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

Discussion Forum

"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

Tags: Council, Crafts, industries, creative, Crafts

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Comment by Rebecca Skeels yesterday
Fantastic craft retail opportunity. I have a gallery studio in Manchester Craft & Design Centre. In the new year I'm looking for another maker to share with. Its a fully equipped jewellery studio with all the tools & equipment required for making. I would preferably like an established maker but am open to discussion. I shall be refreshing the studio in the new year and open to a new look. I can only cover the studio on Tuesdays & Wednesdays so the person would need to be able to be there Mondays, Thursdays & Fridays and every other Saturday 10-5.30pm. It doesn't have to be another jeweller either! I want somebody committed! Please if you know or think of anyone please give them my details my email is and mobile is 07930 604345 Happy Christmas everyone and best wishes for 2015! Boost Post Eve Redmond Jewellery
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Sunday
Stone cutter/lapidary

A stone cutter, also known as a lapidary, cuts, shapes and polishes precious and semi-precious gemstones.

This 22ct gold plated silver 'cave treasure' ring designed by Ruth Wood contains cubic zirconia stones with facets cut into them. Image sent
What do stone cutters (lapidaries) do?
Stone cutters often specialise in coloured gemstones. These could be anything from emeralds, sapphires and rubies to amethyst, rock crystal and black onyx. These stones are then used to make jewellery or decorative objects.

As well as cutting stones for new pieces of jewellery, lapidaries also repair and re-polish jewellery stones, often from antique pieces. They may also repair the stones in other antiques, such as stone-inlaid clocks, urns and goblets.

What is the job like?
As a lapidary, your job would involve:

using a magnifying lens to examine the stone for fissures, holes and cracks
cutting the stone into the required shape, such as a block, or slicing it using various saws and grinders with diamond-blade edges. The diamond may be applied manually, or the machine may have an electro-plated diamond-blade edge
using a faceting machine to cut the stone at certain angles so that it catches the light
drilling holes in specific places
using hand and machine tools to sand the gem in several stages to produce a very fine surface
using different types of polishing equipment to finish the stone.
You would need a detailed understanding of the different types of gems and their properties, such as the various grains, to enable you to cut the stones properly. Stones vary in their hardness and heat sensitivity, and some are more prone to breaks or cracks.

Some lapidaries are employed in jewellery workshops, whilst others are self-employed and make bespoke jewellery for clients.

How do I become a lapidary?
If you want to become a lapidary, you need to be:

a creative person who loves to make things and who enjoys working with their hands
interested in gemstones, and stone generally
extremely patient and meticulous
willing to work hard and take pride in your work.
If you are self-employed, you will normally be working on your own all day, so it's important that you enjoy working independently. Teamwork skills are important if you are employed in a workshop with other people.

Relevant school subjects include GCSE Design and Technology and GCSE Art, and an interest in jewellery and gemstones is important.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Sunday
Dear Customers, Colleagues, and Friends,

I am pleased to announce that I am curating jewelry for San Francisco
Bay Area clothing designer, Babette. After founding and working at
Velvet da Vinci for 22 years, it was time for a change and I could
not be more excited.

Babette is based in Oakland, California where all her clothing is
designed and fabricated. She has eight boutiques of her own around
the country that exclusively sell her work, though you may also
spot her clothing at select high-end boutiques.

We currently have jewelry available online at:
(where we will be adding pieces regularly, so look often!) and in
Babette’s San Francisco, Minneapolis, and New York City stores, with
plans to expand to all eight. All of our jewelry is beautifully
crafted by U.S. artists in their studios around the country.

Please stop by a nearby store when you can to view the unique
selection of jewelry. We have jewelry trunk shows on the horizon for
the Babette stores that don’t have jewelry yet.

Since this is the only email I will be sending you, if you would like
to stay in touch and learn about this exciting new venture, look for
"Join Our Email List..." at the bottom of the home
page and sign up to receive our emails.

Looking forward to seeing you soon,

--Elizabeth Shypertt
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Sunday

Dates for your diaries

7th March: Next Public Open Day
2nd May: Public Open Day
23rd - 27th June: Festival of Stuff
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Sunday


Mill Valley, California, USA--We are pleased to announce that Seulgi Kwon has been selected to receive the 2014 Art Jewelry Forum Artist Award for an emerging jeweler. Kwon was chosen from 123 entries representing 27 countries. She will receive a $7500 cash award, and her work, along with that of the other 4 finalists, will be featured by Platina Gallery at Handwerksmesse, which takes place in Munich in March 2015. Kwon will also receive a one-year professional membership to AJF and will serve as a juror for the 2015 Artist Award competition.

The goal of the AJF Artist Award is to acknowledge promise, innovation, and individuality in developing jewelers. This year's competition was open to art jewelry makers 35 years of age or younger who were not enrolled in a professional training program; submitted work had to have been completed between 2012 and 2014. The jurors were Sooyeon Kim, jewelry artist and winner of the 2013 award; Carin Reinders, director of the Coda Museum, Apeldoorn, Netherlands; and Karen Rotenberg, founder and director of Alianza Contemporary Craft and a collector of contemporary jewelry. Criteria used in judging were originality, depth of concept, and quality of craftsmanship.

Kwon uses the theme of plant images to express meanings and symbols of memories of her daily life. Plants change their form at each stage of growth: seeds sprout, spread roots, and bloom. This course of change gives rise to unpredictable organisms and organic forms. Kwon's work actively expresses the organic movements of plants, with their mysterious colors and constantly changing forms, creating texture with the materiality and transparency of silicone. Kwon tries to express the living in her work, so most of her pieces have rich colors and unique shapes.

Carin Reinders stated, "Seulgi uses silicone, glass, and pigments with great beauty and poetic transparency. The brooch A Soft Rain has the softness and the vulnerability of the first soft and refreshing drops. Deep in the Night gives the awareness of a night in the jungle with the great emerald green stone, glowing in the dark. Seulgi's work has great poetic power and classical elements, but is constructed in a very contemporary way." Sooyeon Kim commented, "Because of Seulgi's deep understanding of silicone as a material, it seems like she has power over the material. This would not be possible without ceaseless study. Her exotic forms and bright colors have a special fascination." Ms. Rotenberg added, "Seulgi demonstrates an innovative and beautiful use of material; her work is visually compelling."

Kwon earned a bachelor's (2007) and a master's (2010) of fine arts metalwork and jewelry at Kookmin University, Seoul, Korea.

More images and full caption information are available on our website.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Sunday
The Apple Watch is the latest wearable internet technology with the capability to monitor the user’s heart rate and activity levels. As our bodies dissolve further into the network, are these devices just tracking our health or do they herald something darker?
Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive, is smiling and clapping like everyone else. The room is enraptured. Heartbeats raised, skin prickling in an ecstatic devotion for this moment of revelation. Everyone is glossy, as though the excitement within them is generating an electrostatic glow. Around the world thousands of tiny electronic pulses record and respond to Cook’s words. Data packets flowing through the nervous system of the internet. Biology, technology and electricity combined in one crackling moment of collective connection.
He, they (and we) are welcoming into the world the long-anticipated Apple Watch, the company’s first piece of wearable tech. The language Cook uses promises smoothness, integration, monitoring and connectivity. And deep in our digital psyche these ideas stir us. Yes please, we say, faster, deeper, more. That’s why everyone’s clapping. Not only for the thing itself but for the idea that it represents.’s%20Whitney%20Museum
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Sunday
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Sunday
Application & Selection
Handmade in Britain are offering the unique opportunity to apply to exhibit as part of a group stand at the Vivre Côté Sud Fair. Applications are now invited from designer–makers of contemporary craft, who produce their work in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. We accept applications from most disciplines across fashion and interiors - please check the application pack for details.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Sunday
Glass | Ceramics | Jewellery | Textiles | Metal & Wood | Print | Design

Not long until...
...the jolly old fellow in a bright red suit comes down our chimneys with gifts galore to place under the tree.

But, if you’re still pondering what to get a certain someone, then take a look at our unique jewellery selection. Every piece is original and handmade – you won’t find that on the high street!

To make it easier, we’ve hand picked some beautiful pieces that are in stock right now. Click on any of the images below to see all our jewellery in that price bracket, in our online store.

Get him, or her, an original and handmade piece of jewellery from our collection and make your special someone, feel extra special this Christmas.

Late night shopping...
We're open until 8pm on Thursday 18th December, too.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on December 5, 2014 at 2:00pm
V&A this weekend
Posted on: Friday, 5 December 2014 19:58:11 o'clock GMT
Young People's Events
When:Sat 6 December 2014 11:00
Where:Learning Centre
SPECIAL YOUNG PEOPLE'S EVENT: Free event for 16-24 year olds interested in finding out more about working in the creative industries.

See the full programme of events by clicking on the link,


Free, drop-in

Posted by: Rebecca Skeels
Posted to: _School of Crafts Postgraduates Farnham 14/15

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As I sizzled in the last post; the Co:operation Garnish experiment between Melissa + Sean Macmillan has already netted 2 neckpieces, in stainless steel and vitreous enamel with titanium hinge pins. These are the test pieces - a sort of proof of concept. The actual part that will allow Sean to work his magic was sent to the laser cutter earlier today.…See More
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"Recycle, Repurpose and the Meaning of Materials a lecture originally given at The Magnus Collection"
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Co:Operation GARNISH

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 exhibition cooperatively arranged by Rachel Timmins and Brigitte Martin.Please join this group to stay informed !! This is the official exhibition blog.See More
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