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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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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.