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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.

David Webb

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.

David Webb

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.

 

 

He gave you the ring of your dreams. Shouldn’t he have something elegant to match? Watches have long been popular with formal menswear, but more recently we’ve seeing brides gifting their grooms-to-be classic timepieces just for the big day.

Whether you’re seeking something Swiss, like a handsome Breitling or an everlasting Rolex, or a watch from the Eiseman Jewels’ vintage collection, our specialists are here to help you pick out the perfect piece for him. Before you get started, here are some tips to keep in mind:

Take a technical time-out. Watches come in all shapes and sizes and are made from a variety of materials. It often comes down a watch’s technical elements—such as its functions, movements and bezels—to really see what sets it apart.

Vacheron Constantin watches, for example, are truly technological masterpieces. For over 250 years, Vacheron Constantin has maintained a seamless tradition of watch-making excellence through technical know-how and aesthetic mastery.

Wear it with love. Not all hobbies are conducive to watch-wearing. So before you buy one, think about the activities he loves. If he travels frequently, consider purchasing a GMT watch with multiple time zones. If he’s a diver or works around water, a diving watch would be apropos.

Not all men enjoy wearing a wristwatch, either, so you may consider a vintage pocket watch. There is a watch suited to every imaginable hobby—just tell your Eiseman specialist what it is you’re looking for and they’ll be happy to take care of the rest.

Engrave a meaningful message. All watches tell time, but make his watch tell him something more. Engrave a personal message on the back of the watch case commemorating your wedding day and long-lasting love. He’ll know that this is a gift that truly came from the heart every time he puts it on his wrist.

A timeless treasure. The right timepiece can last forever, making them the perfect heirloom to pass it down to future sons, nephews and grandsons. Choose a watch that he will be proud to keep in the family for generations to come.

Make an appointment. Call Eiseman Jewels or stop by our store to meet with one of our watch specialists. They are trained to sort through our many finely crafted watches to find the one that’s right for your future husband.