The David Webb Holiday 2020 Zodiac collection of talismanic pendant necklaces is inspired by archival designs from the 1960s. Consisting of twelve double-sided pendants, they appear as if carved from an ancient slab of gold.
The pendants feature a stylized astrological sign on one side and the astrological symbol on the other; the designs themselves are unconventional and unexpected – in Leo, a powerful clawed paw substitutes for the classic lion’s face and mane. The backside of the pendants showcases the classical astrological symbol, set in relief against dramatically hammered gold.
The collection’s roots can be seen in historic pieces – David Webb created several oversized zodiac medallions, which were proudly collected by leading tastemakers including Diana Vreeland, Frank Sinatra and Estee Lauder – in techniques and iconography seen in David Webb’s exceptional Ancient World collection, and in renderings and design ideas displayed in the David Webb Archive.
Inspired by the elemental nature of the Zodiac, the campaign imagines what David Webb’s own creative process might have looked like as he explored the core ideas of earth, air, water, and fire.
With Zodiac, David Webb evokes individual empowerment – cleverly hinting at the strength of a lion, the balance of a scale, the duality of twins, or the fluidity of a fish. In a playful game of the inner spirit and one’s outer style, the archival designs are imbued with a new contemporary relevance that can be worn close to the wearer’s chest proudly every day as a singular statement, or layered amongst other meaningful treasures.
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