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by Julie MIALET 10 Nov 2019

The jeweler of emperors !

Chaumet is a French jewelery house that also does watchmaking.
Founded by Marie-Etienne Nitot in 1780, its first shop was rue Saint Honoré and only from 1805 does a shop open 15 place Vendôme.

Era Nitot

In 1802, Nitot became the appointed jeweler of Napoleon Ist and made the wedding jewels of Josephine and Napoleon. Nitot also drew the emperor's coronation crown and the handle of his sword.

Era Morel and Fossin

Following Napoleon’s exile, the royalist Nitot family sold the company to the Fossin family, who teamed up with Jean-Valentin Morel. During this period, the Nitot house had great success all over Europe, especially in England. Queen Victoria gave Morel the official supplier’s license.

The Nitot House becomes Chaumet

In 1885, Joseph Chaumet, Morel’s son-in-law, took over the business and changed its name into Chaumet. They set up their workshops on Place Vendôme and the brand experienced a very prosperous period.

Keeping with the Art Deco style, the creations of the house were on display at the 1925 Decorative Arts exhibition in Paris. It was during this period that the Chaumet company helped the young jeweler Pierre Sterlé.

In Paris, the Chaumet boutique remained closed during the Second World War.

Fall of the Chaumet family and take over by LVMH

During the 1980s-1990s, Chaumet went through a complicated period. The brothers Jacques and Pierre Chaumet were sentenced to six months in prison for bankruptcy, fraud, breach of trust and illegal exercise of the profession of banker.
The company is then bought by the LVMH group in 1999.

Chaumet and the tiaras

The strong link they had with the empire marked the Chaumet style.
Chaumet is well known and has made a reputation in creating tiaras.

The jewelry house exhibited its finest pieces, in a retrospective, in Beijing in 2017, Tokyo in 2018 and Monaco in August 2019.
Today we find many pieces reminiscent of the shape of a tiara, particularly in the Josephine collection.

If you are interested in Chaumet’s jewels, don’t hesitate to discover what les Pierres de Julie have to offer in the store…

We are also available for any free expertise of your Chaumet jewelry, for that you can send an email with your photos to

Whether you're interested in buying a piece of jewellery or a stone, a free jewelry appraisal or jewelry resale, Pierres de Julie welcomes you to its Parisian boutique in the Village Suisse, a stone's throw from the Ecole Militaire and the Esplanade des Invalides.

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