Four jewellery designers honoured in Queen’s New Year’s list.
Jewellery designers Sheila Fleet, Stephen Webster, Rosie Wolfenden and Harriet Vine have all made the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.
Fleet, who founded a jewellery brand under her own name in Orkney in 1993, was awarded an OBE for services to the jewellery industry.
Webster, founder of the globally renown Stephen Webster brand and creative director at Garrard, was recognised for his services to training and skills in the British jewellery industry. He was awarded an MBE.
Wolfenden and Vine, founders of jewellery brand Tatty Devine, were awarded MBEs for services to the fashion industry.
Fleet, who now employs 50 people at her company, said that the accolade came as a complete shock.
She said: “I was extremely surprised and delighted, of course. It was very unexpected and after 44 years in the jewellery industry it’s the icing on the cake.
“I was very surprised when I got the letter to say I had an OBE, it was kind of surreal. I opened it in the office when there were people around and I thought ‘can this be real?’. I walked around holding it for a while before I took it to my house to read it again and it started to sink in.”
Vine and Wolfenden took to their official blog to say that they were “very proud and honoured” to be included in this year’s honours.
They wrote: “We have always been driven to create new, original and exciting jewellery and always will. It’s at the heart of what we do. We love fashion and everything that it encompasses: style, individualism, and expressing yourself. So we see our award as giving recognition to creativity in the broadest sense.
“We want to thank all our customers for their support. Tatty Devine has now become a small but important contributor to the UK economy, and we are proud to represent British design and manufacturing around the world.”
Webster took to Twitter to joke about his royal pat on the back. He Tweeted “It could still be a typo but it appears I received an MBE in the Queens new years honours list. For services to jewellery and bell ringing". He then later followed this up on Twitter with: “Just got off the phone with the Queen and DoE. MBE wasn’t for bell ringing, it was for services to Michael Flatly. Now it makes sense.”