John Donald Jewellery



John Donald jewellery exemplifies all the creativity, flair and exuberance of the 60s and 70s. Pieces of John Donald jewellery are marked JAD, and typically feature molten gold and beautifully vibrant crystals (both faceted and rough).

Donald was born in 1929 and schooled in graphic art, before moving into jewellery at the Royal College of Art. His pieces are exceptionally designed and as such are highly sought-after by collectors at auction. His experimental techniques were revolutionary, with the use of crystals in his work paving the way for other artist jewellers of the time.

He is also highly experimental with gold, employing molten gold in various cup and ball, and rod motifs that have since become characteristic design features of his work.  

Our specialist Fine Jewellery auctions are held 4 times a year and include the whole spectrum of jewellery, from modern and designer pieces to antique jewels, coloured gemstone jewellery to fine diamond rings. Our department is headed by Liz Bailey who is FGA and DGA qualified, with many years experience in the industry. We offer a free valuation service as well as a free collection service for items consigned to these auctions.

Contact our qualified specialist Liz Bailey to find out more.


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Maker's Marks

John Donald marks

JAD within a rectangular surround with chamfered corners. Accompanied by London hallmarks with leopard's head assay mark, standing lion passant mark and date letter. 

John Donald ring profile

Liz Bailey


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