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Donald Claflin (1935-1979) was a noted American jewelry designer most associated with the colorful and whimsical designs he created for [[Tiffany & Co.]] during the sixties and seventies. Born into a well established Massachusetts family, Claflin attended the Parsons School of Design in New York and found work as an illustrator and textile designer, establishing a reputation as a youthful and innovative talent. His start in jewelry came when he joined the firm of [[Webb|David Webb]], known for their buoyantly [[enamel]]ed figurative jewels that were a fresh contrast to the formality of the [[Fifties Jewelry|Fifties]]. In 1965 Claflin was hired by Tiffany & Co. to continue in the innovative and individualistic design approach that designer [[Schlumberger|Jean Schlumberger]] had so successfully established at the firm.
 
Donald Claflin (1935-1979) was a noted American jewelry designer most associated with the colorful and whimsical designs he created for [[Tiffany & Co.]] during the sixties and seventies. Born into a well established Massachusetts family, Claflin attended the Parsons School of Design in New York and found work as an illustrator and textile designer, establishing a reputation as a youthful and innovative talent. His start in jewelry came when he joined the firm of [[Webb|David Webb]], known for their buoyantly [[enamel]]ed figurative jewels that were a fresh contrast to the formality of the [[Fifties Jewelry|Fifties]]. In 1965 Claflin was hired by Tiffany & Co. to continue in the innovative and individualistic design approach that designer [[Schlumberger|Jean Schlumberger]] had so successfully established at the firm.
  
Claflin's designs were rooted in unusual combinations of materials and color. As noted in American Jewelry:Glamour and Tradition:{{quote|Claflin was responsible foir many original combinations in jewelry:one of his bracelets incorporated woven Moroccan leather, gold, and stones; he also brought ivory and exotic hardwoods back into fashion.<ref>Proddow & Healy P 184.</ref>}}<br/><br/><br />
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Claflin's designs were rooted in eclectic pairings of materials and color. As noted in American Jewelry:Glamour and Tradition:{{quote|Claflin was responsible for many original combinations in jewelry:one of his bracelets incorporated woven Moroccan leather, gold, and stones; he also brought ivory and exotic hardwoods back into fashion.<ref>Proddow & Healy P 184.</ref>}} Claflin typically worked in highly polished 18 karat yellow gold and the colorful combinations of gemstones he preferred were always of the highest quality, a benefit of having Tiffany's impressive inventory of gems at his disposal.
 
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==Notes==
 
==Notes==

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This is a world where color and movement reign, where everything we do or wear expresses the individual, not someone else's idea of fashion.[1]



Claflin Dragon Brooch .jpg
Tiffany - Claflin Diamond, Coral and Enamel Strawberry Bracelet. Photo Courtesy of Sotheby's


Donald Claflin (1935-1979) was a noted American jewelry designer most associated with the colorful and whimsical designs he created for Tiffany & Co. during the sixties and seventies. Born into a well established Massachusetts family, Claflin attended the Parsons School of Design in New York and found work as an illustrator and textile designer, establishing a reputation as a youthful and innovative talent. His start in jewelry came when he joined the firm of David Webb, known for their buoyantly enameled figurative jewels that were a fresh contrast to the formality of the Fifties. In 1965 Claflin was hired by Tiffany & Co. to continue in the innovative and individualistic design approach that designer Jean Schlumberger had so successfully established at the firm.

Claflin's designs were rooted in eclectic pairings of materials and color. As noted in American Jewelry:Glamour and Tradition:

Claflin was responsible for many original combinations in jewelry:one of his bracelets incorporated woven Moroccan leather, gold, and stones; he also brought ivory and exotic hardwoods back into fashion.[2]
Claflin typically worked in highly polished 18 karat yellow gold and the colorful combinations of gemstones he preferred were always of the highest quality, a benefit of having Tiffany's impressive inventory of gems at his disposal.

Notes

  1. Phillips P 87.
  2. Proddow & Healy P 184.

Sources Consulted

  • Phillips, Clare. Bejewelled by Tiffany: 1837-1987. New Haven, Ct.:Yale University Press, 2006.
  • Proddow, Penny & Healy, Debra. American Jewelry:Glamour and Tradition. New York: Rizzoli, 1987.
  • Loring, John. Tiffany's 150 Years. Garden City, New York:Doubleday & Company Inc., 1987.
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