Cultured pearls, brilliant-cut diamonds, hammered 18K gold, and platinum
A rich silk fabric with raised embroidery of golden thread is known as brocade. This sort of luxurious trapping would be at home in an 18th century French chateau, spilling over a terrace railing of a Parisian pied-à-terre, swaddling a newborn Maharaja, or even seen rendered in paint by an Italian Renaissance master. The textile transcends any single period or culture, and yet always connotes craftsmanship, quality, and luxury. These colorful and beautiful fabrics are textures to centuries of history, and the David Webb Brocade bracelet seamlessly enters the same fold.
David Webb’s Brocade bracelet was designed in the 1970s as a polished gold link bracelet of interlocking chains, but now has re-emerged from the archive with fanfare. The links are off-set from one another in an alternating pattern, like traceries of golden thread woven through fabric. The design has been updated with diamonds, tumbled emerald, sapphire or pearl fringe, lapis lazuli, turquoise, or coral beads, and comes in either hammered or polished 18K gold.
The pearl version of the Brocade bracelet stands out as clean and elegant, in contrast to the colorful combinations of coral, lapis, and turquoise. The pearls create a soft fringe with diamonds set atop each to add that bit of sparkle. Tumbled gems evoke distant cultures and lavish fineries draped in sitting rooms and bungalows the world over. David Webb consistently references its archives for designs that speak to the ages, with their artistic vocabulary rooted in David Webb’s original vision, but always willing to make a 21st century leap.