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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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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.

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.

Jewelry Designer: David Webb

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Turquoise diamond studded 18K Gold Ring by David Webb

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.

Oscar Heyman Jewelry

 

 

Oscar Heyman was founded in 1912, and is known for its European-style craftsmanship and hand fabrication. In the early 1900s, a family of six brothers and three sisters emigrated from Latvia. It all started with three brothers, Nathan, Oscar and Harry, who had a desire to make jewelry using quality gemstones. The founding brothers trained in the rigorous conditions in Faberge workshops in 1906, where they learned their craft.  Did you know that Oscar Heyman’s is one of the first jewelers to fabricate in Platinum?  They were excited to use such a fine white metal, which only enhanced the beauty of white diamonds.

The brand is known for its ingenious designs and high quality gems.  The company is dedicated to a hands-on approach for stone selection and workmanship. The Oscar Heyman in house workshop consists of jewelers, setters, engravers, polishers and lapidaries. They take pride in alloying their own metals, cutting and polishing gemstones and engraving each with its own number, before leaving the studio. The Oscar Heyman is over a century old and with each generation, the brand brings its own element to the jewelry line each time.  Jewelers of today sit side by side with skilled employees from before and recreate Oscar Heyman’s signature designs. Many of the brands trademark pieces from different eras are still being created today. By preserving old school techniques, Oscar Heyman is considered one of the elite jewelers worldwide.

Movie stars, socialites and others from high society flocked to Oscar Heymans, for its originality and nature inspired designs. Sapphire jewelry was the company’s hallmark in the 1950s. In the 60s, the gems were bold. Colors were flamboyant and large diamond necklaces were in demand. A monumental creation was the infamous 67 pear-shaped diamonds with 69.42 carats, D color flawless diamond necklace, which was purchased by Richard Burton for his wife, Elizabeth Taylor. The stone was cut by Harry Winston and the necklace was designed by Oscar Heyman for Cartier in 1969. This grand piece was called the “Taylor-Burton necklace.” Even after Burton purchased the necklace, it was under stipulations that the diamond be displayed at the New York and Chicago showrooms for Cartier.  New York’s Cartier showroom had over 6000 visitors a day. After the divorce, Elizabeth Taylor auctioned off the necklace to Henry Lambert, a New York based Jeweler for $5 million. The money was used to build a hospital in Botswana. The current owner of the diamond is Robert Mouwad, the founder of GIA.

Oscar Heyman continues to make exquisite jewelry by applying techniques used for the past three generations. Every piece meets the highest standards in cut and quality of the stones. The company takes great pride in their classic designs, but isn’t afraid to mix it up with a modern touch.  By doing this, they create pieces that appeal to women of all ages.

Paul Flato: ” Jeweler to the stars”

He was known as the “Jeweler to the stars” and was one of the first well-known designers to grace the silver screen. Paul Flato was born in the 1900s in Shiner, Texas. At the young age of 10, Flato developed an interest in jewelry by watching nomadic Gypsies make silver-wire items to sell.  After attending the University of Texas in the Twenties; he planned on attending Medical school in New York.  Due to his father’s financial issues, Flato put his dream about making it in medicine to rest, and started to sell watches instead.  As time passed, Paul Flato made the best out of his situation in New York by embracing his God given talents, and eventually applying them to jewelry.

After moving to New York City, he opened his first jewelry shop on East 57th street in Manhattan.   In 1937, he unveiled his second store in Beverly Hills, California.  The store was across from the hot spot, Trocadero nightclub, which increased his celebrity clientele.  His enigmatic work was being noticed by affluent societies. He was referred to as the “jeweler to the stars,” throughout the 1920s and 1940s, due to his fine pieces and hand crafted, whimsical jewelry designs.  Paul Flato was one of the first celebrity jewelry designers of his time. Jewelry wasn’t the only reason he was popular amongst the stars; Flato was featured in a film as a jeweler in the 1940’s movie, “Hired Wife,” starring Rosalind Russell and Virginia Bruce.  Besides being in a film himself, his creations were seen in numerous Hollywood productions in the 1930s, such as; ”That Uncertain Feeling,” starring Merle Oberon, and “Blood and Sand,” with Rita Hayworth. To this day, Paul Flato is recognized for his witty, flamboyant, Art deco jewelry style, which still brings in thousands of dollars at auctions.

Over the years, Paul Flato had employed several future well-known designers; George W. Headley and Fulco di Verdura; both who collaborated with Flato between the 1920s and 1960s. Flato was said to be Harry Winston’s biggest client back when Winston was only a wholesale dealer.  It is said that Flato’s inspiration derived from a little bit of everything. He even looked at the common chair for inspiration.  It is reported he was inspired by a rush-bottomed chair after seeing it in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and created a compact for Elizabeth Arden from it.

Plato was known for using a lot of platinum and diamonds along with flower shapes in his jewelry. An apple blossom necklace was made for Lily Pons, a famous Opera singer. The necklace entailed diamond blossoms, cascading on both sides with a rose wrapped around the wrist on a baguette cut diamond stem, along with rose bud cut diamonds. Another one of his popular pieces is the diamond “corset” bracelet.  This was based off of Mae West’s undergarment.  Flato also designed a compact for Gloria Vanderbilt, which was studded with gold and enamel angels. Another piece was a pair of little gold feet, which was created for Irene Castle. It was all gold with rubies set in as toe nails.

Life wasn’t always rainbows and butterflies for Paul Flato.  He was convicted of fraud for obtaining and disposing of jewels from his colleagues. In the late 1940s, Flato plead guilty and served 16 years in a federal prison for taking jewels on consignment from fellow jewelers and pawning them off.  He lived there for almost eight years after serving time and fighting extradition on further charges of grand larceny and forgery involving more than $60,000 in gems that had been entrusted to him by dealers.

In 1953, Paul Flato returned to the United States for a brief time. He head back to Mexico in 1970, where he opened up a jewelry shop in Mexico City. After spending 20 years in Mexico City, he returned to his home state, Texas.  Paul Flato died at the age of 98 on July 17, in a nursing home in Fort Worth.  Leaving behind three daughters; Catharine Dennis, Barbara McCluer, Susan Flato, including a grandson; along with six great grandchildren.

”He was the first of the major American jewelers to do highly imaginative work on a par with European jewelers.” –Penny Proddow, a jewelry historian and co-author of “A Century of Spectacular Jewelry” (1996). ”He would take his ideas to his four designers — they were his hands — and they would go on from there to his workshop.”