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. 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 July 10, 2017 at 8:22am

Art Jewelry Forum is planning two trips in 2018--be sure to mark your calendars.

San Francisco from January 10-15, 2018
Copenhagen and Oslo from September 25-October 1, 2018

AJF typically plans one international and one North American trip each year to take part in a major jewelry event, conference, or exhibition. Our partners on the ground in these locations are knowledgeable jewelry specialists who organize exciting itineraries that include:
VIP passes to art and design fairs
Curator-led tours of museum exhibitions
Artist's studio visits
Private access to galleries
Invitations to view private collections
In addition, we work with a travel agent who arranges spectacular meals, comfortable transportation, and luxurious hotels to make the trip an enjoyable way to engage with art, art jewelry, and your fellow art lovers.

To express your interest in attending one or both of these trips,
please fill out this simple form.

Art Jewelry Forum provides these trips to create a unique opportunity for jewelry enthusiasts to experience these beautiful cities, to celebrate our shared appreciation of art jewelry, art, and design, and to participate in deliberate and dynamic conversation with people who believe thinking about jewelry is as important as wearing it.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 10, 2017 at 8:15am

 Handmade in Britain is pleased to announce the launch of our first fair in Oxford! Handmade Oxford will take place at Oxford Town Hall from Friday 18th - Sunday 20th May 2018. We would love to see you and your wonderful work at Oxford next year. Want to be a part of this new event? Take a look at our information pack!
 For the past decade, Handmade in Britain shows have become the top contemporary craft selling events for designer-makers in the UK. This three day showcase sees the industry's biggest talents exhibiting alongside new graduates and emerging designer-makers. With innovative design alongside truly exceptional craftsmanship, visitors are treated to a unique event, set to the beautiful backdrop of Oxford Town Hall.
Read some testimonials from past exhibitors here:

Please remember, online applications only take 15-20mins and all you need to apply is:

- A short description of your work for show magazine entry purposes, maximum 25-30 words.

- Four images of your work. 1 MB max or image won't send.

- One image of a previous exhibition display and the name and year of the show. 1 MB max or image won't send.

Deadline 28th July!

Visit our website for full details:
Have any questions? Email:

We look forward to seeing your application.

Best wishes,

James Harrison
Exhibitor Relations and Partnership Manager
Handmade in Britain

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 7, 2017 at 6:47pm

Our 20:20 Visions conference is underway! And the ACJ's 20:20 Visions 20th anniversary touring exhibition is also on display over the weekend at Sheffield Institute of Arts - not to be missed! Head over to our Facebook page, Twitter or Instagram accounts for the latest conference updates. 

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 3, 2017 at 3:52pm

Creative Links: Manufacturer and Maker Meet-Up


6pm – 8pm, £15 (including a drink)
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Join the Goldsmiths’ Centre and design-manufacturing network Just Got Made for an evening out of the studio, as we bring the jewellery, silversmithing and allied trade communities together for a relaxed and informal night of networking, inspirational storytelling and building the relationships that are essential for a thriving business.

We start the evening with four short, lively presentations from designers and manufacturers chosen by Just Got Made and the Goldsmiths’ Centre, telling the story of how they made their most progressive products and ambitious projects happen.

Afterwards, we get interactive and invite everyone to join us in rapid-fire speed-networking game packed full of unique one-to-one encounters with the speakers, special guests and other audience members.

Become a member to get your priority tickets for this course.  

Just Got Made is a network for design, creative and micro-manufacturing professionals and small businesses in the British Isles. We are on a mission to support and encourage ethical, sustainable, socially aware manufacturing, teach product-making skills and inspire a diverse community of people to get making. Be part of the Maker Revolution!

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 3, 2017 at 3:51pm

Out & About: Digits2Widgets Studio Visit

Digits2Widgets Ltd. 61-63 Rochester Place, London NW1 9JU


6pm – 8pm, Free

Join other Goldsmiths’ Centre members for a special guided tour of the 3D printing and design studio D2W (Digits2Widget) in Camden. Listen to a talk about the potential of 3D printing in the design process and explore award-winning rapid-prototyped models from jewellery sets to reading glasses.

You will be able to witness the 3D printers in action and get advice from industry experts including jewellery and industrial designers as well as architects and model makers.

This exclusive event is aimed to help network and share innovative ideas with your peers. Bar opens at 6pm and the talk starts at 6.30pm. D2W (Digits2Widgets) is a design studio based in Camden, London. To find out more about their work visit

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 3, 2017 at 3:49pm

The Next Generation: Learning from the Masters

05-Sep-17 to 12-Sep-17
Opening Hours:

Mon – Fri, 9am – 6pm
Free - no ticket required
This exhibition presents the learning journey of four outstanding young silversmiths who have completed the Goldsmiths’ Company’s Studio Internship Graduate Award: Dominic Simon, Hamish Dobbie, Errin Quinn and Patrick Davison.

SIGA was launched last year to train graduates (within 5 years of graduating) to become the next generation of artist silversmiths. Each silversmith has undertaken a 16 week internship with leading silversmiths including  Michael Lloyd, Rod Kelly, Rauni Higson, Clive Burr, Angus McFadyen, Emmett Smith and Ray Walton. The internships are composed of 8 weeks learning fundamental silversmithing skills and 8 weeks focusing on an applied skill such as engraving, chasing or enamelling. This exhibition demonstrates and celebrates the skills and techniques that have been passed on from the masters to young silversmiths.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 3, 2017 at 3:47pm

How to Build a Goldsmith

07-Jul-17 to 29-Aug-17
Opening Hours:

Mon – Fri, 9am – 6pm
Free - no ticket required
What skills and attributes does a goldsmith need? Many years are spent in training and practice to develop as an adept and successful craftsperson.

This exhibition explores how aspiring and established goldsmiths acquire, hone and perfect their craft, and asks what qualities define an exceptional goldsmith. Evidenced through their work, it traces the personal growth, specialised knowledge and technical skills of emerging makers including Sam Hunter, Monique Daniels and Jack Elliot, as well as established names such as Charlotte de Syllas, Malcolm Appleby Adi Toch and Sam Marsden.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 3, 2017 at 3:35pm

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 3, 2017 at 3:14pm

We are very happy to announce the opening of K2 Contemporary Jewellery Academy!

Kelvin Birk and Katrin Spranger, who have successfully been teaching short courses and masterclasses for a while, have founded K2 Contemporary Jewellery Academy.
They offers a new approach to professional jewellery training in the heart of central London.
As they are both passionate about jewellery making and teaching, they will bring a conceptual, freethinking approach to design underpinned by a thorough technical training. Between them, they have many years of experience in teaching and working in the field of jewellery.

Students who are looking for a thorough grounding in jewellery making and design as an alternative to a university degree, or professionals who want to broaden their skills will find K² the ideal place, as it offers the perfect balance between a craft and design education.

K2 Jewellery Academy offers :
    Intro courses – Award in Art and Design level 2*
    Intro and advanced courses – Diploma in Art and Design level 2 & 3*
    Weekly courses and evening classes for beginners and advanced with specific themes
    Advanced jewellery workshop projects and specialist skills and technique classes
    Intensive creative short courses and masterclasses over 3, 4 or 5 days

(*awards body accreditation in progress)

Kelvin and Katrin believe in a rigorous technical skills training and in an innovative and critical approach to creative design development.
Classes are taught in small groups at Cockpit Arts, a thriving community of professional craft businesses in the heart of London. This gives opportunities for students and graduates to gain valuable insight and work experience within a professional jewellery environment.
K2 is located closely to major transport hubs, the British Museum and London’s Hatton Garden jewellery quarter.

To find more details about the courses K² is offering visit their website:
For enrollment contact: info@k2jewelleryacadem

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 3, 2017 at 2:29am

Book now for our fabulous 20th anniversary conference, packed with exciting speakers, workshops, demos, displays and more! There is just time to grab yourself a ticket for our 20:20 Visions conference, Friday 7th July - Sunday 9th July in Sheffield. We now have day tickets available too. Full programme and more details on how to book are available on our website: ACJ 20:20 Visions conference or book online with Eventbrite


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