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STEPHEN WEBSTER JEWELLERY

STEPHEN WEBSTER JEWELLERY

Open minded and multi-faceted, Stephen Webster jewellery is reliably thought provoking and unpredictable but always rooted in craftsmanship and exquisite detail.

The genius of Stephen Webster design is finding inspiration for fine jewellery in every aspect of life. Freewheeling, open minded and multi-faceted, the designs are thought provoking and unpredictable while always remaining rooted in craftsmanship and exquisite detail.

Initially, the strictly mannered discipline of making jewellery provided a rigorous set of regulations and parameters that suited the brand; the notion of structure, balance, setting and proportion, the application of time-honoured hand crafted techniques and processes. But as the brand has developed, Webster acknowledges that he’s had to learn to evolve from being a craftsman jeweller to a haute jewellery designer, all the time maintaining a standard of uncompromising quality, finish and detail.

“I went from being commissioned to create specific pieces to being able to indulge in my own creativity, from being told what to make, to making things the way I wanted them”

Stephen Webster

“I went from being commissioned to create specific pieces to being able to indulge in my own creativity, from being told what to make, to making things the way I wanted them”

Stephen Webster

As the brand grew in stature and international repute during the early 1990s, a signature style and autodidactic design sensibility developed. “A bold luxurious look,” Webster comments. “In terms of materials I’ve always approached design from a maximalist point of view. Even now, when I’m getting excited about a gem it will instantly translate into the design of a collection,” he says. “Music is a strong influence and, of course, the view of the sea from my house by St Margaret's Bay overlooking the White Cliffs of Dover. For something like my Jules Verne collection I looked into the ocean and saw more jewels. The ocean is a very authentic reference for me. ”

All Stephen Webster collections begin with an idea, often something abstract; a feeling or a memory, a literary, film or musical reference. Webster then works alongside his team, both craftspeople and designers, to create a mood board. Group discussions are held and the creative team visit stonecutters and gem specialists read tranches of poetry and play music. Past collections have had their designs influenced by William Blake, the Seven Deadly Sins, Jules Verne and Agatha Christie’s murder mysteries.

“My job is to tell a story, to be inspired by something I’ve seen and encourage my team to turn it into something extraordinary, directional and avant-garde” says Webster “From there we start forming some shapes.”

The most cutting edge collections, the ones who dare to be different are the ones that have defined both the brand and Stephen Webster’s skill and reputation as a jewellery designer.

“The maverick pieces that tick all the boxes for fine jewellery and craftsmanship but also have the nerve to be unusual and from the left field, may seem outrageous and audacious at first…but they are the ones people tend to remember.”

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