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France is a country that is invariably associated with sophistication, style, charm. It is not surprising that it is the cradle of many jewelry houses that have gone down in history and become the trendsetters of jewelry fashions.
One of these houses is Chaumet. Perhaps, it belongs to the most venerable jewelry brands, and in terms of age, too, because the year of its foundation can be safely considered 1789 — the year when Marie-Etienne Nito opened his jewelry store in Paris on Rue Saint-Honoré. Legend has it that the turning point in the fate of Nito and his business was the day in 1802 when he stopped a horse carrying his confused rider. And the rider turned out to be the French consul, who later became one of the most famous rulers in the world — Napoleon Bonaparte.
Later, when Napoleon became emperor, he invited the man who saved his life to the post of court jeweler, and thus Nito got access to such clients as he could only dream of. He was honored to create jewelry for Empress Marie-Louise and Josephine and other royalty. His son helped Nito in his work, and together they made jewelry in the Empire style that reigned then in Europe.
Nito's successor was Jean-Baptiste Fossin, a jeweler with exceptional talent, who also worked together with his son, Jules. These masters chose naturalism for themselves, because in their creations they achieved maximum similarity with real objects — flowers, fruits, etc. Jean Valentin Morel and his son Prosper were the next to take over the Fossen business, who achieved tremendous success: after the revolution of 1848, they opened a branch of their company in London and received the honorary place of Queen Victoria's jewelers. Also, thanks to Morel, the jewelry house made a splash at the World Exhibition of 1851, taking the first places. Where, then, did this brand get its name if its management had completely different names? The fact is that a certain Joseph Chaumet married the daughter of Prosper Morel, who became the head of the house and in 1895 gave it a new name, familiar to everyone today — Chaumet.
Since that moment, a lot has changed, including the style and assortment of the company. The style still showed the notes of Empire, surprising by the combination of militarism with grace, tenderness and delicate elements, and among the products of the jewelry house appeared, in addition to jewelry, swords and swords decorated with precious stones, snuffboxes inlaid with gems and striking chic, exquisite tiaras... By that time, Chaumet jewelry had gained popularity not only in France and Britain — even representatives of the Russian nobility pampered themselves with delicious jewelry. Among the fans of the brand were the Golitsyns, the Obolenskys, the Orlovs, Prince Yusupov, Princess Maria Pavlovna and many others.
In 1907, the Chaumet company store was located at the address where it is still located together with the headquarters and the company's museum - on Place Vendome, 12. And in 1928, the business of Joseph Chaumet passed to his son, Marcel, who introduced Art Deco style elements into the company's products, manifested in contrast of colors and materials, the use of semi-precious stones.