David Webb Vintage Brooch Gold Grasshopper Enamel Gemstones


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David Webb
18 karat Yellow Gold, Platinum
Diamond round brilliant cut
Ruby cabochon
46.4 grams
2 3/8" x ¾” x ¾” (6 x 2.2 x 2.2 cm)
David Webb maker's mark, serial number, hallmarks for 18 karat gold and platinum

An impressive vintage brooch by David Webb made of 18k gold, green enamel, and gemstones.
This whimsical creature features all the Webb’s design staples: size, exotic look, bright colors, and luxurious appearance. It belongs to Twilight Tales collection. The grasshopper is crafted with meticulous detail and appears incredibly realistic. It is adorned with a diamond collar, which is one more element saying the brooch was designed by David Webb. 
This fantastic vintage brooch is a head-turner, and it is looking to be worn by a true admirer of David Webb’s genius.

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    About David Webb Brand

    David Webb’s innovative and distinctive creations left an indelible mark on the jewelry industry. Webb’s career spanned from the 1940s until his passing in 1975. Throughout this time his designs challenged conventional ideas of jewelry. His exuberant style was embodied in bold and extravagant designs.

    Webb’s iconic contributions to jewelry making was his use of animal motifs. He captured the beauty of various creatures, from turtles and frogs to lions and tigers. These animal-inspired pieces not only showcased Webb’s extraordinary craftsmanship but also appealed to a wide range of clients. David Webb’s unique approach to jewelry design lastingly impacted the industry, inspiring countless designers to explore new artistic avenues. His legacy continues to influence contemporary designers to create pieces that are works of art.

    Among his personal influencers Webb himself mentioned Jeanne Toussaint, the creative director of Cartier.

    Webb put his own spin on Maison’s figurative pieces and Tutti-Frutti style. All these elements put together, enhanced with a great portion of glamour, made David Webb jewelry appreciated by Hollywood stars and royal houses. Liz Taylor, Coco Chanel and Jacqueline Kennedy could be seen wearing his pieces.

    Shop Nadine Krakov Collection for David Webb earrings, bracelets, and rings.


    History of Insect Jewelry

    Insect jewelry carries a diverse symbolism and has deep historic roots. To us, these pieces serve as a reminder of the delicate beauty that designers found in nature.

    Scarab Beetles

    In ancient Egypt, scarab beetles were associated with the Sun God Ra. They symbolized regeneration and protection. Scarabs were often used in amulets, and seals to bring good luck and ward off evil.

    Bees and Butterflies

    Bees were revered in ancient Greece and Rome and seen as symbols of diligence and cooperation. Honey, a product of bees, was also associated with sweetness and fertility. Butterflies, with their transformation from caterpillar to butterfly, were seen as symbols of metamorphosis and the soul’s journey.

     Insect Jewelry Resurgence

    In the 19th century, during the Victorian era, there was a resurgence of interest in nature-inspired jewelry. It often incorporated real insect specimens preserved in resin. This trend was influenced by the Victorian fascination with the natural world and scientific discoveries of the time.

    The Art Nouveau movement of the late 19th – early 20th centuries embraced organic forms and drew inspiration from nature. Insect motifs, such as dragonflies, butterflies, and beetles, were prominent in Art Nouveau jewelry. These pieces featured flowing lines and delicate designs.

    Today, insect jewelry continues to be equally loved by designers and jewelry buyers.  For example, dragonflies are often associated with change and self-realization, while butterfly brooches symbolize transformation and beauty. Bees are still seen as symbols of hard work, community, and productivity.



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