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

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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 23, 2013 at 8:53am
Art in Action 2013
What is Art in Action?
Inspired by the simple principle that people are fascinated when artists and craftsmen openly demonstrate their skills and discuss their work, Art in Action was born.

Approximately 25,000 visitors come over four days to learn, buy and enjoy, exhibitions, classes and performances of 400 demonstrating artists, teachers, musicians and performers.

What's New for 2013?
The Tent Makers of Cairo
Tent Makers of Cairo demonstrate their elaborate, appliqué, hand stitched pieces
Art in Action Art Courses - May to October
Comment by Brigitte Martin on June 19, 2013 at 8:55am


This is a call for Silversmiths who currently reside and practice in the UK to send images of their work/s for consideration to be featured in an online exhibition. The goal is to show the best current contemporary silversmith work from the UK. This exhibition aims to explore if there is a specific British silversmith style that is different from silversmithing styles in other countries.


Future exhibitions are planned to feature other European silversmiths as well.


The work/s submitted must have been made from 2011 onwards.

Image requirements:

5 images max in jpg/jpeg format

72 dpi (low resolution)

How to submit:

Please email the following information to .

- Clearly labeled photos to match the photo information (in other words, if you send 5 images for consideration, we will need to know which image is which from the descriptions) i.e. use your name followed by a number: mark-fenn-001.jpg for photo and listing description.


- title of work

- year made

- captions (material, measurements)

- photo credits (name of photographer)

- your website address

- a short descriptive text from you about the work, 3-4 sentences suffice

 Deadlines and Dates:

- Deadline to email images to : on or before September 1, 2013

- Online exhibition date: October 12 - November 12, 2013 on

- no entry fee !

- The online exhibition is public and will remain on the website even after the exhibition is over.

- Crafthaus is used extensively for online research by major US craft organizations, artists and publications. This means great visibility for UK silversmiths in the US/Canadian craft world and internationally.

- Crafthaus membership is NOT required to participate in an online exhibition.


About the curator:

Mark Fenn is a contemporary studio Jeweller and Silversmith with a BA (Hons) degree in Silversmithing, Goldsmithing and Jewellery from UCA.


Mark’s studio work is informed by the narrative and the personal. Mark is an award winning silversmith and a graduate member of Contemporary British Silversmiths. He is also a full member of The Association of Contemporary Jewellery. He is based in the seaside town of Whitstable, Kent, UK.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 19, 2013 at 8:40am

From Autumn 2013 the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s offer for post graduates is changing.  Our exciting, new Setting Out programme isn’t a taught programme. We’re helping you the move from college to career by offering brand new studio spaces along with a supporting development programme which will help you gain vital business skills.


The focus will be on YOU to make effective use of your workspace and take up the development opportunities that are right for you with the Centre’s support. The focus will be on YOU  to make effective use of your workspace and take up the development opportunities that are right for you.


Setting Out is open to graduates, and those working within the industry.


For an inclusive fee of £50.00 per week you’ll receive:


·                    Full-time, flexible access to a fantastic shared studio space

·                    Access to a Knowledge Programme that includes vocational training and/or professional development for a minimum of twenty days per year (to include lectures, seminars, practical sessions and mentoring around your business)

·                    Access to Goldsmiths’ Centre training and prototyping workshops

·                    Access to lockable storage

·                    The opportunity to start your business and make the transition from university to the world of work as part of the Goldsmiths’ Centre Community

·                    The potential to work towards a higher-level Vocational Qualification through the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s professional training programme.


Application forms are now available on our website

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 9am on Monday 22 July 2013.  
INTERVIEW DATES: Wednesday 31 July 2013 or Tuesday 6 August 2013

OPEN DAY: The Setting Out Open day will held at the Goldsmiths' Centre on Friday 12 July from 10.00 am.  If you would like to attend the open day please email

Kind regards


The Setting Out Team



Marie Marshall

PA to the Director and Office Manager

T + 44 (0)207 566 7655





The Goldsmiths’ Centre

42 Britton Street, London

EC1M 5AD, United Kingdom


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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 19, 2013 at 5:37am
Dear Rebecca,

Do you know a promising new art jewelry talent? Have you told them about the 2013 AJF Artist Award for an Emerging Jeweler? Perhaps you qualify? Time is running out to submit your application.


A cash prize of $7500 will go a long way in acknowledging promise, innovation, and individuality in a jeweler's work and in advancing an early career. We look forward to receiving a record number of entries this year, and we will meet this goal with your help.

Here are three easy ways to share this opportunity.

1. FORWARD this email to your community.
2. POST this link on your social media sites.
3. PUBLISH this press release on your website or blog.

Learn more about the Art Jewelry Forum Artist Award and find complete application guidelines on the website.


We are grateful for your support.

With kindest regards,

Susan Cummins
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 18, 2013 at 3:33pm
Public consultation on a possible EU initiative on responsible sourcing of minerals originating from conflict-affected and high risk areas.

The EU Commission is running a public consultation on so-called “conflict minerals”.
The Commission will use the results to help it decide whether or not to introduce legislation in relation to the responsible sourcing of minerals from for example war zones, post-war zones, and areas vulnerable to political instability or civil unrest.

The consultation closes on 26th June 2013.

This is an important and significant issue for the fine and fashion jewellery industry, watches and fashion accessories.

Does the UK jewellery industry want an EU legislative regulation (a law) that might be a sort of version of the United States’ ‘Dodd Frank Act’ (that covers gold, tin, tungsten and tantalum originating from the DRC or an adjoining country)?
NB: The EU consultation does not specify which geographical areas or which particular minerals might be included. It could conceivably include diamonds and gemstones

Alternatively would the trade prefer to adopt the ‘UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights’ and have a voluntary code more along the lines of the ‘OECD Due Diligence Guidance’ or the ‘Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative’?

On one hand the collapse of the clothing factory building in Bangladesh suggests that voluntary codes of practice in relation to due diligence through the supply chain don’t work.
On the other hand the Dodd Frank Act in the USA has triggered the law of unintended consequences, such that it has become so bureaucratic and onerous for legitimate suppliers to obtain gold, tin, tungsten and tantalum from the DRC and surrounding countries that they have abandoned sourcing from that area altogether, leading to a collapse in legitimate trade. This has inevitably been replaced by criminal activity and illegitimate trade to the detriment of the artisanal mining community and the countries as a whole.

Whether there is a law or voluntary code, we must make sure we choose our words carefully to ensure that gold does not get labelled generally as a “conflict mineral” instead of as “a legitimately sourced mineral from a conflict-affected area” which it may sometimes be.

Please make sure you have your say by answering the questionnaire by 26th June 2013.
Click here to view the consultation document

Michael Allchin
Chief Executive and Assay Master
The Birmingham Assay Office

Penny J. Parkes
Marketing Manager

P.O. Box 151
B3 1SB
T: +44 (0)121 236 6951

D: +44 (0)121 262 1050

F: +44 (0)121 236 9487
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 17, 2013 at 5:54pm
0.5fte Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Silversmithing
Part Time Post: 18.125 hours per week
Salary: £16,134 - £22,304 per annum
Location: Rochester
Ref: 13-KENTSGJ-01
The University for the Creative Arts has campuses at Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, Maidstone and Rochester and is home to 7,000 students from over 70 countries studying on courses in fashion, graphics, design, media, fine art and architecture.
The School of Crafts and Design is seeking to appoint a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Silversmithing to contribute to our BA (Hons) Silversmithing, Goldsmithing and Jewellery and BA (Hons) Contemporary Jewellery courses.
You should be a designer/maker with demonstrable expertise in working with precious metals. You will be passionate about developing the skills of your students and will be capable of inspiring them to innovate in their own practice. Your knowledge and experience should include CAD and rapid prototyping alongside traditional craft making skills.
Experience of teaching in an HE environment is essential, and you will already have a clear research/professional practice profile which aligns to the School's profile and ethos.
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 27 June 2013.
Interviews will be held on the 19 July 2013.
We value the diversity of our organisation and welcome applicants from all sections of the community.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 16, 2013 at 5:46am

Part Time Post: 14.5 hours per week

£15,409 - £17,843 per annum


The School of Crafts & Design is looking to appoint an enthusiastic Subject Leader to provide effective co-ordination and management for the school’s taught postgraduate courses at Rochester. You will participate in the development, planning and organisation of the School as a whole.

You will be expected to have broad creative and technical experience within the field of design and/or be a theoretician with a particular interest in this area. You will have a good honours and masters degree in a related subject and appropriate professional and academic experience at HE level. Ideally you will have an established research profile within the subject area.

Applicants should be familiar with contemporary educational issues, be a team player and be able to inspire and motivate students. You will have an understanding of quality assurance, curriculum development, and effective academic and administrative management at undergraduate level.

An application form and further details are available to download from our website, Alternatively contact the Human Resources Department on or 01252 892681 (24 hours) quoting the relevant reference. Please note any CVs submitted without a completed application form will not be considered for shortlisting.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 20 June 2013.

Interviews will be held in early July.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 15, 2013 at 7:44am

Deryn Relph
 and Alex Archbold 
Studio Award Winners 
In conversation with 
Alice Kettle

Making Space, 2 Bishopstoke Road, Leigh Park, Hampshire, PO9 5BN

In 2012 Making Space received an Arts Council England grant for MAKING IT, a craft project which aims to reveal the process and relationship between the craft of hand and mind, between object and word and through learning and making.  Last October, the Making It event in Winchester aimed to demonstrate that craft is the tool to investigate wider ideology, which is active, participatory and implicit in every day lives and in creative development.   MAKING IT is a collaborative project with Alice Kettle, the Centre for Real-World Learning at the University of Winchester and Hampshire County Council.

As part of the Making It project, 2 studios were awarded to emerging makers – Deryn Relph, textile designer, and Alex Archbold, a maker working in kiln formed glass.    Both are many months into their residencies and we have invited Alice Kettle, textile artist and co-founder of Making It to lead a conversation about their work to date, exploring what is in the mind and hand of the maker and other Making It concepts.    This is a social event as well, and will provide an opportunity for networking. 

Please spread the word!
As places are limited, people will be expected to pre-book.   FREE parking at the back.

Call 023 92472491
Or email:

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 15, 2013 at 7:42am

The IJL seminars are a fantastic opportunity for retailers, designers and manufacturers to be inspired and learn. A little expert advice can go a long way and make all the difference to your business. This year the sessions are split into three streams: Inspiration Theatre, Industry Insights and Successful Retailing.

The IJL Seminars are extremely popular and free to attend so be sure to arrive early and avoid disappointment as entry is permitted on a first come, first seated basis!

See below for this year's seminar programme:



  • 11.00 - 13.00 The state of the diamond industry 2013 - Mordechai Rapaport, Rapaport Group
  • 13.30 - 14.30 Luxury Jewellery market trends - Spring/Summer 2014 – what buyers should look out for. Juliet Hutton-Squire, Director of Adorn Insight
  • 15.00 - 16.00 Visual merchandising the right way – Tips and advice on showcasing jewellery collections to attract customers. Ruth Sibbald, co-founder of Zoe & Morgan and Rachel Entwistle and Kamilla Thorsen, founders of Thor & Wistle.



  • 11.35 - 12.35 Beyond the 4Cs – Colour - A Guide to the GIA Colour Grading System including information on the GIA D-to-Z scale as well as coloured diamonds. Giulia Nisoli, GIA
  • 14.00. - 15.00 Security and safety - how can our experience help you to protect your staff and store from attack in the future. Neil McFarlane, Managing Director of TH March
  • 16.15 - 17.15 Colourless with confidence - Differentiating a colourless diamond from a cubic zirconia or synthetic moissanite or other diamond simulants, know what to look out for.Clare Michell, gemmology and Diamond Instructor - Gem - A


  • 11.30 - 12.30 Hire the hungry not the starving - Strategies for recruiting, hiring, training, and retaining quality staff. Brad Huskein, President IAS Training
  • 13.15 - 14.15 Everything you need to have in your online armourey - Social, apps, web and mobile- for the next 12 months. Elizabeth Clarke, Dream Agility
  • 14.45 - 15.35 China in Your Hand - How to win tourists' spend. Arnold Ma of Qumin and Ting Zhang of China Business Solutions

see website for Mon, Tue and Wed

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 15, 2013 at 7:32am

Location : Corporate Headquarters, Paramus NJ US 07652
Job Type : Full Time
Career Level : Experienced (Non-Manager)
Education : Bachelor's Degree
Category : Creative/Design
Job Description :
At Movado Group, we are committed to building the strongest brands in the industry - and we are passionate about what we do. Our people are fueled by a creative spirit and a drive for excellence that are reflected in every aspect of our business. We offer the watch industry a compelling strategic vision and track record of sustained growth - and we offer our employees unparalleled opportunities for career advancement. We invite you to come share in our success.

The Sr. Designer will work with the Creative Executive to initiate and develop concepts each season that are reflective of the creative vision and Brand aesthetic.

Roles and Responsibilities:

Ø Collaborate with V.P. Design to conceptualize and design jewelry collections that are in keeping with the brand DNA
Ø Create and present designs that are innovative, represent big new ideas and drive volume
Ø Adhere to Brand standards and upkeep
Ø Under the general direction of the VP Design, presents, articulates, and communicates design vision at key internal meetings on behalf of the design team
Ø Responsible for upholding brand design integrity, high quality execution and timeliness throughout the entire creative process
Ø May be responsible for managing Interns, Assistant Designers, Associate Designers and / or Designers
Ø Oversees and approves creation of accurate spec packs and technical drawings including the release in Quickbase
Ø Utilize 3D and illustrator to execute and present designs
Ø Responsible for continuous development of technical expertise to remain current and educated
Ø Make presentations of design concepts both internally and externally
Ø Partner with VP Design as active participants in the entire creative process including Inspiration Meetings, Big Ideas, Refining
Ø Ensure design projects and Quickbase updates are completed accurately and within deadline
Ø Partner cross functionally with brand, merchandisers product development and design team
Ø Participate in Meetings with cross functional partners
Ø Ability to build and maintain a good rapport with internal & external customers and handle situations with confidence, tact, & resourcefulness
Ø Travel overseas to collaborate with vendors to ensure aesthetics, cost-effectiveness and timely deliveries
Ø Work closely with international partners to ensure successful commercialization of product for feasibility, cost, price/value relationship, brand identity

Job Requirements :

Ø BFA or Equivalent
Ø 5-10 Years of Jewelry Design Experience
Ø Excellent sketching and free hand drawing / rendering skills
Ø Strong computer skills – 2D programs (Photoshop, Illustrator, Power Point, Share Point, Quickbase, Publisher or equivalent. 3D software skills (RHINO, Alias, Solidworks)
Ø Knowledge of competitive accessories market
Ø Must possess a strong fashion sense and have the ability to interpret trends
Ø Knowledge of technical watch/jewelry construction
Ø Results-oriented Ø Flexible with ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines in fast-paced environment
Ø Organized, detail-oriented and thorough
Ø Creative problem solver Ø High energy / Strong Work Ethic/
Ø High degree of customer focus Ø Focus on team / relationship building
Ø Ability to travel domestically and internationally as needed
Ø Very strong communication and presentation skills


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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.

DETAILS on exhibition premise, call for artists, submission guidelines.....

Rachel and Brigitte will be appearing on the wonderful Jay Whaley Metalsmith Benchtalk Radio Show, talking about the Co:Operation Garnish project, how they came up with the idea, what the project is about and the plans moving forward.

The radio show will be LIVE on air September 25, 2014 @ 6PM EST / 3 PM Pacific.

Listeners can call in during the show via phone, skype, or directly connect via the blog talk website.

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