UK- based luxury jeweller Stephen Webster MBE was awarded the Cindy Edelstein award for Human Spirit at the 2017 Couture Design Awards in Las Vegas.
The award was renamed in 2016 in honour of Cindy Edelstein, the designer advocate and industry veteran that passed away suddenly last year.
Edelstein’s daughter Remy presented the award which was in recognition of Webster’s 40 years of contribution to the jewellery industry, his ongoing support of up and coming designers through the British Fashion Council’s Rock Vault platform as well as his work with numerous charitable organisations and dedication to ethical sourcing and sustainability.
On accepting the award, Webster paid tribute to the late Edelstein.
He said: “I’m lost for words. I feel really emotional here… because obviously I knew Cindy very, very well. I was right there in the beginning when she was the champion of designer jewelry in America, and as a Brit, I always felt very much a part of the spirit that she just passed on to everybody.”