Humphrey was founded in 1995 in Bregenz, Austria by Roland Baldauf. The goal was, to design and manufacture stainless steel jewelry just in the center of Europe. So we can say, Humphrey is a sort of a local product - Made in Austria.
At the age of 30 Roland decided to startup his own company.
He loved every time of his life good design and he loves also jewelry (isn't a diamond the girls 2nd best friend?).
From now on, he designed the Humphrey line - jewelry in stainless steel with real stones.
The collection started with stainless steel rings, stainless steel earrings and stainless steel tie clips.
All this parts were at the very beginning manufactured by a goldsmith close by.
It was really a small collection - but Humphrey had a big blast with it, and grows and grows.
In 1997 Humphrey started with the own production in his "garage". The office was in that time in the living room.
Roland developed step by step a contemporary jewelry collection with semi precious stones like amethyst, citrine, peridot, rhodolite, topaz, tourmaline and sapphire.
They also used diamonds with a perfect cut which is very important for the brilliance! That's the main reason, why Humphrey diamonds also sparkle in bad light. This creates a lot of everyday's fun!
Also a line with pearls like Tahitian pearls, akoya pearls and freshwater pearls is now available. Even here, Roland is just going for top quality. The pearls we are using are mostly rated with AAA which is the best pearl grade.
It was time to set up an own Humphrey stainless steel jewelry building! In 1998 we moved to our new HUMPHREY building in the mountains of Austria.
In 1999 we invest about 250.000 $ in the newest technologies for our production line. In 2000 we invest about the same. This new technologies allows to work more efficient and create complete new designs - that's what we want.
In the meantime, we invested more than 2 million US$ in the manufacturing area.
Currently we are one of the most modern equipped producer for stainless steel jewelry worldwide. We supply dealers in the USA, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Finland and some other countries.
In 2006 Norbert Muerrle got on board. He is known as the one, who invented the tension setting rings. The first project for stainless steel jewelry was the Alpenshark.
This is a stackable ring system, which allows, to change the design by the customer itself. The top version is with diamonds and gold pieces.
The Musicus collection reminds to a French horn. The Alpenheart with floating spheres is pretty cool - for a heard.
The Rhomboid ring is a very architectural approach to jewelry and the Twister is a concept, were the ring is flexible. So no worries anymore about knuckles or wearing the ring right hand or left hand.
Norbert still is running his studio in Germany close to Pforzheim and creates new and exciting designs for people and Humphrey.
For the next years, we want to realize a lot of new projects. As more we work with jewelry in stainless steel, as more ideas we get.
The brand Humphrey was developed in memory of the American actor, Humphrey Bogart. His most famous film “Casablanca” is the incarnation of the values our products stand for: classic romantic timeless everlasting love, friends and fidelity.
A piece of jewelry should create fun and excitement. Therefore we check all our pieces twice, before we ship it. Than we mark it with a H or a symbolized head. So we are in position, to identify all our pieces also after years. The marked pieces give you the warranty, it anything happens, we take care.
A piece of Humphrey jewelry has one mission: give you fun, excitement and look good on you.