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.
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.
A new direction - the AJC blog.
While 2020 brought about drastic changes to business - at AJC we decided that we would start giving back to our industry, and try and promote the type of passion for honing and perfecting a craft that inspired us at the start of our journey.
From the 1st of September 2020, we have reimagined our site as a hub for thinkpieces, articles and discussion on craftsmanship, design and more. In our Wales Watch series, we promote the finest of Welsh creators who share this passion, with interviews and insights into a rich variety of trades. Our Ask Neil series sees Neil answer reader's queries on jewellery, gemology, gold and metal smithing and much more.
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