Where do you draw the line between jewelry and fashion? But the better question is, would it be rational to draw such line? For the fashion and jewelry icon, Stephen Webster, who happens to be the founder and owner of his eponymous jewelry label, jewelry has become part of fashion. And how he manages his brand and influences other fashion icons, it seems definitely true—jewelry is now an integral part of fashion.
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The birth of an iconic brand
Stephen hailed from a not so glamorous background. With his father working as a draughtsman while his mother just stays home, it wasn’t that much of a great life for their family. Stephen tried pursuing a language-related career by entering the local grammar school, but he failed and soon found himself getting a slot at Medway College. He was 16 then when he started studying jewelry design. His attempt for success didn’t pan out very well the first time around. When he left a two-year partnership with another jewelry designer, John Donald, he faced a disastrous consequence that halted his success.
Stephen set out to the jewelry world with one vision in mind: to be the best craftsman. Hence, every step of the way, he exerted only his best, even taking whole-day trade jobs for a few bucks. His hard work paid off when an offer by a Canadian for an all-around jeweler came, even taking Stephen to his first airplane ride—to Canada.From that man he learned everything he knows about gems, a perfect learning opportunity in a beautiful country.
As a young designer, Stephen had admired Garrard, the crown jeweler, and had wanted everything in his being to serve a special purpose in the place. It was the same place that gave him his first real break, and lo and behold, Stephen eventually grabbed the coveted position of being Garrard’s Creative Director.
With his stint in the hallowed walls of Garrard’s building, Stephen’s expertise even more flourished. It was his interaction and transactions with A-list celebrities and known personnel that elevated his ways and perspective, eventually making him ready for his very own brand. A brand named after him.
Growth and success
Stephen Webster’s creation and establishment wasn’t an easy process. It was a business that Stephen and his brother, David, shared, and together they toiled to push the brand into the front of the fashion and jewelry scene. They went through all the painstaking process of sharing a space at Basel Trade Fair, opening of accounts little by little, personal travels to visit shops, and then finally, in 1994, the brand finally opened a store in London. Form then on, the brand boomed into the global scene, capturing fashionistas and jewelry lovers around the world.
Funding wasn’t easy back then, but through loans and hardwork, the brand got through the tough times. Finally, a good investment opportunity came that catapulted the brand into a more stable fame. Stephen Webster finally was able to launch 20 boutiques in other countries, and great sales from their stores in Hong Kong, Dubai, Tokyo, Moscow, and Russia. To top it all off, the “crowning glory” of Stephen Webster came with the launch of the brand’s flagship store in Mount Street, London.
Stephen Webster is known and loved for its gorgeous pieces that are definitely attention-grabbing. But what can we expect? It has a designer with a reputation as a rockstar jeweller with an unbelievable skill for jewelry design and making. No wonder the famous flock over the brand’s designs, wanting to get their hands on the latest design.
There’s a long list of celebrities and dignitaries whom the brand created pieces for. It could take up huge chunk of this article, hence we settled to just name a few: Guy Ritchi and Madonna, Johnny Depo, Cameron Diaz, Ozzy Osbourne, Kaye Beckinsale, and Charlize Theron. Believe us, we could go on and on. But the main point is this: if there’s a jeweler that your favorite celebrities trust the most, it’s Stephen Webster.
Highly sought out brand
So what makes Stephen Webster a highly respected brand that it is today? Well, just a quick glance and browse of the brand’s collections throughout the years can give an answer and explanation to that question. It’s that simple: Stephen Webster makes utterly gorgeous pieces that are highly irresistible.
From materials like green algate, white opal, and black mother of pearl, the brand is able to come up with pieces that are intensely captivating, depicting exotic and not-so-exotic animals like spiders, fish, birds and bees, and even skills. The brand even came up with its own “Crystal Haze,” a shimmery, sea-blue precious stone with a holographic effect made from faceted quartz crystal. More pieces depict other animals like crabs, lobsters, and other crustaceans you can ever think of.
Finally, we say it’s true. Jewelry and fashion have ling merged and intertwined beautifully into one entity. And just like that harmonious merging, we see the eponymous brand, Stephen Webster merge and became one with its founder and designer. And that amazing combination makes it a truly respectable brand, able to go through hurdles and claim victory at the end of each goal.