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David Webb Jewelry: More Than Just Vintage Appeal

Original article from theluxechronicles.com

Born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina, David Webb began designing jewelry as a young boy. He eventually apprenticed in his uncle’s factory and by the time he was a mere teenager, he moved to New York City to pursue his craft. His jewelry designs immediately caught the attention of department stores such as Bergdorf Goodman. Besides his design genius, David Webb was a highly skilled jeweler who would often take the time to sit with his artisans and demonstrate precisely how he wanted his jewelry to be crafted. No detail, no matter how small, escaped his expert eye. Before long, David Webb jewelry was sought after by the most stylish and demanding design connoisseurs.

Although best remembered for his animal and nature inspired designs, the breadth of his design legacy is actually staggering. His repertoire of design influences spanned everything from Etruscan culture to 18th century jewels from Jaipur. In particular, his Art Deco pieces combining diamonds, enamel and south sea pearls remain completely modern. The collection of carved crystal pieces with small, discreet diamonds interspersed in the design is refreshingly subtle yet no less show stopping. My personal favorites however remain his coveted animal cuff bracelets – interlocking dragons, roaring crocodiles, slumbering turtles, regal lions – all exquisitely crafted in gold with eyes faceted of precious stones.

Tragically, David Webb died young of an aggressive form of pancreatic cancer in 1975 but not before leaving an incredibly rich and diverse archive of bold, beautiful and intricate jewelry to be treasured and carefully preserved for generations to come. To this day, his vision and legacy are carefully preserved by Nina Silberstein, his original business partner and her family in the Manhattan atelier bearing his name. Each piece is still carefully crafted from start to finish by skilled artisans in a workshop located above the flagship Madison Avenue store, the last of its kind in New York City. In 2008, David Webb will proudly celebrate its 60th anniversary.

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Fancy Color Diamond Quality Factors

A great description and explanation of fancy color diamonds from gia.edu

In diamonds, rarity equals value. With diamonds in the normal range, value is based on the absence of color, because colorless diamonds are the rarest. With fancy color diamonds—the ones outside the normal color range—the rarest and most valuable colors are saturated pinks, blues, and greens. In all cases, even very slight color differences can have a big impact on value.

Compared to fancy yellows and browns, diamonds with a noticeable hint of any other hue are considerably more rare. Even in light tones and weak saturation, as long as they show color in the face-up position, they qualify as fancy colors. Red, green, and blue diamonds with medium to dark tones and moderate saturations are extremely rare.

Grading fancy color diamonds is complex and specialized, and it takes highly trained laboratory graders to complete the process accurately.

The GIA system for color-grading fancy color diamonds is designed to accommodate the fact that not all colored diamonds have the same depth of color. For example, yellow diamonds occur in a wide range of saturations, while blue diamonds do not.

Fancy Color Yellow Diamond Chart

Fancy color diamonds have a range of color strength with the intense and vivid colored diamonds being the most rare.

Diamonds with red or reddish colors are extremely rare and highly valued. Pure pinks are more popular than diamonds that are purplish, orangy, brownish, or grayish. Trade professionals market some very attractive stones in this category as “rose-colored,” and some stones with purplish tints as “mauve” diamonds.

Blue diamonds are extremely rare. They generally have a slight hint of gray, so they’re rarely as highly saturated as blue sapphires. Their color is caused by the presence of boron impurities—the more boron, the deeper the blue.

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3.75 Fancy Yellow Diamond Ring

MEASUREMENTS L/W/D

10.29 x 7.12 x 5.35
SHAPE

Rectangular Step Cut
CARAT WEIGHT

3.75
COLOR

Fancy Yellow
CLARITY

VS2
FANCY COLOR

Yes
INTENSITY

Fancy
COLOR ENHANCED

Yellow
MATERIALS & ADDITIONAL INFO

Colored Diamond, Diamonds, 18K White Gold

10 Carat Buccellati Ring

This 10 carats of Buccellati perfection currently in the Iconic Jewels salon in Beverly Hills speaks for itself.  A stunning one-of-a-kind piece designed by one of the most respected houses in the business.

Buccellati is one of the world’s most renowned high jewelry houses, celebrated for its craftsmanship, design, and one of kind masterpieces.

The story of Buccellati began with an eighteenth-century silversmith, Contardo Buccellati, who opened an atelier for silverware and jewelry in Milan, Italy. The house was revived in 1919 by Mario Buccellati, one of his relatives, a goldsmith whose inherent passion to transform metals and precious stones into beautiful works of art has inspired a tradition carried down through four generations of the family owned business. Since 1919, a Buccellati family member has designed every piece coming out of the house, beginning with Mario who was followed by his son, Gianmaria. Gianmaria’s son, Andrea, now assumes creative direction over the brand. Alongside is his daughter, Lucrezia, the youngest generation and first female designer, who now assumes a co-design role.

With Lucrezia working side by side with Andrea, it is only natural for her to absorb the knowledge and tradition he continues as well as challenge Andrea and the family’s expert artisans with her modern interpretation and unexpected products ranging from tech accessories to bridal jewelry.

Oscar Heyman Ruby And Diamond Bracelet

This stunning Ruby and Diamond bracelet from Oscar Heyman is currently in our salon in Beverly hills.  A gorgeous design of rubies and diamonds set in platinum.

Since 1912, Oscar Heyman has been creating truly exquisite fine jewelry for truly exquisite women. Oscar Heyman jewelry showcases the striking elegance of colorful gemstones and the dramatic beauty of the women who wear them. Each piece is meticulously crafted by American artisans using European techniques passed down through three generations of this family business. The result is an enduring legacy of heirloom-quality design that truly transcends time.

For inquiries on this bracelet, please call 844-ICONIC-J or visit contact us through our website and make an appointment to come into the Iconic Jewels Beverly Hills salon to view this piece.

David Webb Cuff Bracelet

This one of a kind, gorgeous cuff Bracelet designed by David Webb is the definition of true beauty.  The bracelet was designed with emeralds, coral, diamonds and platinum.

Since 1948, DAVID WEBB has carried forward a rich tradition of design, craftsmanship and creativity as an iconic American jewelry house.  Loved and admired the world over, David Webb’s many famous clients include  Elizabeth Taylor, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Barbra Streisand, Helen Mirren, Jennifer Garner and Beyoncé just to name a few.

For inquires on this wonderful piece, please call 844-ICONIC-J and make an appointment to come into the Iconic Jewels Beverly Hills salon to view it in person.

Sapphire Art Deco Brooch

This exquisite sapphire and diamond art deco brooch is currently available in our inventory.  The beauty and craftsmanship of this piece needs to be seen in person to be truly appreciated.

For inquiries, please call 844-ICONIC-J to make an appointment to come into the Iconic Jewels Beverly Hills salon.  Or fill out the simple form on our website to contact us today.

Cartier Flower Brooch

1950’s Cartier sapphire flower brooch consisting of diamonds and sapphires. This elegant and refined brooch is the perfect piece to complete an outfit, elevating the look of a suit or coat no matter what the occasion. The frame of the brooch is constructed in Platinum, and the two flowers detach from the backing to make it possible to wear them as a set of dress clips; the brooch can be hung from a chain and work as a spectacular pendant. This is an excellently made and classically designed piece iconic to the House of Cartier.

For Inquiries, please call Iconic Jewels of Beverly Hills at 844-ICONIC-J or view more details about this item on our website

Emerald Diamond Bracelet by Charles Hall

This gorgeous emerald and diamond bracelet design by Charles Hall currently in the Iconic Jewels salon in Beverly Hills is simply breathtaking.

For inquires on this piece, please call 844-ICONIC-J or contact us through our website today and make an appointment to come into Iconic Jewels and speak with us about this beautiful bracelet.

Aquamarine, a Gem of Love

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Aquamarine, a gem of many powers, has long been treasured and valued as a charm of tranquility and a totem of love.  When worn, its calming color is known to bring a feeling of relaxation and serenity.

Aquamarine is a light bluish green stone from the Beryl family, a sibling of the Emerald.  The finest Aquamarine is very clear and has very few inclusions.  The stone comes in several shades of blue, varying from a light sky blue to a slightly green sea blue.  A deeper shade of blue signifies the most valuable Aquamarine.  The majority of this Beryl is most commonly found in Brazil, where in 1910, the largest stone was recorded weighing roughly 243 pounds, and yielding over 200,000 carats once cut.  Aquamarine can also be found in Africa, the Middle East, and in various mountain peaks of the United States, Russia, and India.

Since the Greek and Roman times, the use of Aquamarine in jewelry has been connected to feelings of love and tranquility.  Jewelry made of Aquamarine was given popularly as a wedding gift in the belief that the stone absorbed love.  Sailors were also known to wear the aqua stone as protection on their journeys across the sea.  Adversely, this stone was often believed to help reconcile differences between enemies and make them friends.

Aquamarine became present in art deco jewelry pieces in the 1920’s and 30’s.  Whether set in platinum or gold, the stone stands out as a tranquil pool of calming water.  A very large, bold Aquamarine could be greatly complemented with diamond, ruby or sapphire accents.  These bold palette pieces became a very popular look of the time.

ImageAt Diamond & Estate Trust, we have the pleasure of bringing you a pair of stunning pieces featuring this Aquamarine.  Our collection includes a spectacular Aquamarine, Coral, and Diamond bracelet dating to the early 1930’s.  This piece is hand fabricated and made with a careful eye.  The complimentary color combination truly stands out and sets it apart from other Aquamarine items with a warm coral hue as a cheery contrast to the cool aqua blue.  The piece is a harmonious balance of color which can be worn seamlessly any time of day.

Our alternative Aquamarine piece is a beautiful necklace comprised of a large rectangular cut stone with multiple additional Aquamarines suspended from platinum chain, all unified with diamond accents.  The movement of the necklace is reminiscent of a waterfall cascading downwards.  This gorgeous Aquamarine can naturally complement an evening gown for a night of glamour.

The same bold pieces can also be worn with your modern day wardrobe.  Cool aqua blue can bring a calm emotion to trending black and white fashion.  Similarly, Aquamarine paired with bold colors and vintage precision can be worn casually during the day or formally for a special event.