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David Webb

Known as “America’s Quintessential Jeweler,” David Webb was a creative visionary whose bold, beautiful statement pieces have been highly sought-after by everyone from socialites to movie stars. Long after his passing, Webb’s legacy continues to make an impact on the jewelry and fashion worlds.

When Webb was just nine years old, he was introduced to metalwork and quickly developed a passion for jewelry-making. He eventually apprenticed at his uncle’s factory, and at 17, he moved from South Carolina to New York City to pursue his craft full-time. At 23, he opened the doors to his flagship store on Manhattan’s Madison Avenue. It would go on to become one of the greatest luxury jewelry houses in America. Just two years later, his jewelry was featured on the cover of Vogue Magazine. And the rest, as they say, is history.

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Best known for his animal designs, Webb’s jewelry was recognizable for its decorative, bold use of color and impeccable attention to detail. His design influences ranged from his boyhood memories of the South to his explorations of faraway places and ancient cultures. He excelled in his use of yellow gold, diamonds and semi-precious stones to bring the creations of his imagination to life.

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Webb’s iconic jewelry has been worn by everyone from Hollywood A-listers to American royalty since the brand was founded in the late 1940s. Some of his clients included Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly, Estée Lauder, Lana Turner, Jackie Kennedy and even generations of Vanderbilts and Rockefellers. Elizabeth Taylor featured four pages of David Webb jewelry in the photo book of her famous collection, “My Love Affair with Jewelry.” And Diana Vreeland, the legendary editor of Harper’s Bazaar, was rarely seen without her favorite David Webb zebra bangle.

More recently, you’ll spot stars like Jennifer Lawrence, Eva Mendez, Jennifer Garner and Cameron Diaz wearing Webb’s jewelry to Hollywood parties, award shows and galas.

David Webb Estate at Eiseman Jewels

David Webb

David Webb left behind an incredibly rich and diverse archive of bold, beautiful and intricate jewelry that continues to be treasured by new generations of jewelry enthusiasts. At Eiseman Jewels, we have a stunning collection of vintage David Webb pieces in stock in our Estate Collection. Our current pieces include an eye-catching 18-karat yellow gold, emerald and diamond Tuscan-style cocktail ring, as well as an intricate 18-karat yellow gold grasshopper brooch made with emeralds, diamonds and enamel.

While our customers were once required to visit us at our location in NorthPark Center in Dallas to browse our collection of estate jewelry, we’re happy to announce that you can now conveniently view our Estate Collection online.

Or, if you prefer to view our unique selection of David Webb estate designs — or any other pieces in our Estate Collection — in person, visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

 

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David Webb was one of the most talented and influential jewelry designers of the 20th century. A handsome, charming Southern gentleman, Webb arrived in New York City from Asheville, North Carolina at just seventeen and picked up a job repairing jewelry in Greenwich Village.

David Webb

The self-taught jeweler went on to work for several large design houses, such as Tiffany & Co. and Harry Winston. In 1948, Webb opened his flagship store on the cosmopolitan Madison Avenue, which would go on to become one of America’s greatest luxury jewelry houses.

Webb approached jewelry as an art, not as a mere product to be bought and sold. His design inspiration came from many sources, including nature and the animal kingdom, and he employed enamel and colored stones to bring the creations of his imagination to life. In addition to his brilliant design sensibilities, Webb was also a master artisan who spent hours sitting with his jewelry craftsmen to make sure every detail of his pieces were perfect.

David Webb

David Webb’s jewelry is iconic and has been adored by socialites and movie stars since the brand was founded. Ava Gardner and Lana Turner proudly wore David Webb jewelry both in movies and in real life. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Grace Kelly and Estée Lauder were also dedicated fans. Elizabeth Taylor featured four pages of David Webb jewelry in the photo book of her famous collection, “My Love Affair with Jewelry.” And Diana Vreeland, the legendary editor of Harper’s Bazaar, was rarely seen without her favorite David Webb zebra bangle.

Although he tragically died of pancreatic cancer at the young age of 50 in 1975, David Webb left behind a rich legacy of design expertise and a diverse catalog of bold, highly detailed jewelry that continues to be treasured by collectors and fashionistas. To this day, his vision and legacy are carefully commemorated in his original Manhattan atelier. While many of David Webb’s competitors outsource their production overseas, at David Webb, every aspect of production takes place under one roof. In fact, the workshop located above the Madison Avenue flagship store is the last of its kind in New York City.

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Original David Webb jewelry still remains highly collectible, but to associate David Webb exclusively with the past would be a mistake. It is currently enjoying a revival among young tastemakers and recently won Gold Design of the Year at The Town & Country 2018 Jewelry Awards.

Peruse our stunning selection of David Webb estate designs at Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

 

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Eiseman Jewels is the ultimate destination for jewelry connoisseurs. We are home to some of the world’s most remarkable pieces of estate and heirloom jewelry — jewelry that comes with a sense of deep history and unique character that sets it apart from other pieces. It is often one-of-a-kind and always timeless.

Here are just a few of the legendary jewelry designers and artisans whose creations you can expect to see in the Eiseman Estate Collection.

Henry Dunay

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Henry Dunay began his career when he started working as a jewelry apprentice in New York City at the age of 14. He worked his way up the ranks to become a master model maker and setter. In 1956, at the age of just 21, he started his own firm and quickly found fame after winning the De Beers Diamond International Award. Known for his bold designs, sensuous curves and signature finishes, Henry Dunay has solidified his position as a leading jewelry designer, artist and trendsetter in the world of fine jewelry.

Jean Mahie

Jean Mahie estate

Father and daughter-in-law design team Jean and Jacline Mazard were among the first artists to create their own work with their own brand name, Jean Mahie, and have it displayed at leading jewelry stores such as Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels. From the moment they started their company in 1970, Jacline insisted that everything she made should be one-of-a-kind. With design studios in New York and the Bahamas, the company became known for its free-form, primitive designs with hammered finishes and melted metal designs. Pieces such as the ones pictured are becoming increasingly rare, as Jacline is no longer designing.

David Webb

David Webb estate

David Webb was a self-taught jewelry designer who, in his early years, worked for several large design houses such as Tiffany and Harry Winston. He went on to found David Webb, the luxury American jewelry house, in 1948 in New York City. Bold, attention-grabbing designs and vibrant gems in 18-karat yellow gold characterize the David Webb collection.

Julius Cohen

Julius Cohen estate

Julius Cohen began his jewelry career in 1929, at the age of 16. In 1956, he established Julius Cohen Jeweler, Inc., with the belief that creating a special relationship with each customer on a personal basis was the only way to do business. The company is among America’s most celebrated and award-winning jewelry design firms of the 20th century. Julius Cohen’s unique, dedicated marketing style of visiting and servicing customers in their own homes or offices or the company’s Madison Avenue studio in New York remains the cornerstone of the business to this day.

Buccellati

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Mario Buccellati opened the doors of his first jewelry boutique on Largo Santa Margherita in Milan in 1919. Today, almost 100 years later, a timeless design aesthetic and refined craftsmanship remain at the heart of the Buccellati business. The house’s distinguished Milanese heritage — along with an unyielding desire to create objects of rare beauty — has established its distinct, inimitable style.

Every piece of pre-owned jewelry at Eiseman Jewels has undergone a thorough inspection, lovingly restored to like-new conditions, and comes with a warranty guaranteeing its quality. Peruse our stunning selection of estate designs at Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

Dallas Art Fair

The team at Eiseman Jewels holds a deep appreciation of the fine arts and its connection to exceptional jewelry design. Art institutions like the Dallas Museum of Art and the Nasher Sculpture Center are crucial assets to the cultural life of our great city and to the Eiseman family. That’s why we were thrilled to sponsor the Dallas Art Fair again this year, which took place April 14–17 at the Fashion Industry Gallery in the Dallas Arts District.

Dallas Art Fair

This year’s festivities kicked off with the Preview Gala, which offered patrons and top art collectors the opportunity to view and purchase exhibited works prior to the public opening of the fair. This opening gala is always a glamorous and exciting event, and this year was no exception. It was a great opportunity to mingle with guests from all over the country, many of whom had their first experience with Eiseman right then and there.

We also appreciated the chance to celebrate the unique relationship between jewelry and art. The entire event was a wonderful reminder that art can be found anywhere, including in the jewelry we wear.

Dallas Art Fair

For our exhibition, we chose to feature designers who demonstrate the well-rounded selection Eiseman has to offer, from distinctive and trend-setting to timeless and classic. We showcased stunning selections from Italian contemporary designer Roberto Demeglio, vivid gemstones by Sutra Jewels, and signed estate pieces from noted designers Jean Mahie and David Webb for those discriminating clients who are always searching for that truly one-of-a-kind piece.

A portion of the proceeds from the preview gala benefit the Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center and Dallas Contemporary. We were delighted to be a part of this worthy cause.

Follow Eiseman Jewels on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more behind-the-scenes photos of the big event. To peruse jewelry pieces featured at the Dallas Art Fair, visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.