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 March 28, 2016 at 6:59am
How often do you find yourself doodling in a meeting? Does doodling help us to concentrate or take our minds elsewhere? Why are colouring books suddenly hugely popular for adults? Join broadcaster Claudia Hammond for an exploration of doodles.

Sandi Mann, senior lecturer in psychology, University of Central Lancashire
Tamarin Norwood, artist and writer
Antonia Barnett-McIntosh, composer
Claudia Hammond, Hubbub Associate Director and BBC Radio 4 presenter
This event is FREE. Tickets will become available below from 11.00 on Thursday 24 March.
(Image credit: based on blind drawings by Hubbub collaborator Tamarin Norwood)
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 28, 2016 at 6:57am
States of Mind: Tracing the edges of consciousness
This evolving exhibition will examine perspectives from artists, psychologists, philosophers and neuroscientists to interrogate our understanding of the conscious experience.
Exploring phenomena such as somnambulism, mesmerism, and disorders of memory and consciousness, the exhibition examines ideas about the nature of consciousness, and in particular what can happen when our typical conscious experience is interrupted, damaged or undermined.
States of Mind: Tracing the edges of consciousness features a series of changing installations. The first is The Whisper Heard by Imogen Stidworthy, until 24 April. On 26 April, this will be replaced by H.M. by Kerry Tribe. Find out more about the installations.
All our exhibitions are free. Find out about entry at busy times.
› States of Mind: Tracing the edges of consciousness – find out more
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 28, 2016 at 6:54am
Explore more of West Dean Gardens with the NEW Spring Pass
Hooray for the equinox and extra daylight! Now is the time to get out and enjoy the sunshine and spring bulbs so what better way than with our NEW Spring Pass? For just £17 you can visit the Gardens as often as you like for a six week period. Come and see the changes in the Gardens and get some fresh air and exercise, enjoy a walk up to the Arboretum or admire the new flint work in the Spring Garden. The shop is full of fabulous flowers and for fruit-stained fingers and berry-blushed lips the soft fruit plants are now in too!
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 28, 2016 at 6:51am
Only one week left to apply...
The deadline for the international contemporary craft event, Handmade at Kew is now only one week away. If you're interested in applying then we encourage you complete our online form as soon as possible for a chance to be a part of this fantastic retail event in the heart of
Kew Gardens.
In 2015, the teams at Handmade in Britain & Kew Gardens delivered a stunning event, with over 7,500 visitors and 150 talented exhibitors, and the show this year looks set to be even bigger and better! Have a look at our Application Pack for more information and details on how to apply.
*Please note that the deadline for applications is next week, on Thursday 31st March 2016.*
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 28, 2016 at 6:47am
2016 THEME
For 2016, 100% Design will explore the theme of 'Experience'. The visual identity for this year's show highlights the experience of visiting 100% Design, and celebrates the importance of attending the UK's design trade event. Throughout the campaign, and at the show, visitors and exhibitors will be invited to share their design experiences. How do we feel, explore, discover, see and connect with design?
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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 28, 2016 at 6:38am

So many things happen during the annual Spring conference season that it's hard to choose! Consider joining Art Jewelry Forum in Wisconsin forZoomMilwaukee -- which will feature 10 lectures, 27 hands-on workshops, 17 exhibitions (!!!), panel discussions, museum day trips, and much, much more. Registration closes May 9, 2016 so there is still time to join the conversation.

REGISTER NOW*&AppCode=REG&CultureInfo=en-US&utm_source=3.23.2016+Zoom+Registration&utm_campaign=3.23.2016+Zoom+Registration&utm_medium=email

AJF will be hosting two workshops and sponsoring two lectures at the conference, though there are many, many more from which to choose. We hope to see you there!

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 20, 2016 at 7:18am

Discover a World of New Ideas

Each year, IJL strives to bring you exciting new names to inspire your buying. This year is no exception, with an array of exhibitors signed up and ready to do business.

Making their IJL debut are Alexander Elizabeth, Aurum Jewellers, Alexia Jewellery, Grew & Co, Nour London, Maygems, David Miracca and many more.

View a full list of exhibitors

German Market Focus

IJL are thrilled to announce the Market Focus for IJL 2016 is Germany, a country renowned for its fine and high end silver jewellery.

We look forward to welcoming Bachtar Kleinod, CH Dahlinger, Hans D. Krieger, SchmuckBasar, SODEM, Manu Werkstatt fur Schmuck and more!

Editor’s Choice Awards

The Editor's Choice competition recognises jewellery designers and producers who exhibit the most creative and cutting edge jewellery at IJL. The competition is now open to 2016 exhibitors and winners will be announced at the show.

More on Editor's Choice

Bright Young Gems (BYGs)

Bright Young Gems, IJL’s initiative for emerging designers, is delighted to welcome Shaun Leane, Luxury Fine Jewellery Designer, to the prestigious judging panel. Look out for the winners on stand T30, revealed at the show this September.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 20, 2016 at 7:16am

City: Legnica International Jewellery Competition 2016

Award  /  08 Mar 2016  -  25 Mar 2016
Published: 08.03.2016
City: Legnica International Jewellery Competition 2016. © By the author. Read Copyright .

© By the author. Read Copyright.

The 25th Legnica internationl jewellery competition in the framework of Legnica Jewellery Festival Silver 2016 is open for submissions. This years topic is "City".
A city is one of the grandest, oldest and longest lasting achievements of human civilisation. Is it also the last? How great is the cities power of attraction if according to the sociological and demographic prognoses they will soon house over 80% of humanity? This tendency is ever increasing. What are these civilisation’s creatures, these (monstro)cities? What is the nature of their phenomenon?

A city is an autotelic structure, territorial-urban and social, an intellectual concept which lives its own live, but, at the same time, a creation as exact, practical and self-sufficient as any natural ecosystem. According to many, a city is defined by its residents and so it holds together all the man’s virtues and flaws. It is then an emanation of ambivalence and contradictions: good and evil, freedom and oppression, order and chaos, calculation and passion, power and weakness, beauty and ugliness, rationalism and spontaneity, community and egoism, safety and invigilation, riches and poverty, creativity and consumption, love and hate, comfort and burden, an individual and a crowd, etc.

A city is an element of controversial beauty and narcotic effects. The opposite of indolent peace and morbid boredom. A synonymous of haste and superficiality, countless impressions and illusions of a better life. A sum of its inhabitants’ individual thoughts, passions and desires, locked up in a reusable Pandora’s Box. A City - Mecca, El Dorado and Mordor in one. Man’s Heaven and Hell.

Date and Place of the exhibition: 26th April - 5th June 2016
Opening ceremony: 21st May 2016 Exhibition space: The Gallery of Art in Legnica, Plac Katedralny 1

The Organizers plan to present the exhibition in chosen cities in Poland and abroad.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 20, 2016 at 7:14am

Talente Competition 2016 Winners

During the Handwerksmesse Munich, this years winner of Talente 2016 Competition were announced: Sarah Bartmann, Naama Ben Moshe, Dovile Bernadisiute, Carina Deuschl, Mariana Mejia Suarez, Jieun Oh, Joseph Spannagel and Edu Tarín.

Dovile Bernadisiute, Lithuania
With Dovile Bernadisiute‘s pendants and brooches the jury liked the reflection on contemporary life and the convincing way of including and transforming found objects. Not only the choice of these findings but also the form of the works relate to everyday life, especially in transit areas like railway stations and airports. They are linked for example to mobile phones or powder boxes. The works emanate calm and assume a talisman-like function.

Edu Tarin, Spain / Germany
Edu Tarin‘s brooches and pendants not only convinced by their sculptural quality but also by the unusual way of working with the material. They are characterized by the combination of tradition and modern technique. The seeming simplicity of the monumental works helps to concentrate on their unusual surface.

Joseph Spannagel, Germany
Josephs Spannagel’s light object is characterized by the numerous possibilities of variation and configuration as well as by the carefully considered power supply line and the innovative way of power transmission. The jury was convinced by the novel construction and the use of magnets positioned inside the construction.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 20, 2016 at 7:11am

Dear Fellow ACJ members,

I am writing to introduce myself to you and the Narrative Jewellery project I am undertaking. I have run Crafthaus on-line exhibitions highlighting narrative jewellery and my website details are below if you would like to see my work.

I am approaching Narrative Jewellers whose work is inspired or informed by the narrative to ask if they would like to have their work included in the book I am writing, I have a publisher and the book will be distributed worldwide.

If selected for the book you will need to sign a Release Form for images submitted.

There is no cost to be included in the book, just a little of your time

And here are the links to the Crafthaus exhibitions which was in two parts so you can see some of the makers

The book will have a foreword by Professor Jack Cunningham and will also include images his work, two essays by Dauvit Alexander and Jo Pond also with images of their work

At this time I have over 200 other makers. These Include:

        Professor Keith Lewis (USA)
        Arther Hash (USA)
        Ruud Peters (Netherlands)
        Ted Noton (Netherlands)

I’m hoping to have around 300 images and I’m still contacting other narrative makers and inviting them to be included.

If you know of any other narrative makers that I could approach that would be of great help.

If you are interested in having your work in the book please e-mail at with Tales from the toolbox – ACJ in the Subject line (this will help me Identify new makers). I will then e-mail you with the deadline date and how to submit the files to me.

Please Note: do not send any images or text at this time. I’m just wanting to have makers express their interest in taking part.

Please may I ask that you keep the contents and any attachments of this e-mail confidential and not to disclose the title and contents of the book at this stage.

I look forward to hearing back for you.

With best wishes and kind regards,

Mark Fenn


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