Donald Stannard was first mentioned in Vogue in 1972 when he started is own line after being an assistant to Kenneth J Lane. He went on to become a famous designer of jewelry for Broadway shows like "Evita" and "Hello Dolly" as well as TV shows such as "Dynasty". The Erte Collection mentioned in Vogue in 1972 Designed jewelry for individuals until his passing in 2006.
He currently only designs jewelry for the rich and famous and has not been in public business since 2000, Mr. Stannard designed jewelry for Broadway, TV, and the movies as well as for many famous celebrities it would not surprise you to learn this after seeing such an imaginative, inspiring necklace like this. Donald Stannard worked as an assistant to Kenneth J. Lane before striking out on his own as a jewelry designer in 1972.
These days he only makes jewelry for select clientele, so coming across a piece like this is a spectacular find! Excellent vintage condition! Donald Stannard's jewelry graced costumes of numerous movies, television and Broadway Productions. He designed jewelry for many movie stars including: "Loretta Young", "Carol Channing", "Ginger Rogers", "Ethel Merman", "Mary Martin", "Jane Powell", "Ann Miller", "Arlene Dahl", "Ruth Warrick", "Dixie Carter Phyllis Diller", "Audrey Meadows", "Jayne Meadows", "Elaine Stritch" to name just a few.
Donald Stannard was Kenneth J. Lane's assistant from 1968-1972, then he started his own line of jewelry. Made jewelry for Broadway shows: "Panama Hattie", "Anything Goes", "Pal Joey", "Evita", "Hello Dolly", "On the Twentieth Century", "Annie", A Little Night Music Made jewelry for TV shows: "Dynasty", "All My Children", One Life to Live Made jewelry for movies: "Roseland", "The Greek Tycoon".