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.


Location: UK
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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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"Disbelief" over plans to remove crafts from UK creative industries_ Dezeen Magazine

Started by Vicky Saragouda. Last reply by Rebecca Skeels May 7, 2013. 3 Replies

Government proposals to remove crafts from its list of recognised creative industries have triggered "disbelief" and "frustration" in the sector...Article published by Dezeen Magazine on May 1st.www.dezeen.comContinue

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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 15, 2013 at 7:42am

The IJL seminars are a fantastic opportunity for retailers, designers and manufacturers to be inspired and learn. A little expert advice can go a long way and make all the difference to your business. This year the sessions are split into three streams: Inspiration Theatre, Industry Insights and Successful Retailing.

The IJL Seminars are extremely popular and free to attend so be sure to arrive early and avoid disappointment as entry is permitted on a first come, first seated basis!

See below for this year's seminar programme:



  • 11.00 - 13.00 The state of the diamond industry 2013 - Mordechai Rapaport, Rapaport Group
  • 13.30 - 14.30 Luxury Jewellery market trends - Spring/Summer 2014 – what buyers should look out for. Juliet Hutton-Squire, Director of Adorn Insight
  • 15.00 - 16.00 Visual merchandising the right way – Tips and advice on showcasing jewellery collections to attract customers. Ruth Sibbald, co-founder of Zoe & Morgan and Rachel Entwistle and Kamilla Thorsen, founders of Thor & Wistle.



  • 11.35 - 12.35 Beyond the 4Cs – Colour - A Guide to the GIA Colour Grading System including information on the GIA D-to-Z scale as well as coloured diamonds. Giulia Nisoli, GIA
  • 14.00. - 15.00 Security and safety - how can our experience help you to protect your staff and store from attack in the future. Neil McFarlane, Managing Director of TH March
  • 16.15 - 17.15 Colourless with confidence - Differentiating a colourless diamond from a cubic zirconia or synthetic moissanite or other diamond simulants, know what to look out for.Clare Michell, gemmology and Diamond Instructor - Gem - A


  • 11.30 - 12.30 Hire the hungry not the starving - Strategies for recruiting, hiring, training, and retaining quality staff. Brad Huskein, President IAS Training
  • 13.15 - 14.15 Everything you need to have in your online armourey - Social, apps, web and mobile- for the next 12 months. Elizabeth Clarke, Dream Agility
  • 14.45 - 15.35 China in Your Hand - How to win tourists' spend. Arnold Ma of Qumin and Ting Zhang of China Business Solutions

see website for Mon, Tue and Wed

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 15, 2013 at 7:32am

Location : Corporate Headquarters, Paramus NJ US 07652
Job Type : Full Time
Career Level : Experienced (Non-Manager)
Education : Bachelor's Degree
Category : Creative/Design
Job Description :
At Movado Group, we are committed to building the strongest brands in the industry - and we are passionate about what we do. Our people are fueled by a creative spirit and a drive for excellence that are reflected in every aspect of our business. We offer the watch industry a compelling strategic vision and track record of sustained growth - and we offer our employees unparalleled opportunities for career advancement. We invite you to come share in our success.

The Sr. Designer will work with the Creative Executive to initiate and develop concepts each season that are reflective of the creative vision and Brand aesthetic.

Roles and Responsibilities:

Ø Collaborate with V.P. Design to conceptualize and design jewelry collections that are in keeping with the brand DNA
Ø Create and present designs that are innovative, represent big new ideas and drive volume
Ø Adhere to Brand standards and upkeep
Ø Under the general direction of the VP Design, presents, articulates, and communicates design vision at key internal meetings on behalf of the design team
Ø Responsible for upholding brand design integrity, high quality execution and timeliness throughout the entire creative process
Ø May be responsible for managing Interns, Assistant Designers, Associate Designers and / or Designers
Ø Oversees and approves creation of accurate spec packs and technical drawings including the release in Quickbase
Ø Utilize 3D and illustrator to execute and present designs
Ø Responsible for continuous development of technical expertise to remain current and educated
Ø Make presentations of design concepts both internally and externally
Ø Partner with VP Design as active participants in the entire creative process including Inspiration Meetings, Big Ideas, Refining
Ø Ensure design projects and Quickbase updates are completed accurately and within deadline
Ø Partner cross functionally with brand, merchandisers product development and design team
Ø Participate in Meetings with cross functional partners
Ø Ability to build and maintain a good rapport with internal & external customers and handle situations with confidence, tact, & resourcefulness
Ø Travel overseas to collaborate with vendors to ensure aesthetics, cost-effectiveness and timely deliveries
Ø Work closely with international partners to ensure successful commercialization of product for feasibility, cost, price/value relationship, brand identity

Job Requirements :

Ø BFA or Equivalent
Ø 5-10 Years of Jewelry Design Experience
Ø Excellent sketching and free hand drawing / rendering skills
Ø Strong computer skills – 2D programs (Photoshop, Illustrator, Power Point, Share Point, Quickbase, Publisher or equivalent. 3D software skills (RHINO, Alias, Solidworks)
Ø Knowledge of competitive accessories market
Ø Must possess a strong fashion sense and have the ability to interpret trends
Ø Knowledge of technical watch/jewelry construction
Ø Results-oriented Ø Flexible with ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines in fast-paced environment
Ø Organized, detail-oriented and thorough
Ø Creative problem solver Ø High energy / Strong Work Ethic/
Ø High degree of customer focus Ø Focus on team / relationship building
Ø Ability to travel domestically and internationally as needed
Ø Very strong communication and presentation skills

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 15, 2013 at 7:15am
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 15, 2013 at 7:12am

What makes us human? We analyse, we process, we try, we fail, we try again;
 develop, we change direction, we fail, we gather our strength again, we start all over. 
We look at things upside down gaining new perspectives. 
This is how we
 grow. Going through this cycle over an over makes us human.
This is how we
 create.  How we create jewellery.
Using our experiences, thoughts, impressions, our

Cosa ci rende umani? Analizziamo, proviamo, sbagliamo, ritentiamo.
Progrediamo, cambiamo direzione e sbagliamo di nuovo;
raccogliamo le nostre forze e ricominciamo da capo.
Osserviamo le cose a testa in giù per guadagnare nuove prospettive. 
Questo è il modo in cui cresciamo. 
Passare e ripassare attraverso questo ciclo ci rende umani.
Questo è come noi componiamo, come creiamo gioielli. 
Usando le nostre esperienze, i nostri pensieri, le nostre impressioni, la nostra vita.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 15, 2013 at 7:12am

Axisweb's June update

We're currently recruiting for a range of roles
Join our Board

With four of our trustees due to step down later this year, we are now looking for suitably experienced and committed individuals to replace them on the Axisweb Board. Closing date for applications Monday 17 June 2013.
Find out more and apply online at:
David Green, The Directors' Office, 2013
Become our part-time Administrator

Do you have experience of business administration? Would you like to work with our busy arts organisation in the centre of Leeds? We’re looking for a part-time administrator with excellent organisational skills who can work with our small team to provide financial and administrative support and offer outstanding customer service to our members. Closing date for applications: Thursday 20 June 2013.
Fiona Watson, Just Little Words, 2013
Development Manager for The Artists' Fund

Help us create The Artists’ Fund
A consortium consisting of Artquest, a-n, Axisweb and DACS has secured a Catalyst grant from Arts Council England to develop our collective fundraising capacity and lay the foundations for a new artist-led funding scheme. We are looking for a dynamic individual, with significant experience of fundraising, financial management, communications and advocacy, to deliver our Catalyst capacity-building programme and implement the initial stages of the Fund. Closing date for applications: Friday 28 June 2013.
New on Axisweb
Art Professionals' Guide to the Venice Biennale

Ruth, Liz and Lesley from Axisweb have undertaken the ultimate sacrifice and visited the preview week of the Venice Biennale, all to provide you with a invaluable guide. While they were there, they ran a confession booth from The Artists' Pavilion, canvassed opinion and saw as much as possible. 
Take a look at some of the confessions they gathered while they were there and watch out for the full guide with films, images and commentary on Axisweb very soon...
Lesley and Liz from Axisweb at this year's Venice Biennale
The Artist of the Month - Zachary Eastwood-Bloom

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 15, 2013 at 6:47am
We are pleased to say that this months webcast was a roaring success. We looked at Trying out Texturing and covered a whole variety of tools and equipment to enable textures to be applied to you metal surfaces.

Some comments regarding the webcast:-

Jerry – Great Camera work by the way.
Natasha – Cheers andrew that was great!
Neil – Great session Andrew/Jason. Thanks
Jen – Thanks another good webcast
Natasha – Brain is going mad with ideas!

Pop along to and when you arrive on the At The Bench’s official Livestream page, click on the green FOLLOW button and on the blue SHARE button as shown in the image below.

Our next WebCast is going to be on Wednesday 10th July at 5:30 BST. We are looking for suggestions on what YOU would like too see. We had in mind to demonstrate Foldforming but it may be a little too loud with all the hammering. Or perhaps you want to see demonstrate Soldering again as we are able to broadcast with a better quality and larger picture. Just drop Devhan a line and tell her what you would like to see. Click Here to Email Devhan

Three films have gone live this week

Webcast – June 2013 – Trying out Textures
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 15, 2013 at 6:46am
Countdown to Fusion - now only one week away!

The marquees are up, the bunting is knitted and everything is set for an exciting weekend of creativity and fun.

Our Early Bird ticket discount - over 15% off - ends this weekend so don't delay: buy your ticket now! For a small additional charge tickets can be booked for workshops: A limited number of workshop spaces will be released on the day but book now to guarantee a place on the workshop of your choice.

Click here to buy your tickets.

As Alison Baxter, Creative Director of Fusion and Head of Creative Enterprise at West Dean says: 'I am very excited about this new event: we have put together a programme that offers something for everyone - young and old, for those who want to be entertained and those who want actively to take part'.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 15, 2013 at 6:42am
12-14 January 2014

Earls Court, London

Co-located with Top Drawer & Home


New smaller stand sizes at CRAFT: Redefining Handmade

We welcome applications to exhibit at CRAFT from designer-makers and maker groups in all disciplines, working within the UK and Europe.

We are pleased to announce that, due to demand, the organisers have introduced a limited number of smaller (2x1) stands.

The deadline for applications is 28th June.

Curated by Ian Rudge, (Development Director at Clarion Events and Co-Founder of 100% Design, Tent London) and Piyush Suri (Founder and Director of Handmade in Britain), CRAFT will fill a gap within the UK market for a high quality, juried trade event. Housed within its own specially created space CRAFT is a new trade show for contemporary craft and design, located alongside Top Drawer ( and Home (

CRAFT is an exceptional opportunity providing a commercial platform for designer-makers who wish to reach an international audience of professional retailers, museums, galleries and collectors.

Please see our website for further information and an application pack or contact Alis Clement to discuss a group

Application Pack
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 8, 2013 at 4:01pm
GIFTED in Farnham
Surrey Guild of Craftsmen
Saturday 29 - Sunday 30 June, 10.30am-5pm
Farnham Maltings, free entry
Highly skilled makers from the Surrey Guild of Craftsmen showcase and sell their new contemporary craft work in the Cellar Bar. Selected makers will be demonstrating and are happy to discuss their techniques. Fascinating viewing.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 8, 2013 at 4:00pm
Studio Space at Farnham Maltings
Farnham Maltings have a shared studio space available for rent from June 2013. Expressions of interest are welcomed from artists who are happy to share a studio and who wish to develop their practise in a creative and supportive arts environment.
Please contact Chris Maddocks at

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