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
Extra SJH lecture this autumn
The Society is delighted to announce an additional lecture on 3 October 2017.
Raymond Raymond Sancroft-Baker, co-author of ‘Hidden Gems - Jewellery Stories from the Salesroom’, will talk about the fascinating jewels which have passed through his hands during the 30 years he has spent in Christies international jewellery department. For full details of this, and all other SJH lectures, with details of attendance, click
We were very sorry to hear of the death of David Newell-Smith of Tadema Gallery, Islington. For an obituary by Beatriz Chadour-Sampson, 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
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
Jewellery History Today 29
The Spring issue of Jewellery History Today HT, JHT 29, was dispatched during the first week of May 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).
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
Masterpiece London - free tickets for members
Didier Ltd, of 66b Kensington Church Street, London, are kindly offering complimentary tickets to Masterpiece London 2017 to SJH members.
Masterpiece London is one of the world's leading international art fairs, featuring 150 of the world's top galleries and specialists.
It will take place at The Royal Hospital Chelsea, London, SW3 4LW from 29 June - 25 July 2017.
To receive your complimentary invitation (members only), click
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
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.