Call for papers on innovations in 19th-century technology
De Montfort University will be holding an online symposium on 'Adventures in Chemistry and Technology: Exploring the legacy of 19th Century Innovation in Textiles, Jewellery and Materials' on 11 September 2020, at 10.00 - 16.00. They would like to hear from individuals who would be willing to present short papers on research ideas/questions of 15 minutes, and request 500-word proposals to speak at the event. The deadline for submissions is 20 July 2020. For full details, click
Diana Scarisbrick: 50 years of Jewelry Expertise
Les Enluminures, founded in Paris in 1991 by Dr. Sandra Hindman, is a centre for research and retail of exceptional rings and early manuscripts. They have kindly made available to SJH members their podcast
Podcast - Episode 10: Diana Scarisbrick: 50 years of Jewelry Expertise, which is a fascinating conversation with jewellery historian Diana Scarisbrick in which she discusses the origins of her interest in jewellery.
Getting back to normal
We are delighted to hear that most German museums re-opened in May. For full details, go to the museums' own websites.
DIVA, the silver and diamond museum at Antwerp, reopened on 18 May. For details, click
Most Spanish museums have now re-opened as well. See individual websites for details.
The Marjan Unger Lecture
On 4 November 2019, Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, gave the first of a series of five lectures, hosted by the Rijksmuseum, in honour of Marjan Unger. The remaining lectures will take place over the next ten years.
This inaugural lecture, 'Why Fashion Matters' is
now available online here.
Dr Fritz Falk
We are very sorry to report the passing of the former Director of the Schmuckmuseum at Pforzheim, Dr Fritz Falk. A master goldsmith and holder of a PhD in art history, he contributed significantly to shaping the city’s cultural life for more than 35 years as well as establishing the international reputation of the museum. With his acquisition policy, he laid the foundations for what currently constitutes the impressively comprehensive collection of this renowned museum, which is one of the few worldwide which specialises in the art and history of jewellery-making.
All lectures for the rest of the season have now been postponed. We hope to start again in September, but please continue to check this page for the latest news of the Society’s events. We will post specific details of future lectures when available on the
current lectures page.
SJH Symposium Jewellery in Texts: Texts in Jewellery
Postponed to 19 June 2021
Members of the SJH Council have been diligently reading the submitted papers for the June symposium and had selected ten speakers.
The coronavirus pandemic has, however, caused the Council to reconsider the proposal to hold a conference in June this year and it has reluctantly decided to postpone the symposium to 2021.
It is with great reluctance that this decision has been taken but the Council felt that it was important to act swiftly and in good time so that people travelling to London from abroad had the greatest notice.
David Beasley – Chairman SJH
Jewellery History Today
Jewellery History Today will continue to be published as usual. The most recent issue, JHT 38, was despatched to all members in May 2020. If you are stuck at home and beginning to feel bored, why not write an article or brief news item? Full details are available
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).
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
Re-discovering Post-War British Modernist Jewellery - Sarah Rothwell,
and Augmented Portraits: An Alternative Approach to Seventeenth-Century Mourning Jewellery - Anna Venturini
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
SJH are delighted to announce that we have introduced a new membership subscription rate for Young Members. Anyone aged 25 or under will be entitled to a reduced membership fee of only £20, which will include all the benefits of existing membership. Young Members must provide evidence of age status, such as a scan of a passport or driving licence, to the Membership Secretary when completing their application form. Unfortunately we cannot back-date reduced fees for any existing members who qualify, but they will be able to claim the reduced rate at their next renewal date.
To join now, as a Young Member, go to
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
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
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.