Stephen Webster. Murder She Wrote
Stephen Webster never goes for the easy option when looking for
inspiration for his jewels, and 'Murder She Wrote' is no exception.
The underworld of evil doings of femmes fatales has set the tone
for jewels that tell a tale of wicked ways of those evil ladies
that populate the popular US TV series starring Angela
Smoking guns, secret compartments for stowing heart-stopping
venom and poisoned apples are some of the artefacts of these
infamous muses. I love the dagger ring that sits across two
fingers, dripping a fresh drop of ruby blood. The "Bang" rings and
pendants imitate the explosion of gunfire and shimmer daintily when
picked out in diamonds.
The mood is fishnet stockings and turned up gabardines and high
heels. More Lolita than hard-core Nikita. The Black diamond
crucifix earrings may look correct and proper, but closer
inspection reveals dagger sharp pointed ends.
From afar the jewels look like pretty sparkling gems, but get
closer and each jewel weaves a tale of sinister intent. Webster
captures in this collection how a superficial suburban idyll is
tainted by the presence of women who are intent on revenge and
destruction. But the women and their weapons and methods of
choice are dangerously attractive.
And that is the magic of Stephen Webster: he can make the
darkest of deeds desirable. So glamorous gals of the underworld,
your dream jewels await. Though I suspect we may see them on the
fingers and necks of the good citizens of suburbia.