About the JAC



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The Jewelry Artisan's Collective (JAC) was founded in 2007 by alumni of San Francisco's Revere Academy of the Jewelry Arts, an institution offering professional training to metalsmiths from around the world. In the short time since its inception, the collective has become an international organization of emerging and established metal artists.

Mokume Stingray Brooch: From the Art Nouveau Project. Sterling silver, copper, brass, nickel silver, with blue sapphire

Our mission is to build a co-operative network in the jewelry community, with the aim of sharing information while encouraging personal growth. The group is comprised of both students and professionals, and our members' diverse bodies of work range from traditional classics to modern art jewelry.

The collective meets monthly to share tips, view demos, critique new work and plan events. We also hold regularly-scheduled design contests that challenge each artist to explore unfamiliar techniques and create pieces that are stylistically different from our other work. Some contests themes focus on a specific genre (“Art Nouveau,”) while others (“Layers” and “Action Jewelry”) are left open to interpretation.

Picasso Pendant: From the Action Jewelry Project. Sterling silver and various gemstones

Contest entries are submitted with a fee, and judged by a changing panel of professional jewelers. Each judge provides a written critique and a point ranking for each piece based on design, originality, technical difficulty, marketability, adherence to concept, and presentation. The winning artist receives a cash prize (generated by the submission fee,) and each entrant receives the judge's critiques explaining their scores and providing valuable information to help improve their skills.

The JAC also hosts annual trunk shows to exhibit and sell our wares to the public. See the Events listing for current show info. If you are a jeweler interested in joining, check out our Facebook page.