We are very sorry to report the death of Alan Jobbins, noted gemmologist and long-time SJH member, on 9 February 2019. We will add more information as it becomes available.
The 2019 AGM of The Society of Jewellery Historians will take place at the Society of Antiquaries of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly W1J 0BE, on 26 February 2019, at 6.00 pm, to be followed by a lecture by our President,
The Notice and Agenda of the meeting, minutes of the 2018 AGM, and Accounts for 2018 are available
here (members only), together with a proxy voting form for any member unable to attend.
SJH Private Visit to the Museum of Freemasonry
The Society will be holding a private view of the exhibition Bejewelled: Badges, Brotherhood and Identity, on Tuesday 2 April 2019, 6.30-8.30pm, at the Museum of Freemasonry, 60 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5AZ, with an introductory talk by its curator, Mark Dennis. For full details of the exhibition, click
The cost of tickets is £15 each, to include a glass of wine. Members will also have the opportunity to enjoy the rest of the extensive Museum. Numbers are limited to 40, so the visit is for Members/Joint Members only. If oversubscribed a ballot will be held, and unsuccsessful members will be refunded in full. Click
here to download an application form to pay by cheque, or to pay at once by PayPal. All applications should be made by 1st March.
Jewellery History Today
The latest issue of Jewellery History Today, JHT 34, was published in mid-January, and sent free to all current members.
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).
We are very sorry to report that Wendy Ramshaw, a long-standing member of SJH and a distinguished jewellery designer, died on Sunday 9 December.
We will carry a full obituary in JHT 35, in May.
SJH Conference on Jewellery in Portraits/Portraits in Jewellery
The Society of Jewellery Historians will be holding a one-day conference on the themes of jewellery in portraits and portraits in jewellery on Saturday 29 June 2019. at the Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London. The conference will cover a range of subjects concerning either the representation of jewellery in various visual media, or on jewellery or engraved gems that incorporate portraits.
Full details of costs and registration will be published online in due course. The programme is available
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
An email to the ACJ administrator saying what & how you have donated would be much appreciated:
Calling all Potential Lecturers!
The Society of Jewellery Historians would like to try something a little different in the lecture programme for October 2019. Instead of an evening lecture by a single speaker, we’d like to invite three speakers to each give a short paper (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: email@example.com), by 15 March 2019.
A contribution to travel expenses and a night in London (if applicable) will be covered.
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
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 next due to renew. We will issue the new passwords to everyone as they renew their membership after October. You can download an application/renewal form, or renew online at
Membership application. If you have any problems, or any questions about this, please contact us here.
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.