David Webb to Host New York Exhibit of His Iconic Animal Jewelry – Robb Report

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American jewelry house David Webb is putting its menagerie of animal jewelry under the microscope during an upcoming show at its Madison Avenue showroom in New York City. “A Walk in the Woods: David Webb’s Clever Animals” will mark the first in-house exhibit that features archival pieces celebrating the animal kingdom.

David Webb Snake Ring

David Webb

Scheduled to run September 19 through October 2, the by-appointment-only exhibit aims to highlight the jeweler’s frogs, zebras, cats, snakes, horses and monkeys from its Kingdom collection. Late founder David Webb created his first animal bracelet in 1957. By 1963 he had a veritable zoo of animal-themed jewelry that by the end of the decade was worn by all of Hollywood, including Ava Gardner. and Elizabeth Taylor. , who had a beaded lion bracelet set with diamonds specially commissioned for his collection. First Lady Jackie Kennedy was also a fan and was known to give jewelry to David Webb as official state gifts. The designs are so popular that some private customers now own one of all the animal designs created by the house.

David Webb Giraffe Bracelets

David Webb Giraffe Bracelets

David Webb

While the exhibit will feature jewelry like zebra, giraffe and frog enamel bracelets adorned with gemstones to an enamel trinket box with a snake circling a giant sapphire, it will also feature a multimedia presentation from the photographer and videographer Noah Kalina set to music by cellist Patrick Belaga who will playfully show the jewels of animals in their natural habitats. The Experiment is a reimagining of fashion photographer Milton Greene and illustrator Joe Eula’s “A Walk in the Woods,” a film that debuted at the Coty Awards in 1964 to honor David Webb’s animal kingdom when he won the American Fashion Critics Award for his work. .

David Webb Snake Object

David Webb Snake Object

David Webb

Each of the archival pieces displayed in David Webb’s showroom at 924 Madison Avenue will be offered for sale after the exhibition, including two new owl pieces explicitly created for the show. The Hoot brooch will feature a heart-shaped amethyst surrounded by green and white enamel stripes set in 18k gold and platinum, while the Midnight Owl Torsade bracelet is said to be inspired by Taylor’s lion bracelet with two owls connected by several strands of precious stones. pearls.

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