SJH lectures go live!
The most recent online lecture by Moza Al-Wardi, Marcia Dorr, Aude Mongiatti and Fahmida Sulmeman on Female Silversmiths in Southern Oman, which took place on 24 November 2020 is now available on the website
All SJH lectures are now zoomed live online, with time for questions at the end. We hope to return to live lectures at Burlington House as soon as possible, but will continue to record lectures in future, and post them on the website, for the benefit of all members.
For full details of the current and past lecture programmes, click here.
The Cartiers and the British Crown
In the latest webinar on the Cartiers, Francesca Cartier Brickell, SJH member, and Caroline de Guitaut, Deputy Surveyor of The Queen's Works of Art, will be discussing the links between the Cartiers and the British royal family.
They have kindly invited SJH members to join this webinar on Thursday 4 February, 12 noon NY time 5 pm London time 6 pm Paris time, 9.30 pm Mumbai time.
To register, click
Jewellery History Today
The latest issue, JHT 40, was published in January 2021. It has been despatched to all members and is also available on the website, together with earlier issues of JHT, and all articles published in Jewellery Studies
here (members only).
We are very sorry to report that Tony Dove, FSA, the expert on hallmarks on rings, (SJH lecture Nov. 2007) jewellery in general, silver and gold, and long-standing SJH member, died last week after a fall. He invariably attended SJH lectures up to last year, usually with some interesting object he had recently found, and will be greatly missed.
It is with great sadness that we report the news that Evelyne Stern, an SJH member for many years and regular attender at lectures, has just died. She was a great figure in the diamond and gem world, and will be hugely missed.
Jewellery Studies is the peer-reviewed illustrated journal of The Society of Jewellery HIstorians. It was published in hard copy form from 1977 to 2012, and has been an electronic publication since 2015.
Articles published from December 2020 will be Open Access, and the first of these, The Portrait Jewels of Charles Ricketts (1866–1931) by Helen Ritchie is now available
Pdfs of all other issues of JS are available free to members on the website
here (members only).
Alice and Louis Koch Collection of Rings in the Swiss National Museum, Zurich
Alice and Louis Koch were patrons of the arts, and jewellers. By 1909 they had collected 1,722 rings from Antiquity to 1900. Four generations later, 600 rings of the 20th and 21st century were added. In this virtual tour of the Collection, recorded during New York Jewelry Week, on 15 November 2020, Dr. Luca Tori, deputy chief curator and project director for 'The Collection in the Westwing' at the National Museum Zürich, talks with Dr. Beatriz Chadour-Sampson, author of '2,000 Finger Rings from the Alice and Louis Koch Collection' (1994) and 'Rings of the 20th and 21st Centuries: The Alice and Louis Koch Collection' (2019).
It is followed by a lecture about Alice and Louis Koch, who were Court jewellers in Frankfurt am Main and Baden-Baden with insight into the span of their collecting.
Both are available to view
The Use of Jewellery by Tudor Men
In this podcast, Sarah Morris chats with Natasha Awais-Dean, SJH member, an expert on male jewellery during the Tudor period, and author of ‘Bejewelled: Men and Jewellery in Tudor and Jacobean England’. They delve into the glittering world of 16th-century jewellery and find out how men across the social spectrum purchased, wore and made meaning from jewels.
It was first broadcast on 21 November, and is available to view
In this podcast, author and Tudor historian Dr Nicola Tallis considers aspects of jewellery with other authors and braodcasters. Discussing intriguing stories such as a daring attempt to steal the Crown Jewels, the secrets behind a supposedly cursed diamond, and exploring the creation of the world’s most famous Easter eggs, this is a fascinating podcast for both history and jewellery lovers alike.
It is available to view
The Jewels of the Six Wives of Henry VIII
This event has been coordinated by Goldsmiths’ Company History Group, and is presented in association with the Goldsmiths’ Centre. Dr Nicola Tallis, author and historian, will draw on the extensive research that has taken her to the Goldsmiths’ Company’s archives amongst other historic repositories to explore the stories behind the jewels associated with Henry VII’s six wives, including their making and meaning.
The zoom lecture will take place on Tuesday 8 February 2021, at 6.30 – 7.30 pm, London time, for £3, £5 or £10 (pay what you can).
To register, click
Materials in Focus: Whitby Jet
As part of the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s new Materials in Focus series, Rebecca Tucker, award winning jeweller and lapidary, will share the story of a gemstone that perfectly encapsulates an era dominated by social hierarchy, symbolism, and death. From its humble beginnings as a seaside souvenir, to being worn by some of Europe’s most important and influential women, the fluctuating success of Whitby Jet is a compelling step back in time from ancient man right up to the present day.
The zoom lecture will take place on Tuesday 16 February 2021, at 6pm – 7pm, London time, for £5 or £10 (pay what you can).
To register, click
The Staffordshire Hoard. An Anglo-Saxon Treasure.
The Society of Antiquaries have made made the full 640-page technical report on the Staffordshire Hoard, published in 2019, available for open access.
To download the pdf, click
Diana Scarisbrick: 50 years of Jewelry Expertise
Les Enluminures, founded in Paris in 1991 by Dr. Sandra Hindman, is a centre for research and retail of exceptional rings and early manuscripts. They have kindly made available to SJH members their podcast
Podcast - Episode 10: Diana Scarisbrick: 50 years of Jewelry Expertise, which is a fascinating conversation with jewellery historian Diana Scarisbrick in which she discusses the origins of her interest in jewellery.
The Marjan Unger Lecture
On 4 November 2019, Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, gave the first of a series of five lectures, hosted by the Rijksmuseum, in honour of Marjan Unger. The remaining lectures will take place over the next ten years.
This inaugural lecture, 'Why Fashion Matters' is
now available online here.
SJH Symposium Jewellery in Texts: Texts in Jewellery
Postponed to 19 June 2021
Members of the SJH Council have been diligently reading the submitted papers for the June symposium and had selected ten speakers.
The coronavirus pandemic has, however, caused the Council to reconsider the proposal to hold a conference in June this year and it has decided to postpone the symposium to 2021.
It is with great reluctance that this decision has been taken but the Council felt that it was important to act swiftly and in good time so that people travelling to London from abroad had the greatest notice.
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
Re-discovering Post-War British Modernist Jewellery - Sarah Rothwell,
and Augmented Portraits: An Alternative Approach to Seventeenth-Century Mourning Jewellery - Anna Venturini
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
SJH are delighted to announce that we have introduced a new membership subscription rate for Young Members. 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
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
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.