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David Webb

American, b. 1951

“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.

Average Sold Price
$16,338
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Iconic Designs from David Webb
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Frog Brooch
Frog Brooch
Emerald Ring
Emerald Ring
Leopard Bracelet
Leopard Bracelet
Colors Earrings
Colors Earrings
David Webb Rock Crystal Necklace
By David Webb
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Very rare and exceptional David Webb rock crystal necklace. 4 graduated rows of rock crystal with diamond rondels scattered. Beautiful clasp stamped Webb 18kt and 900pt. Interior la...
Category

Late 20th Century David Webb

Materials

Crystal, Rock Crystal, 18k Gold, Platinum

David Webb 1980s Diamond Emerald Ruby Sapphire Platinum 18 Karat Gold Bracelet
By David Webb
Located in New York, NY
Beautifully designed and masterfully handcrafted, this bangle bracelet by David Webb from ca 1980 displays a fun and colorful array of gemstones worked in platinum and 18 karat yello...
Category

1980s Vintage David Webb

Materials

Diamond, Emerald, Ruby, Sapphire, 18k Gold, Platinum

1970's David Webb Baroque Pearl Ruby Emerald 18 Karat Gold Gemstone Necklace
By David Webb
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Long necklace is comprised of tumbled gemstones alternating with baroque pearls Baroque pearls are bright white with strong iridescence and are very well matched With tumbled emera...
Category

1970s Contemporary Vintage David Webb

Materials

Emerald, Pearl, Ruby, Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

David Webb 18K Yellow Gold Oval Turquoise and Diamond Scute Style Ring
By David Webb
Located in New York, NY
Articulated Turquoise and Diamond ring by David Webb crafted in 18k yellow gold. Designed to resemble lateral scutes as you see on a turtle, this ring has a comfortable weight. Cap...
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20th Century Modern David Webb

Materials

Diamond, Turquoise, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

David Webb Yellow Gold Link Black Enamel Diamond Chain Necklace
By David Webb
Located in New York, NY
Black enamel in jewelry is dark, it's moody and it's bold. It's confident, mysterious and versatile in the emotions it evokes. This is a 26 inch David Webb Platinum & 18K Yellow Gold...
Category

20th Century Modern David Webb

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Platinum, Enamel

David Webb Circa 1970's 18K Yellow Gold Round Cabochon Green Emerald Earrings
By David Webb
Located in New York, NY
"Crafted by David Webb Circa 1970's these round bombe clip-on earrings are made in 18K Yellow Gold set with Round Cabochon Green Emeralds. Earring width: 23mm. Clip On closure. "
Category

20th Century Modern David Webb

Materials

Emerald, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

David Webb 18K Yellow Gold Jade, Diamond, Black Enamel Statement Ring
By David Webb
Located in New York, NY
This is a very unusual ring made by David Webb, crafted in gold mounted with a large natural jade, diamonds and accented by black enamel. Wear this strikingly sculptural ring, with i...
Category

20th Century Modern David Webb

Materials

Diamond, Jade, Enamel, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Platinum

Vintage David Webb Yellow Gold, Onyx and Quartz Bead Necklace
By David Webb
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Product details: The necklace is designed by David Webb, it is made out of 18 karat yellow gold, carved onyx and quartz, featuring box clasp closure. The smaller bead measures 9/16"...
Category

Late 20th Century David Webb

Materials

Onyx, Quartz, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

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David Webb jewellery & watches for sale on 1stDibs

David Webb jewellery & watches available on 1stDibs. These unique items were 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 jewellery & watches, from our inventory of 671, can add a particularly distinctive touch to your look. This collection contains 1,072 pieces, as well as a number of other designs by this jeweler. diamond and emerald are among the most popular styles of David Webb jewellery & watches available on 1stDibs. While this collection reflects work that originated over various time periods, most of these items were designed during the 20th Century. Many customers also consider jewellery & watches by Natkina, Valentin Magro and Meghna Jewels.. Prices for David Webb watches and jewellery can vary depending upon gemstone, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at US$1,250 and tops out at US$2,200,000, while pieces like these can sell for US$19,775.