In the late 1940s, the doors opened to was is now known as one of America’s greatest jewelers around. Webb’s designs were creative, and ahead of his time. His bold color usage, enamel pieces were just a few factors that set him a part. His meticulous attention to detail and animal inspired themes, made David Webb unique and memorable.
David Webb was born in Asheville, North Carolina in 1925. He worked at his uncle’s factory growing up, and later at the age of just 16, decided to move to New York City to pursue his dream in jewelry. In 1945, Webb, along with his partner Nina Silberstein; opened up his first jewelry shop. David Webb made sure he sat with his Artisans and explained exactly how he wanted his jewelry to be designed, down to the last detail. David specialized in taking custom orders to give his customers exactly what they wanted.
In 1960, David became popular amongst the most stylish and jewelry design connoisseurs. He sold his designs only to selective clients. A few of his high profile clients included the Rockefellers, Andy Warhol, Princess Grace of Monaco, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Elizabeth Taylor, and the Vanderbilts. Some of his recent designs are being worn by celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Sofia Vergara, and Gwen Stefanie to name a few.
David Webb is notorious for his nature inspired pieces. Animal cuff bracelets, interlocking dragons, crocodiles, turtles, lions were all crafted in gold. Colored stones and semi-colored gems, were often times used to decorate the entire piece or just the eyes. His animal designs were extremely popular in the 1950s and 1960s. His inspiration for design was from all over the world. Master jeweler Peter Carl Faberge and Cellini were a huge influence on David Webb. People were taken back by the amount of detail that was added to his pieces. In the 1970s, David Webb was all about hammered gold, texture with plenty of enamel. He incorporated carved crystal, and enamel with diamonds, along with colored gems and pearls.
In 1975 David passed away from pancreatic cancer; leaving his brand behind along with beautiful, bold, intricate jewelry for generations to come. To continue his name, the Silberstein family took over and moved the business to Beverly Hills. Nina Silberstein, CEO, continues to replicate Webb’s designs and works hard to keep his brand strong. In 2008, David Webb Jewelry celebrated their 60th anniversary. In 2009, the company filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy in New York. A year later the company was bought for $11 million, by jewelers Mark Emanuel, Sima Ghadamin and Robert Sadian.
David Webb’s designs continue to impress jewelry lovers all over the world. His unique take on design, and the detailed fabrication of his work, certainly keeps people wanting more.