WE'VE STRUCK GOLD!
Dive into the world of jewellery with Stephen Webster’s captivating new podcast “Gold Digging”. It’s impossible not to become totally engrossed in Stephen’s riveting conversations with inspiring friends, family and collaborators who share stories and glittering nuggets of information.
In the first of the series, Stephen settles down to chat with his good friend Nadja Swarovski. She recalls how she first came across Stephen and wrongly imagined him to be an “elderly gentleman, goldsmithing away”. He adds a “white coat, slightly balding with a magnifying glass” for dramatic effect and the pair erupt into giggles.
He describes Nadja as a “complete visionary” with a unique ability to bring together creatives from a wide range of disciplines. They’ve worked together on many projects—making tiaras for Austria’s Opera Ball, collections that arose out of the Bond movie Skyfall and Fashion Rocks, which he describes as “quite an event, at the Royal Albert Hall, where you paired up music icons, big ones like Beyoncé, and designers”.
Nadja explains how she took the family business based in Austria, from being known for glass animals to become a leader in the high-octane luxury scene. And how, for her, collaborating with Lee McQueen, introduced to her by Isabella Blow, was pivotal. Talk turns to Christian Dior, the V&A’s blockbuster exhibitions, including David Bowie, and we learn about the impact this genius artist and musician had on the 14-year-old Stephen.
Discover how Stephen’s world ticks and listen to his stories such as celebrating will.i.am’s birthday — “not dropping any names”— touring Swarovski’s “bloody amazing” museum with him and how they were both “blown away.” Towards the end of the podcast, Stephen and Nadja turn to their concern for the planet and the relevance today of created diamonds and recycled gold. Stephen describes how the principles of sustainability and Fairtrade underpin his brand and how these ideas now take centre stage when a decade ago they were considered fringe.