It's always useful to know you are not alone in the industry and knowing where to go for specialist support can be a lifeline. We've complied a list of the industry's trade focused organisations, member associations and bodies as a quick reference...
Association of Contemporary Jewellery (ACJ)
ACJ promotes a greater understanding of contemporary Jewellery and supports jewellers’ creative and professional development.
British Allied Trade Federation
The British Allied Trades Federation (BATF) is a company limited by guarantee which comprises five trade associations. Together these represent approximately 2,500 enterprises from the jewellery, giftware, surface engineering and travel goods and accessories industry sectors.
British Medal Art Society
The British Art Medal Society has commissioned medals from many distinguished contemporary sculptors, gun and glass engravers, medallists and coin designers, jewellers, the cartoonist Ronald Searle and the poet, gardener and moralist Ian Hamilton Finlay.
The British Society of Enamellers
The British Society of Enamellers promote excellence in British enamelling and professional enamellers working in this country and abroad.
The British Travelgoods and Accessories Association (BTAA)
The British Travelgoods and Accessories Association is committed to promoting the growth and image of the Fashion Accessories, handbags, leathergoods and travelgoods industry.
The Company of Master Jewellery
The Company of Master Jewellers is the largest buying group for independent retailers of watches and jewellery in the UK and Ireland.
Contemporary British Silversmiths
Contemporary British Silversmiths is the leading association for contemporary silver in the United Kingdom.
Designer Jewellers Group
The Designers Jewellers Group was founded in 1975 as a co- operative which promotes the work of its members.
Guild of Enamellers
The Guild of Enamellers encourages and promotes the craft of enamelling and the work of its members.
Guild of Jewellery Designers
The Guild of Jewellery Designers is a collaboration of British jewellery designers and artisans ranging from part time enthusiasts to dedicated full time professionals offering support and networking.
The Giftware Association
The Giftware Association (the GA) is a national trade representative body and is the only UK trade association serving the gift and home industry.
The Goldsmiths Centre
The Goldsmiths’ Centre is the leading charity in for the professional training of goldsmiths.
The Goldsmiths’ Company
The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, more commonly known as the Goldsmiths' Company, is one of the Twelve Great Livery Companies of the City of London and received its first royal charter in 1327. Founded to regulate the craft or trade of the goldsmith, it has been responsible since 1300 for testing the quality of gold, silver, from 1975, platinum, and from 2010, Palladium.
The Hand Engravers Association of Great Britain
Hand engraving is the embellishment of precious objects using traditional hand tools. The Hand Engravers Association was formed to raise the profile and preserve the skills of this specialist craft and its practitioners.
The Houlden Group
The Houlden Group is the UK and Ireland’s longest established jewellery and watch buying organisation founded to provide business support to independent fine jewellers.
The Institute of Professional Goldsmiths
The Institute of Professional Goldsmiths (IPG) is an organisation that promotes and supports craftspeople of the highest calibre, who produce only the finest workmanship.
Jewellery Distributors' Association of the United Kingdom (JDA)
The Jewellery Distributors' Association is a non-profit-making trade body, within the British Allied Trades Federation.
Metal Clay Academy
MCA provides comprehensive, independent information and resources for metal clay artists.
The National Association of Jewellers
The National Association of Jewellers leads, serves and represents the jewellery industry by promoting, protecting and providing for its members.
The Responsible Jewellery Council
The Responsible Jewellery Council is a not-for-profit, standards setting and certification organisation. It has more than 900 Member companies that span the jewellery supply chain from mine to retail.
The Society of Jewellery Historians
The Society of Jewellery Historians was formed in 1977 with the aim of stimulating the growing international interest in jewellery of all ages and cultures by publishing new research and by bringing together those seriously interested in the subject, whether in a professional or private capacity. The membership includes archaeologists, museum specialists, collectors, art historians, dealers, gemmologists, practising jewellers and designers, scientists and restorers, all united by their enthusiasm for the subject.
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