The Favorite Jeweler of Hollywood Stars and Royal Houses David Webb
Together with Louis Cartier, Van Cleef, Tiffany & Co., and Boucheron, David Webb (1925-1975) is one of the big names in the world of high-end jewelry.
Adored by Jacqueline Kennedy and Diana Vreeland, admired by Liz Taylor, Grace Kelly, and Coco Chanel, American designer David Webb created revolutionary masterpieces out of time between the 1940s and 1970s, symbols of a sumptuous style, real sculptures in gold and diamonds, enamels, rubies, emeralds and sapphires, and other precious stones.
Some of Webb's masterpieces combined Asian art with the nostalgia of Art Deco, the Baroque forms with the Etruscan style.
David Webb Was Loved By The CelebritiesThe jewelry store owned by David Webb on 57th Street in New York has become the point of attraction for the elegant women of the world.
Exotic and fantastic animals, dragons in rigorous geometries bore the mark of this authentic talent. The trademark of his jewels was precisely the eccentric-elegant mix that movie stars and international celebrities loved.
Diana Vreeland, the legendary director of "Harper's Bazaar" and then "Vogue", one of the most beloved style icons of the last century, owned a bracelet that she never parted with. It was a Zebra-shaped bracelet in black and white enamel with small interspersed diamonds and cabochons ruby. The designer of this precious object was no other than the revolutionary master jeweler David Webb.
In the seventies, a young Diane von Furstenberg, embodying the best glamor style of that period, appeared on the cover of "Vogue" with her thick black hair and a David Webb jewel.
Jacqueline Kennedy, Wallis Simpson (the Duchess of Windsor), Lee Radziwill, Liz Taylor, Lana Turner, Doris Duke, Gloria Vanderbilt, Nan Kempner, and Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel were delighted by the boundless fantasy of gold and gemstone shapes, the boldness of contrasts, but especially by his ability to create imposing, grandiose, excessive accessories with impeccable elegance.
Among the American jewelry designers of the last century, David Webb was undoubtedly the most famous and prolific, and probably unparalleled.
David Webb - A Brilliant Master JewelerBorn in 1925 and raised in Asheville, North Carolina, David Webb learned the basics about jewelry in the workshop of his uncle, who was a silversmith. At the age of 16, he moved to New York, where in '48 he began to collaborate with Nina Silberstein, an accountant who managed to find the necessary funds to start the business.
Later, together with Antoinette Quilleret, he opened a store in Manhattan called "David Webb Inc". From then on, his business flourished like no other.
David Webb was very meticulous, he checked every detail of his jewelry. He became famous for the use of unusual materials and for a design with an exotic taste that found inspiration in nature and mythology: his creations reproduced animals such as tigers, frogs, unicorns, armadillos, dragons, and are reminiscent of ancient Egypt, Greece, and the Japan of the Samurai.
After he died in 1975, his legacy was carried on by his successors.
David Webb's jewelry creations are in high demand in the international market.You can find some of his most exquisite pieces in DSF Antique Jewelry online shop.