Frank’s Files: A Rare Look Inside the David Webb Workshop

New York

In this 3-part special edition of Frank’s Files, Frank Everett gets an inside look at the history, expertise, and glamour of David Webb. When David Webb opened up shop in 1948 near New York’s diamond district, he and his three employees made every piece of jewelry on premises. The brand continues this practice today, and David Webb co-owner Mark Emanuel takes us on a rare behind-the-scenes tour of their Madison Avenue workshop. Learn how the iconic designs of David Webb are brought to life directly above their flagship showrooms and meet the specialists who have worked decades refining their skills. Webb himself was sometimes referred to “the Houdini of gold” and his craftsmen carry on that legacy today, with technicians often setting, carving, and polishing a single piece for months. Watch as the iconic gold pieces for which Webb is known are set with azure malachite, rock crystal, and diamonds in what Frank calls “the most beautiful workshop in New York”. Watch more episodes of Frank’s Files here.

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