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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

Welcome to the ACJ

Contemporary jewellery is one of the most dynamic and innovative areas of 21st century craft and design, that inspires and appeals to people of all different backgrounds. We welcome anyone with an interest in contemporary jewellery. Whether your interest is personal or professional, we have something to offer you.

Our members include those who make jewellery, associated designers and craftspeople, educators, students, galleries, museum curators, retailers, critics, collectors, and people who want to learn more about contemporary jewellery.

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Upcoming Events

07 February 2024 | Featured article

ACJ Members survey

In the autumn of 2023, we launched our members survey. This was a chance for our community to let us know what they valued about being a member, what we are doing well and what we could be doing better, or differently! Feedback was anonymous and we were grateful to receive so many insightful ...
07 February 2024

Regional News: ACJ Wessex

Regional News: ACJ Wessex Our wonderful Southwest regional group presented the work of 18 ACJ members at their 11th annual “Winter Jewels” selling exhibition, in The Sir Harold Hillier Gardens. 22nd November 2023 – 2nd January 2024. The group were proud to report that they collectively made sales...
25 January 2023

Online Panel Discussions in Partnership with Goldsmith's Centre

As part of our Meanings and Messages programme, we have two online panel discussions coming up – in partnerships with The Goldsmiths' Centre. Each one is chaired by one of our catalogue essay writers, covering themes of "Social justice and societal change" and "Our beautiful planet." There will b...
25 January 2023

Bluecoat Display Centre Selling Exhibition April 2023

Open call with Bluecoat Display Centre in Liverpool for a new selling exhibition, in April 2023. This is an exclusive open call for ACJ members, and up to 15 jewellers will be selected. You'll notice that the timeframe to make and design is quicker than we would usually work ...
25 July 2022

Mark Fenn Award 2022

  Congratulations to the 2022 Mark Fenn Award Winner, Lucy Pearl Petts.   Image: Lucy Pearl Petts           Speaking about Lucy‟s work Mark said “I think her work is fantastic and I love the bold colours.”   Congratulations Lucy, we are deli...
15 June 2022

Meanings & Messages - colouring & design sheets

For our younger visitors attending the Meanings and Messages touring exhibition, we have created three colouring and design sheets. Image: Young visitors enjoying the colouring and design sheets at the St George’s Arts Centre in Gravesend   The colouring & design sheets are ba...
25 May 2022

2022 ACJ College Prize winners

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2022 ACJ College Prize scheme so far.  Congratulations! Image: Rebecca Boyle, DJCAD, University of Dundee, Oxidised Lino printing rings           Now in its fifth year, the ACJ is delighted to announc...