David Webb's elegant use of white enamel and red coral in the piece pictured above demonstrates his unique talent as both an artistic visionary and master craftsman.
David Webb’s jewelry designs are known for their bold use of color, and are among the pieces that we specialize in purchasing at Diamond Estate Jewelry Buyers. When selling David Webb jewelry, it is often easy to get a good price, because his items remain popular among collectors and the public alike.
For example, David Webb’s enamel jewelry, often featuring animal themes, was much beloved by the most famous Hollywood socialites, especially in the 1960s and 70s. And those pieces remain popular today.
You also can get an excellent cash offer, if you wish to sell David Webb gold jewelry. The designer’s prominent use of gold in the early 1970s was trend setting. He was often quoted as saying, “The more ancient or barbaric, the better.” And that primitive inspiration remains an appealing to the often all-too-modern styling of contemporary jewelry.
How to Sell Your David Webb Jewelry
Contact Diamond Estate and provide us with some information about the David Webb jewelry that you wish to sell. We will get back to you within 24 hours (weekdays) with a preliminary appraisal. We may even be able to share with you some information about your David Webb jewelry that you didn’t previously know!
At Diamond Estate, we’re here not only to be your David Webb jewelry buyer, but your complete estate jewelry resource.
Who Was David Webb?
Born in Asheville, North Carolina in 1925, David Webb was a mostly self-taught designer who learned metal-smithing techniques as an apprentice at his uncle’s silversmith shop. He moved to New York at age 17 and, with wealthy socialite Antionette Quilleret, opened a shop in 1945. A pair of Webb’s earrings was featured on the cover of Vogue magazine in 1950, announcing the young jeweler as a new force in the Manhattan jewelry world.
Seeking inspiration from the animal world, Webb’s jewelry is generally distinguished by striking colors, voluminous dimension, and a fine attention to detail. Designs featuring enamel frogs, crocodiles, zebras, and dragons often mixed carved crystal with diamonds, pearls, and semi-precious stones in colorful counterpoint. Also inspired by the ancient Greeks and Egyptians, Webb’s designs combined modern materials to reinterpret classic themes.
Webb’s work is famously associated with socialites and movie stars, from Lana Turner and Ava Gardner to Princess Grace of Monaco and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Elizabeth Taylor devoted four pages of her photo book, “My Love Affair with Jewelry” to Webb’s designs.
David Webb died of pancreatic cancer in in 1975, but not before leaving an influential legacy, including thousands of sketches. Reproductions of his work continue to be created in the workshop above the Madison Avenue store.
Ready to Sell Your David Webb Jewelry?
Let us help you learn more about the David Webb jewelry that you wish to sell, as well as get you the highest possible cash offer. At Diamond Estate, we love talking with people about their jewelry — whether or not they sell their item to us.
While we buy most David Webb jewelry (including items from the Kingdom collection), we are especially interested in purchasing David Webb pieces that were made between 1960 and 1970, when the legendary jeweler produced some of his greatest works.