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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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 27, 2012 at 4:16am


If you would like to be a part of the Lola Rose team, we are currently looking for people to fill the following positions:

Designer - 

A creative jewellery designer is required to join our team, working with core collections, diffusion ranges and new collections you will be working with semi-precious stones along with fashion pieces and creating new innovative ranges seasonally.

Working within a creative team you will be responsible for trend direction, designing, sample making and you will regularly liaise with factories.

Keeping up to date with current trends and creating new concepts seasonally is a key part of this role. 

You will also be required to travel as part of this role to meet with suppliers, find new manufacturers and get new inspiration.

As an established designer, you must have gained experience within a supplier or brand and have excellent creativity along with a commercial edge. We are looking for a candidate who has lots of passion and enthusiasm along with the skills to manage the range working closely with the rest of the design team and the Managing Director.

Your portfolio must contain reflective hand writing and demonstrate excellent CAD skills.

The Candidate must be open to working as part of a design team and helping with other accessory design projects, not just jewellery.

Must be proficient on Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.

This role also offers a great challenge with plenty of variety.

Please contact with your CV and pictures of your current work.


Accessories Product Developer  - Please contact

Sales Account Manager - Please contact

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 27, 2012 at 3:53am
Maker: Ella Robinson
Photo: c/o Stafford's Shire Hall Gallery
We've not forgotten the medals
Whilst we recover from TEAM GB's successes at the Olympics and wait to see what the Paralympics hold for us, here's a piece commissioned by Stafford's Shire Hall Gallery fromElla Robinson titled "Gold, Silver, Bronze". It's made from keys, mirrors, old jewellery, tools and lightbulbs and other things found in parks and on streets & beaches. Here's the image in all its glory so you can spot what's gone where. 
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 27, 2012 at 3:48am
Metal Clay Guild Competition 2012
If you are a Guild Member why not enter our annual competition? An entry form with full details can be downloaded from the website here. Submissions must be posted and the last date for submissions to be received is 20th September 2012. Winners will be announced at the Guild Conference on the 30th September 2012 at Peterborough.

Metal Clay Guild Conference 2012 now open to Non-members
The one-day Metal Clay Conference on Sunday 30th September at The Fleet in Fletton, Peterborough is free-of-charge for paid-up Guild Members and non-members are also welcome to attend at a cost of £12 per person. A buffet lunch will be provided and tea and coffee will be available during the day all at no extra cost.

Numbers will be limited, so it is important that you sign up early. You can do this by sending an email, with your name, address and membership number, Non-members should also email to register and to say whether they wish to pay by cheque (payable to ' Metal Clay Guild'), PayPal account (we will send you the email address to use) or by card, in which case we'll send a you PayaPal Invoice.

The Education Officer will confirm your place, and send further details in due course. If you want to stay in the area either before or after the event you can find a list of hotels in the Peterborough area at

For more details visit the Conference page on the website. To book a stall in the Traders' Market, which will also be free, email

We have several demonstrations planned but would welcome Members' suggestions too. They can be emailed to
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 25, 2012 at 8:02am

Get your tickets today for Maine's first ever Mini Maker Faire!

The Lewiston-Auburn Mini Maker Faire is a fantastic mix of innovation and creativity and one of the coolest events on the planet. It’s the World’s Largest Show (and Tell) festival—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement.

There will be exhibitors from all different fields and at every stage of innovation and creativity! You will learn about and see robots, kinetic art, model airplanes, boatbuilding, wind generators, puppetry and jewelry-making, to name a few.

September 8, 2012
10am - 4pm
Bates Mill Atrium
35 Canal Street
Lewiston, ME

Ticket Prices
$8 - Adult, in advance
$10 - Adult, at the door
$5 - Ages 13-18
Free - Ages 12 and under

Tickets available at

For more information, call Museum L-A at 207-333-3881 or visit

Generously sponsored by Bangor Savings Bank, Platz Associates and Make Magazine

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 25, 2012 at 8:00am


British silversmith David Clarke has gained international attention for his unique and whimsical approach to this venerable art form. “I have a passion for metal,” he says. “There is a resistance from it—you play with it, coax it, fight it. But I take the traditions of silversmithing to surprising extremes. This absolute willingness to experiment and play inappropriately is core to my work.”

Glenn Adamson, head of research at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, calls Clarke “one of the strongest silversmiths currently working and easily the most prominent avant-garde figure in the medium.” Now, audiences can view the artist’s first solo exhibition, “In Flux,” beginning early next month at Nutida Svenskt Silver in Stockholm, Sweden.

Clarke re-creates objects by modifying not only their shape, but also their interpretation. The results often border on the dreamlike: “The exhibition’s mood is slightly unnerved, slightly surreal, but intriguing, a place you’re drawn into but not sure you would want to go.”

While poking holes in the inflated cultural value of silver by challenging longstanding assumptions about it, Clarke is also aware that he is part of a craft that is very much relevant to British history. “It was not uncommon for silversmiths of yesteryear to melt down objects to make new pieces,” he says. “I think this is a wonderful part of silversmithing.”

Clarke, who graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1997, has given lectures all over the world on the craft, which he is reimagining for 21st-century minds. “I am very concerned about the discipline’s future,” he says, “and so want it not to stand still, pickled in aspic, but to be relevant, vibrant and meaningful to a contemporary audience. It is good that it challenges the viewer’s ideas about what silversmithing is.”

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 25, 2012 at 7:57am

Dear All,


Just a quick note to let you know some of our courses in the coming month which still have places available – a ‘heads-up’ so you don’t miss out.


A selection of September courses with spaces


Willow Animals – Hens and Piglets, with Norah Kennedy, Wednesday 5 – Thursday 6 September 2012

Weave your own attractive willow hen and piglet. Use willow in various rich natural colours, from the Somerset Levels, Herefordshire and Powys. Learn from a professional basketmaker and experienced willow tutor.



Silver Jewellery, with Pauline Payne, Wednesday 5 – Thursday 6 September 2012

Create wonderful pieces of silver jewellery while learning from an award-winning jewellery designer and silversmith. This course covers essential techniques such as saw piercing, soldering and polishing. Start by making a silver band ring and progress to making items such as pendants and earrings.



Paper Marbling – Traditional Methods with Mary Day, Friday 7 September 2012

Marbling on paper is captivating and highly addictive. Colours are floated on a liquid thickened with carrageenan (from algae), to create amazing patterns which are then transferred onto specialist papers.



Beaded 3D Flowers – Herringbone Stitch and Netting Stitch, with Pat Trott, Saturday 8 – Sunday 9 September 2012

Using a needle, thread and small beads, you will make 3D bell-shaped flowers using herringbone and netting techniques and also create small leaves. You will be shown how to make a beaded bracelet onto which to attach them.



Introduction to Calligraphy, with Janet Mehigan, Thursday 13 September 2012

Learn how to write in the Italic script and create a small but accomplished piece of calligraphy with confidence.



Furniture Restoration: French Polishing, Staining and Other Finishes, with Brian Tonks, Friday 14 – Sunday 16 September 2012

Learn traditional methods of finishing furniture while working on a piece of your own. Discover how to strip, prepare and apply a selection of finishes. These will include applying different types of stain, wax finishing, oil finishing and the art of French polishing.



Machine Embroidery – Bonding, Layering and Trapping, with Ray Slater, Saturday 22 – Sunday 23 September 2012

Explore some exciting machine embroidery techniques; paint, bond, stitch and layer fabrics to produce wonderfully textured pieces. The tutor studied Embroidered Textiles at Goldsmith College, is a published textile artist and teaches internationally.


There are more …Full details of all our courses are available at:


Don’t forget, a delicious lunch is included – no having to make sandwiches before you leave the house!


See our news and photos of recent courses and student work at (you don’t have to be a member of Facebook to view our page)


Best wishes,



Faith Pritchard



Ardington School of Crafts

School Road, Ardington, Nr. Wantage, Oxfordshire, OX12 8PN

Tel. 01235 833433

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 25, 2012 at 7:39am


WEEK TWO: 02 - 07 OCT

A unique opportunity to buy contemporary silver and jewellery direct from the crème de la crème of the jewellery and silversmithing talent in the UK. The fact that this annual event celebrates its 30th anniversary is testament to the incredible skills and creativity of the designer-makers and is proof of the ever-increasing appeal and appreciation for innovative contemporary jewellery and silver.'-fair-2012---30-anniversary/

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 21, 2012 at 3:50am

MAKING SPACE is advertising a 2nd Studio award as part of MAKING IT

The first award has gone to DERYN RELPH (Creative Textile Design) -

MAKING IT is a craft project which aims to reveal the process and relationship between the craft of hand and mind, between object and word and through learning and making and how craft is the tool to investigate wider ideology, which is active, participatory and implicit in every day lives and in creative development.   The main event takes place from 12th to 14th October.   MAKING IT is a collaborative project with Alice Kettle, the Centre for Real-World Learning at the University of Winchester and Hampshire County Council.

Making Space is offering a one-year studio award.  The successful applicant will also receive £1,000 for materials plus £2,000 to support research and development.  Suitable for emerging makers, who have been developing their work for at least 2 years (since graduating), who want to experiment and be open to collaborations, gain from critical dialogue and address how their practice links to the key aims of the project.    
The deadline for applications:  Friday 21 September 2012

For more information please download the application pack from font color="#0000FF">
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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 21, 2012 at 2:55am

The National Association of Goldsmiths (NAG) has announced the launch of an apprenticeship scheme in collaboration with Skillsmart, the retail apprenticeship training agency.

The move follows more than a year of discussion by the NAG on the relative benefits and drawbacks of hiring apprentices. It will now focus on getting young apprentices into retail positions.

A release from the NAG said: “With the current jobs market showing almost 25% of all 18 to 24 year olds unemployed and many who have been forced to take part-time positions to fill a gap in their finances – it seems that industries can no longer rely on government to find a solution. We need to be looking at ways in which we can start bringing these young people in the work place ourselves.”

The NAG will now work closely with Skillsmart to help smaller jewellery retailers find staff that are enthusiastic about building a career in retail.

As a result the NAG is now putting out a call to interested parties in central London, Derbyshire, the North East, Manchester, South and West Yorkshire and the South West. Those interested should contact the NAG’s education department.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 13, 2012 at 7:25am
Hand Engraver

Since 1837, the masterpieces of Tiffany & Co. have defined style and celebrated the greatest love stories. Around the world, Tiffany & Co. boutiques glint with our legacy of romance and tradition of elegance however it’s often our artistic professionals who add the extra special sparkle!


For over a century, Tiffany & Co. have nurtured the respected, traditional craft of Hand Engraving. It is an exceptional workplace for an experienced Hand Engraver. Here you will work with the finest materials to embellish objects of incomparable quality that will become cherished heirlooms


Tiffany & Co. Hand Engravers maintain the highest standards in the industry, producing beautiful lettering and bespoke designs on Tiffany merchandise in gold, silver and platinum. They work closely with the Quality Assurance and Customer Service teams to ensure timely and exact production. They are committed and take great pride in all they do, from keeping production records to designing and creating exquisite works of art.



Tiffany & Co. offer competitive pay and benefits to all employees. Hand Engravers not only have the opportunity to use their creative talents and passion for beauty, they are also assured excellent rewards and a safe & clean environment at our state-of-the-art facilities.


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