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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.

 

Website: http://www.acj.org.uk/
Location: UK
Members: 75
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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 
Email: enquiries@acj.org.uk

 

WHAT WE DO

• 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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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Tuesday
Diamond Setter
SUSANNE CHRISTIAN 28 NOVEMBER 2012

Diamond setters add diamonds to pieces of jewellery such as rings, bracelets and earrings.

The setting for the diamond depends on its size and shape and the effect required for the finished piece of jewellery. Photo: Holts Academy
What is the work like?
Diamonds are precious stones which are highly prized and valued. They are cut and polished to show off their colour and light-reflecting qualities. Although diamonds also have industrial uses, they are a popular choice for jewellery.

When a diamond is added to a piece of jewellery, it's held in place by the mount, created by a jewellery mounter. Jewellery using diamonds is most commonly made of precious metals such as gold, silver or platinum.

Diamond setters may also create their own pieces in which to set diamonds.
The mount needs to hold the diamond securely, and show it off to best effect. A piece of jewellery may have one, several or many diamonds, and there may be other precious stones too. Diamonds can also be set into other accessories, such as watches.

The setting for the diamond depends on its size, its shape, and the effect required for the finished piece of jewellery.

Diamond setters specialise in affixing diamonds and gems to jewellery.

What is the job like?
Diamond setters use special tools to fit diamonds into jewellery pieces. Some are traditional, such as beading tools, prong lifters, bezel rollers and tweezers. Others make use of modern technology such as microscopes.

All the tools are precision-made as the work itself needs to be very precise.

Some diamond setters work for a jewellery shop or company. Others are self-employed and have their own workshop.

Self-employed diamond setters may do setting work for other jewellers and jewellery companies. They may also create their own pieces in which to set diamonds.

How do I become a diamond setter?
As well as being interested in diamonds and jewellery, you need to be:

very good with your hands
able to work on a small scale
patient and methodical
able to work with precision and accuracy.
If you work in a jewellery shop or a jewellery workshop, you need to be able to follow instructions and work from design plans, either CAD (computer-aided design) or hand-drawn.

If you are creating your own pieces, you will need design skills and creative ability. You need to keep up with trends in jewellery and/or have knowledge and appreciation of traditional designs.

You need to be able to work with precision and accuracy.
If you are dealing with the public, you need to have customer service skills. If you are designing your own pieces of jewellery, you need to be able to explain your creative ideas to customers.

If you are self-employed, you need business skills so you can market your goods and services, deal with finances and develop your business.

What qualifications and training do I need?
There are courses which allow you to study in different ways. Some diamond setters have studied gemmology while others come into it via other routes.

Gem A (the Gemmological Association of Great Britain) offers a Gemmology foundation course which covers gemstones, including diamonds. The course includes gem setting. There are no entry requirements for the foundation course.

If you want further knowledge about diamonds and/or other precious stones, Gem A offers:

a Gemmology Diploma
a Diamond Diploma.
Gem A courses can be studied through:

day or evening classes (in London)
distance learning (online)
blended learning (a mix of online and classes).
Gem A also offers short courses and workshops for experienced setters to update their knowledge and skills.

The Gemmological Institute of America (GIA) also has Diploma courses, which can be studied either at classes in London or by distance learning.

If you want to design and create the jewellery as well as setting diamonds, you can study jewellery, goldsmithing, silversmithing or jewellery design.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Tuesday
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 13, 2014 at 4:57pm
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 13, 2014 at 4:56pm
Make:Shift Conference
Book your early bird ticket now

Make:Shift is a Crafts Council conference exploring how advances in materials, processes and technologies are driving innovation in craft practice and creating new opportunities for makers.

Make:Shift Conference
20 & 21 November 2014 at Ravensbourne, Greenwich.

Make:Shift is part of our innovation programme alongside Make:Shift:Do, a public programme of open events and workshops taking place on 21 & 22 November.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 13, 2014 at 4:50pm
Enrichment Events
In Conversation’ talks

For the first time, Goldsmiths’ Fair will host a programme of free drop-in ‘In Conversation’ talks chaired by leading craft and design experts. Each talk will see the chair in conversation with one or more of our distinguished exhibitors. Free to attend with your Goldsmiths’ Fair admission ticket. Book your ticket: http://www.goldsmithsfair.co.uk/visit/tickets/


Goldsmiths Fair Admission Price:

Week One: £10
Week Two: £10
Both weeks: £15.00


WEEK ONE

Monday 22 September
1pm Miranda Rhys Williams in conversation with Polly Wales

Tuesday 23 September
2pm Peter Ting presents ‘Best New Design’ Award for Week One
3pm Miranda Rhys Williams in conversation with Andrew Lamb and Catherine Martin

Wednesday 24 September
1pm Rosemary Ransome Wallis in conversation with Nan Nan Liu
3pm Miranda Rhys Williams in conversation with Josef Koppmann

Thursday 25 September
1pm Miranda Rhys Williams in conversation with Kayo Saito
3pm Corinne Julius in conversation with Zoe Arnold

Friday 26 September
1pm Miranda Rhys Williams in conversation with Craig Stuart and Gill Galloway Whitehead
3pm Corinne Julius in conversation with Jonathan Boyd

Saturday 27 September
1pm Corinne Julius in conversation with Ndidi Ekubia

Sunday 28 September
1pm Corinne Julius in conversation with Vicki Ambery Smith


WEEK TWO

Tuesday 30 September
1pm Rosemary Ransome Wallis in conversation with Angela Cork
3pm Corinne Julius in conversation with Jo Hayes Ward

Wednesday 1 October
2pm Jacqueline Gestetner presents ‘Best New Design’ Award for Week Two
3pm Corinne Julius in conversation with Tamar De Vries Winter

Thursday 2 October
1pm Miranda Rhys Williams in conversation with Mariko Sumioka
3pm Corinne Julius in conversation with Rebecca De Quin

Friday 3 October
3pm Corinne Julius in conversation with Cristina Zani

Saturday 4 October
1pm Corinne Julius in conversation with Jacqueline Cullen

Sunday 5 October
1pm Corinne Julius in conversation with Daphne Krinos


Open Day Tour of Goldsmiths Hall

Monday 13th October 2014
To book a space on these hugely popular guided tours of the main reception rooms of Goldsmiths' Hall please telephone the City Information Office on 020 7606 3030.


Hallmarking Information Seminar

Monday 20th October (10:30am - 3:30pm)
A comprehensive, hands-on guide to hallmarking including its history, the law and the opportunity to try hand-marking and to have a personal item of jewellery assayed.
To book your place visit the website: www.assayofficelondon.co.uk, or call 020 7606 8971 or email: info@assayofficelondon.co.uk
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 12, 2014 at 12:55pm
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 12, 2014 at 12:03pm
AN launching new lovely website!
We are delighted to be launching a test phase of our brand new website www.a-n.co.uk

It has been a big job transferring over 146,000 articles, images and contacts but a dramatically improved site, which is quicker, easier to use and navigate will help members get more from a-n.

Recognising that members join a-n for a number of reasons, from gaining professional development, accessing insurance, using resources or growing their networks, the site is geared around a central ‘network’ page.

With an emphasis on community tools, a-n is the perfect place to start a conversation and connect with supportive, creative people in a professional online community. It’s your space to share a blog, create a collection, post events and jobs listings, with:

- mobile and tablet-friendly design

- new intuitive navigation

- easy to browse and find content using ‘explore’, filters and tags

- managing your account is simple and all in one place

- personal home ‘network’ page which is a central spot for all the latest content

For a quick introduction to our site and ideas about how to use it check out our User support section.

Please remember this is a test phase for the new site and we are likely to experience some issues while it settles down.

See this trouble shooting and fix list and use the Ticket support system in Contact us if you need further help.

Remember it’s your site. We need your comments and feedback to continue improving and look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes,

From all at a-n
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 12, 2014 at 11:18am
*IMPORTANT NOTICE*
Do you have the current version of the Dealer's Notice displayed at point of sale?

Whether you sell in a shop or on a stall, any other versions of this notice are void and must be replaced.
It can easily be downloaded for FREE here: http://bit.ly/1sFTWcF
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 12, 2014 at 11:17am
Assay Advice - Mixed Metals

Do you work with mixed precious metals and are unsure of the hallmarking requirements? If so, read on...

We see an increasing amount of mixed precious metal work coming through our Assay Office each day, but customers are sometimes unsure about the legal requirements.

All the law now states is that the consumer must be able to see the difference between the two precious metals (by colour or texture) and be able to see the extent of this. This way, we can also easily identify each precious metal for testing and hallmarking.

We will always apply a hallmark relating to the lowest standard of precious metal. So if you have a sterling silver item with 24ct gold, we will apply a sterling silver hallmark and you will have the option to request a gold 'part-mark' (which will officially identify gold in the piece). This part-mark will cost an additional 35p per item, but is not a legal requirement.

So, how do you complete the hallnote when submitting your work? Simply tick the 'mixed metals' box and provide a brief description!
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 12, 2014 at 11:14am
EXPLORE JAPANESE CALLIGRAPHY, CREATE A STAINED GLASS MASTERPIECE OR CONJURE UP A HORROR HAT FOR HALLOWEEN
Free workshops to celebrate Farnham's Month of Craft and Craft Town
New Ashgate Gallery will organise a range of free and exciting workshops throughout October, the month of Craft, in celebration of Farnham’s Craft Town status.
Supporting diverse community participation through a programme of gallery and community workshops and working closely with talented local artists and local organisations such as Farnham Museum, New Ashgate Gallery will deliver workshops in the gallery and in the community, making craft accessible to anyone who is curious and would like to have a go.
Workshops for adults:
Introduction to Japanese Calligraphy
Mon 20 October, New Ashgate Gallery, 10am-4pm
Join artist and weaver, Nao Fukumoto O’Neill, as you explore this ancient and serene Japanese art form.
Stunning Traditional Stained Glass
Tue 21 October, 10am-4pm. Venue tbc
Add colour to your life as you learn the basics of stained glass with artist, Maggie Beal. (This workshop is not suitable for anyone who is pregnant.)
A workshop for families:
Spooky Halloween Headwear
Wed 29 October, Farnham Museum: Garden Gallery, 10.30am-12.30pm
Have fun with local milliner, Beverley Edmondson, as you conjure up a terrifyingly stylish hat for Halloween! (Please note that children will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian with no more than two children per adult.)
Workshops for artists: (by Alison Branagan, Creative Industries Consultant):
Exciting Taxation and Getting Paid!
Mon 6 October, New Ashgate Gallery, 1.30-4pm
This talk will explore how to invoice a client and raise your awareness of the importance of terms of trade. You will also have the opportunity to learn about the gripping topic of income tax and how to make the tax system work for you.
Understanding Makers Rights & the Essential Art of Protecting Your Work Online
Mon 13 October, New Ashgate Gallery
How to protect your copyright, design right and business name in the marketplace. In this era of copy-culture this talk hopes to raise important issues when showcasing your work on social media, blogs and websites. More intriguingly you might have small sums of money waiting for you to collect from DACs the Design & Artists Copyright Society. This workshop is organised as part of the Surrey Artist of the Year competition.
How to book: Spaces are limited. Book at gallery@newashgate.org.uk or 01252 713208.
http://www.newashgate.org.uk/whats-on/530/free-adult-family-and-art...
These workshops have been made possible thanks to support from the Patricia Baines Trust and Farnham Town Council.
New Ashgate Gallery
Waggon Yard, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7PS
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01252 713208
(in the office on Mondays, Wednesdays – Fridays)
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For more than 50 years, New Ashgate Gallery has been a window into arts and crafts, supporting artists and makers. It is dedicated to champion the best contemporary art and craft and to provide an unparalleled resource in Farnham, Surrey and beyond.
 

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