SJH 40th anniversary celebrations - Goldsmiths' Hall, 27 & 28 March 2017
The Society will be celebrating its 40th anniversary with a Study Day and Reception, on 27 March 2017. We have invited the Association of Contemporary Jewellery (ACJ) to join us, as it is also celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2017. Speakers for the Study Day will include Geoffrey Munn, past Chairmen Jack Ogden and Nigel Israel, Hazel Forsyth, Muriel Wilson, Rosemary Ransome Wallis, Eleni Bide, journalist Corinne Julius, and John Benjamin. There will be a Reception in the evening for members of both societies.
The following day, visits to places of interest have been arranged which include Boodles, the Museum of London, the British Museum, the Goldsmiths' Company's jewellery collection and the archives and library, the Garrard workshops, E. Wolfe & Co., Wartski, and Kempton Park Antiques Market. Members may choose from these visits.
All attenders who have already booked, paid, and sent in their preferences for visits will receive their first choice. Future expressions of preference will depend on availability - book now to be sure of your choice!
Deadline for applications is 16 March.
On Tuesday evening, 28 March, Marjan Unger will talk to the Society at its usual location, the Society of Antiquaries, about her collection of contemporary jewellery.
The Society has put together this festivity of jewellery events to encourage all members to participate in the celebration of the Society's forty years. We hope you will be able to join us. The Study Day and Reception will be available to anyone, but the private visits will be restricted to SJH and ACJ members who attend the Study Day only.
For further details and booking forms, please click
I was extremely sad to learn of Charles Truman’s death on 10 February. Always known as Charlie, he was a towering figure in the decorative arts world, and a great character.
Charlie started his career in V&A Metalwork, became a director of Christie’s, Director of Asprey’s Antique Department, and, in later years, was an independent dealer, researcher and cataloguer.
His great speciality was Gold Boxes, and his anecdotes about selling some to Arthur Gilbert were legendary. He had an exceptionally good eye and visual memory, so he could recall objects and designs for boxes, which he had seen many years before. He also had a deep understanding of the 19th-century trade and of how old objects were adapted for collectors. Those skills are well demonstrated in his exemplary catalogues of the Waddesdon and Wallace boxes.
However, his knowledge of a wide range of decorative arts was encyclopaedic; knowledge that he was always extremely generous in sharing.
The short article in 1979 in which he exposed the 19th-century faker Reinhold Vasters has been a major influence in the reassessment of Renaissance-style jewellery and metalwork.
Charlie was an exceptionally sociable man, and will be remembered by many with a glass of wine in his hand and talking passionately about a precious object. Although he had been seriously ill for some years, he was indomitable, and I enjoyed a long wine-fuelled chat with him just before Christmas.
Charlie, and his knowledge, will be hugely missed by his many friends, and by the wide range of organisations that he was a member of.
Nigel Israel, Past Chairman, SJH
Private funeral to be followed by a Service of Thanksgiving.
Cameo Corner, Bloomsbury
Does anyone remember the above shop in Museum Street, adjacent to the British Museum? If so, I would love to hear from you. I am a memebr of SJH and a postgraduate student at Kingston University completing a masters in Art Market Appraisal (Professional Practice). My final dissertation, to be completed this summer, will be looking at the extent to which Cameo Corner influenced the jewellery designs of the 1960’s and 1970’s.
My cousin, the late Hilary ‘Jill’ Clarke, was a director at Cameo Corner until it shut down in 1978. Jill was an active SJH member and I’m quite sure many to you will remember her. Whilst I would love to hear from anyone with any memories of Cameo Corner, I would be especially pleased to hear from any designers who exhibited and sold jewellery there.
Please contact me at
Victorian hair jewellery
There will be a talk by Jane Wildgoose, ‘Precious Relics’: Hair Jewellery and the Victorians, at the Florence Nightingale Museum, 2 Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 7EW on 23 March 2017 at 6 pm. Tickets are £8 each, including free admission to the Museum and a glass of wine. For full details, click
18th century Portuguese jewellery
An exceptional collection of jewels from the 17th and 18th centuries will return briefly to Portugal for a special exhibition this spring, courtesy of Sotheby’s and S.J.Phillip. The exhibition will take place at the Casa-Museu Medeiros e Almeida, Lisbon from 25–28 May 2017. The exhibition will be accompanied by the launch of a book by Diana Scarisbrick.
For full details, click
ASJRA Annual Conference
The Association for the Study of Jewelry and Related Arts (ASJRA) will be holding its annual conference 'Coming Full Circle: The Re-Use of Styles in Jewelry' on 9-10 June 2017 at Boston, USA. Anyone with an interest in jewellery is welcome to attend - you do not have to be a member. For full details, click
Jewellery History Today 28
The winter issue of JHT, number 28, was sent to members at the end of January 2017. The next issue, JHT 29, will be available at the beginning of May.
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).
Ruby, Sapphire and Spinel. Special offer to members
In the latest issue of JHT, No. 28, winter 2017, you will have received notice of a new book, Ruby, Sapphire and Spinel. An Archaeological, Textual and Cultural Study, by SJH Council Member Derek Content. The publishers, Brepols, have kindly extended their exclusive offer to SJH members, of a 10% discount and free shipping, to 31 March 2017. For full details, see the pamphlet enclosed with JHT 28.
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.