Donald Claflin collection of jewelry design drawings, 1965-1991 Rauner Manuscript MS-1327

Full Finding Aid

Title:

Donald Claflin collection of jewelry design drawings

Call Number:

Rauner Manuscript MS-1327

Collection Dates:

1965-1991

Size of Collection:

0.6 Linear Feet, (2 containers)

Abstract:

Donald Claflin (1935-1979), jewelry designer. The collection contains over 300 watercolor designs for jewelry; including rings, bracelets, pendants, necklaces, brooches and earrings.

Access to Collection:

Unrestricted.

Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

Conditions Governing Access

Unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The collection contains over 300 designs executed in watercolor for jewelry; including rings, bracelets, pendants, necklaces, brooches and earrings by Donald Claflin for Tiffany and Co.

Biography

Donald Claflin was born in 1935, in Massachusetts. He began his studies at the Parsons School of Design in New York City. After graduation, he worked as a textile designer. He began his jewelry designs when he joined jeweler David Webb. He also briefly worked for Van Cleef & Arpels. In 1965, Claflin was hired by Tiffany & Co. where he designed the Tanzanite collection. In 1970, Claflin designed a new Tiffany setting in which the diamond center stone is set in the cross of two intersecting bands of precious metal. He also became known for designing jewelry based on popular children’s stories, such as Alice in Wonderland, Humpty Dumpty and Chicken Little. Claflin left Tiffany's in 1977 and joined Bulgari. He died suddenly in 1979.

Series, Box & Folder List

Series: 1, Drawings, circa 1965-1991

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box: 1, Design sketches and ephemera, circa 1965-1991

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Jewelry Designs: Cufflinks, undated
  • Folder: 2, Jewelry Designs: Broches, undated
  • Folder: 3, Jewelry Designs: Earrings, 1965-1977
  • Folder: 4, Jewelry Designs: Necklaces and Chokers, 1965-1977
  • Folder: 5, Jewelry Designs: Rings, 1965-1977
  • Folder: 6, Jewelry Designs: Bracelet, 1965-1977
  • Folder: 7, Jewelry Designs: Clutches, 1965-1977
  • Folder: 8, Jewelry Designs: Watches, 1965-1977
  • Folder: 9, Jewelry Designs: Miscellaneous unidentified, 1965-1977
  • Folder: 10, Exhibit Sign: "Donald Claflin: Jewelry Design", undated
  • Folder: 11, Catalog: "Bijoux et Orfeverie", 1991

Box: 2, Design sketches, circa 1960s - early 1970s

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Jewelry design sketches from a portfolio, circa 1960s - early 1970s
  • Folder: 2, Jewelry design sketches from frames, circa 1960s - early 1970s

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