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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Started by Rebecca Skeels Jun 13. 0 Replies

Hi EveryoneDon't forget to add your exhibitions and shows, classes and facts and competitions that are related to contemporary jewellery here!And do also paste related and useful links to items you find.Please also feel free to comment on other peoples discussions and posts.We have a continually growing digital network with todays numbers at2154 people linked to the Facebook page to the Crafthaus page to the linkedin page…Continue

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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 10, 2014 at 5:04am

We are now inviting applications for our Desire Fairs in Chelsea and Winchester from silversmiths and jewellers working in any media. Demand for spaces is expected to be extremely high so you are urged to apply early.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 10, 2014 at 5:04am


AJF's publication committee and staff wrangle not just the fabulous content AJF publishes each month, but also manage the 125-plus writers--from five continents--that contribute to AJF. When I said "contribute," I should be clear that AJF pays writers for their work, commensurate with their experience, as they say. Your support goes toward paying the writers for their efforts!

Part of AJF's mission is to nurture writing and critical skills by providing younger writers with editorial support and encouragement. This means AJF commissions not only established writers who are regularly featured in books, magazines, and online journals, but also writers just starting out. Working with less-experienced writers means that our content will vary in color, style, and expertise, but we think it is worth helping young writers find their voices in a field that notably lacks dedicated history/critical theory departments.

Here's what some of AJF's writers look like, listed alphabetically by first name. (There are even more contributors, but these are the ones whose photos we have!) Aren't they a smart-looking group of individuals?

You can learn more about them in the taglines that appear below their articles. I hope you enjoy "meeting" them as much as we enjoy working with them.

Benjamin Lignel
AJF Editor

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 7, 2014 at 4:47am

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 1, 2014 at 11:04am
Katie Roberts
Katie creates beautiful, dynamic forms, which play with light and perspective.
Silver and gold are used throughout her work, accented with contrasting metal, oxidisation and geometric pattern.
Gold is applied in a process called Keum Boo, where the gold is added to the silver as a thick leaf, using heat to bond the two metals.
Katie is a member of the Birmingham School of Jewellery Alumna and 2014 Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Award Winner for Contemporary Silver Jewellery.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 1, 2014 at 10:58am
Hi from the team at Holts Academy,

You are receiving this email as one of our previous project participants (you may have studied with us on our BTTP, Future in the Making or Jewellery Connections projects).

It’s our 15th Birthday this year and to celebrate, we are offering the opportunity for all previous project students to benefit from £1,500 of funding towards our 14 Day Advanced CAD Certificate which commences on August 6th and is on every Wednesday and Thursday through to September 25th.

The course usually costs £3,000 but until Tuesday 5th August at 3pm, to celebrate our 15th Anniversary, we are offering a £1,500 bursary for you. Full course information is below and spaces are strictly limited.

This course is perfect if you already have some experience with CAD and want to take your skills to the next level. It will keep you completely up to date with the most recent technology and allow you to master your applied jewellery CAD/CAM skills alongside expert designers in the most challenging CAD course ever developed in the UK!
Level 4 CAD Certificate for Jewellery Design encompasses a diverse range of highly advanced skills associated with CAD/CAM design and manufacturing. By the end of this course, you will have achieved significant practical experience in a range of advanced CAD techniques for jewellery and silverware modelling, as well as managing the entire manufacturing process independently on your own designs.

For many of our past students, this course has proven a fantastic way to launch their career in the jewellery industry:
Previous students’ work has been manufactured and sold by companies such as Beaverbrooks and F Hinds.
Previous students have gone on to work with companies such as Kabiri, Shaun Leane, Dower and Hall, Ben Day, David Valle, Tomasz Donocik, and Brown and Newirth, or have established their own jewellery making businesses.
Several CAD course alumni have won industry awards - Sarah Herriott was Joint Gold Winner of the 2014 Goldsmiths Company Assay Office Award (Technical Innovation 3D) and Contemporary Jewellery Silver winner
2014 Goldsmiths Award Winner (Commendation, CAD Presentation) and Alumni Zoe Harding says:
"Jack is a great teacher, who is so obviously passionate about the subject. I know I am not the only one from the class who wishes a level 5 course existed so we could all carry on! We are on our own now but have the tools needed to continue learning as we go along."
To book - call Tarjew Kirkland on 020 7405 0197 or email

Can’t make this course? Why not find out about our Industry CAD Short Courses, they last 2-3 days and costs between £199 - £399 (our new website will be live in a week or two)

P.s If you’re not on our mailing list you can sign up by replying to this email and requesting to be added on, that way you won’t miss out on future offers and other birthday discounts over the next few months.

Kind regards

Lili Cavaliere
PR and Events Officer
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 28, 2014 at 7:41am

Research residency for a London-based visual artist at the Foundling Museum, engaging with its work and collections.

Deadline for applications: 4 August 2014.

This is an opportunity for an artist to engage with the collections, curators and work of the Foundling Museum and undertake a period of research to develop their practice and a new body of work. Applications for this research residency are now open.

The successful applicant will receive:
• A bursary of £3,000
• Access to the Foundling Museum’s collections and curators
• Support in presenting their research and work in a public facing event

About the Foundling Museum
The Foundling Museum tells the story of the Foundling Hospital, established in 1739 to care for London’s abandoned babies. The Hospital was the brainchild of the pioneering philanthropist Captain Thomas Coram. Instrumental in helping Coram realise his vision were the artist William Hogarth and the composer George Frideric Handel. In doing so they created London’s first public art gallery and set the template for the way that the arts could support philanthropy. The museum continues to celebrate their vision, by enabling artists to create a living dialogue between their forebears and vulnerable children today. The Foundling Museum encourages people to participate in this dialogue as visitors, collaborators and supporters. The Museum contains the Foundling Hospital Collection which spans four centuries and contains paintings, sculpture, prints, manuscripts, furniture, clocks, photographs and ephemera. The Museum also houses the Gerald Coke Handel Collection, the world’s largest private collection of Handel memorabilia and an internationally-important research resource. In addition to displaying the Collections, the Museum mounts three major temporary exhibitions a year, which illuminate different aspects of the Foundling Hospital story, alongside smaller displays, Collection interventions, artists’ commissions and projects.

Any London based visual artist who has been practicing for a minimum of 5 years is eligible to apply.
Applicants must have their own workspace as studio space is not provided. Applicants may not be enrolled on a course of full time or part time study during the residency period.

Deadline: 10.00am Monday 4 August 2014
Interviews: Wednesday 27 August 2014
Successful candidate announced: Monday 1 September 2014
Residency period: 6 October – 14 December 2014
Residency public event: spring 2015

Read more:

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 28, 2014 at 7:11am

Starting a craft business

NEDay Crafts is a craft business in the North East offering workshops, activity kits and online tutorials. NEDay’s Managing Director, Vicky Lloyd, spoke about the challenges of running your own craft business.

Vicky Doyle set up her business, NEDay Crafts, after deciding to find a way to bring craft workshops and tutorials to more people.
Switching careers to craft
“I grew up with Blue Peter, so I was always making stuff out of empty bottles as a child. But it never occurred to me I could make a business out of it,” says Vicky.
After leaving school, she went to work in office administration, and then retail.
“It was when I first had children that I started looking for craft activities or local craft clubs. I wanted to find things for them to do that didn’t involve sitting in front of the TV all day!”
Vicky couldn’t find anything available in the local area, despite thorough research.

“I’ve always adapted to changing times – that’s what you need to do to survive.”

“I also looked at major craft retailers, and the prices of the craft kits they were selling were ridiculous. Not only that, but what they contained was pathetic – really low-effort tasks that didn’t challenge children at all.
“I thought: 'maybe I can do something about this'.”
Vicky was becoming increasingly unhappy at work and finding most of her earnings went on childcare.
“I felt like I was missing out on the children’s lives. So I walked out of my full-time job and set up my own craft business.”
Setting up a craft business
Vicky had no experience with running a business, and initially had no idea how to go about it or where to go for help.
“I just saw a gap in the market and went for it.”
When she first set it up, NEDay Crafts primarily worked with children’s centres. Vicky also ran art and craft workshops for children and designed activity kits for sale to the public.
“The kits were based on the workshops I was running – all low-priced and very basic.”
As Vicky got going with her business she started assessing what worked and what didn’t.
“I was doing craft parties in the North East, with maybe 20 children each time. They lasted an hour, usually, but I might spend an hour each way just getting there.
“So I did less of those, and focused more on craft fairs and the craft kits.”
Finding new markets for craft
The business was going quite well, but then everything changed.
“Trade fairs and markets started diminishing, and people in general weren’t spending as much as they used to. I could see that my business model wasn’t going to work in this new climate.”

“It’s lovely to be inspiring my daughter. I’m sharing craft with her whilst also teaching her about business!”

So Vicky diversified again, focusing more on workshops with local councils. This worked well for a few months, but then the councils had their funding cut.
“That was a real crunch point for me. The contracts suddenly stopped, and they had made up about seventy per cent of my income. I didn’t know where else to look.”
“I saw it as make or break: workshops had dried up, parents didn’t have the money they used to. I needed a new approach.”
Using social media to develop a business
Vicky’s business mentor then encouraged her to get into blogging.
“The idea was basically to take the business online. I got a Twitter account, and redeveloped the website.”
The new website featured a prominent blog, where Vicky shared inspiration and tips for other businesses.
She also started selling online tutorials and resources.
“My approach across all social media was quite straightforward – 

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 28, 2014 at 6:55am
An Evening with Raw Pearls

Wednesday 6th August - 5.30pm - 8.00pm

Tickets: £10 includes refreshments

The seminar will include:
  • How to tell the difference between fake, cultured and natural pearls (samples will be shown) and a quiz after the discussion and seminar
  • The different types of cultured pearl – Freshwater, Akoya, Tahitian, South sea (samples will be shown)
  • Photo tour of a freshwater pearl farm
  • A look at the factors that determine price
  • Commentary on the market – what’s hot in the world of pearls

Please call Lili Cavaliere on 02074050197 to book your place now or email:

Book soon to avoid disappointment!
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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 24, 2014 at 3:31am
Are you displaying your Dealer's Notice?

Please note that the Hallmarking Act 1973 states that it is an offence for a dealer not to display the current notice in his/her premises. Any previous versions of this notice will need replacing with the current version.

You can download a free copy from our website here. Display copies are available to purchase for £10 collected or £15 delivered. Tel. 020 7606 8971 for further information and orders.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 24, 2014 at 3:28am
Valuation Day - Goldsmiths' Hall, Friday 19 September

Our next Valuation Day at Goldsmiths’ Hall is on Friday 19 September.
These ever popular events, held in the magnificent Goldsmiths' Hall, offer the chance for a private one-to-one consultation with our expert valuer.

Places are limited and by reservation only.
For more information or to reserve your place contact the valuations department on 020 7606 8971 or

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