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David Webb Hammered 18K Gold and Diamond Hoop Earrings


These 18K gold and diamond hoop clip earrings by David Webb, New York, date from the 1960s-1970s. Each earring is designed as a crescent form top set with round brilliant-cut diamonds flexibly suspending a broad, tapering, ribbed hoop. With their glowing hand wrought surfaces and appealing, full form, these flattering hoops flash with golden light and movement, accented by white sparkle. 

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Item #: YER-20484
Artist: David Webb, New York
Country: United States
Circa: 1960-1970s  
Size:  1.5” length x 0.75” width
Materials: 38 round brilliant-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 1.30 carats); Platinum; 18K gold (58.1 grams)
Signed: WEBB PLAT 18K

By 1963, David Webb had embraced the bold look of hand worked, volumized gold. Studying in the Ancient American, Egyptian, Greek & Roman galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Webb had become fascinated with the powerful, abstract motifs employed by ancient goldsmiths. Webb and his artisans could spend up to 100 hours polishing gold to achieve a surface patina and texture that expressed this inspiration in history and art. In their form and sculptural volume, these hoops are reminiscent of the Met’s Sumerian earrings of 2500 B.C., among the earliest gold ornaments in the museum.