Gold: Stephen Webster Leads British Invasion of Couture & More



British InvasionStephen Webster, a 37-year veteran of the jewelry industry and Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, proved his royal worth in June when he brought a contingent of up-and-coming designers—part of the British Fashion Council’s Rock Vault jewelry initiative—to Couture in Las Vegas.Webster carved out space in his own booth to enable seven artists to exhibit their wares. The group included Hannah Martin, Yunus and Eliza, Fernando Jorge, Imogen Belfield, Jo Hayes Ward, Melanie Georgacopoulos, and Tomasz Donocik.London-based Ward—who had exhibited at the New York International Gift Fair in January—was impressed by American buyers’ confidence and market savvy. “There is a much bigger market here than in the U.K. It feels like there is enough room for ­everyone,” she told JCK, adding that she picked up six new accounts in Vegas. “To be prese
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