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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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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.

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.