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 December 2, 2012 at 11:06am
nvitation to Root5 Pop-up design store launch
root5 are excited to present their seasonal pop-up store, showcasing new and old work from established talent and recent graduates, in a new exhibition space right in the heart of Clerkenwell. Featuring a selection of unique gifts or fabulous self-indulgences, from jewellery and accessories, to pr…

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 28, 2012 at 2:54pm
The webpage for selling our Christmas Decorations exhibition is finally up! Hooray. Exhibition opens 4th December

Christmas decorations at the Goldsmiths' Centre
Christmas decorations for sale
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 23, 2012 at 2:14pm
Fabricated: An Exhibition of Wearable Art
Deadline for Entry: December 3rd, 2012
Exhibition Dates: February 2nd - March 3rd, 2013

Description: Fabricated is an all-media exhibition featuring “wearable art," which refers to individually designed pieces of handmade clothing or jewelry created as fine or expressive art. While the making of any article of clothing or other wearable object typically involves aesthetic considerations, the term wearable art implies that the work is intended to be accepted as a serious and unique artistic creation or statement. It is open to all artists nationally and internationally.

Juror: Rachel Timmins currently lives in Baltimore, MD, where she will complete her MFA in Studio Art at Towson University in 2012. She is a native of Buffalo, NY, where she received her BFA in Metalsmithing + Jewelry Design in 2009. Rachel’s work speaks about otherness, finding value in the devalued and finding comfort in belonging. Her wearable and sculptural works have been featured at the Design Museum in London, UK, The Masur Museum of Art, the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art. You can view Rachel’s work in numerous publications such as Unexpected Pleasures published by Rizzoli Publications, Jewel Book published by Stichtingkunst Boek, Humor in Craft published by Schiffer Publishing and many of the Lark Books Showcase 500 series books.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 23, 2012 at 8:13am

Past Masters

28 November – 20 December 2012
Foyer Gallery, UCA Farnham

Private view 
Thursday 29 November 2012, 6.30–9pm

Postgraduate alumni of the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) at Farnham are joining forces for a special exhibition and lecture series.

Past Masters, which runs from 28 November to 20 December 2012 at UCA Farnham’s Foyer Gallery, will showcase artwork by graduates of UCA’s diverse range of Masters’ disciplines for the very first time.

The free exhibition, which features bronze and glass sculptures, photography, jewellery, ceramics and textiles, is a unique opportunity to see works that have been shown at the Victoria & Albert museum, Tate Modern, the Royal College of Art, Barbican and a variety of galleries and art fairs around the world.

MA course leader, Sarah Sutherland, said: “We are really excited to welcome back past Masters students to show their work in an interdisciplinary exhibition.

“This is a unique opportunity to celebrate their achievements since graduating from UCA and to be proud of these stunning exhibits, which have been shown in prestigious galleries internationally, through a free exhibition for the public to enjoy.”

The flexibility of postgraduate study – either, one year at full-time or two years part-time – is often attractive to mature students or professionals who need to balance other commitments.

Sarah Sutherland said: “Those who join a Masters course are often mature students who have changed career or overcome adversity and want to develop their passion for the Arts."

The nine Past Masters are: Ceramicist Ros Perton who has exhibited in Japan, Korea, USA and China; John Joyce, whose bronze work was recently shown at the RCA; Tom McDowell will showcase his award-winning jewellery, some of which is currently on display at the Barbican; Photographer Richard Brayshaw, who has exhibited at the Mall Gallery; successful glassblower Bruce Marks returns with conceptual pieces from his MA; Tara J Murphy will showcase her award-winning jewellery; fashion designer turned Textiles Artist, Louise Anderson, will share her Japanese inspired work; retired cancer specialist Roger Buchananexplores pinhole camera techniques; and, fresh from the British Glass Biennale, the public will get to see Emma Rawson’s thought-provoking glasswork before she takes up a residency position with the National Trust.


Past Masters will be complemented by a series of free lectures - both by senior members of the academic staff in lecture theatre W02, and an evening with the exhibiting artists in the Foyer Gallery.

Wednesday 5 December 2012, 6–8pm
Professor Anna Fox - 'Researching photography'

Wednesday 12 December 2012, 6–8pm
Professor Simon Olding - 'Bernard Leach and the fine art of pots'

Thursday 13 December 2012, 6–8pm
Meet the artists and hear them present their work in the Foyer Gallery. 
All are welcome - booking is not required.

Wednesday 19 December 2012, 6–8pm
Professor Lesley Millar - 'Where are we and how did we get here?'

To book a place on these talks please contact the Crafts Study Centre on 01252 891450. Admission is free.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 22, 2012 at 11:25am

Goldsmiths’ Company Pavilion, Somerset House, 26-29 June 2013

Goldsmiths’ Company Pavilion 2013 is now open for entries.  To further promote our craftsmen, we have initiated an enlarged Goldsmiths’ Company Pavilion, a selling exhibition for jewellers and silversmiths at Somerset House, which I hope you will find useful and profitable.  This will be bigger and better than last year.
For those of you that exhibited as part of Goldsmiths’ Company Pavilion last year (East Wing Galleries), our space this year will be a double suite of rooms in the West Wing.  Being considerably larger, it will allow for a group of rooms for silversmiths.  We hope to link up with the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers to show our modern silver in context on modern furniture.
The spaces have been priced competitively (£950 ex. VAT) to encourage a cross section of craftsmen to apply.  Of course, the Promotion Department will be working very hard to drive clients, old and new, to visit us in these splendid new surroundings located in the West End.  Extra funds will be spent on making the whole event a destination.  Our marketing strategy will be overhauled and developed from the feedback we received from last year’s exhibitors.
Please find attached your application form and notes. The deadline is 5pm Monday 7 January 2013. Please follow these steps:

        Save the attached form to your computer
        Close down your email
        Open the form in Adobe Reader* (right click the mouse and choose “open with”, or if using a Mac, hold the Ctrl key down and click the mouse)
        Complete the form and save it
        Return as per instructions on the form

*You need Adobe Reader version 9.2 or above, if you don’t have it is available here
as a free and safe download:

Please take a little time to consider this opportunity for your business development and provide your response one way or the other by the deadline to allow us to gauge interest accurately.  Typed applications should be returned to Goldsmiths’ Hall by Monday 7 January, either by hand or by post (no applications will be accepted by email).  To apply please ensure that you read the attached Application Information.
If you have any queries about the application process, please contact Joanne Dodd (, or call 020 7606 7010 (ext.2044). We look forward to receiving your forms.
Good luck with your application.
Kind regards,

Paul Dyson
Director Promotion

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 21, 2012 at 7:19am

From: Janice Yeh [] 
Sent: 20 November 2012 11:56
To: Enquiries
Subject: Careers in Asia -Job Opportunity with Swarovski


Dear colleagues


We write to you from Global Career Company, an international recruitment consultancy focused on emerging markets.


Now our client, Swarovski, is looking for Jewellery Designer to attend Careers in Asia recruitment summit in London, 1-3 February 2013.

Please note that the position is based in Asia, for the reason, successful candidates have to hold at least one work authorisation in Asia.


We would welcome the opportunity to be featured on your website as well as any other ideas on how to reach out other African experienced within your organisation. 


If you have any questions regarding these or any other Careers in Asia initiatives then please do not hesitate to contact me at or on +44 207 8834 0300


Best regards,


Janice Yeh

Talent Acquisition Consultant

Global Career Company Ltd

Tel: +44 (0) 20  8834 0300

 Swarovski is the global leader in the production of cut crystal. We are the manufacturer, marketer, and retailer of premium jewellery and consumer products ranging from decorative objects to lighting and accessories,

Since our foundation in 1895 we have grown to have a worldwide turnover in excess of €2billion. We have a presence in 120 countries and now employ more than 26,000 people worldwide. We remain a family owned, financially autonomous business which enables a long-term and sustainable strategy of growth and brand development. Swarovski has a culture that combines our traditional family values with innovation and passion to bring sparkle to people's everyday lives through our modern designs.

In Asia Pacific, the Swarovski brand has become a familiar sight on the High Street and we are now an established multi-channel retailer. Our position as a modern fashion jewellery brand makes us attractive to a wide range of consumers.

At Swarovski we are recognisably linked to the world of glamour and high fashion. Swarovski provides high quality products and services and anticipates, fulfils, and exceeds consumers' desires and customers' needs.

Swarovski offers its employees and teams fulfilling challenges that inspire them to be innovative and creative. We are now looking for various positions across Asia Pacific countries. The job details are listed as below.


Jewellery Designer

Swarovski is looking to interview potential candidates at the Careers in Asia Recruitment Summit, London on 1st - 3rd February 2013. To find out more about these opportunities and to apply, please click on the link above or click the button below to login or register on our site. Please also consult the FAQ section on our website, which may address any queries you have.


For those who are already registered with GCC, we kindly ask you to update your CV. We appreciate your assistance in communicating this interesting career opportunity to any relevant contacts.

Please apply by 10th December 2012. If your profile closely matches what participating companies are looking for, one of the GCC team will contact you directly.


Comment by Brigitte Martin on November 19, 2012 at 7:27am

"The British are Coming"

Call for artists - a crafthaus online exhibition!


This is a call for Silversmiths who currently reside and practice in the UK to send images of their work/s for consideration to be featured in an online exhibition. The goal is to show the best current contemporary silversmith work from the UK. This exhibition aims to explore if there is a specific British silversmith style that is different from silversmithing styles in other countries.


The work/s submitted must have been made from 2011 onwards.


Curator: Mark Fenn


Full information:

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 17, 2012 at 8:48am

Unexpected Pleasures
The Design Museum, London
5 December 2012 - 3 March 2013
Drawing on work from around the world, Unexpected Pleasures celebrates contemporary jewellers who have challenged the conventions of jewellery design.

Ticket offer: Crafts Council email subscribers can purchase tickets for just £8.50 (RRP £10) by emailing or phoning 020 7940 8783 before 5 December 2012 and quoting 'Crafts Council advance ticket offer'.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 17, 2012 at 8:45am

Contemporary craft inspired by
the art of the tailor
A Crafts Council
Touring Exhibition
The Crafts Council’s new touring exhibition Block Party, curated by visual artist Lucy Orta, celebrates the skill of the pattern cutter and tailor, and explores the creative possibilities of this craft.

Block Party showcases work by artists that apply the aesthetics and techniques of pattern cutting to their practice in innovative and unexpected ways.

Comment by Brigitte Martin on November 10, 2012 at 3:50pm

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