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

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 June 3, 2017 at 2:17am

Interested in anodising techniques and colouring metal? Join us for one of our 20:20 Visions exhibition events 'COLOURING TITANIUM' on Thursday 15th June, 6-8.30pm at The Goldsmiths' Centre, London. Book online and more details here:

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 2, 2017 at 1:26pm

The Association for Contemporary Jewellery's 20:20 Visions conference promises to be an inspiring and packed schedule with fantastic speakers and exhibitors from around the globe! Join us in Sheffield from 7 - 9th July 2017, booking online here: or via our website:

We look forward to welcoming you! 

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 27, 2017 at 10:12am

Handmade in Britain are delighted to reveal that over 200 designer-makers have been selected to show their latest collections at Handmade at Kew this autumn.
The 2017 exhibitors include talented ceramicists, jewellers, weavers, glassblowers, silversmiths, textile designers, wood turners and many, many more. See the full listing here.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 27, 2017 at 10:04am

New Directors to Influence Nonprofit's Direction

Monday May 22, 2017, San Francisco, CA--Art Jewelry Forum is pleased to announce the addition of three new directors to our board of directors--Cindi Strauss, Sarah Turner, and John Rose.

AJF's board of directors is composed of an international group of thinkers, creators, and appreciators of the field of art jewelry, who guide our organizational activities and keep our mission to advocate for art jewelry at the center of all that we do.
Cindi Strauss, the Sara and Bill Morgan Curator of Decorative Arts, Craft, and Design and Assistant Director, Programmingat the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, notes that supporting AJF has been a priority because she believes wholeheartedly in our mission to educate the public on contemporary jewelry and promote the artists and organizations associated with the field.
Sarah Turner, an artist, educator, and proud resident of the Midwestern region of the United States, appreciates AJF's keen focus on art jewelry and our attention to the wide range of subject matters that derive from it, especially as she works increasingly in interdisciplinary fields.
John Rose is a marketing expert and long-time advocate for the fields of jewelry and craft. John is deeply committed to the arts and brings his knowledge of contemporary jewelry and his expertise in communication to our board. He chooses to contribute to AJF because it is one of the world's leading platforms in support of contemporary jewelry and design.

Art Jewelry Forum welcomes the input and expertise that Cindi, Sarah, and John will bring to our organization. Find out more about all 17 members of our board and about Art Jewelry Forum at any time on AJF's About page.

About AJF

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 27, 2017 at 9:53am

Two Openings in the New Inlay Class
Hi All,

I wanted to send a quick note to let you know that I've just had two spaces open up in the previously filled New Inlay Techniques class this July 7-10 at my home studio in Central Vermont.

The only other class with openings is the Ring Making Class July 14th-17th

Please go to my website for full class descriptions. If you would like to sign-up, email me to make sure there is space in the class and I will hold it for you. See "To Register" at the bottom of each description.
I hope to see you!

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 27, 2017 at 9:47am

A conversation with jewelry curator Ivy Ross. Exploring the tension of opposites, the balance of man and machine

Ivy Ross, a respected Silicon Valley executive who began her career as a widely collected jewelry maker, joins Patina Gallery owners Allison and Ivan Barnett as co-curator of a contemporary jewelry exhibition in July 2017 exploring the intersection of humanity and technology. Crafted Visions: The Tension of Opposites at Patina Gallery in Santa Fe. Inspiration for the exhibition comes from the world premiere of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, The Santa Fe Opera’s production based on the life of Steve Jobs and his spirit of revolution.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 27, 2017 at 9:45am

Get advice, guidance and information on creative apprenticeships

Join us over the next six months at our FREE half-day events across the English regions!

We will be visiting London, Cambridge, Gateshead, Manchester, Leeds, Bristol,
Birmingham and Brighton.

The half-day events, supported by Arts Council England, will feature expert speakers, a discussion panel and a choice of two breakout sessions. Refreshments will also be provided.

Creative & Cultural Skills has run many such industry events. It has an unequalled knowledge and experience in creative apprenticeships, having managed the £10m Creative Employment Programme, which enabled over 1,000 creative and cultural employers to generate work opportunities.

Book Your Tickets

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first serve basis so book now!

London: 30th June, Somerset House
Cambridge: 4th July, The Junction
Gateshead: 19th July, The Baltic
Manchester: 27th July, HOME
Leeds: 14th September, Opera North
Brighton: 19th September, The Basement
Bristol: 28th September, The Watershed
Birmingham: 4th October, Birmingham Museum

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 27, 2017 at 9:42am

The Weird and Wonderful World of Wellcome
FRIDAY 23 JUN & THURSDAY 29 JUN, 10.30–15.30
Join us for an eclectic mix of art and science delivered through gallery, creative and discursive activities as we investigate the life of Henry Wellcome.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 27, 2017 at 9:30am

maltings monthly market

On the first Saturday of every month, come rain or shine, you can find everything from artisan bread to vintage items, local craft designs to antiques.  There are more than 200 stallholders and special guest traders. Come and enjoy the buzzing atmosphere and delicious local produce.

Sat 03 Jun 9am-4pm

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 27, 2017 at 9:22am

Velvet da Vinci Closing Party

Please join us on Saturday, June 3 from 5-9 for a special closing party. Come celebrate 26 great years!

Opening hours through June:

Tuesday-Saturday 11-6

Sunday 11-4

Closed Monday


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Nisa Blackmon

"Symbihome", 2017

Copper, vitreous enamel, luster.

6.5"l x 4.5"w x 1.25"h.

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