Jewellery History Today
The latest issue of Jewellery History Today, JHT 33, was published at the beginning of September. The next issue will be in January 2019.
The pdf, and pdfs of all earlier issues of JHT, along with all articles published in Jewellery Studies, are available free to members on the website,
here (members only).
SJH Membership Secretary - Vacancy
After four years of valued service to the Society, our membership secretary, Liz Woodward, is planning to retire from the role. Her period in office has seen many changes which Liz has managed with her usual efficiency and good humour, leaving the role completely updated.
The position of Membership Secretary is pivotal to the smooth functioning of the Society and involves keeping records of the membership and dealing with subscriptions, which are currently paid by cheque, PayPal or standing order. A dedicated laptop is provided for this purpose. The Secretary is also responsible for providing a current list of members to the printers of Jewellery History Today three times a year, occasional emailings to the full membership list, and ad hoc sales of past copies of JHT and Jewellery Studies. The Membership Secretary is supported by, and works very closely with, the Hon.Treasurer, Web Manager, and Editor of JHT. Computer skills, common sense and some financial acumen are necessary. It would be helpful to live within reach of London, but not essential.
The Society would be delighted to hear from any members who feel that they could help the Society. A modest remuneration is offered.
To apply or request further information please contact the Chairman at:
or by post to:
The Society of Jewellery Historians
London WC1B 3DG
Sale of Dr. Anne Shannon Collection
Woolley and Wallis will be offering for sale the jewellery collection of SJH member Dr Anne Shannon on 31 October 2018 at their saleroom in Salisbury.
While pursuing a career in medicine as a GP in London, Anne began collecting Georg Jensen jewellery. As her knowledge of jewellery grew she joined SJH and spent several years, together with Muriel Wilson, past Editor of JHT, organising and archiving the Omar Ramsden/Ramsden & Carr design drawings at Goldsmiths’. The close ongoing involvement with this work led her to start purchasing a wide range of British and European designers, including Giuliano, Fabergé, Burges, Falize, George Hunt, Artificers Guild, Henry Wilson, Knox, and many items by Child & Child, Ramsden & Carr as well as Georg Jensen, all of which will be on sale.
For full details of the sale, see the
Woolley and Wallis website.
SJH Visit to Cambridge, Friday 9 November 2018, 11 - 4pm
Helen Ritchie, the Curator of the Fitzwilliam Museum’s current exhibition Designers & Jewellery 1850-1940. Jewellery and Metalwork from the Fitzwilliam Museum has kindly offered members of the Society a view of the exhibition and a handling session with some of the jewellery which is not on show. In addition to the exhibition and the handling session, Helen has also arranged a visit to the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology where Sarah-Jane Harknett will guide us around the jewellery exhibits.
This visit is for members only, as numbers are limited. The cost will be £15. Applications will be dealt with in order of receipt and we will post a notice here when all places are full.
For full details, click
To buy tickets by paypal, (members only), click
In case of any further questions, contact the Chairman
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
Conference - A Royal Treasure and its Role in the Renaissance Court: The Royal Clock Salt
The Goldsmiths' Company, in collaboration with the British Museum and the Rothschild Foundation, are delighted to present an international conference celebrating the Royal Clock Salt. One of the Company’s greatest treasures, the Salt has been on loan to the British Museum since February and is on display in the Waddesdon Bequest Gallery. The aim of the conference is to shed light on the object’s history, its attribution and the modifications it has undergone. It follows scientific research conducted by the British Museum.
The conference will take place at Goldsmiths’ Hall, London on 22 November 2018. To book a ticket and for more information please click
IV European Congress on Jewellery
After successful and stimulating conferences in La Bañeza (Léon), Madrid and Barcelona, the fourth meeting of the European Congress on Jewellery Centres and Peripheries in European Jewellery from Antiquity to the 21st Century will take place on 29 and 30 November 2018 in Porto, northern Portugal. If you would like to present a paper, please send your abstract, consisting of no more than 300 words, by e-mail to Maria Silva (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 30 July 2018. The Committee will notify potential speakers of their decision on 15 September 2018; the programme will be announced on 1 October 2018. For full details of attendance at the Congress, as well as the call for papers, click
Call for Papers: SJH Conference on Jewellery in Portraits/Portraits in Jewellery
Saturday 29 June 2019
Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London
The Society of Jewellery Historians invites proposals for this one-day conference on the themes of jewellery in portraits and portraits in jewellery. The conference aims to offer a platform to jewellery historians, art historians, and researchers from a range of disciplines to present new insights into either the representation of jewellery in various visual media, or on jewellery or engraved gems that incorporate portraits.
We welcome abstracts that cover any period or culture, and the Conference Committee will select papers that work together to fulfil the Society’s remit of presenting an overall structured and informative day.
Please email your proposal (200-300 words) for a 20- or 30-minute paper (indicating your preference for paper length), along with your contact details and a brief biography to
by 31 December 2018. Selection will be made by 31 January 2019. Full conference details will be circulated and published online in due course, providing information on registration for the event.
Loewe Foundation Craft Prize 2019
In 2016, the Loewe Foundation launched the international annual Loewe Craft Prize to showcase and celebrate newness, excellence and artistic merit in modern craftsmanship. The prize, worth 50,000 euros, seeks to acknowledge and support international artisans of any age (over 18) or gender who demonstrate an exceptional ability to create objects of superior aesthetic value. All entries should fall within an area of applied arts, including enamelwork and jewellery, be an original work, handmade or partly handmade, have been created in the last five years, be one-of a-kind, have won no prizes previously, and demonstrate artistic intent. For full details of the award and how to apply, click
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.