Stephen Webster - the man who designed Madonna's engagement ring28-07-2010
Stephen Webster, the London-based jewellery brand inter nationally heralded for its exquisite and cutting edge designs has flourished under Founder and Creative Director Stephen Webster. Stephen's beautiful jewellery is unique and edgy and he is one of the leading British figures in the fine jewellery and silver design industries.
From a modest upbringing near London, Stephen Webster has evolved into a powerful global luxury jewellery brand wi th over 160 distribution points all over the world in the United States, United Kingdom, Dubai, Japan, Ukraine and Hong Kong and over 20 Stephen Webster boutiques internationally. He also went to the Russian market 5 years ago. He produces in Thailand and also has a small factory in England. Stephen works with private clients and also does retail, with the help of 3 other designers, who work for him.
Stephen’s enthusiasm, commitment and creativity have helped him to achieve numerous accolades including a three-time win of “British Luxury Jeweller of the Year Award”, ‘Diamond Jeweller of the Year’ in 2004 and 2005, “Jewellery Designer of the Year” in 1997, 1998 and 2006’ and winner of the “UK Jewellery Brand of the Year” in 2008. Stephen also holds the honor of a Freeman of the City of London.
Webster’s love for things that sparkle found him attending a Jewellery and Silversmith course at Medway College of Design at the young age of 16. And by now he has been doing this for 35 years already. Stephen says that he has been travelling for 4 million kilometres and he only flies with British Airways. He has been res iding in California for the past 7 years. According to Stephen, the silver collection is the increasing trend at the moment and also the men's line is very popular as well.
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 and moreover his work is favoured by numerous celebrities to whom he designs one-of-a-kind pieces.
Stephen spoke exclusively to I-Marbella:
Who was the first celebrity that put your name on the map?
Madonna did it 10 years ago by wearing a cocktail ring. I also designed Madonna's engagement ring, when Guy Richie and she got engaged.
Name some celebrities who wear your designs.
Madonna, Christina Aguilera, Katy Perry, Jennifer lopez, Russel Brand, Cameron Diaz, Mickey Rourke, Johnny Depp, Jay-Z, Kate Moss and others.
What is your favourite piece?
The Crystal Hage Classic is my favourite.
What is your favourite stone?
I really like quartz and amethyst.
What is special about Christina Aguilera that she is chosen to be your brand ambassador and muse?
Christina is a good friend of mine and we had a party and talked about doing something together and next day she called me and was still interested, so that's how it all started.
What do you like about Marbella?
I come to Marbella 2-3 times a year. I like Marbella for the people and also that it's by the sea.
Stephen Webster also gave an interview for Marbella Te Quiero. To see the video of the tv show click here!
By: Tene Sommer
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