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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"Disbelief" over plans to remove crafts from UK creative industries_ Dezeen Magazine

Started by Vicky Saragouda. Last reply by Rebecca Skeels May 7, 2013. 3 Replies

Government proposals to remove crafts from its list of recognised creative industries have triggered "disbelief" and "frustration" in the sector...Article published by Dezeen Magazine on May 1st.www.dezeen.comContinue

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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 19, 2013 at 4:04am

This December, a raft of Britain's best and brightest designers, crafters, hobbyists, and food and drink merchants will gather to showcase their talents at a three-day event that's set to become a cornerstone of the UK's crafting calendar. Specially organised in tandem with three sell-out concerts at The O2, Handmade Christmas will open its doors to an estimated 60,000 people attending The O2 over three days.

Handmade Christmas is an affordable way for clever creatives to get face to face with thousands of potential customers in a strong sales environment. With exhibition stands starting at just £350 for three days, it's a must-do event for producers, traders and suppliers who live to craft and craft to live.

Over 160 designers, crafter and artisan food producers have signed up in the last 3 weeks!


Artisan food & drink suppliers
Just £350 for 3 days
includes 3x2m market stall

Homeware & gifts
Just £385 for 3 days
includes 3x2m market stall

Over 160 stands already booked at what is shaping up to be one of the UK's largest handmade shows

Book Today
01572 787567 or
07710 963110
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 15, 2013 at 10:47am
The job description is
Full time sales assistant with jewellery making/design skills required in jewellers in Walton on Thames with own workshop. 
Applicants must be mature, responsible and trustworthy. Computer skills required and a cheerful, enthusiastic approach. Our customers require a personal service so good communication skills and a friendly manner are important and candidates must be well presented and fluent in English and live within 30 mins of Walton on Thames. 
Please send covering letter and CV to
Many thanks
Danielle Astin
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 15, 2013 at 10:37am


Fine jewelry designers have a chance to show their work to the most desired luxury retail jewelry stores in the U.S. market!
Merrick, NY—Entries are now being accepted for the Sixth Annual Centurion Emerging Design Competition. Two lucky winners will receive a showcase and exhibit space at the Centurion Scottsdale show in Arizona, slated for February 1-5, 2014.
The competition, sponsored again this year by Stuller, is open to any jewelry designer who has never before exhibited in a U.S. fine jewelry trade show. The competition is open to all designers, regardless of experience, formal training, or background in jewelry design, but entrants must show lines or one-of-a-kind designs that are suitable for a luxury jewelry store environment and be capable of both exhibiting at a trade show and fulfilling any wholesale orders received at the show.
“The Centurion Emerging Design Competition is an excellent opportunity for up-and-coming and international designers to break into the U.S. luxury fine jewelry market, by getting their line in front of the most premiere audience of carefully selected prestige jewelers,” said Howard Hauben, president of Centurion. “For retail jewelers, the Centurion Emerging Design winners offer an opportunity to discover new talent to set your store apart,” he added.
Sharlinn Liew, one of the winners of the 2013 competition said, “Winning was just part of the joy! The entire experience of sharing your creations and meeting people in the trade was the complete package. An unparalleled one indeed! The Centurion Award has drawn me a lot of media attention, from Singapore's main newspapers to Hong Kong's trade magazines. It has been awesome!”
“We are honored to have the opportunity to sponsor the Emerging Designer Competition,” says Stuller executive director of marketing and public relations, Ashley Brown.  “The discovery of untapped talent is essential to the jewelry industry. And their work offers a fresh perspective on luxury design that’s both exciting and inspired.”
Deadline for entry is September 30, 2013. Entrants are required to submit up to three images of finished jewelry; no renderings or CAD drawings will be accepted. Images must be .jpg format, and each image must include a detailed description of the piece: what it is, metals, gemstones, etc.  Entries will be judged by a special judging panel, as well as by Centurion’s Board of Retail Advisors.
For more information and to access the entry form, click here:
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 14, 2013 at 8:19am
Good Morning!
I would love to take the opportunity to inform you that a fantastic new Call Out has just been announced, to take part in the next, and very last 'Suspended' exhibition.

'Suspended in Green' aims to seek out jewellery which explores the themes and ideas of what green can mean, through precious and non-precious materials. 

For further details on how to apply, please click here:

We are currently working hard to add more exciting galleries to our tour, and you will be notified of these as they are secured.

Please forward this opportunity to anyone you feel might be interested.

Thank you!
Laura Bradshaw-Heap
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 14, 2013 at 8:18am
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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 12, 2013 at 4:11am
You recently received our initial email regarding HandMade Christmas at the O2 Arena, Greenwich, on December 13th/14th/15th 2013.

We noted via our email servicing system that you opened our attachment, we hope that you found our event exciting.

Just wanted to follow up and let you know I will be calling you to see if you need any further information or assistance in the booking procedure.

If you wish to speak with me before hand with any question, or wanting to book please do not hesitate to call me on 07879 628792.

Also wanted to point out that HandMade Christmas is a stand alone event that will be marketed as such, the 20,000 footfall per day mentioned in the brochure is in addition to the market specific footfall, we have sold out shows at the arena, every day we are open and each and every concert attendee (60,000) will be receiving an email letting them know that HandMade Christmas will be open to them free of charge.

There will be drop off and collection points for anyone wishing to purchase but not wanting to carry shopping into the show.

We have a specialist PR company working for us and the plans they have for the PR campaign is quite exciting.

O2 will be sending a text alert to every one of their customers in the London and home counties area promoting the show.

I have copied the links below for you again in case you need them.

Once again please do not hesitate to call me 07879628792 or email at any time to discuss your attendance at HandMade Christmas.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 10, 2013 at 5:36pm
UCA is firmly committed to the future of crafts and design and this post offers the unique opportunity to lead and develop our courses and research in this area that effectively combines great skill and extraordinary creativity. The current portfolio includes product design, glass, textiles, ceramics, jewellery and metalwork. We are seeking to extend our portfolio into the areas of design management and enhancing our product and industrial design offer.
You will lead on developing our provision with reference to our history and in such a way as to define and influence the future of crafts and design in higher education nationally and internationally. The School includes the national Craft Study Centre which is located on our Farnham Campus as well as hosting the Anglo Japanese Textiles Research Centre and the Centre for Sustainable Design. One of the University's unique strengths are outstanding teaching and technical resources and you will be decisive in ensuring that these are deployed to our best advantage. The post will be located in either Farnham or Rochester.
Application forms, Vacancy Summary and further information relating to the University for the Creative Arts are available for download or alternatively contact the Human Resources Department via email or on 01252 892681 (24 hours -quoting the relevant reference). Please note any CVs submitted without a completed application form will not be considered for shortlisting.
No Agencies Please.
The closing date for receipt of applications is 22 July 2013.
Interviews will be held during week commencing 2 September 2013.
We value the diversity of our organisation and welcome applicants from all sections of the community.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 9, 2013 at 1:06pm
The Summer of Craft

This summer we are focusing on contemporary craft. Keep an eye over the coming weeks as we'll be bringing you insights into current debates about craft, design and making and introducing some of the most exciting makers practising today.

In the first of our series about craft,
Jessica Hemmings discusses textile art which tells stories.

We sent Billie Tilley to the recent Craft and Social Change conference in London where she reports the key issues which were up for discussion.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 9, 2013 at 3:33am

Hi Rebecca

Just in case you have not seen the last few emails from Andrew, there are only 2 places left on Andrew's Jewellery Summer School in Sedbergh School in Cumbria this July in the UK.

The programme offers up to eight hours of tuition a day with a hot lunch included in the price. Advice and guidance on continuing skills post course and appropriate suppliers will be provided.

Experience techniques ranging from traditional hand skills to state of the art Computer Aided Machining, encompassing up to 8 separate projects including:

•Silver gem set rings and pendants
•Cold forging silver and raising copper
•Laser engraving anodised aluminium
•Different forms of casting—Cuttlefish, Delft Clay, and Investment

•The only school in the country to be a member of the British Jewellers' Association
•Highest quality facilities and inspirational Lead Instructors
•Over £100 worth of materials included in the course, no hidden costs
•One month's free subscription to 'At the Bench' web based training videos so you can carry on after the course
•Based in one of England's leading independent schools sitting in a safe rural environment, in the stunning countryside of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

The first week is full and there are only a couple of places left on the second week, 29th July - 1st August If you would like more information Click here to Email, or alternatively call 01539 622295>


Andrew and the At The Bench Team
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 8, 2013 at 11:07am
Win £100 fab craft!
Hi Craft Seeker

We want to spread the joy of contemporary craft this summer and we’re feeling generous. Enter our fun competition and be in with the chance of winning £100 of fabulous craft by one of the #click&collect selected makers.

#click&collect makers (clockwise from top left): Michelle Keeling | Miranda Sharpe | Anne Morgan | Amanda Anderson | Myia Bonner | Paul Smith | Keith Varney | Brittany Delany Ceramics | Rebecca Little | Linda Bloomfield

It’s easy to enter
1. Create a personal collection around the theme of ‘joy’ and share it so that everyone can take a look.
2. Register your entry here or on the app on our Facebook page.

Not created a personal collection before?
Hovering over an image on a maker’s profile will give you the option to add it to your personal collection (don’t forget to sign in first). And you can see and share your personal collection when you are in your account.

When will you know if you've won?
The closing date is Monday 12 August. We are thrilled that Own Art, key in supporting people to buy and collect art by providing interest free loans, are joining us in judging the personal collections. As judges we will be looking for the collection which best evokes a feeling of joy. The winner will be announced on Friday August 16 on our Facebook page. We’ll let the winner know in advance by email.

Don't keep the good news to yourself!
Forward this to your stylish/ craft-loving/ creative/ decor-obsessed/ wish-list creating friends and share the details from our blog. And don't forget to use our hashtag on twitter and facebook - #clickandcollectcraft.

Good luck!
Janet, Catherine and Lucia

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A modern metalsmith/metal artist can be found working in traditional metals as well as in nontraditional materials. The designs can range from the classic to the extravagant, and the techniques can either be centuries old or decidedly current.

The wide range of expression preferences, design options, materials, and processes has lead within our field to unfavorable misconceptions, misunderstandings and in some cases even outright disdain between artists. Can the metal and jewelry field overcome its division and send out a much-needed signal?

We appreciate and respect our historical past and acknowledge that current materials have a rightful place in jewelry/object making!

Arriving at this message is the goal of this traveling exhibition opening at the SNAG conference in Boston 2015, Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, CA - Aug 19 - Sept 20, 2015, Equinox Gallery, San Antonio, TX - Oct 16 - Nov 15, 2015, Baltimore Jewelry Center, Baltimore, MD - Dec 11, 2015 - Jan 08, 2016, Brooklyn Metal Works, Brooklyn, NY - Feb 5 - Mar 4, 2016, Thomas Mann's Gallery I/O April 1 - June 25, 2016.

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