Stephen Webster’s new book: Goldstruck

The jeweller’s tome reveals a life as rock’n’roll as his designs

Anyone who has met rock’n’roll jeweller Stephen Webster will know that he is as distinctive and unique as his designs. Which is why his new autobiographical book – Goldstruck: A Life Shaped by Jewellery, which is published this week – is such a delight. The 384-page tome pairs some 350 illustrations with personal anecdotes and recollections, charting Webster’s rise from a jewellery student and “Sex Pistols fan in Gravesend, Kent” to a household name with 200 outlets around the world.

Webster recounts his journey over the past 40 years in candid detail, from the highs (the big break: a wedding-ring commission for Madonna at the turn of the millennium; receiving his MBE; meeting and marrying his wife Anastasia) to the lows (the three years he lived in the “frozen hell” of Banff in the 1980s; his decade-long battle with anorexia). It is at turns moving and humorous.

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Visually, Goldstruck is a real treat, featuring photography by Rankin and Amelia Troubridge alongside intricate sketches and images of Webster’s signature collections. Archival imagery – magazine editorials, ad campaigns and photographs from Webster’s personal albums – adds additional colour, as does the foreword by Tracey Emin, a friend since the 1970s.

Priced from £50, the book is also available in a special art edition (signed and limited to 500 copies) for £150, which features an exclusive illustrative print of a selection of his designs – including the Wrath ring from his Seven Deadly Sins collection.

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Goldstuck tells the story of a love affair with a heavy metal,” says Webster. “I’ve been blessed to experience a full, exciting and sometimes adventurous life… a life shaped unquestionably by jewellery.”

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