WEBSTER ON WEBSTER: On the eve of his 16th Couture Jewelry show Stephen Webster put the final touches on his soon to be released autobiographical tome on his life as a jeweler called “Gold Struck”. According to the London Based jeweler he typed all 120,00 words himself sans ghostwriter by single finger typing on an Ipad. The Couture show, which kicked off yesterday, proved to be an apt place for the final fact checking that he and wife Assia have been doing on the book. An impromptu visit from Arman Suciyan, the Turkish jeweler who had been a wax carver for Webster after his schooling in London and whom which the designer helped secure an English passport for, stopped by at a pre-show booth set up. When Webster asked him “When did you start working for me” to which Suciyan answered 1994, the jeweler checked that one off the list. Suciyan isn’t the only jewelry who worked for Webster and who has his own line now, Tomasz Donocik also came up under Webster’s mentoring. The designer’s passion for jewelry was quite happenstance as his stint at Medway College of Design and Technology (Sandra Rhodes is an alumni) led him to jewelry design when he was attracted to the “noisy, grubby and a bit dirty” aspect of jewelry design versus fashion design. The book recalls early successes of Websters’ such as Madonna sporting a giant crystal haze cocktail ring in the first published photo of her with future husband Guy Ritchie on the cover of the Daily Mirror and an urging from pal Simon Le Bon to check out “This store called Maxfield’s” in Los Angeles after he purchased a vintage Hermes picnic basket that ultimately led to an $100,000 sale of ring that Ozzie Osborne sported on the cover of Rolling Stone promoting his then reality show. According to Webster the book chronicles “a life shaped by jewelry”. Longtime retail partners Bergdorf Goodman will host the book release party on October 28th.

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