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 Dec 1, 2019. 3 Replies

ACJ welcomes to its membership makers, collectors, curators, educators, gallerists and all who have in interest in or passion for contemporary jewellery. ACJ organises exhibitions, conferences, events, talks and workshops for its members and the public. We publish our print magazine Findings twice a year, send a monthly e-bulletin to members, packed with news, information & opportunities, and we run social media accounts which reach over 10,000 people with news and information - Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & YouTube. We do all this on an annual budget of about £25,000, funded by membership subscriptions. Would you like to donate to help us further this work? Any amount is welcome! PayPal donations can be made here:…Continue

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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 1, 2012 at 1:38pm
Join us November 14th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the Wishcamper Center, USM Portland for an exciting evening exploring Product Design!

Are you interested in Product Design? Does your company need Product Design? Could your company use the services of an industrial “product” designer? Find out why you can’t ignore Product Design if you want to stay competitive in an increasingly complex marketplace.

The design process is a physical transformation of an idea based upon needs or wants by consumers or the marketplace at large, into a product that is appropriate to its purpose. Product designers take a systematic and creative approach to conceptualizing and evaluating ideas before turning them into tangible products. Product design is vital in creating loyal customers for businesses large and small, local and international.

We have a great group of speakers lined up:

Moderator Patric Santerre, of ARCADIA designworks will give a brief overview of the definition of Industrial “Product” Design, and weave in its history in Maine.

We will hear from a local start up, Bitzy Baby, whose founders Whitney and Seabren Reeves decided to re-design a product when the existing marketplace was not meeting their needs as parents.

Nicholas Yardy Ph.D. the Director of Marketing and Technical Service at SAPPI, a global pulp and paper company with mills in Maine, and a commitment to creating new operations through innovation and design throughout the world, will share their growth story and the importance of product design for the business to business market.

Space is limited! Reserve your seat today.

To register contact:

$35 for non-members.
$15 dollars for MCC members and USM alumni; students get in free.
Become a member of the Maine Center for Creativity for $35 and get free admission!

Product Design
November 14, 2012
Lee Hall, Wishcamper Center, USM Portland
5:30 pm -7:30 pm
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 31, 2012 at 8:22am
Focus Gallery Nottingham will be exhibiting some fantastic jewellery from 1st November 2012 until 15th January 2013 from the members of ACJ East Midlands.

The exhibition will feature several jewellers based in The East Midlands, and will include Helen Shere (ShereDesign - Contemporary Silver Jewellery), Kate Bajic Hand Made JewelleryRuth Gordon JewelleryRuth Wood Jewellery, Gail Ferriman, and Karen Mckinley.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 30, 2012 at 4:11pm
The Guildhall, Winchester
16-18 November 2012
Our next Desire Jewellery & Silversmithing Fair will take place in Winchester from 16-18 November. This year the event features 80 designer makers including a display by a talented group of British silversmiths under the banner of 'Festival of Silver'. There is an enormous variety of jewellery available and the event features jewellers working in gold, silver, aluminium, brass, titanium, niobium, copper, bronze and platinum and incorporate glass, enamelwork, gemstones, pearls and beads into their work. All exhbibitors have been selected for their superb and innovative craftsmanship and have a genuine passion for the work they create. Visitors can see and purchase from an exciting range from both emerging British talent as well as more established designer makers.

Anyone celebrating a special occasion may also like to speak to the makers about commissioning bespoke pieces of jewellery or silverware. Several visitors in the past have commissioned engagement or wedding rings at the event and, by working with the designer maker, have been able to have input into the design and come up with something that means so much more and is completely individual. Many of the makers will also be happy to speak about remodelling jewellery to give it a more contemporary feel.

View our Facebook gallery to see examples of the type of work being presented
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 29, 2012 at 4:47pm
Arts & Crafts Handbook
Inspired by the programme? Would you like to find out more about how you could join the Handmade Revolution?

If you’d like to join the Handmade Revolution and try your hands at some crafts from the series, you can order or download our free ‘how to guide’ booklet. This will help you discover details about crafting in Britain, and how you can get started yourself.
To order your copy, please write to us:
Melton Mowbray
Please include your name and full postal address. You don’t need to include a stamped addressed envelope.

Otherwise, you can download a copy here:
Handmade Revolution (2.24 MB)
Handmade Revolution in Welsh (3.84 MB)
Note that Adobe Acrobat is required to open these documents.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 29, 2012 at 2:10pm

As you have been on or enquired about a short course in Metalwork at West Dean I thought you may be interested to know that we run a full-time programme in Conservation of Metalwork, if you are interested in this programme and would like to attend our next Open Day for the full-time programmes, we are holding our MA,MFA and Diploma Open Day on Saturday 10 November 10-4 in which tutors, students and academic staff will be present to chat to prospective students about their options.

If you would like to attend the Open Day please register at

Further information can be found via the following link on our website along with a timetable of the day.

Short courses are available now from November 2012 – April 2013, courses from May 2013 – October 2013 will be available in January 2013. If you would like to receive a copy of the current winter brochure please email

We hope to see you at the Open Day.

Kind regards

Gemma Young

Gemma Young | Communications and Marketing Officer
Edward James Foundation Ltd | West Dean
Chichester | West Sussex | PO18 0QZ
DDI 01243 818 208 |

The contents of this message are for the attention and use of the intended addressee only. If you receive it in error, please inform the sender by return email. The Edward James Foundation Limited A Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee registered in England & Wales Registered Office: West Dean, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0QZ, England Company No: 6689362 Registered Charity No: 1126084 T: +44(0)1243 811301 F: +44(0)1243 811342
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 26, 2012 at 10:20am

Announcing a Online Workshop

Yarn Scrap Earrings at
Have you seen Creativebug's amazing site yet? I am honored to be part of it and am in awe of the company I am in of amazing artists that are contributing.

My first workshop is a playful pair of earrings made using recycled bits of yarn, you may recognize that I use scraps from other projects of mine. I'll show you how to design the earrings with colors and textures that reflect your personal style. The finished earrings are lightweight but make a bold statement.

My creative bug profile:

Yarn Scrap Workshop:

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 26, 2012 at 10:17am

My Open Studios is happening all weekend in Noe valley atTruesilver Gallery and I am having a special SALE offer! All stocked silver Stud Earring styles are priced at $30, that includes all of the NEW shapes I have added recently (hearts, 

diamonds, x's and more!). Come early for best selection, opening reception is tonight from 6pm-8pm, Saturday and Sunday hours posted in invite attached.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 26, 2012 at 10:16am



October 24 - November 25, 2012

Curated by Jo Bloxham and Benjamin Lignel

Exhibition catalog available

A singer, model, writer and actress, Suzy Solidor (1900 – 1983) was an intensely iconic figure of the Parisian night-life during the roaring twenties: she owned a nightclub in Paris, where she used to woo her audience with a staple of sailor songs in homage to Surcouf, the corsair of St Malo she claimed as her ancestor, or chronicle the love affairs of men and women. A self-avowed sexual predator, she openly dated both, and became somewhat of a de facto advocate of sexual freedom. Popular with German troops during the Second World War, her first club - la Vie Parisienne - was closed shortly after the libération, and Solidor forbidden to run an establishment for 5 years. She opened her next club in 1949, and moved to the French Riviera in 1960, where she stayed until her death.

From the moment she arrives in Paris from Brittany, Solidor becomes a sought-after model for painters, sculptors and photographers. She sits for everybody, it seems, from Cocteau to Bacon, and what probably started as an easy bread-earner for the young provinciale beauty eventually became part of the singer's mise-en-scène of herself: she slowly built-up a collection of more than 200 portraits of herself, which lined the walls of her successive clubs...and some of which she took with her on her travels. Forty of these paintings now hang in a room dedicated to her in Château Grimaldi, which is situated next to Espace Solidor.

Solidor is a modern-day Narcissus: hers is a fretful form of self-commemoration, and she is probably closer to the doubting queen in 'Snow White' than to the self-engrossed mythological character. While some of her more transgressive contemporaries used photography and painting to pick-axe gender determinism, these portraits were not an opportunity for her to transform herself, and elaborate on the androgyny that so seduced her audience. She seems more interested in using art to multiply and reflect her own image: her collection of portraits track her through the day (from nudity to cocktail dress) and over the years (they were painted over four decades), but rarely outside a quite repetitive format. In short, she is not Claude Cahun (or Cindy Sherman) but rather the Queen Mother of mermaids, using the creative pluck of men (and some women) to amass evidence of her sway over them.

2015 Polk Street San Francisco CA 94109 415.441.0109 Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11 to 6, Sunday 11 to 4

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 22, 2012 at 2:21pm
Leo de Vroomen is a master in the art of Repoussé and is today recognised as one of the world’s most prestigious designers of bespoke jewellery. Following his apprenticeship in The Hague and qualifying as a Master Goldsmith in Switzerland he came to London in 1965. The company expanded rapidly and the distinctive De Vroomen style gained an international reputation.
We invite you to come and enjoy an evening with the iconic 'Artist Jeweller' as he discusses his life as a Master Goldsmith & Jewellery designer. These sessions are absolutely essential for students, those working in the trade, designers, makers and of course fans of fine jewellery and Leo De Vroomen.

Past guests at our Evening with... events have included Alex Monroe, Boodles Managing director Micheal Wainwright and Laura McCreddie, Editor of Retail Jeweller Magazine. For more information on these have a look at our news and events page and our blog.

Wednesday the 24th of October
Doors: 18:30
Entry: £10 or £5 for past students and short course students.

*Free for apprentices of Holts Academy

For more details or to book your place please contact Kayum or Sarah at Holts Academy on 020 7405 0197 or BOOK ONLINE (please call for student discount code or to book over the telephone).
For more information and to see some of De Vroomen's fabulous work visit the company website at or if you're on Pinterest you can visit the Holts Academy page and look at our Leo De Vroomen Board! To book a place at any of these Open Days, please call 020 7405 0197 or email
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 22, 2012 at 2:11pm
The Goldsmiths’ Company offers support to new graduates of Jewellery, Silversmithing and the Allied Trades degree programmes through various professional development courses, specialist training sessions, technical publications and events.

Our next up and coming course is the Getting Started Programme which will be taking place from Monday 21st January – Friday 25th January 2013. I am contacting you as someone who has previously, expressed an interest in Getting Started, taken part in New Designers or may be interested in the further support that Getting Started can offer.

Getting Started is an annual FREE week-long programme which has helped to launch the career of many of the industry's stars over its 32 year history. Delivered as a series of seminars and workshops, the programme focuses on the next steps for those wishing to pursue a career within the industry. The topics covered previously have included career planning, tips on how to become a successful designer, manufacturer or retailer and how to promote yourself.

Getting Started’s renowned speakers include designers, jewellers and silversmiths from across the field. If you are interested in applying, please download an application form from:

In the meantime, do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

With very best wishes

Helen Dobson
Institute Administrator
T: + 44 (0)207 566 7660
F: + 44 (0)207 606 7151


The Goldsmiths’ Centre
42 Britton Street

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