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The Luxury Cigar Ashtray: A Journey Through Time

Since ancient times, ashtrays have evolved far beyond their primary function to become objects of art and sophistication. The luxury cigar ashtray , as we know it today, has crossed ages and cultures, taking varied and often exquisite forms, before reaching its peak in the world of luxury cigars .

The story of the first ashtray

The concept of an ashtray is as old as the art of smoking itself. The first traces of ashtrays date back to pre-Columbian times, where terracotta containers were used to hold the ashes of tobacco leaves smoked by indigenous people. These objects were simple but functional, reflecting the needs of their time.

With the discovery of the New World and the introduction of tobacco to Europe in the 16th century, the ashtray began to evolve. At first, ashtrays were often improvised, made from available materials like oyster shells or carved pieces of wood. However, as the practice of smoking became popular among the European elite, the demand for more refined and decorative ashtrays increased.

In the 18th century, ashtrays began to appear as finely crafted pieces of silverware , often decorated with intricate designs and engravings. These ashtrays, intended for aristocratic living rooms, testified to the growing importance of tobacco as a symbol of social status.

The evolution towards luxury

The real rise of the luxury cigar ashtray occurred in the 19th century with the industrialization and expansion of cigar production. Ashtrays then became essential objects in gentlemen 's clubs and elite homes. Made from porcelain, crystal and precious metals, these ashtrays are not only functional but also works of art in their own right.

Artisans compete in creativity to produce ashtrays with innovative designs and noble materials. Sèvres porcelain, Baccarat crystal and sterling silver became materials of choice, each piece often being unique and made to order.

Luxury ashtrays at Elie Bleu

Today, Elie Bleu continues this tradition of excellence and refinement in the creation of luxury cigar ashtrays . Each Elie Bleu ashtray is the result of exceptional craftsmanship and meticulous attention to detail. The house, recognized for its cigar boxes and other luxury cabinetmaking objects, applies the same quality standards to its ashtrays.

At Elie Bleu, the ashtrays are made exclusively from obsidian and Limoges porcelain , two materials synonymous with luxury and durability. Obsidian, a volcanic rock of deep and mysterious beauty, gives each ashtray a unique and sophisticated aura. Limoges porcelain, renowned for its finesse and purity, adds a touch of timeless elegance.

Each obsidian and Limoges porcelain ashtray is designed to be not only a functional object but also a true collector's gem, worthy of inclusion in the most refined interiors.


The luxury cigar ashtray is much more than just a cigar accessory . It is the symbol of a centuries-old tradition of refinement and taste. At Elie Bleu , each ashtray embodies this rich history and commitment to excellence, providing cigar lovers with a truly exceptional experience. By choosing an Elie Bleu ashtray , you are opting for a piece of history, a testimony to exceptional craftsmanship and timeless luxury .