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.
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.
“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.”