John Donald

Precious Statements, Biography



Jewellery designer and goldsmith

Brooch, 18ct yellow gold wavy rods in a crown form

John Donald, a British jeweller, designer and goldsmith, is regarded as one of the most innovative of the twentieth century. In over half a century he has been recognised as a pioneering and radical designer and craftsman with his work capturing the late twentieth century ideals of glamour and modernity.

Part of a select group that revolutionised jewellery design in the 1960s and ‘70s, John went on to establish a successful business in London and Geneva as well as an international reputation. He is respected by art critics and his designs attracted the patronage of HRH The late Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon.

His work is seen in the collections of the V&A Museum, the Schmuckmuseum in Pforzheim, The Royal Museum in Edinburgh and The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths. His pieces are owned by various Royal Families as well as heads of industry and those fascinated by design.