Stephen Webster and the Rock Vault: British Jewelry Report, Part I

Stephen-Webster
Sometimes called the bad boy of fine jewelry for his dark,
edgy pieces, British 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.
Photo courtesy of the-opsis.com

Some of the jewelry industry’s most progressive fine jewelry is coming out of Great Britain, specifically from a group of up-and-coming designers who belong to the Rock Vault, an initiative developed by the British Fashion Council and curated by Britain’s visionary jewelry designer Stephen Webster.

Some of the jewelry industry’s most progressive fine jewelry is coming out of Great Britain, specifically from a group of up-and-coming designers who belong to the Rock Vault, an initiative developed by the British Fashion Council and curated by Britain’s visionary jewelry designer Stephen Webster.

Rock Vault, now in its fifth season, nurtures and supports developing fine jewelry talent based in Great Britain. Each season, the member/designers present their collections in a dedicated Rock Vault area at London Fashion Week.

Stephen Webster 18k white gold ring with coral center stone and mixed sapphires is from his 2014 Lady Stardust suite
Stephen Webster’s 18k white gold ring with coral center stone and mixed sapphires is from his 2014 Lady Stardust suite, inspired by British rocker David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust.”

Ten Rock Vault designers will showcase a selection of their SS15 (Spring/Summer 2015) collections in the Designer Showrooms during London Fashion Week next month (September 12 to 14).They are: Alice Cicolini, Hannah Martin, Imogen Belfield, Jacqueline Cullen, Jo Hayes Ward, Ornella Iannuzzi, Tomasz Donocik, Yunis & Eliza, Beth Gilmour, and Shimell and Madden.

Alice Cicolini 18k gold “Kimono Ring”
Alice Cicolini’s 18k gold “Kimono Ring” with gold spheres, white and pink opal, champagne and yellow diamonds, and enamel ($4,800).

In late May/early June, Rock Vault designers exhibited in the U.S., right alongside their mentor Webster at The Couture Show in Las Vegas. This important jewelry show gave the emerging designers an opportunity to promote their businesses and increase exposure among international media and retailers.

Fernando Jorge Fusion Cycle ruby and rhodolite earrings
Fernando Jorge, who graduated from the Rock Vault program, designed these 18k rose gold “Fusion Cycle” earrings with rubies and rhodolite ($20,600).

Webster, who has been exhibiting in Las Vegas for 15 years, credits The Couture Show for helping to grow his international following. As curator, guiding spirit, and financial angel of the Rock Vault, he is dedicated to seeing Britain’s talented — and often young – jewelry designers achieve the success they deserve.

“After five seasons at LFW [London Fashion Week], three international and two UK retail events, Rock Vault is now established as the premier global mentoring initiative for the best emerging talent in the jewelry industry,” said Stephen Webster.

Jacqueline Cullen Electro Earrings
Jacqueline Cullen’s “Electro” earrings ($2,000).

Look for Part 2 of this post during London Fashion Week. We’ll bring you the latest from Stephen Webster’s fabulous Rock Vault collective.

Source: All jewelry photos courtesy of nationaljeweler.com

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