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: Jun 21

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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Help us help Jewellers

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 May 30, 2020 at 8:44am
Tom Sutton survey on attitudes towards how education stimulates creative thinking and how this affects people both in their professional and daily lives. This seems increasingly poignant in current times when large numbers of the public are turning towards practicing craft activities during lockdown and beyond.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 30, 2020 at 8:41am
The Market for Craft, commissioned by Crafts Council and partners, has now been launched and is a rich analysis of who is buying craft, why and where. Using survey findings from consumers in the UK and two US cities, as well as makers and intermediaries supporting craft businesses, the report shows how craft sales are worth £3bn to the UK economy and that there is a growing new generation of younger craft consumers. The report will help makers to develop their businesses, understanding in much greater depth who their consumers are and what drives their appreciation of craft. Read either the full report or summary here.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 30, 2020 at 8:39am
Spotlight on: The Fan Museum

With a delightful permanent collection of fans from as far back as the 12th century, you can peruse online exhibitions from London’s Fan Museum through Google Arts & Culture. Highlights include Street Fans, an exhibition made possible thanks to a successful campaign run through our crowdfunding platform, Art Happens, and Fans: the humble beginnings, looking back at the birth of the fan-making industry.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 30, 2020 at 8:34am
The Goldsmiths’ Company is delighted to announce that Richard Fox, Managing Director of Fox Silver, has taken office as Prime Warden.

With a background in silversmithing, design and business leadership, Richard has successfully created beautiful silverware for the likes of Formula One and Rolls Royce for almost four decades.

His primary focus will be championing the trade of silversmiths, jewellers and allied industries during his year in office.

Commenting on his appointment and the year ahead, Richard says: “This will doubtless be a challenging year for the Company and for our craft, trade and allied industries whose business have virtually come to a standstill since the crisis began in March. I am deeply passionate about our industry – which I believe is world-class – and am committed to doing what I can to support it during my time as Prime Warden.”

Read more about his appointment here.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 30, 2020 at 8:26am
Join AJF Wednesday, June 3, 2020,for AJF Live: the Baltimore Jewelry Center presents SITE EFFECTS: JEWELRY ON BOTH SIDES OF THE ATLANTIC, Curated by Anja Eichler and Katja Toporski. Free, and open to members and non-members alike!

For more information and to register

What time?

9 a.m. PST: San Francisco

5 p.m.: London

6 p.m.: Oslo, Paris, Capetown, Brussels
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 23, 2020 at 7:53am
Apply online to be part of Handmade Interact
We're here to support, promote and celebrate artists and designers. If you're looking to increase your visibility online and sell your work throughout the year, we would like to invite you to apply to join Handmade in Britain ONLINE.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 23, 2020 at 7:52am

We are pleased to present some exciting new events as part of Handmade Interact; our series of weekly live demonstrations and talks. The online events are FREE to attend although there are limited places. Find out more and register now.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 23, 2020 at 7:46am

Goldsmiths’ Jewellery Lecture Series: Rue Pigalle and Goldsmiths’ Fair have collaborated to create a four-part lecture series that explores the stories of survival, endurance and innovation from the 14th-century jewellery world in London to the unprecedented hardships today’s makers are contending with due to COVID-19. The weekly series will run every Wednesday in June from 6- 7 pm BST. More details and register here.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 23, 2020 at 7:45am


HS Walsh: Are still dispatching orders Monday to Friday. You can place or orders by email, phone or online. Free shipping on web orders over £50. Phone orders: 01959 543660

Burhouse: are open and dispatching orders (findings, beads etc).

Betts Metals: Are now open to take orders. They aim to dispatch in 1-3 days. :

Bellore Rashbel is closed to visitors to the store but is taking orders online.

Ward Gemstones: Are taking orders online. Customers can also contact them on 020 72534036, email us on or use their new WhatsApp service on +447516500769.

Argex: Are now open, with slightly delayed posting. They are a good supplier of sheet, wire, discs etc. The easiest way to place your order is by phone.

Cooksongold: open for orders via their website & Contact Centre and are currently offering free delivery on orders over £25. Their stores remain closed for the time being. Updates on service here.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 23, 2020 at 7:39am

The Prince’s Trust and NatWest Enterprise Relief Fund: The £5 million Enterprise Relief Fund offers grants to 18 to 30-year olds across the UK who are self-employed and/or running their own business. In conjunction with cash grants, the initiative will offer one-to-one support and guidance to anyone who needs it and who may be worried about their future. More details here.


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