It’s the season to sparkle and the season to “Look good while DOING good!” The marriage of fashion and philanthropy becomes a time-honored tradition, and of course nothing echoes that sentiment like a fashion show from renowned jewelry designer David Webb. What’s a little price tag when it’s for a good cause, right???
PHILANTHROPY MEETS FASHION: Author & David Webb representative Ruth Peltason, my dad Bob Golder, and me at LBBC’s Cis Golder Grant Luncheon at Neiman Marcus, where over $60,000 was raised to provide support & hope for women battling breast cancer; Ruth’s book at amazon.com
Sometimes trying on can be as much fun as buying; this was the case when I had the pleasure of meeting Ruth Peltason, Webb representative and author of the book, “David Webb: The Quintessential American Jeweler,” at Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s Cis B. Golder Quality of Life Grant Luncheon at Neiman Marcus earlier this fall. Named in memory of my beloved mother, the Cis Golder Grant provides desperately needed dollars—and hope—for women with financial need as they battle breast cancer and its traumas, lbbc.org.
JEWELS FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION: Classic pieces, as exquisite now as when they were first designed—couture jade necklace & “Night and Day” bracelet, from davidwebb.com
Though worn by celebrities and fashionistas around the world, several women were not familiar with the designer and it was a fun to watch them “ouuh and aaah.” Webb’s signature is big statement jewelry, many with a mixture of precious and semi-precious stones. Worn by everyone from Jackie Kennedy to Elizabeth Taylor to today’s red carpet stars, David Webb designs have been sparkling on women around the world for almost 70 years.
MAKING DREAMS COME TRUE: An array of gold & diamond and enamel & diamond jewelry on the models at Neiman’s; Webb’s latest enamel collection, all at neimanmarcus.com & davidwebb.com
Ruth is charming and warm and we quickly became good friends. “This is a great American story,” she remarked. “Originally from Asheville, NC, David Webb had a dream and came to New York in 1948 with nothing. He opened a small shop, eventually caught the eye of The New Yorker magazine, which then caught the eye of First Lady Jackie Kennedy. And as they say, the rest is history!”
MORE GORGEOUS THAN EVER: Classic panther bracelet that caught Jackie’s attention, in diamond with emerald eyes; classic “shoelace” black enamel & diamond cuff, from davidwebb.com
Webb was chosen to produce the gifts of State for the Kennedy administration, putting the designer in jeweler stratosphere forever. True from that day to this, all stones are mined in America, all pieces are produced in NYC workshops.
GETTING STONED WAS NEVER LIKE THIS! Tassel necklace & “Geodesic” dome ring from davidwebb.com
The designs are legendary, comprising stones big and small with lots of color, lots of heavy gold. Known for jeweled animals and flowers, each piece is totally retro and totally modern at once. Looking through the archives in Ruth’s book, it is difficult to tell what was worn by Vanderbilts and Whitneys in the 50’s and 60’s and what was worn on the Oscar red carpet last year. David Webb passed away in 1975, yet his inspiration becomes evident in every piece.
ALSO FIERCE & FABULOUS: Kat Designs freshwater grey pearl cuff, at Knit Wit in Bryn Mawr; Joie DiGiovanni pearl hoops at Barbara Ellick in Narberth or joiedigiovanni.com
In a season where fashion’s mantra is, “Be your own woman,” I cannot imagine more fabulous jewelry to express your inner self. Like women in 2017, these creations are bold. They are fierce! “Our jewelry is for women of style and confidence,” added Ruth as the models twirled throughout the room—each design more beautiful than the one before. We surely had a room full of stylish, confident women, all clamoring for Ruth’s attention; David Webb generously donated 10% of all sales to the Cis Golder Grant and I did not want to keep Ruth from helping each client find the perfect piece.
IF I COULD BUY ONE THING: David Webb “Ball Necklace” from neimanmarcus.com; Yvel golden pearl earrings, gold “statement” link necklace & bangles, all from Jeff Kellmer Jewelers, Haverford
Hugging and kissing good-bye, I tried on a magnificent necklace of big gold beads—easily worn with a white collared shirt or an evening gown. “We all have dreams,” she quipped, “Just like David Webb!” And so we do. Here’s to all your holiday dreams coming true—wishing all of my readers the Happiest of Holidays, enjoy every sparkly moment~ Ellyn Golder Saft
ps. If you have a quiet night at home this holiday season, do not miss Barbra Streisand’s concert on Netflix, “The magic. The music. The memories.” Still the greatest star, forever & always!