David Andersen founded his own company in Oslo in 1876.
He was a gold and silversmith, and the high standards of his workmanship brought him early success. By 1888, he was able to expand his workshop, with a second location opening in Oslo in 1892.
He died in 1901 and his son, Arthur, took over the business. Arthur decided to hyphenate the family name to David-Andersen, and as chief designer, he introduced the use of enameling on the company's gold and silver jewelry. The new line was so successful that enamelled silver jewelry has almost become synonymous with the David-Andersen name. The firm has remained a family business and is now run by fourth generation, Uni and Jon David-Andersen.
Throughout its long history David-Andersen has always kept pace with artistic trends,and over time they have produced beautiful and finely crafted jewelry and objects in the styles of; Naturalism, Dragestil (Dragon Style), Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Art Moderne, and Modernism.