About Advanced Jewel Craft.
Advanced Jewel Craft (AJC) was conceived early in 1999 by Neil Rayment. The aim of AJC was to be a specialist company that would embrace the new technology of computer-aided design and rapid prototyping which was at its infancy and just being introduced into what was a very traditional craftsmanship-based trade. Neil was apprenticed through this traditional trade, the craftsmanship engrained, he wanted to merge the two disciplines to push design and creation into the next decade of digital revolution. Hence the name Advanced Jewel Craft.
Nearly two decades on from AJC’s humble beginnings, AJC still operates as Cardiff’s local family jewellers. Providing services to cover every jewellery need, from repairs, restoration and recycling to one-off, bespoke pieces, which are proudly designed and made in Britain.
About Neil, the company founder.
A multiple award-winning goldsmith with over 20 years’ experience, Neil has established himself as an eminent figure in British jewellery design.
Selected as one of two graduates to exhibit at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London in 1990, Neil had already won several prestigious Goldsmith Craftsmanship and Design awards during his time at Medway College of Art and Design.
At just 21 he established his first jewellery business, going on to win the first ever UK Jewellery Awards ‘Young Designer of the Year' three years later with his premier collection ‘Genesis’.
From 2001 to 2004, Neil lived in America and Australia, gaining further inspiration for his craftsmanship. On returning, he founded Advanced Jewel Craft, settling in Cardiff with his wife and two young children.
Since then, he has gone from strength to strength, winning the Kayman Awards in 2008, a double award in the Goldsmiths Craftsmanship and Design Awards in 2007, and a further Goldsmiths award in 2010.
Neil continues to design and handcraft the highest quality, contemporary and bespoke jewellery.