Nearly 50 David Webb Works at Auction  

Nearly 50 David Webb Works at Auction

Significant Colored Stones and Diamonds Accompany Strong Antique and Vintage Showing at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

The December 4 and 5 Important Jewelry auction at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers features a strong showing of signed jewelry from vintage and antique periods, including a collection of nearly 50 David Webb works, in addition to colored stones and diamonds.


Designed at the peak of Webb’s creativity and influence, highlights from the Webb collection are late ‘50s through ‘60s. One example is a large and impressive interwoven bracelet in gold containing over 30 carats of diamonds, a fine example of Webb’s bold aesthetic and intricate construction ($50,000 – 70,000). The artist’s emphasis on color is also on display in this collection, including several jewels utilizing fine enamel work in jewel tones and natural gems in vivid hues such as turquoise and coral.

yellow gold platinum diamond bracelet

An Important 18 Karat Yellow Gold, Platinum and Diamond Bracelet, David Webb

yellow gold platinum coral necklace

An 18 Karat Yellow Gold, Platinum, Coral and Diamond Necklace, David Webb

yellow gold turquoise bracelet

An 18 Karat Yellow Gold, Turquoise and Diamond Bracelet, David Webb

Additional jewels from vintage eras include multiple uses of aquamarine such as in a platinum, diamond and aquamarine brooch by Cartier ($8,000 – 12,000) and a platinum, aquamarine, diamond and ruby ring by Tiffany & Co. ($5,000 – 7,000). A pair of 18 karat yellow gold, enamel and ruby bead convertible bracelets/necklace by Verdura will be offered with a presale estimate of $15,000 – 20,000 and a pair of 18 karat yellow gold, platinum and diamond bangle bracelets, Van Cleef & Arpels, France, will be offered with an estimate of $6,000 – 8,000.


Older signed examples include works by acclaimed maisons Giuliano and Castellani, chief architects of the Renaissance Revival movement. One example is a fine Renaissance Revival gold, silver, multi-gem and polychrome enamel pendant, circa 1860, by Augusto Castellani, which is estimated at $8,000 – 12,000. A strong theme of Egyptian and Egyptian Revival is also present in the sale, represented by a yellow gold Egyptian Revival brooch that has a presale estimate of $6,000 – 8,000.

platinum diamond aquamarine bracelet

A Platinum, Diamond and Aquamarine Brooch, Cartier

yellow gold enamel bead convertible bracelet

A Pair of 18 Karat Yellow Gold, Enamel and Ruby Bead Convertible Bracelets/Necklace, Verdura

renaissance revival gold pearl neclace

A Fine Renaissance Revival Gold, Silver, Multi Gem and Polychrome Enamel Pendant, Augusto Castellani, Circa 1860

At the September 2016 Important Jewelry auction at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, a fine 6.40 carat antique cushion cut Kashmir sapphire sold for $473,000. Continuing the department’s excellence in handling colored stones, the December sale has an exquisite selection of fine certified colored gemstones from the most desirable international sources.


A large selection of sapphires will be offered, which includes a fine platinum, Kashmir sapphire and diamond ring, J.E. Caldwell, Circa 1910 ($250,000 – 275,000) as well as two beautiful Burmese stones: an important platinum, emerald cut Burmese sapphire and diamond ring ($180,000 – 200,000) and a fine platinum, oval mixed cut Burmese sapphire and diamond ring, French ($60,000 – 80,000).


Two Burmese rubies of top color will be offered. One is a contemporary ring by Michael Beaudry containing an impressive cushion cut stone of 5.01 carats adorned with additional rubies and colored diamonds, estimated at $100,000 – 150,000. The other is a more classic but rare unheated Mogok stone possessing the sought after “pigeon blood” hue with a presale estimate of $25,000 – 35,000.


The jewelry department will be exhibiting highlights from the December sale in Palm Beach on November 17 and 18 and in New York City November 21 – 23. The Chicago preview will open Wednesday, November 30. Additional information as well as the December Important Jewelry catalogue is available online at

kashmir sapphire diamond ring

A Fine Platinum, Kashmir Sapphire and Diamond Ring, J.E. Caldwell, Circa 1910

burmese sapphire

An Important Platinum, Burmese Sapphire and Diamond Ring

burmese ruby

A Platinum, Yellow Gold, Burmese Ruby, Colored Diamond and Diamond “Signed Originals” Ring, Micheal Beaudry

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