Stephen Webster

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Internationally renowned for his fearless design, traditional craftsmanship, and cutting-edge processes; Stephen Webster’s unique approach has assured him industry-wide recognition. Taking influence from art, fashion, music, literature, and the natural world, Stephen’s collections are always fuelled by his own nomadic life experiences and cross-cultural references, all the while paying homage to state-of-the-art techniques and British craftsmanship.

Since first established in 1989, Stephen continues to break the rules of fine jewellery with designs that are intelligent, thought-provoking, and visionary. Stephen’s keen eye for detail, commitment to ethical production and respect for traditional British craftsmanship and goldsmithing, have helped him achieve numerous accolades. Webster was bestowed with an honorary Master of Arts degree from the University of Creative Arts in 2007 for his outstanding contribution to the arts and holds the honour of being a Liveryman of the City of London.

In 2013, HRH The Prince of Wales presented Webster with an MBE in the New Year Honours list for his services to training and skills in the British Jewellery Industry. In 2015 he was named Jewellery Designer of The Year at the 13th annual GEM awards, in 2018, in Las Vegas, he was presented with the Couture Design Award for ‘Best in Innovation’.

Stephen Webster is passionate about future-proofing British craftsmanship and goldsmithing, and actively nurtures emerging design talent both through in-house mentorship programmes and in partnership with the British Fashion Council, NEWGEN (first established in 2012 under Rock Vault) and The Leopards, a collective group of jewellery professionals in association with The Prince’s Trust.
Born in Gravesend, Kent, Stephen left his local grammar school at the age of 16 {years old} to study jewellery design at Medway College of Design, Rochester, part of the Kent Institute of Art & Design whose alumni also include(s) Tracey Emin and Zandra Rhodes. By the end of the course, Stephen had become consumed by a deep and incandescent passion for the jewellery craft. After completing his training under Tony Shepherd, a former Prime Warden of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, Stephen worked as a craftsman for several established London design houses, including John Donald. After receiving the acclaimed De Beers honour in 1981, an accreditation that marked Stephen’s official passage into the fine jewellery trade, he relocated to Canada to design for an independent jeweller. Following a brief return to the UK in 1984, Stephen relocated to California, where his bold style combined with fearless use of colourful and exotic gems, attracted a freethinking West Coast clientele.
After much success and careful expansion, Webster returned to London in 1989 to establish Stephen Webster Jewellery. Some 30 years on, the brand philosophy remains the same: to be rebels with a cause, creatively bold, innovative, and individual; with each piece executed with impeccable craftsmanship, using materials that are sustainable and responsibly sourced.
Demonstrating the versatility of Webster’s skilful signature artistry, in 2018, Stephen applied his unique design aesthetic and launched Homeware: an eclectic collection of sculptural pieces from professional carving knife sets to intricate barware, all capturing the wit and rebellious spirit for which Stephen Webster has become renowned.

With an openness to collaborations, in 2016 Webster joined forces with the British artist Tracey Emin in a collection entitled ‘I Promise To Love You’ based on her celebrated neon art and in 2018, with Atelier Swarovski Stephen unveiled a sustainable fine jewellery collection, ‘Double Diamond’ that combined 14ct gold with Swarovski Created Diamonds.

Throughout a four decade-spanning career, Webster has been an advocate of ethically sourced materials, travelling to mines in Tanzania and Peru to meet the mining communities and trace the origins of the precious materials he uses in his work. He has been a supporter for Fairtrade Gold since 2011, and in 2016 was awarded the prestigious ‘Butterfly Mark’, powered by Positive Luxury which recognises Webster’s long tradition of producing the finest possible jewellery with sustainability at the heart of every step. During 2021, Stephen Webster was announced winner of the inaugural Grosvenor Sustainability Awards, recognising the brands past, present, and future commitments to sustainability.

To further cement his commitment to sustainable practice, Webster launched RESET in 2019; an initiative to repurpose existing jewellery made of precious materials, as a responsible method to recycle rather than further extract from mines. Passionate about the environment and community, Webster actively supports various charities including Plastic Oceans International, Direct Relief, Waterkeeper Alliance and MIND, in their work and life-changing campaigns.

In recent years, the brand has successfully expanded globally with 100 points of sale worldwide including the United Kingdom, United States, Russia, Dubai, Hong Kong, and China, with Franchise stores located in Seoul and Kiev. With a workshop and design studio based in Mayfair and salon on London’s esteemed Mount Street, Stephen Webster is widely considered to be one of the international scene’s most accomplished and innovative contemporary designers, and in 2018, introduced the next generation, Amy Webster, Stephen’s daughter.