Stephen Webster 2018 Highlights
2018, has truly been an exciting year for Stephen Webster, with the launch of five fine jewellery and Homeware collections, a franchise store opening in Seoul, Korea, collaborative collection with Atelier Swarovski and awarded Best in Innovation at The Couture Show, Las Vegas! Here mark’s our key brand highlights for the year, as we look forward to 2019!
2018 started off with a bang, with Stephen Webster taking centre stage for the second consecutive year at The Gem Awards to host the 16th Annual Gem Awards in New York City.
Left to right: Stephen Webster on Stage. Assia Webster in White Kites Crest Drop Earrings with Victoria Duffy Hopper wearing White Kites Crest Couture Necklace
In spring, we launched 'Fish Tales' a collection inspired by Stephen’s life-long fascination with marine life. Each of the 26 figurative charms, illustrates a sea life creature within a letter of the alphabet, brought to life in 18 karat yellow gold and diamonds. To accompany each necklace, Stephen personally created a short stories Fish Tale Book, that uncovers the mystery and magic of these aquatic creatures and their unique personalities.
Fish Tales Collection
Continuing with the theme of all things aquatic; Stephen Webster made a stand against the world’s plastic pollution problem, with the launch of The Last Straw. The UK alone uses mind-boggling 8.5 billion straws every year, taking 200 years to break down and are among the top 10 items found in beach clean-ups. Partnering with Plastic Oceans International, Stephen Webster has donated and will continue to donate 10% of all sales proceeds of The Last Straw, to support their on-going work in preserving our oceans. Beautifully handcrafted in sterling silver, a material known for its anti-bacterial qualities, The Last Straw is hand engraved with the owner’s name followed by the engraved statement: Last Straw.
The Last Straw
June saw Stephen Webster win 'Best in Innovative Design' at COUTURE Las Vegas, with our unique cameo cut earrings for our upcoming collection Vertigo! With over 200 submissions narrowed down to 22 finalists, judges Adam Gorman, Jill Newman, Laura Freedman, Victor Velyan, Will Kahn selected the winning piece based on design, craftsmanship and scalability.
Stephen Webster with ‘Best in Innovative Design’ award
Fast forward to the peak of summer, we launched the first of our trilogy collections ‘Altered Perspective’; 'Jitterbug'. Inspired by fantasy creatures altered through the journey of Metamorphosis, ‘Jitterbugs’ are full of surprises. Brought to life with a blaze of coloured gemstones and enamels, this imaginative collection is not as it first appears…. look closely, what creatures do you see? Be sure to expect the unexpected with this collection.
The Jitterbug Cuckoo Bee Ring
Autumn celebrated the mentorship programmes in association with The Leopards. Established in 2016, The Leopards are a like-minded group of British designers and jewellery professionals who have come together to celebrate the wonder, art and desire that jewellery inspires. Founding members: Stephen Webster, Solange Azagury-Partridge, Shaun Leane and Theo Fennell, each provided a unique opportunity for a young craftsperson to train at their Head Office workshops for three months to craft their winning design from the 2017 Leopards Awards. As a proud member of The Leopards, our 2nd annual event was truly a special one for us, with each winner of the Leopards Mentorship Programme, unveiling their finished design and Stephen launching an exclusive Hammerhead Bangle with Leopard Enamel to mark the occasion, with all sales proceeds donated to The Princes Trust.
The Hammerhead Bangle with Leopard Enamel Bangle
Autumn also launched the second of our trilogy ‘Altered Perspective’ collections; Dynamite. Featuring dramatic silhouettes, the ‘Dynamite’ collection is composed of tapered baguette-cut white diamonds to emulate fragments of post-modern architecture. This exquisite, glamorous collection fuses together modernity with traditional craftsmanship, finding a new symmetry in asymmetry.
Dynamite Enamel Shattered Earrings, Cascade Enamel Necklace and Enamel Shattered Bracelet
Committed to sustainability, when approached by Atelier Swarovski collaborate on a consciously made fine jewellery collection, there was no hesitation. Moreover, to November, the 'Double Diamond' Atelier Swarovski by Stephen Webster' collection was unveiled. Inspired by the diamond in its rough form an octahedron, Webster placed Swarovski created diamonds into octahedron-shaped frames crafted with 14 karat recycled gold and encased with stunning polished spheres of opaque rose quartz, a stone in some cultures is associated with its healing qualities. The collection is exclusive to purchase from selected Atelier Swarovski stores and online.
Stephen Webster and Nadja Swarovski at the launch of the ‘Double Diamond’ collection.
Meanwhile, in Seoul, South Korea, we celebrated the launch of our franchise Stephen Webster boutique, located in the heart of Shilla Hotel in Jung-Gu. The boutique mirrors our Mount Street London Salon offering a curated environment that captures the inspiration behind Webster’s award-winning jewels and showcases our cutting-edge fine jewellery collections.
Stephen Webster Boutique, The Shilla Hotel B1F, 249, Dongho-ro, Jung-gu Seoul 04605
Just in time for the festive period, Stephen Webster launched our newly located concession at Harrods, London, situated within the Luxury Jewellery Room on the 1st Floor, in Hall 10. Featuring acclaimed English artist, Tracey Emin's iconic neon art, the ‘I Promise To Love You’ neon, references the collaborative collection entitled ‘I Promise To Love You’, from the result of an enduring 40-year friendship with Stephen and Tracey. Explore the collection here.
Luxury Jewellery Room, First Floor, Hall 10, 87-135 Brompton Road, London, SW1X 7XL
Last but certainly not least; for the very first time, Stephen Webster’s emporium of homeware products made their debut at Design Miami 2018! Over the years, our primarily bespoke pieces have taken the brand to table top, kitchen counter and bar. This 2018, we were proud to launch the Tequila Lore Set. Handcrafted in England in sterling silver, steel with an array of gemstones, this extraordinary tequila set contains all the tools required to make the perfect tequila-based drinks. Inspired by Mexican folklore, which references wild rabbits, bulls, eagles and rattlesnakes, each piece is a sculpture representing this animal menagerie, becoming a true conversation piece!
The Tequila Lore Set; Tequila Snake Flick Knife, Tequila Rabbit Salt Shaker and Tequila Shot Glasses.
We look forward to another successful year in 2019!