The first thing I thought when I saw the cases full of jaw-dropping David Webb jewelry at the Swan Ball Jewelry Party this summer, was "I get it Rachel Zoe. I totally get it." All those gorgeous bangles, cuffs, rings, necklaces, earrings and brooches...I was speechless. Zoe is no stranger to David Webb. She wore a stunning combination of David Webb jewels to the Met Gala this year and featured a fabulous turquoise David Webb cocktail ring on the Zoe Report.
Rachel Zoe at the Met Gala pairing a David Webb 18kt Yellow Gold, Lapis, Jade and Ruby Necklace with a DW white agate Ring, 18kt yellow gold Earrings and a Double Chimera Bracelet in 18kt yellow gold, platinum, diamonds, chalcedony and lapis. Mah-jor!
David Webb (the man and now the company) has been designing jewelry worn by socialites and celebrities for over 60 years. Names like Mellon, Astor, Rockefeller, Whitney, Roosevelt, Annenberg and Vanderbilt all wore Webb. So did Elizabeth Taylor, Doris Day and Lauren Bacall. Today, you'll see David Webb on Mary-Kate Olsen, Cameron Diaz, Kate Hudson, Salma Hayek, Jennifer Garner and Tory Burch, just to name a few. Jackie Kennedy called him "the Cellini of design" and the Duchess of Windsor said he walked in the footsteps of Fabergé.
There are not enough adjectives to fully describe how exquisite these pieces truly are. It's the enamel animal pieces that are my absolute favorites. They're strong and bold and so are the women who wear them. All of the bangles were designed to not be to too big so they can make a statement on their own, or be stacked together for one giant man-repelling arm party.
It's all stunning, isn't it? David Webb was the official jeweler of this year's Swan Ball and since that event this summer, I've seen David Webb in tons of editorial fashion spreads. The David Webb story is an interesting one and I had the opportunity to learn more about the company, and the man, at the Swan Ball Jewelry party. Co-owner Mark Emmanuel, NYC store manager Prima O'Grady and Beverly Hills store manager Kevin Parker were all on hand answering questions and literally dripping the ladies at the party in jewels. Ruth Peltason, author of the forthcoming David Webb: The Quintessential American Jeweler, had some amazing David Webb stories to tell. I can't wait to read this book which is scheduled for release in September 2013. There is a section of the book devoted to Swan Ball founder, Jane Dudley. In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Ball, David Webb made 10 pairs of these iris earrings. This photo does not do these earrings justice.
In case you may be thinking this is some stodgy old jewelry company...au contraire. This is a brand using their signature pieces from the past as their link to the future. Most of those enamel animal pieces you see styled in their recent ad campaigns are actually one-of-a-kind pieces from their archives mixed with newer pieces. And those ad campaigns, they were shot by acclaimed fashion photographer Terry Richardson. Umm...I've said mah-jor already, right?
The craftsmanship on every piece of this jewelry is unbelievable. To that point, the same woman has been painting the enamel pieces for over 40 years. You will see a lot of enamel imitations this season, but trust me when I tell you, there is truly nothing like an original David Webb.