SJH Conference 2019 – Jewels in Portraits: Portraits in Jewels
On Saturday 29 June 2019, the Society of Jewellery Historians will be holding a one-day conference exploring the complementary dual themes of jewellery in portraits and portraits in jewellery. We are delighted to welcome renowned national and international speakers presenting papers on a range of subjects that delve into the representation of jewellery in various visual media and jewels and engraved gems that incorporate portraits.
Attendance is open to everyone, and there are a few FREE places available for students. For full details, including information on how to book, see
Dr Anne Shannon
We are very sorry to report that Dr Anne Shannon, a notable jewellery collector and long-standing member of SJH, died last weekend. Members will remember the spectacular sale of her jewellery at Woolley & Wallis in December 2018, reported in JHT 34.
Her funeral will take place at 1.00pm on Thursday 30 May at St Michael and All Angels' Church, High Street, Waddesdon, near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. After the funeral service and burial in the cemetery adjoining the church, you will be very welcome to come to their home for refreshments - just a short walk from the church. If you are expecting to attend, please could you let John know at
Special Offer for members – Jewels in Portraits: Portraits in Jewels
Yale University Press is kindly offering members of the Society 20% off Nicholas Hilliard: Life of an Artist, a new book by Elizabeth Goldring, one of our conference speakers. This includes free P&P for UK orders.
For full details, click
Special Offer for members – The Young Victoria
Yale University Press is also kindly offering members of the Society 20% off The Young Victoria, by Deirdre Murphy. This includes free P&P for UK orders.
For full details, click
Jewellery History Today
The latest issue of Jewellery History Today, JHT 35, was published in mid-May, and sent free to all current members. The next issue will be published in September.
Pdfs of this and all earlier issues of JHT, along with all articles published in Jewellery Studies, are available free to members on the website,
here (members only).
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 sent a new one. You can only reset your passwword yourself if you have a current one - if it is out of date we have to reset it manually here at SJH. There is no automatic re-setting facility by email. If you have any problems at all, or any questions about this, please contact us here, and we will sort it out as soon as possible.
You can download an application/renewal form at
Membership application, or renew online at
ACJ Muriel Wilson Fund
Muriel’s passion, knowledge and research into jewellery, both historical and contemporary, and her unstinting work as Editor of both Jewellery History Today and the ACJ magazine Findings, enriched the reading of many people, and sparked much interest.
Muriel's SJH obituary was published in
JHT 33. You can see the ACJ obituary
In memory of their esteemed Founder Member and long-term Editor, the Association for Contemporary Jewellery has established the Muriel Wilson Fund.
This will be used to fund travel with the purpose of research connected with contemporary jewellery. Both makers and non-makers may apply. An article for Findings will be required.
To donate to the Fund, please send your contribution thus:
Bank transfer: Association for Contemporary Jewellery, Barclays Bank, sort code 20-07-89 account number 0305 6937 reference: MWF+your name (e.g. MWF A Brown)
Cheque: please send your cheque to ACJ, PO Box 71338, London, SE17 9DY
PayPal : please send as a gift to: email@example.com
An email to the ACJ administrator saying what & how you have donated would be much appreciated:
EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
As many members will be aware, GDPR came into force on 25 May 2018. We emailed members to ask for their specific permission to continue to contact them in future, as we cannot do this, under the GDPR rules, without it. We will continue to send membership reminders and JHT to members who have not yet replied, but will not be able to send any other communications, such as invitations to special events. If you have not yet replied and wish to remain in contact please tell us NOW at
Full details of what records we carry, and how we use them, are available
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
The Surviving Rings of the Serjeants at Law - Mark Emanuel,
A Rediscovered Poniatowski Gem in the National Museum in Krakow - Paweł Gołyźniak
and The Identification of the Goldsmith’s Working Tools in Talmudic literature - Tziona Grossmark
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
Attendance at lectures
The booking of seats for lectures in autumn 2016 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
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.