Asprey & Company
One of the finest purveyors of English luxury goods ever (and once owned by Prince Jefri Bolkiah, brother of the Sultan of Brunei), Asprey & Company was founded in 1781 and holds royal patents from the Prince of Wales. Its first royal warrant was given in 1862 by Queen Victoria, and since then has created bespoke, or custom-made items by commission, and has been especially revolutionary in the realm of jewelry design. Joining with legendary royal jewelers Garrard & Company in 1998, the company enjoyed continued success and royal patronage from Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen Mother and Prince Charles. Recently, the company was given the responsibility for making the diamond ring on the occasion of Prince Edward's engagement to Sophie Rhys-Jones. Garrard & Asprey parted company in 2000, with Garrard continuing its global promotion as a high-margin brand, and Asprey retaining low-key exclusivity.