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David Webb

American, 1925-1975

“Women are tired of jewelry-looking jewelry,” celebrated American designer David Webb once noted. In response, he created a menagerie of whimsical animals rendered as rings, brooches, earrings and, especially, bangle bracelets. This playfulness permeates all Webb’s work, which is characterized by brightly hued enamel and color-saturated semiprecious stones like coral, azurmalachite and turquoise, the notable exception being the clear, elegant rock crystal for which he had an affinity.

The North Carolina native apprenticed with his uncle, a silversmith, before moving to New York, where he established David Webb Inc. in 1948. He had no formal training in jewelry design. Instead, he culled inspiration from the ornamental styles of ancient Greece, Mesopotamia, Egypt and the Americas, as well as the traditions of India and China — influences discernible in such pieces as his collar necklaces and talisman-like sautoirs. 

Webb’s first animal bracelet was produced in 1957. His most famous, the zebra, took shape in 1963; its stripes now form the company’s logo. Although Webb died in 1975, his company continues to produce designs drawn from his extensive archives, and every piece is still made in the workshop above its Madison Avenue store.

Find an alluring collection of David Webb jewelry on 1stDibs, including earrings, brooches and other accessories.

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$16,933
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David Webb Frog Brooch
David Webb Frog Brooch
David Webb Bangle
David Webb Bangle
David Webb Emerald Ring
David Webb Emerald Ring
David Webb Doorknocker Earrings
David Webb Doorknocker Earrings
David Webb Platinum &18k Gold Black Striped Tiger with Emerald Ruby Pearl Brooch
By David Webb
Located in New York, NY
Designed as a tiger, the body decorated with textured gold fur, enhanced with black enamel stripes, with circular-cut diamonds, emerald eyes, cabochon ruby atop of the head. Tiger is...
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20th Century American Modern David Webb

Materials

Emerald, Pearl, Ruby, 18k Gold, Platinum

David Webb 18k Yellow Gold Cluster Gemstone Cocktail Fashion Ring
By David Webb
Located in New York, NY
This David Webb Cluster Ring is a stunning example of the designer's impeccable style and craftsmanship. Crafted in 18K yellow gold and dating back to the 1950s, this ring features a...
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20th Century American Modern David Webb

Materials

Diamond, Emerald, Sapphire, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

David Webb Diamond Rock Crystal Hammered Gold Ring
By David Webb
Located in New York, NY
A 1980's vintage David Webb carved rock crystal and diamond ring, set at the centre with a cluster of brilliant-cut diamonds within a hammered gold surrounds. Size 4 1/2 Signed Davi...
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1980s American Vintage David Webb

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Diamond, 18k Gold

David Webb Aquamarine And Diamond Drop Dangling Earrings
By David Webb
Located in New York, NY
Indulge in the epitome of luxury with our extraordinary David Webb Teardrop Aquamarine and Diamond Dangling Earrings. These stunning statement pieces are meticulously crafted in a ha...
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20th Century American Modern David Webb

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Aquamarine, Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Platinum

David Webb Celtic Crescent Convertible Necklace / Brooch i
By David Webb
Located in New York, NY
David Webb Celtic Crescent Convertible Necklace / Brooch in 18k yellow gold and platinum, encrusted with diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds. The necklace features 7 graduating ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Artist David Webb

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Diamond, Emerald, Ruby, 18k Gold

David Webb Diamond, emerald and black enamel Leopard bracelet
By David Webb
Located in New York, NY
David Webb Diamond, emerald and black enamel Leopard bracelet in 18k yellow gold and platinum. This bangle features 18K yellow gold leopard head with bezel set cabochon emerald ey...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Artist David Webb

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Diamond, Emerald, 18k Gold, Platinum, Enamel

David Webb White Enamel Large Link Diamond Bracelet
By David Webb
Located in New York, NY
Circa 1975, chucky link bracelet by David Webb is so timelessly designed that it looks perfectly current and stylishly modern. Classic yet very fashion forward, the oversized 18K yel...
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20th Century American Modern David Webb

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Enamel

David Webb Platinum & 18k White Gold Coral, Diamond and Pearl Bead Necklace
By David Webb
Located in New York, NY
Experience the exceptional allure of the David Webb Coral and Pearl Diamond Bead Necklace, a unique and captivating piece that combines coral, pearls, and diamonds in an exquisite de...
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20th Century American Modern David Webb

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Coral, Diamond, Pearl, 18k Gold, White Gold, Platinum

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David Webb Frog Brooch
David Webb Frog Brooch
Average Price
$29,611
Number Available
7
David Webb Frog Brooch
By David Webb
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David Webb Bangle
David Webb Bangle
Average Price
$91,625
Number Available
4
David Webb Bangle
By David Webb
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David Webb Emerald Ring
David Webb Emerald Ring
Average Price
$35,983
Number Available
3
David Webb Emerald Ring
By David Webb
Styles
Artist, Contemporary
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David Webb Doorknocker Earrings
David Webb Doorknocker Earrings
Average Price
$26,853
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3
David Webb Doorknocker Earrings
By David Webb
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Modern
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David Webb jewelry & watches for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a range of David Webb jewelry & watches available on 1stDibs. Each of these unique items was designed with extraordinary care, often using gold. While looking for the most stylish antique or vintage David Webb jewelry to pair with your ensemble, you’ll find that David Webb diamond jewelry & watches, from our inventory of 822, can add a particularly distinctive touch to your look. We have 1,280 pieces in this collection as well as a number of other designs by this jeweler. While this collection reflects work that originated over various time periods, most of these items were designed during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider jewelry & watches by Diana M. Jewels, Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co., and Barry Kieselstein-Cord. Prices for David Webb jewelry & watches can differ depending upon gemstone, time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $1,250 and tops out at $2,200,000, while pieces like these, on average, can sell for $23,449.

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