Craftsmanship Craftsmanship

Craftsmanship

Great British Craftsmanship

Great British Craftsmanship

Each luxurious aesthetic in the Stephen Webster collections celebrates traditional skills and great British craftsmanship.

Recasting the role of the contemporary, luxury jeweller as an artist and forward-thinking designer rather than a mere artisanal technician, Stephen Webster’s approach has always been one of glistering synergy. With fashion and jewellery as dazzling and devastatingly glamorous co-conspirators, each luxurious aesthetic in Stephen Webster’s collections celebrates traditional skills and great British craftsmanship.

Webster’s interest in the craft of jewellery was first piqued as a teenage boy when his parents gifted him a gold cross, but leaving school he chose, at first, to study fashion. Quickly, he switched from frocks to rocks “I’d never thought about jewellery before, but immediately, here was a combination of something I could understand; a workshop, tools, chemicals and flames, and then this beautiful, polished, wonderful thing that came out of it all,” he says. “That was it for me. It was no longer about drawing; it was about the craftsmanship involved in this business. I spent the next ten years making myself the best craftsman I could be, constantly challenging myself with what I could do.”

Jewellery meets arts

The crafting of jewellery is, Webster acknowledges, a micro art form, a miniaturised oeuvre where both magnification and a keen eye play a tirelessly discerning role. “As a jeweller I can tell you that a small detail you can’t see even with the naked eye can ruin your whole day,” he says. “Any craftsman that cares about his work will say the same. But as with anything involving magnification, the world in which you operate is no longer part of the real world. It’s a slightly surreal, Alice in Wonderland existence but one that produces exquisite results”.

Now four decades on, the romancing of obscure and exotic stones from all corners of the world – Opals, Beryls, Tourmalines, Tanzanites and Peridots - is still central to Webster’s craft and creativity. “It’s the pursuit of these stones that has defined my style,” he says. “Even today I get excited about a gem if I think I’ve got something no one else has.” Meanwhile, the prevailing theme in all Stephen Webster collections is one of painstaking craftsmanship; the belief that jewellery can only be truly beautiful if it's beautifully made.

Jewellery meets arts
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