David Webb (1925-1975) was an important North-American jeweller. Born in North Carolina, this self-taught master first got into jewellery by working in his uncle’s jewellery craft shop. Webb moved to New York, where his unique creativity was soon noticed. He opened his own jewellery shop in 1945.
The ‘golden years’ of his production are considered to be the 1950s through the 1970s. All his pieces were made in New York and reflect the vibrant spirit of this city: these are modern jewels of original character, dynamic pieces with vibrant colours. Celebrities such as Ava Gardner, Lana Turner, Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis, and particularly, Elizabeth Taylor, a collector, were fans of David Webb’s jewellery designs.
His pieces are bold, strong, colourful and vibrant. They hold an unmistakable dramatic quality – these are striking pieces of jewellery.
In the J.Baptista collection there are several David Webb pieces, among which this magnificent gold and platinum bracelet with red corals and diamonds (c.1960).