Around this question there are too many disquisitions and, sometimes, contradictory. In general, we are left with the idea of being an artistic movement that, although started before, develops around several European and American art galleries in the 70s.
These galleries wanted to show the work of some jewelers who where very close to contemporary art (which allowed them to leave the established limits that jewelry had as applied art). Jewel is researched for any part of the body, jewels that still lack a name, you experiment with materials of all kinds and their mixtures: Noble metals and precious stones can be mixed with wood, plastics, other metals, organic materials ...
What is important in contemporary jewelry is the message, the process, turning it into portable art. For some, traditional jewelry is the opposite of contemporary jewelery; however, although with different objectives, the realization of contemporary jewelry necessarily adopts the traditional techniques.
We are staying in "creative jewelry" that allows us to address what we want to do: Investigate with pieces of author, unprofitable single pieces, limited editions, collections that may have an artistic or more commercial character ... But all our pieces come from our ideas are made by hand; although we use many different techniques for this, we require collaboration of other trades and we do not limit ourselves in terms of the use of materials.