Some of Britain’s finest young jewelers have stepped into the spotlight with Rock Vault, a new fine jewelry showcase running in tandem with London Fashion Week. The BFC initiative is sponsored by the International Palladium Board, curated by Stephen Webster and set on promoting and supporting
Ten jewelers — including Hannah Martin, Katie Hillier, Jordan Askill, and Tomasz Donocik — have been selected to showcase their autumn collections at Somerset House. “I love the fact that we can do our own installations, like in a museum,” said Askill, who is displaying his wave-inspired collection atop a plasma screen that plays loops from a music video of crashing waves.
“I’ve been around for 37 years, so I love being able to draw attention to designers who aren’t so established,” said Webster. “Jewelry often has difficulty expressing itself, as it’s such a small platform, but I’m delighted that it¹s finally become an important part of London Fashion Week.”
Webster will soon be off to L.A., where his Rodeo Drive store is hosting an exhibition of the British photographer Richard Young¹s photographs of Elizabeth Taylor in the run-up to the Academy Awards. Back in 1983, Taylor was Stephen’s first celebrity client, and he remembers the first piece he made for her: a ring of rose gold and lavender chalcedony the same color as her eyes. It had roses engraved around the rim and diamonds set in the middle.