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

Discussion Forum

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 July 20, 2016 at 2:16pm

Prestigious new international competition for mid-career artists
Mill Valley, California, USA--Art Jewelry Forum (AJF) is pleased to announce a new international grant opportunity for mid-career artists established by San Francisco-based jewelry collector Susan Beech. The objective of this grant is to recognize a mid-career artist who has made a substantial contribution to the field and to provide resources for the artist to develop and implement a significant jewelry-related project that she/he would not otherwise have the ability to undertake. This grant will alternate with the ongoing AJF Artist Award program, which will run again in 2018. 
The Susan Beech Mid-Career Artist Grant is open to makers between the ages of 35 and 55 at the time of the proposal deadline. Artists submitting proposals must have an active and ongoing exhibition record and not be enrolled in a professional training program.  
The proposed project should be about jewelry, loosely defined. There must be a specific outcome to the project, and it must be completed within a two-year time frame. Examples could include (but are not limited to) creation of a new body of work; a book, catalog, or other publication; research and development (including travel study); or performance art involving jewelry. A proposed budget must be included as part of the proposal.  
The grant recipient will receive a grant of $20,000, to be paid over the two years in which the project will be implemented.

The deadline to apply is midnight, MST, on January 16, 2017. Complete application guidelines can be found on AJF's website. Submit applications here
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 20, 2016 at 2:14pm
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 20, 2016 at 2:12pm

How do I start in jewellery design?

I want to get into jewellery design. Where do I start?
Expert answers
Harriet Kelsall
Harriet Kelsall's reply:

Hello there Kerry-Ann and thank you for your question. There are lots of different ways to start in jewellery design but a lot depends on your situation. For example are you still at school or are you working and so you plan to go onto further education or not? There are ways to start either way.

Even if you aren't ready for a degree, it is a good idea to start by getting some kind of making experience. For example you can do a short course or an evening course in jewellery making (somewhere where they have actaul workbenches rather than just beading). When you design jewellery you need to know a bit about how it is made so that your designs work well.

There are some really good jewellery short-courses and longer courses of all kinds available at the Goldsmiths Centre in London.

People start at all differnet times of their life but I think the most successful ones usually have a degree in jewellery design or similar as this is a good foundation so this is a good idea if you are able. You can study some jewellery degrees part time. There are good degrees all over the place but speaking as an employer of many jewellery designers, I think one of the best is at the Birmingham School for Jewellery (the Design for Industry Course).

You might like to go along to IJL in London in early September to chat to other jewellery designers there about how they got into it. It is a great show and well worth a visit.

Good luck!

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 20, 2016 at 2:05pm

Kernowcraft Metal wire is a huge part of jewellery making and where many jewellers start their journey. With it's importance in mind we thought we would pay a little attention to the fundamentals of working with wire and explore a few key areas.
Find top tips, techniques and inspiration below or in our latest blog post.
Plus keep scrolling for this weeks wire inspired make the look project.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 20, 2016 at 2:02pm
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 20, 2016 at 2:00pm
The IJL Seminar Programme
Jam-packed with thought provoking, commercial insight delivered by leading professionals drawn from a broad range of disciplines, the IJL's free-to-attend seminar and 'Ask the Expert' programme is not to be missed.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 13, 2016 at 9:41am
Applications for LCW2017 programme involvement are now open. See or email for details
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 9, 2016 at 4:38am
Follow ITS 2016 Live!
In an effort to allow as many of you as possible to follow ITS 2016, this very special fifteenth anniversary edition will have its own, official APP downloadable from the Apple App Store and from Google Play Store.
We also wanted everyone to be able to see the Fashion Show during the final evening on Saturday July 16th. Seats for the final evening have always been a thorn in our side: so many requests, so little spots available! This time, the ITS 2016 Fashion Show will be streamed LIVE!
And of course we cannot forget social networks which will focus mainly on our Instagram and Snapchat profiles with reposts on our Facebook and Twitter channels as well! Follow the links below to discover everything you need to know about it!
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 9, 2016 at 3:50am
AJF is hosting a three-day trip to Los Angeles, California, USA September 30 - October 2 to celebrate the opening of Beyond Bling: Jewelry from the Lois Boardman Collection at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and, as a dedicated supporter of AJF, you are invited to join us!
In the spirit of being flexible, each day is priced separately so you can choose which ones to attend. Each day's price includes lunches, dinners, bus transportation, all entry fees, admission to the symposium, and a copy of the catalog.
It will be a wonderful three days of great food, fantastic jewelry, art, and good company. Visit AJF's website for the full itinerary and sign up for one, two, or even all three days.
It is important to witness this momentous jewelry moment and we hope you join us in the warmth of Los Angeles' sunshine!
Susan Cummins & Art Jewelry Forum
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 8, 2016 at 10:46am

Very exciting next ACJ selling show at the New Ashgate Gallery this year!! Be great to see you all at the AGM, Preview, Farnham Craft Month ........ details will pop up here and on

Show open 16th September to 5th November..
17 September to 5 November 2016
Choice! New work by members of the Association for Contemporary Jewellery

ACJ members work in a myriad of materials, from paper & plastics to precious metals, titanium, copper, enamel, steel, found objects and much more. Crossing the boundaries between body adornment and wearable sculpture, the work is exciting, thoughtful and fresh.

Here is a treasure box of delights, jewellery for women & men, beautifully made and eminently wearable.


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