David Webb (jeweler)

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David Webb (1925-1975) was an American jeweler. On July 28, 1948, he founded David Webb, the company, which opened at 2 West 46th Street. Among his clients were Elizabeth Taylor, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Barbra Streisand.[1] Helen Mirren, Jennifer Garner and Beyoncé have also worn his jewelry.[2]

Born in Asheville, North Carolina in 1925, Webb was a self-taught designer whose work included dragon bracelets, Maltese cross brooches and animal motifs.[3] In 1964, The Duke of Windsor purchased a bracelet for his wife.[4] Diana Vreeland, a noted columnist and editor of Harper's Bazaar and Vogue, was often seen with a David Webb black-and-white enamel zebra bangle.[5]

Webb died from pancreatic cancer in 1975.[6] The business has been in continuous operation and in 2010 was purchased by estate jewelers Mark Emanuel, Sima Ghadamian and Robert Sadian.[7] The company's logo is a zebra.

A book about his work, David Webb: The Quintessential American Jeweler by Ruth Peltason, was published in 2013. In 2014, a retrospective exhibition was mounted at Norton Museum of Art in Palm Beach.[8]

David Webb has flagship boutiques in both New York City on Madison Avenue and Rodeo Drive at The Beverly Wilshire Hotel.[9]


  1. ^ "David Webb - Jewelry Artists - Artist Biographies - Macklowe Gallery". macklowegallery.com. 2014. Archived from the original on May 26, 2013. Retrieved March 2, 2014.
  2. ^ "Double-Headed Lion Necklace - The bold jewelry of David Webb - Pictures - CBS News". CBS News. New York: CBS. 2014. Retrieved March 2, 2014. Helen Mirren, Jennifer Garner and Beyoncé.
  3. ^ Kahn, Eve M. "David Webb's Jewelry on Sale and for Show - NYTimes.com". The New York Times. New York: NYTC. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved March 2, 2014. animal motifs
  4. ^ "WEBB | hancocks". hancocks-london.com. 2014. Retrieved March 2, 2014.
  5. ^ "The Luxe Chronicles: David Webb Jewelry: More Than Just Vintage Appeal". theluxechronicles.com. 2014. Retrieved March 2, 2014.
  6. ^ Pener, Degen (2014). "Betsy Bloomingdale Attends David Webb Dinner to Celebrate Relaunch of Jewelry Line | The Hollywood Reporter". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved March 2, 2014.
  7. ^ Adducci, Shannon (2014). "The David Webb Revival - Articles - Departures". departures.com. Retrieved March 2, 2014. estate jewelers bought the company in 2010
  8. ^ Everett, Frank (2014). "David Webb, Iconic New York Jeweler | Sotheby's". sothebys.com. Retrieved March 2, 2014. Norton Museum of Art in Palm Beach mounted a gorgeous retrospective exhibition
  9. ^ "Boutiques". davidwebb.com. Retrieved September 3, 2017.

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