Our History & Provenance
The history of the company's founder spans the globe.
Having worked in Asprey's on-site atelier for a decade, founderTony Bellingham learnt the finest minutiae of crafting objets d’art and high jewellery after qualifying not only as a master goldsmith, but garnering every professional qualification possible including designing, silver and goldsmithing, diamond mounting, hand engraving, lapidary, stone cutting and setting, electroforming, polishing and finishing.
In the course of his career, Tony has worked in New York with Gene Shlumberger (the genius of Tiffany design), and regularly travelled to Idar Oberstein near Frankfurt to study with the then greatest stone carvers.
He subsequently set up his own ateliers in Paris and London supplying legendary houses such as Hermes, Cartier, Boucheron, Van Cleef & Arpels, as well as collaborating with the senior designer for Tiffany & Co to create large intricate pieces of horology. He has also supplied exquisite eggs to Theodore Faberge’s London emporium.
Over the years Tony’s work has been coveted by the cognoscenti, his sought-after craftsmanship commanding the highest prices. Now his provenance continues with his team of master craftsmen at Bellingham & Bellingham.
In 1985, Tony Bellingham merged his business with Marc Epstein forming the prestigious company Bellingham & Epstein, based in Hatton Garden.
Tony Bellingham’s partnership with Marc Epstein was a match made in heaven. Epstein is the grandson of Antoine Pinay, (the Prime Minister of France in 1952) and had been groomed to hold high political office in France. However, when despatched to Kenya to develop his political and financial skills, he was entranced by the gem mining opportunities changed course to pursue a career celebrating the best diamonds in the world.
This successful enterprise specialised in objets d’art and bespoke diamonds, supplying not only Asprey, but Kutchinsky, David Morris, Graff, Garrard, Mappin and Webb, Bentley and Skinner, Tessiers, Vincci and Mousieff.
The company set up an office in Paris, collaborating with Boucheron, Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels, as well as securing the contract to create silver products and accessories for Hermés, manufactured under licence and shipped worldwide.
Bellingham & Epstein cemented a commercial relationship with the Procurement Ministers for His Majesty the Sultan of Oman, His Highness Sheikh Zayed President of The United Arab Emirates, and His Highness the Emir of Qatar, to whom they supplied sporting trophies, ministerial gifts, and private purchases.
Tony and his craftsmen continue this affiliation with valued clients in the Middle East to this day under the Bellingham & Bellingham brand, as a rewarding honour and privilege.
Today the House of Bellingham & Bellingham creates objets d’art of incredible beauty and impeccable provenance, the workmanship considered to be the best in the business.
To own a piece made by Bellingham & Bellingham is to be the custodian of a unique treasure, a lasting legacy to hand down the generations and a testament to the craftsmanship and perfection reflected in every exquisite detail.