The Archives Lead will keep the day-to-day operations of one of the world's premiere high-jewelry archives running effectively. This role will not only guide and reinforce existing archival infrastructure, but will also develop new ways to support the growth and success of David Webb leveraging the House’s exceptional heritage and historic material.
Managing the physical corporate archives. Define and develop long term and short term archival goals for digitization and permanent storage of certain materials, including artwork, invoices, sketches, look books, magazine and newspaper editorial, photographs, and more. Keep up daily functions in the archives, such as press book up keeping, scanning and digitization of the style cards, drawings that need to be sorted, as well as continuing the creation of metadata and finding aids for our digital files.
Certificates of Authenticity and Appraisals. Research, produce, and digitally catalog certificates of authenticity and appraisals for all sold goods as well as pieces from the secondary market. A knowledge of jewelry, jewelry history, gemological terms, and where David Webb fits into the broader scope of the jewelry world is essential.
Manage outside researchers and image requests. Work with outside researchers to help make the David Webb archives a top notch mid-century American archive that can be utilized appropriately, as well as supporting researchers and press outlets with archival images for usage.
Aid with internal research requests and archival projects. This includes production research for potential new goods, sourcing drawings for supporting our partners and clients, working on book or exhibition projects as needed, and fielding requests from other internal departments.
Be a key face of the brand’s heritage. You will assist with the giving of tours or archival presentations to special guests or clients of the brand as needed.
Manage Interns. Will oversee the management of seasonal interns for scanning projects and other miscellaneous data input projects.
Specific qualifications include:
Very detail oriented. Checks work frequently, asks questions to re-affirm knowledge and mastery
Interest and knowledge in Jewelry History/Gemology is a must
Fluency with technology, especially with iMacs, MS Office and Gsuite, Epson flatbed scanners
Experience handling artwork appropriately
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Curiosity – unafraid to ask questions or research independently
5 years of experience with a strong background in Archives, Library Sciences, and/or Jewelry. Four year undergraduate degree is required
The position will be based in our corporate headquarters on the Upper East Side of New York. Interested candidates should email cover letter and resume to [email protected]
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About David Webb New York
Originating in New York in 1948, David Webb is an iconic, high-luxury jewelry brand whose namesake founder and designer redefined luxury jewelry with his bold, unique designs and was widely acclaimed as one of the most influential designers of the 20th century.
Today, David Webb jewelry continues to be highly sought after by leading tastemakers and style influencers, and serving as a go-to brand for celebrities on the red carpet. The brand is distributed through our own boutiques in New York and Beverly Hills; we also distribute our collections of iconic designs through a select network of luxury retailers, and regular trunk shows in the United States and the Middle East.
We are headquartered at a luxury House on Madison Avenue in New York’s Upper East Side; above the flagship boutique, the 942 Madison Avenue location houses an atelier of 25 long-tenured master jewelers who create each piece - making David Webb the only fine jewelry house which is exclusively made in America - and who continue to imbue each original piece with artisanal excellence.