Links to fellow societies
There are many other societies and websites which are relevant to jewellery historians. Here we are mainly listing fellow not-for-profit organisations in related fields, which may be unfamiliar to our members.
These links are provided as a service to members of the Society of Jewellery Historians. We cannot take responsibility for their contents or accuracy, although we try as much as possible to keep them correct and timely. If you find any errors, can contribute any additional information, or would like to suggest any other links, please contact us here
A non profit organization devoted to all things jewelry related: the history, the collectors, the stories, the stones, the metals, the designers, the business, the trends; holds regular lectures, events, and publishes a newsletter three times a year.
The Antiquarian Horological Society (AHS) is a learned society formed in 1953. It exists to promote the study of clocks and watches and the history of time measurement in all its forms. In order to achieve its aims the AHS holds meetings, publishes a quarterly journal Antiquarian Horology and various books.
The Society was formed in 1950 by a small group of dedicated enthusiasts to further the study of arms and armour, from earliest times, by bringing together scholars, collectors, professional experts and all who share this common interest. A Journal, published twice yearly, is recognised worldwide as one of the most authoritative publications in this field and is the preferred medium for original research papers. A quarterly Newsletter keeps members in touch with the Society's many activities and major events in the world of arms and armour.
The Arts Society, formerly The National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) is an arts-based charity, with over 340 local Decorative and Fine Art Societies in the UK and Mainland Europe. We also have three Societies in New Zealand and a sister association in Australia (AADFAS). All NADFAS Societies subscribe to the aims and objects of the National Association: the advancement of arts education and appreciation and the preservation of our artistic heritage.
An organization dedicated to the advancement of jewelry studies. It is also committed to the dissemination of knowledge to anyone who is interested in the history of jewelry. ASJRA takes a broad approach to the subject, seeking to understand and place jewelry within a variety of contexts, including from the ancient past to present day, the decorative arts, and fashion. Holds USA based conferences, special events, publishes PDF Magazine three tiemds a year, and Newsletter 6 times a year.
The Association for Contemporary Jewellery is devoted to the promotion, representation, understanding and development of contemporary jewellery in the United Kingdom and abroad.
The Bead Society of Great Britain, (formed in September 1989), is a subscription-based, non-profitmaking, non-commercial venture run by a permanent Team who work voluntarily. The Society is open to all those who have an appreciation, either private or professional, of beads ancient and modern, of all shapes, sizes, materials and colours; their techniques of manufacture, and their application. The aim of our Society is to encourage and share knowledge and enjoyment of every type of bead, to improve the accuracy of information and the skills of making, using, caring for and collecting beads, together with the understanding of the many peoples for whom beads are so important in their lives.
Bead Study Trust
The study of beads can throw new information on societies past and present. The Bead Study Trust was founded in 1980 to promote research and the use of archaeological, ethnographic and scientific techniques on beads, past and present, from all parts of the world. Its newsletter offers an extensive list of new academic publications including research papers in many aspects of bead study.
The Bead Study Trust was amalgamated with the Society of Jewellery Historians in 2022.
benchpeg is a community for jewellers, silversmiths and those in the allied trades. benchpeg produces a free weekly digital newsletter providing information on jobs, news, exhibition opportunities, for sale items, workshop space and anything else of relevance to the trade - this information is also available on the benchpeg website.
The British Pearl Association (BPA) is a national trade interest group which promotes the growth of UK pearl gems and pearl jewellery suppliers. With a growing membership of companies, BPA represents pearl designer jewellers, craftsmen and women, pearl jewellery wholesalers and suppliers, galleries, internet retailers and traders. Our mission is to promote awareness, interest and demand for Pearls on behalf of the retail community and at a consumer level. This includes a special commitment to support young British jewellery designers. Through 2 key pillars of Promotion and Education, we aim to inspire a genuine passion for all Pearl varieties and style of jewellery design.
Founded in 1975, The Decorative Arts Society encourages the study and appreciation of the applied arts, architecture and interior design on an international basis throughout Europe and America from 1850 to the present. The DAS has an international reputation for its scholarship on the decorative arts which is disseminated world-wide through the annual journal, sent free of charge to all members.
Gem-A is the world's longest established provider of gem information. It is committed to promoting the study of gemmology and providing continuous professional development to our members.
Hand engraving is the embellishment of objects by removing material using traditional engraving tools known as gravers. British hand engravers are some of the best in the world – and it is crucial that we preserve this part of our heritage. The Hand Engravers Association is a Registered Charity whose object is to raise the profile and preserve the skills of this specialist craft and its practitioners, through organising apprenticeships, courses, exhibitions, talks and events. The HEA is also compiling a permanent collection and archive.
The Silver Society was founded in 1958 to advance the study of silver of all periods. Members encompass scholars, collectors, curators, dealers, auctioneers and working silversmiths. Meetings are held in London at the Society of Antiquaries about five times a year, and visits to collections in Britain and abroad are arranged. The society's journal, Silver Studies, is published annually and includes the latest research in the field. The society also publishes a newsletter several times a year.
The Silver Spoon Club is an international postal and internet club for experienced or beginner collectors of antique and other fine silver spoons and associated silver cutlery. The Finial is its illustrated journal, published six times a year, which relates to all issues concerning antique silver spoons and related table flatware, with articles, member's views and questions, auction reviews and a postal auction.
The Society for Court Studies was founded in London in September 1995 with the aim of stimulating and co-ordinating the study of courts from 1400 to the present. It examines courts from a multi-disciplinary perspective, bringing together (amongst other areas) architectural history, military history, art history and cultural patronage, and the role of women in courts.
An international not-for-profit society bringing together scholars from diverse disciplines who are interested in the study of collecting in all its ramifications, including the relationships between collecting and the art market. Holds networking events, workshops and study trips.