Contemporary Jewellery Symposium Tokyo

Venue: Ring Gallery, Main Square 12-14
Open: 25.04. - 11.06.2023
Opening: 06.05.2023, 18:00
Opening hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 12:00 - 18:00

Admission free


About CJST

CJST (Contemporary Jewellery Symposium Tokyo) was founded in 2019 by artist Takayoshi Terajima and his like-minded peer, Takashi Kojima, to revitalize, develop, and promote the culture of jewelry expression in Japan through various projects. CJST's mission is to establish a movement that will leave a lasting mark on art history.

The proliferation of the Internet and social networking services has led to a shift in the way people interact with each other, which is constantly evolving. This change has gained momentum due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Russia's invasion of Ukraine, leading to divisions between people and places. During the global evolution of online services, I feel in some ways that a sense of forced loneliness has emerged. However, at the same time, people may have come to appreciate the value of face-to-face interactions with family and friends, which were previously taken for granted.



Takayoshi Terajima
TSUBA pendant, copper, zinc, enamel, iron, string, nickel silver, 2017



Since 2020, a wide range of creative expressions have emerged through the use of the Internet to enhance presentation and production methods. Meanwhile, we propose works of art that are based on the unique experience of jewelry, including its function and the concept of it being worn. The appreciation of works of jewelry expression involves three distinct stages: the tactile experience of interacting with the piece to stimulate the fifth sense, the sharing process that occurs when the piece is integrated with people, and the emotional response of a third party who views it objectively. In other words, communication that begins with jewelry arises from multiple viewpoints.

A major issue we address here is that the success of a single artist is insufficient. Our goal is to establish a movement that will leave a lasting mark on art history. To achieve this, we need to go through a process to bring together a significant number of works and artists and share them with society. The core of our efforts to engage with society lies in the organization and implementation of three projects: symposiums, juried exhibitions, and donations of jewelry to art museums. Rather than engaging in small, isolated artistic activities, we aim to rebuild a community that is founded on connecting with individuals involved in art and its viewers. We believe that this will result in the establishment of a culture of jewelry expression and the beginning of a movement.


CJST’s Three Projects:

– Symposium: identifying issues and raising awareness among insiders in the field of contemporary jewelry.

– Juried Exhibition: providing opportunities for artists to showcase their work, disseminating information into society, and attracting collectors.

– Donations: creating Japan's first hub for the culture of jewelry expression/ contemporary jewelry and promoting regional revitalization.




Chihiro Hanayama
Single fungus pendant, silver 950, 2021


Rio Yamamoto
Permanent line pendant, nylon, silver 950, 2021





Yoshiki Yamada
Anechoic pendant, ebony, silver 950, 2021





Takayoshi Terajima

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About the Festival

For more than forty years, the Gallery of Art in Legnica has been specializing in the promotion of contemporary jewellery and artistic objects made mainly of silver. The Jewellery Festival SILVER is one of the most important events shaping the cultural life of the region and building its image on the international forum. Every year we organize individual and group exhibitions of Polish and international artists, publish exhibition catalogues, organize conferences and symposia, as well as jewellery shows, workshops, debates and concerts. The most important event we organize is Legnica International Jewellery Competition which has a different theme every year.