Stephen Webster, the London-based jewellery brand internationally heralded for its exquisite and cutting edge designs has flourished under Founder and Creative Director, Stephen Webster MBE. Stephen blends his love of traditional craftsmanship with his passion for music, fashion and art to produce contemporary yet eternally chic and glamorous jewellery. It’s a unique approach that has been some 37 years in the making and won huge industry recognition.
From a modest upbringing near London, Stephen has attracted some of the entertainment world’s most alluring and glamorous clients, while establishing a loyal global customer base. Stephen’s enthusiasm, commitment and unmistakable creativity have helped him to achieve numerous accolades including a three-time win of the “British Luxury Jeweller of the Year Award”, “Diamond Jeweller of the Year”, “Jewellery Designer of the Year” and “UK Jewellery Brand of the Year”.
Stephen was awarded an honorary Master of Arts degree from the University of Creative Arts in 2007 for his outstanding contribution to the arts and also holds the honor of being a Liveryman of the City of London. In January 2013, Webster was awarded an MBE in the New Year honours list for his services to training and skills in the British Jewellery Industry.
While the jewels in Stephen Webster’s exquisite pieces may be multifaceted, his vision has always been singularly focused. Webster’s love for things that sparkle found him attending a Jewellery and Silversmith course at the Medway College of Design at the age of 16. By the end of his first term Stephen had become consumed by a passion for jewellery design and craftsmanship. After completing his training under Tony Sheperd, a former Prime Warden of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, Stephen worked as a craftsman for several established London design houses. Among many highly regarded commissions was the honour, on two occasions, of setting the De Beers Diamond Stakes Trophy.
After receiving the acclaimed De Beers honor in 1982, which marked an emergence for Stephen into the fine jewellery market, he relocated to Canada to design for an independent jeweller. Following a brief return to the UK in 1984, Stephen identified an opportunity for his jewellery in California. His bold, iconic style and use of exotic and unusual gems attracted the fashion-savvy and uninhibited audience out West. After much success and expansion, Stephen returned to London in 1989 to establish the company that is known today as Stephen Webster Ltd. The Stephen Webster brand philosophy has remained the same over the years: to offer the consumer a true lifestyle experience founded upon the finest craftsmanship and distinctive creativity.
With one of the largest jewellery manufacturing and design studios in London’s West End, Stephen Webster is widely considered to be one of the international scene’s most accomplished and exciting designers. The company has expanded globally with close to 200 points of sale worldwide in the United Kingdom, United States, Russia and ex-Soviet Republics, Dubai, Japan, South Korea, Spain, Kuwait and Hong Kong as well as boasting flagship stores on London’s Mount Street and Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills.
Throughout his career, Webster has been an advocate of ethically and socially mined materials; travelling to mines in Tanzania and Peru to meet the mining communities and trace the origins of the materials he knows so well. He is now an ambassador for Fairtrade and Fairmined Gold and works closely with Forevermark Diamonds, the world’s most carefully selected diamonds.
Meanwhile, Stephen’s stellar celebrity client roster continues to grow. Over the past few years he has designed one-of-a-kind pieces for the likes of Madonna, Sharon Stone, Kate Moss, Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz, Pink and Christina Aguilera. He has also created jewellery for Elton John, Jay Z, Ozzy Osborne, Johnny Depp, Mickey Rourke and Russell Brand to name but a few.