:30pm
Dear Rebecca,

Did you know that we regularly update the Art Jewelry Forum website and blog? We strive to provide provocative, interesting, and relevant content and are sending you this compilation of what we've been up to in the past month.

We hope you will like what you see and be moved to support the work by joining.

Susan Cummins
Chair, AJF

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SNAG Conference, Toronto

The Society of North American Goldsmiths is holding their annual conference in Toronto, Canada from May 15-18, 2013.

The conference, titled "Meta-Mosaic," celebrates diverse activity in jewelry and metalsmithing in the twenty-first century.

For a conference overview and registration, visit
the SNAG website, and make your plans to go now.

Of special note: former AJF editor Damian Skinner will deliver a talk at the conference.

Don't miss it.

This month, we feature the following galleries on the AJF website:

Galerie Spektrum
Mia Maljojoki
March 8 - April 27, 2013

Jewelers'Werk Galerie
Sally Marsland
March 16 - April 5, 2013

Lynn Kelly
Feb 25 - March 12, 2013

Gallery Funaki
Julie Blyfield
Feb 5 - March 2, 2013




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