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
Members: 67
Latest Activity: on Sunday

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

Discussion Forum

What would you like to read or write about?

Started by Rebecca Skeels. Last reply by Rebecca Skeels Jul 12, 2015. 2 Replies

Calling ACJ members: Do let us know what you would like to read about in the next issue of Findings. Contact: or comment here!New Writers: Findings is a valuable hub for knowledge sharing within the ACJ. Articles about events, projects, technical innovations, ideas, issues, internships, seminars, collaborations, new work, national and international. Contact: Being Worn: One of my policies for Findings is to picture jewellery being worn, and where possible not just on pretty young female models! If you see a great image of contemporary jewellery being worn, bring it to my attention. It may spark something. Contact:

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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Sunday

Making Nature: How we see animals

1 DEC 2016-21 MAY 2017

The question of how humans relate to other animals has captivated philosophers, anthropologists, ethicists and artists for centuries. 'Making Nature' will bring together over 100 objects from literature, film, taxidermy and photography to examine the historical origins of our ideas about other animals and the consequences of these for ourselves and our planet.

Animal Vegetable Mineral is the accompanying book for the exhibition.

All our exhibitions are free. Find out about entry at busy times.

› Making Nature – find out more

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Sunday

Beyond Bling: Contemporary Jewelry from the Lois Boardman Collection showcases highlights from this important donation to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). It reveals how studio jewelers have transformed the medium by confronting social issues and exploring new technologies and unconventional materials.

Consisting of over 300 objects from the United States, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, the collection is by turns edgy, experimental, and even disturbing. Objects range from a necklace featuring a gold cast of a rodent skull to a ring made from a hand- wrought, white-gold nail, bent and thrust through a large smoky quartz. With hundreds of images and five incisive essays, the book brings this little-known collection to light.

Text in English
The catalogue was made possible by the Rotasa Foundation, Typecraft, the John and Robyn Horn Foundation, and the Decorative Arts and Design Council of LACMA.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Sunday
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Sunday

New Jewellery & Silversmithing Artists in Residence Jessica Noble and Fenella Watson showcase their work in South Hill Park's Reception.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Sunday

Making Jewellery - Issue 100 with free beads

It's Christmas time and we are celebrating our 100th issue with a bumper issue! Step inside 132 pages and take a look at our great party jewellery making projects. We show you how to make five gold rings, crystal wire mesh bracelets, a delicate wirework heart set and much more, with 120 projects to make! Plus, techniques include working with tubes, metal clay stone setting and crystal illusion cane. With all the usual news and reviews plus the latest fashion trends, we've got all your Christmas jewellery sorted!

Making Jewellery Issue 100 comes with a free set of beads and is on sale now from most supermarkets and all good magazine retailers or direct from us for only £5.50 (plus postage) by calling 0044 (0) 1273 488005 or on our website.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 27, 2016 at 3:43pm

Farnham Maltings presents its 12th annual Christmas Fair offering two days of festive fun on both Wed 30 November & Thu 01 December with over 150 stalls making it Surrey’s biggest Christmas Fair. The Fair will be full of festive charm, featuring stalls specialising in bespoke gifts, handmade crafts, vintage finds, a food emporium and free drop-in craft workshops helping you to make unique Christmas gifts.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 19, 2016 at 9:13am

brigitte martins newest article just  published in American Craft Magazine (Dec/Jan 2017 issue.) Big congrats to Liz Cowee on being featured. I was thrilled to interview her, she's a bundle of energy. Notice how her resin bangles closely mimic the landscapes she draws inspiration from? An incredible skill. Love her color sense.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 19, 2016 at 9:10am

great members in ACJ, take a look at the gallery I'm sure there is something worth purchasing for yourselves and friends.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 19, 2016 at 9:07am
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 19, 2016 at 9:05am

this special exhibition features more than 20 charming and often hilarious mechanical sculptures known as automata. Their whimsical characters are brought to life by intricate arrangements of cams, cranks, and other simple mechanisms.

Each sculpture performs an absurd miniature drama that often reflects its maker’s dark and very British sense of humor. Exposed inner workings encourage visitors to investigate the low-tech mechanisms used to make these automata move. Additional exhibits offer a closer look at the most common simple mechanisms.

The exhibition also features sketches from the notebooks of leading automata artist Paul Spooner, as well as photographs of his delightfully cluttered workshop.

Most of the automata on display are on loan from Cabaret Mechanical Theatre, British advocates of this peculiar art form for more than 30 years.


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