Founded in 1781 in Mitcham, Surrey, as a silk printing business by William Asprey, Asprey soon supplied goods to royal families and as of 2013 held a Royal Warrant of appointment from the Prince of Wales.
Asprey moved into their current location on New Bond Street in 1847. The company won its own royal warrant on the basis of its prize winning work at London’s International Exhibition, but lost out to its rivals, H.J. Cave & Sons in 1867.
Asprey creates luxury goods varying from jewellery to leather goods, silver and trophies. Diamond cutter Gabi Tolkowsky created the Asprey cut, incorporating the Asprey “A” inscription around the edges of the stone. The diamonds then have 61 facets and maximize light refraction within the stone.
In 1998 Asprey merged with Garrard but this partnership ended in 2002. In March 2006, Sciens Capital Management, the US private equity firm, bought Asprey. “This is a historic luxury brand, and that is part of our reason for acquiring it,” said chairman John Rigas.
With its Royal patronage, Asprey has gained international recognition and is known across the world for creating bespoke luxury items, from a pearl necklace for Queen Mary to five trunks commissioned by Maharajah of Patiala. Asprey, who designed the Heart of the Ocean in the film Titanic, is also featured in films such as Sherlock Homes, Match Point, My Week with Marilyn and many more.
Their master jewellers use only the finest and rarest precious stones. The Windsor collection features a distinct pattern in 18ct white gold and includes pavé diamonds and precious stones.
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