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David Webb Enamel, Ruby and Diamond Giant Panda Brooch

Created in the 1970s, this panda brooch by David Webb is composed of 18K gold, platinum, enamel, diamonds and rubies. It is designed as a seated smiling panda bear with black champlevé enamel body, white face and white belly, its paws highlighted by round brilliant-cut diamonds. Beautifully made and bursting with personality, this smiling bear is as playful and amusing as its real life counterpart.

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Item #: BO-21351
Artist: David Webb
Country: United States
Circa: 1970s
Materials: 28 round diamonds (approximate total weight 0.60 carat); 2 cabochon rubies; Gold; Platinum; Enamel

Webb "animal fancy" pieces were the jewels du jour of the mid-1960s. With brooches, Webb enjoyed the freedom the form presents to design expansively and imaginatively, without restrictions of weight or fit that constrained his earrings and other forms. Giant pandas, the pure vegans of the orsine world, are gentle, shy funsters who will hide their heads in their hands when first encountering a new human.