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 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

The Institute: To find out more about The Goldsmiths’ Institute:

Courses: To find out more about Courses at The Goldsmiths’ Institute:

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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 20, 2012 at 3:53am
Craft + Technology Residencies - call for applications

Watershed is offering three residencies for UK-based contemporary craft practitioners interested in exploring the potential relationships between craft practice and embedded technologies and/or pervasive media. Applicants are encouraged to consider how their existing practice might map onto the creation of objects that use technologies to extend and develop new forms of engagement between people, objects and making.

Residencies will be hosted at: Pervasive Media Studio (Bristol); i-DAT (Plymouth); the Autonomatic research group (Falmouth), in collaboration with the Crafts Council and supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. Go online for further background on the partners and their thoughts on this collaborative project.

Application deadline extended to 9am, 29 October 2012
Interviews will be held on 13 November in Bristol
Download the application pack
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 18, 2012 at 3:00pm

Architalx and the University of Southern Maine, Creative Intelligence & Innovation Lab invite you to:

The Eye in Time: Interactive Installation Design

Friday, October 19th from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm, with Q & A after
Lee Auditorium, Wishcamper Center
University of Southern Maine, Portland
Admission is free

The visual interaction digital artist Matthias Oostrik and USM Professor Raphael DiLuzio will show and discuss their large-scale interactive video projection mapping project for Voices of Design: 25 Years of Architalx. This Ralph Appelbaum Associates designed installation will open on February 2, 2013, Portland Museum of Art.

AT 6pm, prior to the talk there will be an Open House at the USM Design Science Lab 

USM Design Science Lab
C-Wing, 5th Floor Research Wing
Science Building
70 Falmouth Street
Portland Maine, 04101

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 17, 2012 at 9:45am

At the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office we have one of the world’s largest collections of fake and forged silverwear and jewellery. The possibility of overlooking a fake or forged item continues to daunt experts, jewellers, curators and collectors and so we run a Fakes & Forgeries Seminar to teach you how to spot them. This seminar takes place atGoldsmiths’ Hall on Monday 26 November.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 13, 2012 at 5:58am
Hi Everybody!
I'm very pleased to invite you to the following workshop. Feel free to write me if you have any questions:
Best wishes,

Metal work for these designs will include a section on Keum-boo, a Korean method of bonding 24k gold foil to silver, a relatively inexpensive way to add gold to your work (Keum-boo on PMC Sterling requires no depletion gilding!). Engineering for found objects, and riveting, will also be covered. Whether you’re an old pro or a new enthusiast you have a treat in store for you with the new PMC Sterling! 

In this premier workshop, you'll explore ring design in PMC Sterling and learn techniques developed specifically to take advantage of these features.

Who should take this class?: This class is suitable for all skill levels and all skill levels can benefit from this curriculum. There are no prerequisites but some basic understanding of metal clay will be helpful.

For more info and to fill  out an application, click 


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