Asprey London was founded in 1781 in Mitcham, South London where William Asprey established his silk printing business. William’s son Charles and his grandson, also Charles, expanded the business into the metallic arts. In 1841 the elder Charles went into partnership with a London stationer located on Bond Street, London. In 1847 the Asprey family took overall control of the business and moved to new premises at 165-167 New Bond Street, London where Asprey constinues to thrive today.
Asprey was awarded their first Royal warrant of appointment in 1862 by Queen Victoria and the same year they established their reputation as the premier maker of luxury goods by winning a gold medal for its dressing cases at the International Exhibition of 1862. Asprey continue to hold a Royal warrant of appointment from HRH Prince Charles.
Asprey advertised “articles of exclusive design and high quality, whether for personal adornment or personal accompaniment and to endow with richness and beauty the tables and homes of people of refinement and discernment.” An early speciality was dressing cases.
Asprey not only made superlative traditional cases, they reconceived the category, creating new, more portable designs, especially in leather, suitable for the new style of travel ushered in by railways.
The company consolidated its position through shrewd acquisitions. In 1859 Asprey absorbed Edwards, an award winning maker of dressing cases and holder of a Royal Warrant. The company purchased the Alfred Club at 22 Albemarle Street, which backed on to the New Bond Street store and meant that Asprey now had entrances on two of London’s most fashionable streets.
Asprey is world renowned for its alluring and magnificent jewellery. Recognised for its aristocratic and celebrity connections, Asprey’s ultimate service in its dramatic surroundings will be an unforgettable experience. Skilled craftsmen are able to create personal and unique jewellery based on each client’s specifications.
Gemstones of the highest quality may be carefully selected and individual designs discussed with the specialists. Asprey, with its extensive in-house workshops, diamond cutting room and highly proficient craftsmen, offers a first class service.
Once the ring is chosen, Asprey can engrave a date, initials or individual avowal. A wedding service is also available to create a gift list from every Asprey collection: silver, china, crystal, leather albums and games.