Jewellery History Today 30
The Autumn issue of Jewellery History Today HT, JHT 30, was dispatched during the last week of September 2017.
Pdfs of all issues of JHT, along with all articles published in Jewellery Studies, are available free to members on the website,
here (members only).
The Leekfrith Torcs appeal.
In December 2016, three necklaces and a bracelet were found by metal detectorists on farmland in the Staffordshire Moorlands and declared Treasure in February 2017. They have strong Continental links and are of national and international significance. Dr Julia Farley of the British Museum said, “The discovery of this early group of continental torcs in Staffordshire has the potential to transform our understanding of this region in the Iron Age.”
The UK government’s Treasure Valuation Committee has put a value of £325,000 on the torcs and the Potteries Museum has been given until 5th December 2017 to raise the purchase price. A fund-raising campaign and public giving appeal has been launched to raise the funds. For full details and a link to the online giving page, click
Jewellery Matters - Rijksmuseum symposium
The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam will be holding an international symposium Jewellery Matters - Context and Material Research from 15 to 17 November 2017. This symposium is organized on the occasion of the publication of Jewellery Matters (Rijksmuseum/Nai010 publishers – Summer 2017) by SJH member Marjan Unger. The symposium addresses some important topics presented in the book. One of these topics, Jewellery and Fashion, will be the highlight during the evening program on November 15th.
In addition to the invited speakers, other speakers are invited to present a Pecha Kucha pitch which focuses on one of two specific topics: 'Jewellery and Emotional Value', and 'Jewellery and Risky Materials'
For details of the symposium and submission of Pecha Kucha papers, click
A Jeweller’s Guide to Mourning Jewellery: Materials, Techniques and Conservation.
Paul Wells will be giving a free talk on mourning jewellery on 22 November 2017 at Morley College, London, at 6.00pm, as part of the Morley Jewellery Lecture Series. For full details, click
Antiques for Everyone – free tickets for members
Antiques for Everyone is one of the largest and most established art, interiors and antiques fairs outside London, bringing together more than 200 specialist art and antiques dealers during 23-26 November 2017, at the NEC in Birmingham.
To receive your complimentary ticket (members only), click
The world of 16th- and 17th-century goldsmiths
There will be a one-day symposium on being a goldsmith in the 16th and 17th centuries on Friday 19 January 2018, at Goldsmiths' Hall in London. The cost will be £45 to include lunch and refreshments.
For full details and registration, click
Andrew Prince: Jewels' Journeys.
In conjunction with the V&A’s exhibition 'Ocean Liners: Speed & Style', Andrew Prince will give a talk on the many lavish and opulent accessories that accompanied the aristocracy on their journeys to and from their estates and on diplomatic visits abroad. This will take place on Monday, 12 February, 2018, 19.00 – 20.45 at the V&A in London. Tickets are £15.00 to include a wine reception. For full details, click
Theft of important pieces of Celtic, Anglo-Saxon and Viking metalwork
On 12 August, some 400 valuable metal objects, including jewellery, were stolen from the collections of the University museum in Bergen, Norway. The artefacts are dated mainly to the Viking Period and include treasures stolen by the Vikings from monasteries and other sites in Ireland, Britain and the continent. But there are also objects dated to the Migration Period and Roman Period. The museum staff ask everyone to keep their eyes open for any evidence of anyone trying to sell these pieces, either in the international market or online.
Pictures of the missing objects are constantly being uploaded at this
If you hear anything, please contact Professor Knut Andreas Bergsvik at
Break-in at Court Barn Museum in Chipping Campden
On 1 August, a number of silver pieces, including jewellery, were stolen from the Court Barn Arts and Craft Museum at Chipping Camden. The items taken range from pieces by architect and designer Charles Robert Ashbee (1863-1942), Hart Silversmiths who joined Ashbee in Campden in 1902 and who still make silver today, and designer Robert Welch (1929-2000). They include a silver pendant in the form of a butterfly with wings of enamel and a blue enamel pendant, c. 1902. For more details, click
SJH 40th Anniversary
2017 is the 40th anniversary of the founding of SJH. There was a Study Day on Monday 27 March, followed on the Tuesday by a number of private visits to institutions across London of interest to jewellery historians. Some of the participants have kindly contributed reviews to JHT 29, but there was not enough room to do them full justice, or to print all the photos they generously supplied.
The photos are loaded on the SJH facebook page. For the full text of these reviews, click
If anyone else has any photos or comments they would like to share, please send them to us at
Attendance at lectures
The booking of seats for lectures last autumn was exceptional and was taken because it was thought demand would exceed the lecture theatre seating. As a rule, members do not need to inform the Society of their intention to attend - unless they bring a guest. The Society will inform members well in advance if booking a seat is a requirement of attendance at a particular lecture. If you want to be certain that there will a place for you at a specific lecture, please feel free to inform the Society
Since May 2015, Jewellery Studies, the peer-reviewed academic journal of The Society of Jewellery Historians, has been published online. All articles in previous issues of Jewellery Studies have been loaded onto the website, and are available free of charge to all members
The latest articles, on aspects of Australian and New Zealand jewellery by Dr Dorothy Erickson and Dr Alexander Trapeznik, are now available
To access Jewellery Studies online you will need your current member's password. If you do not have a password, or have forgotten it, please contact us at
Password for accessing members-only pages
Membership of SJH is calculated on a rolling basis. Whenever you join, you will receive a full 12 months of value. We change the passwords, which allow members to access all the pages on the site which are restricted to members, each year on 1 October, but your current password will remain valid until you are next due to renew. We will issue the new passwords to everyone as they renew their membership after October. You can download an appliaction/renewal form, or renew online at
Membership application. If you have any problems, or any questions about this, please contact us here.
The SJH Library
The Society of Jewellery Historians has a small library of books on jewellery which is available to members at the Society of Antiquaries, in Burlington House. For full details, contact us here.