John Donald

Goldsmiths’ Fair II, Goldsmiths’ Hall, Foster Lane, London EC2, 22nd September – 4th October 2015

Book Cover John Donald

The jewellery of noted designer-maker John Donald (a Liveryman of the Goldsmiths’ Company) is the subject of a special exhibition at the Fair and it coincides with the October publication of his autobiography Precious Statements (McNidder & Grace).  Some twenty-four of his innovative designs, dating between 1958 and 2002, will be on show.

John Donald and HRH Princess Margaret at the opening of the Tecla Pearls exhibition in Bond Street, where HRH Princess Margaret was presented with a gold brooch set with pearls and diamonds. 1970

John Donald and HRH Princess Margaret at the opening of the Tecla Pearls exhibition in Bond Street, where HRH Princess Margaret was presented with a gold brooch set with pearls and diamonds. 1970

HRH Princess Margaret was one of his patrons, no doubt attracted by his use of textured gold and silver for his sculptural forms.  His use of uncut stones was another of his successful ideas as it allowed the natural qualities of the stones to come to the fore.

18ct yellow gold nugget flakes in cornucopia brooch set natural wild pearls from the river Tay in Scotland. 1966

18ct yellow gold nugget flakes in cornucopia brooch set natural wild pearls from the river Tay in Scotland. 1966

 

Part One: 22nd– 27th September 2015
Part Two: 29th September-4th October 2015

Bracelet of nugget flake set turquoise and pearls. Necklace of sections of round tubes with melted sheet edge, oval centrepiece set pearls and turquoise bead. 1970

Bracelet of nugget flake set turquoise and pearls. Necklace of sections of round tubes with melted sheet edge, oval centrepiece set pearls and turquoise bead. 1970

 

 

 

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Brooch of 18ct yellow gold radiating square tubes covered with granulation and set with natural crystal of amethyst 1963

Brooch of 18ct yellow gold radiating square tubes covered with granulation and set with natural crystal of amethyst 1963

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