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David Webb Carved Emerald Convertible Pendant Brooch

$90,000

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DAVID WEBB Carved Emerald Convertible Pendant Brooch in 18k Gold and Platinum. A convertible pendant and brooch dating from the 1980s by David Webb featuring emeralds, diamonds, black enamel, and mixed metals. The look is exemplary of the decade, but also includes elements of the Art Deco-style combined with eccentric Modernism. The showstopper of this brooch is the rough center stone, which are two separate panels of rough emerald cut into polished slabs and carved intricately with leaf garland motifs on both the front and back of the gem. The piece is framed with a frame of bulbous black enamel and topped off with polished oval emerald cabochons in halos of white brilliant diamonds. In typical David Webb fashion, this is a bold and high relief form is finished with refinements of textured hammered gold emblematic to the high jewelry house. Additionally, the back of the piece includes 2 spring wires for horizontal or vertical wear as well as 2 bails for vertical wear. The brooch is safest worn vertically and as a pendant, the piece can be worn both horizontally and vertically. An aesthetically brilliant yet pragmatic convertible design is intended to be configured with other David Webb jewels in your collection. Emerald weight approx. 50.00 carats total. Diamond weight approx. 4.00 carats total. Measures approx. 3" in length, 2.10" in width, height ranging from 0.25" to 1" in height off the pin. First bail's inner circumference measures approx. 2.5mm, second bail measures approx. 5mm. Spring wires have more flexibility. Includes "750 PT900" hallmarks, Signed "Webb"; circa 1980s.

Details

  • Creator
  • Metal
    18k Gold,Platinum
  • Stone
    Diamond,Emerald
  • Stone Cut
    Mixed Cut
  • Place of Origin
    United States
  • Period
    Late 20th Century
  • Date of Manufacture
    1980's
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    Seller: P21571stDibs: JU121203114501

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About David Webb (Designer)

“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.


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