Jewellery Studies Notes for contributors

Jewellery Studies is the academic journal of The Society of Jewellery Historians. The Society also publishes Jewellery History Today, a magazine which is produced three times a year and carries articles of general interest. The readers of Jewellery Studies come from a wide range of disciplines with an interest in the history of jewellery and gemstones.

Jewellery Studies was published in hard copy form from 1977 to 2012, and has been an electronic publication since 2015. Articles from all editions of Jewellery Studies are available free of charge to members as pdf downloads from the website here. Members, non-members and libraries can also buy back issues of Jewellery Studies in hard copy form. To order a hard copy volume, please click here. Current members receive a substantial discount on all purchases.

The Editor welcomes contributions from all writers; you do not have to be a member of the Society.

Your paper should be written in English and be understandable by all. British spelling (as given in The Oxford English Dictionary ) should be used. Papers in other languages are published at the discretion of the Editor.

The Editor needs to be informed if the article or any other part of the text has previously been published in another format.

Papers should be submitted electronically as a doc text without formatting. They should include:

  • Title.
  • Author’s name.
  • Brief biography, and contact details to be published with the paper, if required.
  • Resumé (c. 300 words).
  • Please submit your paper in the following form:

  • The pages should be numbered.
  • Titles of books, journals, catalogues, etc. and non-English words in the text should be in italics.
  • Notes should be numbered in the text with a superscript numeral directly after punctuation, e.g. …in Paris.¹ and in the end notes: - ² In 1876… Abbreviate where referring to a work cited in full in a previous note, e.g. Ogden 1982, op.cit. note 2.

Illustrations should be submitted separately, in hi-res tif or jpeg form of a minimum of 216mm wide at 200dpi size. They should not be embedded in the text of the paper. References to illustrations should appear in the text in the appropriate place as (fig. 1, 2 ....).

Captions should be listed separately in a doc text. They should include, as appropriate:

  • Figure number. (Fig. 1.)
  • Object title.
  • Maker or jeweller.
  • Origin, date.
  • Materials, dimensions.
  • Owner and accession or inventory number.
  • Copyright .

Contributors are responsible for clearing copyright for the illustrations they submit, and for paying any reproduction fees.

The Editor will advise contributors of the deadline for submission of text and illustrations. All articles are refereed. The edited text, with any editorial queries, will be returned to the author, for approval and clarification where necessary, before publication. The Editor’s decision is final.

Papers should be sent to:


The Editor
Jewellery Studies
Society of Jewellery Historians
Scientific Research
British Museum
London WC1B 3DG

Style Guide

The following style conventions should be used. For anything not covered here, use the MHRA-Style-Guide


Use diacritical marks for foreign words, unless the UK spelling is common, e.g. ‘Art Deco’ rather than ‘Art Déco’.
Put foreign words in italics, unless already common in English.
Write numbers from 1-10 as text (one to ten), and numbers 11+ as numerals. Use commas in numbers greater than 1000, e.g. 10,000 (but not for years, of course).
Ordinal numbers follow the same rule, e.g. second century, 12th century.
Use the abbreviation for percentages, ie 50%, not fifty per cent.
Use Roman numerals for reigns, e.g. Henry VIII, not Henry 8th.

Dates and times

Day, month, year. e.g: 26 May 1909, 15-23 July 2014, 10 June – 2 July 2015.
Time. Use full 4-digit form, e.g. 11.00
For life span following an individual’s name, use brackets, e.g. Anne Hull Grundy (1926-1984),


Use single quotes ‘ ’ for basic quotations within text. If the extract is longer than about 1-2 lines, it should be indented, without quotation marks.
Use double quotes “ ” for quotations within quotations.
Use italics, without quotes, for titles of books, journals and exhibitions.


Book titles should have the following general format:
Name (surname last), title in italics, location: publisher (optional), and date (year) of publication, ISBN (optional), page number, e.g:
Dorothy Erickson, Gold and Silversmithing in Western Australia: A History, (Perth:University of Western Australia Publishing, 2010), p.102
For an article in a magazine, use the same format, but put the article title in quotes, the journal title in italics, and add the vol. number, date, and page reference, e.g:
T. Sutcliffe, ‘Four centuries of the powder flask’, Country Life, 25 September 1968, p. 672
Abbreviate where referring to a work cited in full immediately before, e.g.
ibid., p.92
or in a previous note, e.g.
Smith 1982, op. cit., note 2.

There are numerous further examples in the MHRA-Style-Guide