Theft from the Canterbury Archaeological Trust
There has been a very serious break-in and theft from the Canterbury Archaeological Trust's main archive in Canterbury. Over 850 Anglo-Saxon glass beads and large quantities of coins and metal artefacts have been taken. Apart from causing considerable damage, the thieves also took large numbers of replica objects in the educational loans collection and a plaster bust of Queen Victoria.
Please watch out for any these objects being offered for sale. We will add more information as it becomes available - immediate information and images are available on the Canterbury Archaeological Trust twitter feed @CantArchTrust.
Pearls for Life 2018
100 years ago, Lady Northcliffe, wife of the newspaper baron, appealed to the women of Britain and the Empire to donate a pearl to raise funds for the Red Cross. The appeal was spectacularly successful, and nearly 4,000 pearls poured in from around the world. These were made into 30 necklaces which raised nearly £100,000 when auctioned at Christie’s.
Today, the International Fundraising Committee of the British Red Cross is launching a new appeal for donations of pearls or pieces of pearl jewellery to be sold on behalf of the Red Cross. No gift is too small, because small donations can be combined with others.
For details, click
We were very sorry to hear of the death of Ted Donohoe, an SJH member for many years, in late December. We will carry an obituary in JHT 32, in May.
Jewellery History Today
The Winter issue of Jewellery History Today, JHT 31, was published in late January.
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).
Andrew Prince: Jewels' Journeys.
In conjunction with the V&A’s exhibition 'Ocean Liners: Speed & Style', Andrew Prince will give a talk on the many lavish and opulent accessories that accompanied the aristocracy on their journeys to and from their estates and on diplomatic visits abroad. This will take place on Monday, 12 February, 2018, 19.00 – 20.45 at the V&A in London. Tickets are £15.00 to include a wine reception. For full details, click
Nelson’s Chelengk, a turban ornament given to Lord Nelson by the Sultan of Turkey after the Battle of the Nile in 1798, was one of the most iconic jewels in British history. It was stolen more than half a century ago, but a new replica has recently been recreated by Philip Denyer using the original drawings and plans. This new jewel will be on display at Goldsmiths’ Hall, from Monday 12 to Friday 23 March (weekdays only), 10am – 4pm (free entry).
SJH member Joanna Hardy will be leading a discussion on the topic of Nelson’s Chelengk at Goldsmiths' Hall on 5 March, 2018 6 - 8.30 pm . Tickets are £15.00 to include a wine reception. For full details and ticket application, click
Antiques for Everyone – free tickets for members
Antiques for Everyone is one of the largest and most established art, interiors and antiques fairs outside London, bringing together more than 200 specialist art and antiques dealers. The Spring Fair is on 5 – 8 April 2018, at the NEC in Birmingham.
To receive your complimentary ticket (members only), click
Theft of important pieces of Celtic, Anglo-Saxon and Viking metalwork
On 12 August, some 400 valuable metal objects, including jewellery, were stolen from the collections of the University museum in Bergen, Norway. The artefacts are dated mainly to the Viking Period and include treasures stolen by the Vikings from monasteries and other sites in Ireland, Britain and the continent. But there are also objects dated to the Migration Period and Roman Period. The museum staff ask everyone to keep their eyes open for any evidence of anyone trying to sell these pieces, either in the international market or online.
Pictures of the missing objects are constantly being uploaded at this
If you hear anything, please contact Professor Knut Andreas Bergsvik 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
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 aspects of Australian and New Zealand jewellery by Dr Dorothy Erickson and Dr Alexander Trapeznik, 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
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 appliaction/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.