Jewelry Fashion Reports
British royalty recognizes Webster’s work
London--Jewelry designer Stephen Webster has been recognized as a member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, or MBE, an order of chivalry established by King George V in 1917.
Prince Charles bestowed the honor upon Webster this month at Buckingham Palace. The designer received the award for the time he has dedicated to training and skills in the British jewelry industry.
“To be awarded an MBE for craftsmanship and training in the jewelry industry is a great honor and means so much to me and everyone at Stephen Webster. I have always enjoying passing on the knowledge that I have acquired throughout my career to people entering this amazing business,” Webster said.
Webster is a three-time winner of the British Luxury Jeweller of the Year Award and an honorary degree recipient from the Kent Institute of Art and Design. He also is an advocate of ethically and socially mined materials, serving as an ambassador for Fairtrade and Fairmined Gold, and works closely with De Beers diamond brand Forevermark, which promises stones that are ethically sourced, traced from mine to market.
As the creative director of jewelry house Garrard, Webster has restored the brand’s relationship with the Prince of Wales and has retained the royal warrant, a mark of recognition for those who have supplied goods or services to British royalty, for another five years.
In his newest role, Webster is curating the British Fashion Council’s (BFC) “Rock Vault,” an initiative to support, showcase and promote Britain’s most innovative fine jewelry talent.
“Curating the Rock Vault for BFC has given me the ultimate platform, along with the panel, to help mentor and guide emerging talent,” Webster said.
Webster’s eponymous brand has more than 200 points of sale globally.