Our heritage, our brand, our family
For seven generations, since 1786, Deakin & Francis are immensely proud to be able to continue to build on the heritage, brand and family values that have been created over the past two centuries.
As a well-respected British brand, Deakin & Francis manufacture some of the world’s finest cufflinks and luxury accessories. Producing fine quality, hand-made jewellery in precious metal, vitreous enamel and gemstones. We also offer a full bespoke service, either creating special one-off pieces for you, or adapting existing, often inherited jewellery into desirable keepsakes that you will want to cherish.
Founded in 1786 by Benjamin Woolfield, Deakin & Francis have over 230 years of heritage and as England’s oldest manufacturing jewellers, the Deakin & Francis factory remains in the same building today as it began in; the same building that once housed the legendary James Watt, father of the Industrial Revolution.
Seven generations later, the business is today managed by brothers Henry and James Deakin. Following in their forefathers’ footsteps, Henry and James Deakin are both fully qualified gemmologists. James studied at the Gemmological Institute of America and is a graduate jeweller gemmologist and designer, while Henry studied Gemmology at the International Gemmological Institute in Vicenza and is a graduate gemmologist.
Through world wars and recessions, changing fashions, seasons and trends, the brand has adapted to the demands of their clients. Today, Deakin & Francis’s steadfast team of highly skilled and meticulous craftsmen continue to deliver beautifully designed products of the highest quality.
The Deakin & Francis design process
At Deakin & Francis, we have been designing and manufacturing the world’s finest, luxury cufflinks and accessories since 1786.
Our in-house designers begin by mapping out an idea, using drawings and storyboards, how the finished piece will look. Consideration is given to the metal type (alloy), colour, shape, weight, movements and most importantly, how our jewellery will sit and be worn.
As masters in the art of design, we employ tools, traditions and techniques passed down from one generation to the next. Using specialist craftspeople for different stages of the jewellery design, creation and manufacturing process.
Proud of our family tradition of craftsmanship, you can rest assured that every product is given the high attention to detail it deserves. Deakin & Francis is a guarantee of original design, carefully executed and beautifully delivered.