Jewellery Studies Notes for contributors

Jewellery Studies is the peer-reviewed academic journal of The Society of Jewellery Historians. 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, facilitating more rapid publication. Papers published from December 2020 (vol. 2020/3) are Open Access.

The Editor welcomes contributions of unpublished research (around 4000 – max. 8000 words); you do not have to be a member of the Society. Under the terms of Open Access the author retains the copyright in any paper accepted for publication by the Society in Jewellery Studies, which gives you the freedom to use and reuse the paper and/or the research pertaining to it in any form. We do not charge authors for publication nor do we pay a fee. Papers should be your own original research. If it, or any part of it, has previously been published in another language or format, or is being submitted to another publisher, please consult with the editor before sending.

Papers are sent to at least two appropriate reviewers and are also subject to copy editing. 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.

Your paper should be written in English. If English is not your first language, your writing should be checked by a qualified translator or native speaker before it is submitted for consideration.

Papers should be submitted electronically as a doc text without formatting (no double spaces at the beginning of a sentence; turn off hyphenation; one font size throughout; do not justify at the right; do not indent paragraphs). Papers should include:

  • Title and Author(s) name(s).
  • Brief biography of author(s), relevant affiliations, author’s email address (preferred but optional).
  • Abstract (c. 300 words) outlining the content and stating the approach e.g. archive research/practising jeweller/technical study.
  • Brief concluding paragraph(s).
  • Acknowledgements - where relevant.
  • Bibliography in alphabetical author order - at the end of the paper.

  • Footnotes should only be used when essential to avoid a break in the argument of the text. They should be numbered in the text with a superscript numeral directly after punctuation, e.g. …in Paris.¹

    There is no limit to the number of relevant colour and B&W illustrations.
    Illustrations - high-resolution digital files (TIF, PNG or JPG format), ideally at a minimum of 200 dpi when at a size of 216 mm wide, should be submitted by email or via a file transfer website. Where appropriate and/or possible, clipping paths or alpha channels should be included in the file allowing for a transparent background around objects.
    Captions for illustrations must be listed at the end of the text. Do not embed captions or illustrations in your text.
    Number the illustrations consecutively at the appropriate place in the paper (fig. 1), (figs 2 and 3). The caption should explain what the illustration shows, pointing out relevant details, and include, as appropriate, maker, origin, date, materials, dimensions, owner and accession or inventory number, photographer.
    Copyright information is essential.
    Contributors are responsible for obtaining permissions to use the images from the copyright holder, where relevant, and for paying any reproduction fees.

    Papers should be sent to the Editor:

    Style Guide

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


    English UK (as given in the Oxford English Dictionary).
    Put foreign words in italics, unless already common in English.


    c.1984, e.g., i.e., p., pp., no., BUT nos, 15 kg, 1 mm, 6 cm, 15 m, 4 l (litres), 2 ft, 100 lb, 10 oz.


    Write numbers from 1-10 as text (one to ten), and numbers 11+ as numerals. Use commas in numbers 10,000 and above.
    Use the abbreviation for percentages: 50%, not fifty per cent.
    Use Roman numerals for reigns, e.g. Henry VIII, not Henry 8th.


    Day, month, year. e.g: 26 May 1909, not 26th.
    For time spans use words (from 1910 to 1950). For reigns or life spans use a short dash (En dash) and brackets (1926–1984).
    The 1920s (not the 1920’s), the 60s.
    The sixteenth century (not the 16th century); sixteenth-century dress.


    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 square brackets around a gap in a quotation ‘Her enquiries […] were not favourably answered.’
    Use double quotes “ ” for quotations within quotations.


    Use the Harvard (author, date) style of referencing.
    In the text use the format (Wilson 2009; Erickson 2010: 102).
    List references at the end of the paper in alphabetical order of author surnames. Separate all references by two hard returns; do not indent turnover lines (the second and subsequent lines of a reference).
    Use italics, without quotes, for titles of books, journals and exhibitions. Use quotes for article titles.
    For page numbers use pp. 70-7, not pp. 70-77, BUT pp. 10-11, pp. 16-18 etc., for the group of pp. 10-19 in each hundred. Leave a space between p./pp. and numbers, also after vol. and no.
    Use trans., and intro. as abbreviations followed by name; ed. or eds for editor or editors, edn for edition.

    Order and punctuation - author surname, initial(s)., date of publication. Title. Place of publication: (optional) Publisher, page number (or note number/catalogue number) e.g.

    For Books
    Erickson, D., 2010.  Gold and silversmithing in Western Australia: a history. Perth: University of Western Australia Publishing, p. 102.
    Henig, M., Whiting, M. and Scarisbrick, D., 1994. Classical gems: ancient and modern intaglios and cameos in The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 15.

    For an Article
    use the same format, but put the article title in single quotes, the journal title in italics, and add the vol. number/part (Arabic numerals), and page reference, e.g.
    Pointon, M. 2001, ‘Surrounded with brilliants: miniature portraits in eighteenth-century England’. The Art Bulletin, 83/1, p. 48.
    For online publications without a published hard copy version, provide the full URL, plus DOI number if applicable, and date accessed.

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