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.
Over the following decade, Neil established a firm foothold in this digital technology and was at the forefront of a rapidly growing new sector. Always key to him was the synergy of the age-old traditions using this valuable knowledge to inform the new.
AJC grew to be a specialist to the jewellery trade and retail customers alike; early in 2005, it was obvious that Neil’s knowledge and expertise to the trade was organically taking AJC in a new direction. In 2006 Adamas Studio Ltd was born (www.adamasstudio.com), a pure design and creation company specialist to the jewellery and silverware industry.
Nearly two decades on from AJC’s humble beginnings AJC still carries the Advanced part and benefits from all of the expertise offered to the trade through Adamas but is still craftsmanship based.
We have the best of both worlds at your disposal.
About Neil, the company founder.
A multiple award-winning silversmith and 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 create, design and manufacture the highest quality, contemporary bespoke handmade jewellery.