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
firstname.lastname@example.org by 28 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 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
Creative Links: The Concealed Stories of Nazi-Looted Craft and Art Uncovered by the Gilbert Collection Curators
During the Nazi regime, artworks and cultural property owned by Jewish people were systemically looted, sold, scattered and destroyed. Many objects ended up in public and private collections. Join the curators of the Gilbert Collection in conversation with Stephanie Souroujon, as they share their research into the troubling history of some of the collection’s pieces at The Goldsmiths' Centre, 42 Britton Street, London EC1M 5AD at 6.00 pm on 13 Feb 2020. Tickets £10, including a glass of wine. For details, click
Jewellery History Today
The next issue of Jewellery History Today, JHT 37, will be published in January 2020.
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).
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.