Calling all Potential Lecturers!
Last year The Society of Jewellery Historians tried something a little different in the lecture programme for October. We will be repeating this innovation in 2020.
Instead of an evening lecture by a single speaker, we would like to invite three speakers to give a short paper each (20 minutes maximum) which presents original research or ideas about any aspect of jewellery. Jewellers, historians of jewellery, dress historians, or keen researchers (young or established) in the field may apply. Subject summaries of 250/300 words gratefully received by Niamh Whitfield
(e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org), by 31 March 2020.
Reasonable travel expenses and a night in London (if applicable) will be covered.
SJH are delighted to announce that we are introducing a new membership subscription rate for Young Members on 1 January 2020. 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
SJH Symposium 2020 Jewellery in Texts: Texts in Jewellery
Change of date
For reasons outside our control, the date of this symposium has been changed to Saturday 20 June 2020
SJH is delighted to announce that we will be holding our next symposium on Saturday 20 June 2020 at The Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London to explore recent research and current scholarship on the connections between jewellery and the written or spoken word. We welcome papers of 20 minutes on a range of topics from any geographical area and any chronological period. Subjects may include, but are not limited to:
• Inscriptions on jewellery or engraved gemstones
• Links between surviving jewellery and jewellery referenced in archival sources
• Replications of reconstructions of jewellery or jewellery processes based on early workshop manuals
• Textual insights into gemstones, gem working, or the gem trade
• Jewellery in fiction
• Processes (contemporary or historical) of applying inscriptions to jewellery or gemstones
• Jewellery that carries messages
• Jewellery or gemstones in official documents
Please submit abstracts of up to 200 words, along with your contact details and a brief biography to
email@example.com by 29 February 2020. If your abstract is accepted, you will be notified soon after this date. For any queries, please contact Jack Ogden at
Full symposium details will be circulated and published online in due course, providing information on registration for the event.
Jewellery History Today
The last issue of Jewellery History Today, JHT 37, was published in January 2020.
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).
Jewellery in Context by Marjan Unger
ACJ still have a few copies of the book Jewellery in Context - A multi-disciplinary framework for the study of jewellery by the late SJH member, Dr Marjan Unger. Many members will remember Marjan's scintillating talk in March 2017. ACJ contributed to the cost of having her work translated into English from the original Dutch. To obtain a copy, for only £16 + postage, email
The well-known jewellery designer Wallace Chan from Hong Kong will be giving a lecture on Monday 9 March 2020 at 14.00 hrs at Maastricht, Netherlands, in association with the annual Sieraad International Jewellery Fair, which will be held in November as usual.
For full details, click
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
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.