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.


Location: UK
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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 December 10, 2011 at 11:13am
We made a few videos last year to work alongside our demonstrations and teaching. You may like to see them and use them to assist with your teaching or learning. 
(Not too much laughter at us please... they are the first time we've been caught on camera!)
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on December 4, 2011 at 1:26pm

17.1 Call for Applications: The Goldsmiths’ Company’s Getting Started Programme 2012

Applications are now being welcomed from new graduates of

Jewellery, Silversmithing and the Allied Trades Degree programmes

onto Getting Started 2012 which will take place from Monday 23rd

January – Friday 27th January 2012.

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 31 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.

The application guidelines and application form can be downloaded from The Goldsmiths' Company website:


Deadline for applications: Friday 9th December 2011

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on December 3, 2011 at 11:36am


Trapped Beauty bracelet wins 3D printing contest

Materia has announced the winners of the 3D Printing Jewellery Contest. Dutch designer Gerard Mekenkamp has won the first prize with his design for the bracelet ‘Trapped Beauty’.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on December 3, 2011 at 11:29am

 Christmas Fair

Join us at our annual Farnham Maltings Christmas event, full of festive charm featuring rooms that specialise in handmade gifts, crafts, vintage, food and drink and a bustling marketplace. Browse over 150 stalls and enjoy a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie from our cafe whilst solving all your Christmas pressie problems!

Admission £1 (under 16s & members free)

Tuesday 13 December, 4pm-10pm

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on December 3, 2011 at 11:28am
PULSE 2012 - call for applications
PULSE is a multi-disciplinary festival focusing on new and innovative approaches to the arts. The Festival provides a platform for the development and presentation of new work by regional, British and international artists of vision, nurturing artistic ambition and excellence across a range of art forms including theatre, dance, comedy, music, event led visual arts, participatory theatre, physical theatre and, in 2012, plans to include children’s theatre.
PULSE 2011 presented 101 performances and achieved an average capacity of 70%. Highlights included world premieres from the internationally acclaimed and award winning company Inspector Sands (A Life in 22 Minutes) and from Bootworks (Babyboxes), an award winning show from Edinburgh 2010 (You’re Not Like The Other Girls Chrissy), and a number of shows en route to Edinburgh 2011.
PULSE 12 will run from Friday 25 May to Saturday 9 June at venues in and around Ipswich.
To find out more about PULSE 12 visit where the application notes provide a step-by-step guide to the application process. You can apply by completing the online application form.
The closing date for applications is Friday 20 January 2012
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on December 3, 2011 at 11:03am

 SAOS and Surrey Artists Open Studios bursary scheme

Surrey Artists Open Studios has grown to become one of the most successful open studio events in the country. It is a support network for artists, a great exhibiting opportunity and generates an income for participating artists. SAOS is a membership scheme offering artists web space, training and opportunities. 


SAOS and Surrey Artists Open Studios aims to be as inclusive as possible to all artists and makers based in Surrey and on its borders. For the first time SAOS is offering bursaries to artists and makers. The aim is to provide an affordable platform for emerging or non commercial artists and makers. This platform is the Surrey Artists Open Studios summer event.

3 bursaries will be offered each year starting 2012. Any artist or maker can apply who lives or works in Surrey or on its borders.

Each bursary will comprise: 

• Free entry to the Surrey Artists Open Studios Summer event 2012 worth £70

• Free entry to one of our training courses for 2012: e.g. ‘How to Run a Workshop’ or ‘How to promote you and your work’, worth £25

Criteria: Selected artists or makers must join the SAOS scheme. The annual membership cost is £40. All information and online registration available at

For more information and how to apply please contact Caroline Jackman, SAOS and Surrey Open Studios coordinator at: or call 01483 519281.

Deadline for applications: Friday 6 January 2012

Successful applicants will be notified by Thursday 12 January 2012

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 30, 2011 at 2:31am

Pin-Up Style Tree Trimming Party
Come by and check out the largest
selection ever of my
popular Pin-Up ornaments!
Jewelry lovers will find Pin-Up pins too.
You'll find great gifts for everyone, including yourself!
Don't miss the holiday cookies and mulled cider. 
DATE: Saturday, December 3rd
TIME: 4:00 - 7:00 pm
LOCATION: Urban Interstice Gallery, 3443 26th Street at Valencia, SF

Christine Dhein
San Francisco, CA 94110

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 28, 2011 at 12:47pm
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 27, 2011 at 12:21pm

Jewellery Production Manager Required

We are looking for a full-time jewellery production manager for our head office and

store located off Brick Lane in East London.

The successful applicant should have relevant paid experience in jewellery


Duties will involve hand-making silver jewellery, displaying jewellery construction of a

high standard with an eye for minute detail and quality. The candidate must be able to

work at a fast pace and will need to work to strict deadlines and be responsible for

timing and completing their workload with great organisational skills. They will need

to manage and organise the making of wholesale and retail orders and be responsible

for overseeing the team. They will be fast and proficient at assembling fine silver

chainwork with jumprings, oxidising silver, pendant-drill work and cleaning castings.

In addition to the jewellery construction, part of the job will entail working in the shop

based on the same premises, so the applicant will need to have great people skills and

be enthusiastic and in tune with the brand.

Pay is dependent on the candidate’s experience and a skill test will be required. The

position is for 5 days a week to include one weekend day.

Please send your CV with a covering letter to:

Amy Anderson@ Comfort Station, 22 Cheshire Street, London. E2 6EH

Or email us at:


Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 27, 2011 at 11:59am
                    The open studio sessions
sian evans jewellery

The Sian Evans open studio sessions

You are cordially invited to; The winter open studio sessions
Saturday 3rd December and Saturday 17th December
11am until 6pm 

A magical world unfolds in front of you as you walk in to the studio of sian evans. These two open studio days in december are a rare opportunity to see how sian designs and creates her work . See the processes and techniques she uses. Littering the studio are curious tools and precious materials.
Cabinets and vitrines house the pieces , the results of a love affair with materials and the body .
You'll see gold and silver jewellery , pearls , rubies and emeralds, exquisite beads and  objects of desire.
New work and vintage Evans

Pieces will be available to buy and prices start at  £15.00 for silver earrings 

Sian Evans has been designing and creating for nearly three decades , for many of the companies you love , with artists , and for her own brand.


She is also a teacher and shares her knowledge with the students of Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design where she is currently a senior lecturer on the world renowned BA Jewellery Design course

Design practice and theory and a growing interest in fine art theory have profoundly changed the content, expression and delivery of her own practice. Once ubiquitous in the best designer boutiques and stores around the world, her work  focuses are else where, rarer, much harder to find , one off and bespoke. She loves working across the disciplines and collaborates with artists and designers. This approach to work makes sian very happy and allows a varied delivery from object/artifact and installation to photography...   
and  jewellery .

Typically her work will contain a narrative. She is a story teller , the content; an expression of an uncomfortable personal relationship with consumerism , ( she is a champion of ethical and sustainable practice at CSM ). The field; jewellery, an area that specifically lauds the rare, elite, expensive or exclusive. Status and hierarchy, social codes, rites of passage, archetypes, archaeology and values are all areas of research for this ongoing body of work.

22ct Gold Ghost ring  ,
signet ring cast from an original 14 century pilgrims ring.

address 111-113 st john st , clerkenwell , london , ec1v 4ja
tel 02072516881 mb 07950337057

Top image , 24ct gold chain £4500.00 , Pearl earrings , £250.00 , Silver ring £ 450.00 , Pearl necklace £450.00

Copyright © 2011 sian evans jewellery, All rights reserved.

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