BEHIND EVERY SUCCESSFUL MAN THERE IS A STRONG WOMAN
This International Women’s Day, we would like to make a dedication to the fearless, and inspirational Assia Webster, partner in crime of Stephen Webster. Find out which is her favourite piece from the Stephen Webster collections, and her top advice to make an impact in the industry!
“My friends and colleagues like to remind me that if it wasn’t for Assia, I would still be in a back workshop, making and designing for other people. I may or may not still have been in the back workshop but the fact is Assia has been there every step of the way making sure I do my job to the best of her ability. She is definitely a powerful woman and it’s no coincidence that she was born on international women’s day.
Happy birthday darling from me and all of the Webster’s. XxX” – Stephen Webster
How do you feel when wearing Stephen Webster jewellery?
When I first met Stephen I wasn’t really into jewellery. In fact, when he said he would like to give me a piece of his jewellery for our first Christmas together, I actually told him that it probably wouldn't work out as I thought all of his pieces were too big and too bold for my style. He gave me a pair of small pearl earrings, probably one of the smallest pieces he made - but they were perfect. They are probably the smallest thing in my jewellery box now. Once I got a taste for jewellery though there was no stopping me. Sometimes, I can feel like a bit of a Christmas tree but Stephen always says out of all people I can get away with it. Wearing SW jewellery usually provokes a compliment or at least a comment. It’s not jewellery for the faint-hearted. It’s bold, powerful, and quite often colourful and always thought provoking. I definitely enjoy the conversation around my jewellery and it really puzzles me when people ask me if I wear any other jewellery. Why would I?
What is your favourite piece from the Stephen Webster’s collections and why?
I've had a lot of favourite pieces over years, but my favourite and most special is a bespoke locket pendant Stephen designed for me with a carved Agate portrait of our daughter inside. I hardly ever take it off.
What has been your career highlight since joining the Stephen Webster team?
It has been quite a journey! In over twenty years of working in the company I have seen many ups and downs but I am very proud of what we have built. I can’t really pick a highlight but knowing what I know now, I hold huge respect for Stephen who has persevered for many years to build not only a company but a jewellery brand from scratch (not even to mention that inventory) and I’m very proud to have helped on the way.
What advice would you give to women, wanting to make an impact in the industry?
It’s a tough industry, it can be very conservative, old-fashioned and not that women friendly so I’m afraid we have to work even harder to be recognised. But at the same time it’s an incredibly exciting industry with such rich roots and cultural heritage (not to mention to be surrounded by beautiful things!) which can be the perfect place for a woman to be a part of and achieve success. If you think this is definitely a right industry for you, don’t give up and keep at it!
What is your favourite inspirational quote?
"Conquer, but don’t triumph."- Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach