Brilliant-cut diamonds, black and white enamel, 18K gold, and platinum
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David Webb’s love of pattern and geometry jump off the finger with the Chevron ring. From checkerboards to chevrons, David Webb expertly pairs patterned enamel with brilliant-cut diamonds to create iconic and recognizable pieces, like the favorite Chevron ring.
The geometric shape of this ring first appeared in the 1971 David Webb Holiday catalogue. It could be purchased in solid black or white enamel. However, David Webb jewelry is ever-evolving and certainly keeps up with the times. By 1976 the ring had a new look, retaining its architectural structure and combining the black and white enamel to create the chevron design.
The New York City landscape was changing rapidly in the 60's and 70's and it is very likely that the sight of these new structures going up all around David Webb's neighborhood impact him. Jackie Kennedy attended the opening ceremony of the Brutalist MET Breuer, our flagship New York boutique's neighbor, in her graphic checkerboard pattern wool coat. In 1974, the landmark black and white modernist building by Gordon Bunshaft at 9 West 57th Street was built next door to David Webb's original boutique at 7 West 57th Street.
Much like a draughtsman’s plans, the black and white patterning of the Chevron ring traces a graphic expression of form. The bold geometric pattern is emblematic of the 1970’s design thought that was experiencing intense growth, expansion, and experimentation. The world was being built anew, and fashions followed the strict black and white rule. David Webb jewelry tells a New York story, one that is truly international.
Dress the chevron ring up or down; combine with color or keep to a monochromatic fashion palette. Either way, this ring looks fresh. Always made with the finest full brilliant-cut diamonds and enamelled by hand, it’s fun, fabulous art to wear.