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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What would you like to read or write about?

Started by Rebecca Skeels. Last reply by Rebecca Skeels Jul 12. 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 17, 2015 at 7:47am
IJL 2015 will celebrate the 60th anniversary!

As the year progresses we will have lots of new features and highlights to share so watch this space! Registration will be open from May 2015.

KickStart 2015

Our KickStart competition is open to all emerging designers who have been trading for less than 5 years. Do you know anyone looking for a platform to launch their brand and gain valuable exposure in the jewellery industry? Our initiative supported by the BJA could be just right!
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 17, 2015 at 7:44am
5 reasons to visit Material Xperience

Are you coming to discover the newest materials at Material Xperience? The theme this year is ‘The Five Senses’.

Together with our partners, this theme will explore materials and objects that engage your sense of smell, light up when you hold them, are irresistible to the touch, respond to your body movement and offer the most beautiful acoustic solutions – in short, all your senses will be stimulated! Further to this, international experts will lecture about the influences the five senses have on great design and materiality within office, hospitality, retail, healthcare and school environments.

Haven't registered yet for free entry? Here are 5 great reasons to do so. Come to Material Xperience from 9-13 February 2015.
We look forward to seeing you!

FREE entrance ticket (value € 35)
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 17, 2015 at 7:31am
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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 17, 2015 at 7:24am
Have you signed up to CRAFT&DESIGN yet? Maybe this year?

Happy New Year - and welcome to our January Newsletter.

Did you know that craft skills generate a huge £3.4billion for the UK economy?!

Download your free Newsletter now to find out more.

Be sure not to miss out on all the latest news about our 2015 Selected Maker Awards, Craft Courses & Workshops, Galleries and Exhibitions, Calls for Entries for designer makers, plus information about major Fairs and Shows both here and in Germany.

There's the chance to work as an assistant to a professional jeweller, we have a unique offer for a very special book, plus.... an exclusive Give Away for craft&design magazine subscribers!

Very best wishes for a successful 2015

Angie & Paul and the craft&design team
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 9, 2015 at 6:12am

6 creative exercises to celebrate the end of 2014

Written By Patricia Leave a Comment

At the end of the year it’s a natural process to want to review what happened, and sometimes more importantly what didn’t happen. It’s often a quieter time, a time of reflection.

And before you start creating new plans for the New Year it’s good to take stock of where you are, good to have a clear out but also to celebrate the previous year.

Many creatives consistently want to improve, always have new ideas, it can always be better, it’s never good enough, constantly moving on to the next project (before the last one is finished even), always moving the goal posts.

I invite you to celebrate 2014, to stand still for a moment, to be proud of what you did (especially if it’s not been a great year!)

Want to join in with the celebrations?

1. The-Design-Trust-New-Years’-card-cum-creative-business-planner

TDT Xmas card 2014 4I haven’t sent out Christmas card for years, but this year I decided to work together with letterpress designer Rachel Stanner of Prickle Press in London to create a little keep sake for all our Business Club members, partners and other friends.

Just before Christmas 250 ‘cards’ were send out all over the UK and abroad (as far as LA and Australia!). The card folds open and asks questions such as:

    What are your 3 core values for 2015? (Options include: productive, colourful, playful, traditional, collaborative, authentic, zestful, risky, kind, poetic, refreshing, easy, noisy, magical to hungry!)
    What was the best and worst thing about your life & business in 2014?
    What was the biggest lesson?
    What do you need to rant about to move on to 2015?
    What do you want more of in 2015? What do you want to have less of?
    What do you want to achieve by 31 December 2015? Salary, turnover, hours working per week, holidays, new clients, new products or services, new collaborations & partnerships, new challenges & adventures, professional development & training?

Get into action:

Did you get one of our cards in the post? Then please share your dreams, goals and rants with us on our Facebook page here (and if you didn’t you still can get involved!).

And ALL our Business Club members can also become involved with our first Business Club Challenge of the year: 3 punchy online sessions on 3 consecutive Sunday evenings in January to plan the year ahead.

Want to become a Design Trust Business Club member and get access to over 70h of online training? You can find out more info about our membership here.

2. 99 things you learnt this year

I love making lists! What’s interesting with creating extra-long lists is that often you start with your automatic response. The more interesting ideas and revelations come up at the end of the list!

So what about creating a list with …

    49 things you are grateful for
    33 things you are proud of
    88 people that helped you this year
    89 people you helped this year

Get into action:

Get yourself a lovely notebook and just start writing down and keep going! What were the people and events that really mattered in 2014?

3. Your year overview

Sending our New Year’s card to all our Business Club members, partners and friends was a great way to review the year: the people I met and had worked with, the events I spoke at or attended, the places I visited (for the first time).

...go to link for more

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 9, 2015 at 5:50am

Not one to miss!!

Applications due 23 January for the next International Interstudio Residency which includes airfare to Australia, a flat, up to AU$1000 in materials reimbursements, and 7-8 weeks of studio access across workshops. Let's see those applications!
P.S. Applications are best when applicants follow the guidelines to the letter

International Interdisciplinary Artist-in-Residency Craft & Design Disciplines - School of Art - ANU
The Craft & Design Workshops at Australian National University School of Art announce the upcoming 2015...
Ashley Jameson Eriksmoen
Head of Furniture, Senior Lecturer
ANU School of Art
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
Building 105, Childers Street
Canberra ACT 0200
T +61 2 6125 5835
F +61 2 6125 5705

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 8, 2015 at 12:32pm

interested in exhibiting and demonstrating on the 26th July at the Rural Life Centre’s main annual event, Rustic Sunday? The stand would be free of charge and the museum is even offering demonstrators a free weekend pass so that they can set up the day before and leave the morning after the event if they wish to. (There is a large camping/caravan area alongside the 10-acre site of the museum.) The museum is keen to attract younger craftspeople to this event.
Some crafts are obviously more relevant to the ‘rural’ and ‘village’ ethos of the museum than others - for example, I know that the Surrey Wood Turners are going to be on site that day. And some crafts are more possible to demonstrate to the public than others.
I act as the museum’s volunteer press officer, so it is my job to publicise events. We are already working hard  to try to boost visitor numbers to around 1000.
Feel free to get back to me, or to this year’s organiser, Rod Dengate. You could also take a look at the museum’s website which is and I know he would be pleased to show anyone around who is interested in participating.
The Rural Life Centre is an accredited museum of village life and is located in Reeds Road, three miles south of Farnham.
Thanks very much for your help.
Best wishes,
Penny Kitchen
Writer & Editor
8 Forge Close
Farnham Surrey GU9 9PX
T: +44 (0)1252 712233

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 7, 2015 at 2:37pm
Handmade in Britain 15:
The Contemporary Crafts & Design Fair
Chelsea Old Town Hall | 13 - 15 Nov 2015

We are excited to announce that applications are now available for Handmade in Britain 15: The Contemporary Crafts & Design Fair. Apply online now to exhibit as part of this celebration of the very best of British contemporary design and craftsmanship!
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 7, 2015 at 2:35pm
Now in its 5th year:

The SNAG/crafthaus Conference scholarship is awarded every January to a crafthaus member and is intended to enable attendance at the annual SNAG conference!

Application deadline: January 10, 2015

Info and Entry Form.

Visit crafthaus at:
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 7, 2015 at 10:19am



After the success of PHOTOMASTERS 2014, seeing over 2000 visitors to the exhibition, we are planning to extend this success by producing an ARTMASTERS exhibition as well!


The Old Truman Brewery and the producers of Free Range Shows are creating the ARTMASTERS showcase of MA Art students and recent MA graduates work, to coincide with ARTBLOCK, a week of different Art shows and fairs at The Old Truman Brewery.


The Old Truman Brewery is home to vast exhibition spaces, consisting of clean white washed walls. The site is a creative hub, attracting a diverse footfall of +30,000 people (estimated weekend average) making it a perfect platform for emerging creative.


We are currently looking for MA students and recent MA graduates to take part. The more interest we get from candidates the bigger and better we can make the show!


How we envisage the ARTMASTERS showcase to work:


• Each exhibitor will hire approx. 2.5 metres of wall space

• The estimated cost will be around £200+VAT per candidate (rates are dependent on final number of exhibitors)

• Proposed dates: Thursday 15th/Friday 16th – Sunday 18th October 2015



What to do next:

• Email Georgina with your interest:

• Please email us a sample of your work or a link to your website

• Please state your MA course and/or date of graduation

• Deadline for registering interest is 1st February 2015



Georgina Howard

The Old Truman Brewery

Filming and Photography / 02077706022


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