Stephen Webster Biography
Stephen Webster is a British jewellery designer who was born in Gravesend, United Kingdom and is known as the founder of his eponymous jewellery brand that is self-titled.
Webster began his education at Gravesend Grammar School in Gravesend, Kent and then joined Medway College of Design which is now called the University for the Creative Arts, Rochester. He received an honorary Master of Arts degree in 2007 from the University for the Creative Arts and was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the New Year Honours of 2013 for services to training and skills in the British jewellery industry.
Stephen Webster Age
The re-known jeweler is 60 years old as of 2019. He was born in 1959 in Gravesend, United Kingdom.
Stephen Webster Family
Webster was born into a family of two children of Tom Webster, a draughtsman and Jean Webster who was a housewife. He has a younger brother by the name David, (he is two years younger than Stephen) and they work together as he is also a jeweller. Theirs was a working-class family living in Gravesend, Kent.
Stephen Webster Wife
The world re-known jeweller is married to Anastasia Vatnitsky, a Russian and his second wife. They have a daughter by the name Nika. Prior to his marriage to Assia, Webster was married to a lady by the name Kathy. She is the mother of Webster’s older daughter, Amy.
Webster and Assia met after the former’s divorce from Kathy during lunch at Goldsmiths’ Hall. At the time, Anastasia worked in Christie’s jewellery department. He says the attraction was instant. They had lunch the following week in California and within a few months, she moved into his North London flat.
Stephen Webster Daughters – Children
Webster is a father of two daughters, namely; Amy and Nika. Nika is his younger child while Amy is his first child, gotten from his first marriage.
Jewelry Designer Stephen Webster
Webster got his craftsmanship training from Tony Shepherd (a former Prime Warden of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths). He then worked for several London-based design houses.
In 1982, Webster received the De Beers Diamond Stakes honour after setting the De Beers Diamond Stakes Trophy twice. This honour marked Webster’s official passage into the fine jewellery trade and he moved to Canada to design for an independent jeweler. In 1984, he returned to the UK briefly and identified a potential market for his jewelry in California.
In 1989, established Stephen Webster Ltd back in London. It has 200+shops worldwide with flagship stores located in London, Beverly Hills, Moscow, St Petersburg and Kiev.
Stephen Webster Jewelry
The Stephen Webster jewelry brand has a wide range of necklace, rings, earrings, bracelets and cuffs that are designed for both men and women.
Stephen Webster Ring
This collection has got vast designs that include ones that are feather-inspired, crystal-inspired, butterfly-inspired among other types.
Stephen Webster Engagement Rings
Under this collection, there is:
- Thorn Diamond
- Forget Me Knot
- Rose Gold Deco
- Thorn Interlocking
- Deco Engagement Ring
- Deco Hexagonal Ring
Stephen Webster Earrings
Stephen Webster Necklace and Pendants
Stephen Webster For Men – Stephen Webster Cufflinks
The Men’s collection is a masculine line of jewelry for men that is inspired by architecture, music, history and travel. It consists of rings, cufflinks, pendants and bracelets set in 18k gold and sterling silver with precious and semi-precious gem stones as well as ceramic, leather and enamel combined to create a slick and modern aesthetic.
Stephen Webster Silver
This is a silhouette collection that combines vertebrae-like silver and Crystal Haze gemstones to design dramatic and contemporary jewelry pieces.
Stephen Webster Bracelet
These range from chains to bold sculptural cuffs.
Stephen Webster Jewelry Prices
To get to know the different prices of the different items, visit the brand’s website at https://www.stephenwebster.com/.
Stephen Webster Autobiography
In the book, Webster talks of his struggle with anorexia and depression for almost a decade. Due to the disorder, Webster once weighed only eight stone (her lowest). He is 5ft 10in tall hence a low body mass index which put him at risk of immune system problems, malnutrition, bone loss and other conditions. He has however overcome the disorder and now eats healthy.
Stephen Webster Instagram
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“England Made Me is the name of this collection, but also the name of a novel by one of my favourite authors: Graham Green. Keeping all manufacturing in the UK to support British craftsmanship, this collection also offers the option of customisation and personalisation.”- Stephen Webster ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #EnglandMadeMe #StephenWebster
Stephen Webster Interview
Stephen Webster MBE, The Original Gem Hunter & Treasure Maker
Adopted from: forbes.com
Published: Oct 11, 2018
Tell us about your background…My passion for jewelry started when I was 16 years old, having just arrived at art school. Originally I had applied for the fashion course but after my first tour of the department which was full of girls and sewing machines, I decided that maybe it was not for me. Instead I discovered the jewelry department; workshops full of flames, chemicals, tools, noise and grime. A place where everyone seemed to be making treasure. This was for me. I spent the following ten years learning my craft, wanting to be able to make my own treasure. Starting my own company was a natural progression after a spell in Canada and then California working for a gem hunter. By this time I had developed my own style and I could make anything as long as the medium was precious metals and gems.
What is luxury to you? Material luxuries today must come with responsibility. I, like all of us need and love this planet along with the time and space with which to enjoy it. Both seem in short supply in these increasingly hectic times. Cities are exciting and stimulating but after 42 years as a jeweler, most of which have been spent in many cities around the world, spending time at my home on the English seaside with only the seagulls to worry about, that is my total luxury.
What are the cornerstones of your brand? Throughout my career as jeweler, we have become renowned for creating bold, innovative, often disruptive but always beautifully crafted contemporary fine jewelry.
What feeds into your designs? Our jewelry is inspired by stories, visual experiences, music, art, architecture and the sea. Many of my collections are figurative; Fly By Night, Magnipheasant and Love Me Love Me Not have all been inspired by wildlife and the countryside but my biggest influence has always been the ocean. In fact my favorite childhood book 20,000 Leagues under the Sea inspired one of our most iconic fine jewelry collections ‘Jewels Verne’.
Sum up the aesthetic…Our style has always been progressive yet maintains a traditional approach to quality, craftsmanship and the materials we use. For me, something can only be beautiful if it has been beautifully made.
Who is your customer? I always try to create jewelry that is out of the ordinary and I believe the way the industry looks at my creations, and the type of client that it attracts breaks the confines of what fine jewelry is. The people who buy my pieces celebrate creativity in jewelry and appreciate the unexpected. They also enjoy the intrigue and storytelling that we always surround our collections with.
You’re at the top of your game, how to maintain that status? In some ways, I pull from the same place I always have for inspiration within my experiences and my life. I view the evolution of my collections as new chapters of the same book — everything feels connected to each other. Clients should feel that my jewelry is contemporary, but also to see the link to what I was doing 20 years ago. I don’t ever want to feel like I’m standing still, and as the world around you evolves, you do as well, but I always delve back into places and experiences I’ve had to inspire my current work.
How has your label evolved over the years? Over the years our lesser known, primarily bespoke pieces have taken us to the table top, kitchen counter and bar, yet despite the diversity everything connects back to our jewelry DNA.
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