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David Webb moved from Asheville, NC to Manhattan at the age of 16. “His special gifts as a jeweler and designer soon became apparent, and shortly after his arrival, he was noticed by Antoinette Quilleret, a French woman with exquisite taste and an eye for talent. In 1948, with her backing, he formed David Webb Inc., setting up shop on 57th Street. Within a few years, David Webb had established himself as the ‘go to’ jeweler in Manhattan, and at the height of production his two full-time workshops employed 200 jewelers and 37 setters.”

After his untimely death in 1975, “the rich tradition of design, craftsmanship and creativity continues by drawing on the immense archives of illustrations, models and molds, that represent the legacy of David Webb, a unique American genius.”

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David Webb was considered the ‘go-to’ jeweler in the 50’s & 60’s. “The jewelry was delicate, ladylike and traditional, yet at times bursting with his love for nature and overflowing with floral motifs and animal imagery.” Although David Webb died in 1975, he left 50,000 sketches of designs in the archives of his company. Scroll through the bracelet category to see more of his animal imagery. I think the zebra is my favorite.

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