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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.