Since my childhood I have always loved the Place Vendôme with its imposing facades, beautiful street lightning, and its iconic column in the center of the square. And not to forget, the beautiful boutiqurs housed on on the Parisian square, Boucheron, Breguet, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, and of course Chaumet. I still cherish s my automatic golden Jump Hour watch.
Since its creation in 1780 in Paris, Chaumet’s history merges with the history of France, quickly becoming the official jeweler of Empress Josephine. The Maison’s Fine Jewelry know-how has been passed down for nearly 240 years from one generation to the next. Created in the heart of Place Vendôme, the jewellery and watchmaking creations, for women and men, reflect these exceptional know-how and bear witness to Parisian taste.
The oldest jeweler at the Place Vendôme, Paris, never ceases to amaze with his ability to anchor himself in the air of the times. Intimately linked with history, Chaumet’s great hours still nourish the creativity of the Maison and constitute an unbroken thread between past, present and future. Today the French Maison unveils the Infiniment 12 – Rêverie Nocturne watch, a virtuoso tribute to the Maison’s 240th anniversary and the reopening of the12 Vendôme hôtel particulier.
Produced in a limited series, this exceptional creation brings together several highly specialised crafts, such as grand feu enamel by artist Anita Porchet. Each dial is secretly adorned with a tiny stone from 12 Vendôme, enabling the wearer to carry a little bit of Chaumet and the mythical Place Vendôme with them wherever they go.
Discover Chaumet’s 12 – Rêverie Nocturne watch – and much more – in their Place Vendôme boutique or order from their Distance Sales Service to receive your Chaumet piece at home. Come into the beautiful world of Chaumet.
Since its creation in 1780 in Paris, Chaumet’s history merges with the history of France, quickly becoming the official jeweler of Empress Josephine. The House’s Fine Jewelry know-how has been passed down for nearly 240 years from one generation to the next. Created in the heart of Place Vendôme, the jewellery and watchmaking creations, for women and men, reflect these exceptional know-how and bear witness to Parisian taste.
To celebrate Lunar New Year on February 12th, the French Maison has created colourful and elegant boutique windows. The refined decor pays tribute to this year’s Chinese zodiac sign by reinterpreting the Ox ideogram in the way of calligraphy. The windows can be admired in their Chaumet boutiques across Asia until the end of February.
Discover Chaumet’s iconic Joséphine, Liens, Jardins and Dandy collections – and much more – in their boutiques or order from their Distance Sales Service to receive your Chaumet piece at home.
From the Place Vendôme, Paris to Shanghai, the Chaumet boutiques around the world have put on their most beautiful golden apparel. Come and visit them to find the perfect gift and dive into the holiday spirit.
A big thank you to their Visual Merchandising team who designed these dazzling holiday decorations, making all Maison’s clients throughout the world dream and feel the festive season’s magic.
The most special time of the year. Make someone’s holiday dreams come true with a carefully chosen gift of French Maison Chaumet. Rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets and watches, for women and men.
A celebration of the magical and joyful spirit of the end-of-year festivities. Discover Maison Chaumet’s holiday selection. Find the perfect meaningful gift for your loved ones or yourself.
French Maison Chaumet is proud to unveil its new high jewellery collection, ‘Perspectives de Chaumet’. Born in 12 Vendôme’s workshop, the collection’s unique creations explore the theme of architecture from the Italian Renaissance to the Bauhaus movement. Majestic jewellery constructions that embody Chaumet’s virtuoso points of view, its perspectives on modernity, innovation, heritage and way more…
Dive into the new Perspectives de Chaumet High Jewellery collection’s universe, and come in the beautiful world of Chaumet.
Choose the diamond of your dreams and visualise your own engagement ring in 3D thanks to the Chaumet’s new unique solitaire Crown Your Love personalisation service.
The Maison’s new Crown Your Love personalisation service lets engaged couples experience what sets Chaumet apart by composing and visualising their own engagement ring in 3D. After choosing the style of solitaire and the cut of stone – pear, cushion, princess or brilliant – each couple can find the diamond that will crown their love forever.
Give free rein to your creativity and personalise your own engagement ring with Crown Your Love. Start your creation here. Come into the beautiful world of Chaumet.
To celebrate the reopening of the 12 Vendôme, the Maison unveils a collection of extraordinary High Jewellery rings. The rings of the Trésors d’Ailleurs collection pay a virtuoso tribute to the richness of the cultures that have always inspired Chaumet. From Paris to China, Japan to the Middle East, these architectural jewels take you on a fantastic journey through the world and the Maison’s 240-year-old savoir-faire.
Nickel silver tiara models, or ‘maillechorts’ in French, are part of the creation process of tiaras. Made of an alloy of copper and tin, painted by hand by the Maison’s jewellers, nickel silver tiara models allow jewellers to adjust the design to the shape of the client’s head and to the way it will be worn. Once their High Jewellery workshop finishes the tiara, the Maison keeps the nickel silver model in its archive. Today, Maison Chaumet conserves about 500 historic nickel silver tiara models.
The oldest jeweler at the Place Vendôme, Paris, never ceases to amaze with his ability to anchor himself in the air of the times. Intimately linked with history, Chaumet’s great hours still nourish the creativity of the Maison and constitute an unbroken thread between past, present and future. This Saturday, Chaumet will reopen its storied doors at 12 Place Vendôme in Paris a year after it closed for major renovation.
As jewelry houses branch out into new markets across Asia and South America, Chaumet’s recently renovated Paris flagship reminds the world of Place Vendôme’s eternal splendor. The Maison was the first to open on this famed jewelry square in 1812, at which point it had already achieved notoriety as a jeweler for the court of Napoléon Bonaparte; his wife Joséphine was the company’s first major client.
Since 1907 French Maison Chaumet has proudly occupied the same hôtel particulier (12 Place Vendôme) as it does today, but for the Maison’s 240th anniversary this year, the space was entirely reconceived to pay proper tribute to its illustrious heritage and cater to the 2020 consumer.
Overseen by Patricia Grosdemange, LVMH artistic director and designer, Chaumet’s revamped flagship comprises a boutique, atelier, event space, and myriad museum-esque salons, including a registered historical landmark that, for such reasons, remained untouched. Beginning with the ground floor, which displays the brand’s Joséphine, Liens, and Jardins collections, every pocket of the hôtel particulier offers a surprising take on elements of the Maison’s history.
“There are many small stories hidden in the details,” Grosdemange tells Yakymour. A standout is the undulating plaster staircase whose panels are engraved with excerpts of passionate letters between Napoléon and Joséphine. In its design, the flagship also juxtaposes the empress’s love of jewels with her interest in botany. For instance, Grosdemange employed natural materials like straw to bring a sense of modernity to the interiors and to provide a counterpoint to the glittering diamonds and precious stones.
“I prefer to work with artists and craftsmen to create textures and interesting materials rather than complicated shapes, which are not timeless”, explains Grosdemange about the decision to keep display cases and furniture relatively streamlined in favor of using surfaces as places for experimentation. “The right material can provide vibrations and emotions throughout the space”.
With her launching point being a circa-1810 tiara resembling ears of wheat – Chaumet’s emblem – blowing in the wind, Grosdemange incorporated the motif in Maison Lesage embroidery on upholstered walls, engravings on walnut paneling, gildings on stone, and sculptural supports for jewelry vitrines. “I was fascinated by the modernity and timelessness of this beautiful creation”, she says. “For me it really represents Chaumet because it’s very strong and classical, but at the same time there’s movement coming through. There’s poésie”.
Nature-driven statements continue upstairs in the Salon des Joyaux, where customers can view Chaumet’s high-jewelry collections surrounded by straw-marquetry walls specially crafted by the Jallu Straw workshop to resemble rays of sun. Grosdemange’s love of texture also comes through in the space’s art. In the Salon Malmaison, an elegant, white room designated for brides to be, Cecilie Bendixen’s circular kinetic work, Moon Disc–Rays from East, serves as a focal point, its strings evoking a wedding dress.
One of the most striking and intimate spaces, the Salon des Perles, features another impressive textile piece—a carpet whose tiara- and nature-inspired pattern was painted directly in the space by artist Alain Billon. Originally serving as the hôtel particulier’s dining room, this salon later because the room in which Chaumet artisans worked with pearls. After finding it in a state of disrepair, Grosdemange decided to return it to its former glory as a small events space.
Here, guests can dine amid gold and deep-blue walls conjuring baroque mysteriousness and romance, all further enhanced by the pastoral ceiling scene painted by 19th-century artist Pierre-Victor Galland. For those seeking a full time-capsule experience, the landmarked Salon Chopin can be found within the flagship’s own walls. Designed in 1779 for the building’s original owner, this architectural jewel is also where the pianist composed his final mazurka.
Among the additional new or reworked spaces are the Cabinet des Portraits (a showcase of Chaumet’s major clients throughout its history), the Salon des Dessins (an exhibition space dedicated to the maison’s archives), the Salon Arcade (where Chaumet’s more contemporary-style jewels are on offer), and a high-jewelry atelier (where setters, polishers, and apprentices can be seen at work).
The building’s original dining room has been reimagined for the 21st century in midnight blue and gold tones. Its Napoléon III-style panelling creates a harmonious contrast with a bucolic ceiling scene painted in the 19th century by Pierre-Victor Galland, nephew of Jean-Baptiste Fossin, the then head of the maison’s workshop.
Of course, Chaumet could not do justice to its history without a room dedicated to what it does best: On display in the revamped Salon des Diadèmes are hundreds of nickel-silver preparatory tiaras—including those made for grandes dames such as Countess Mountbatten of Burma and Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. As tradition has it during the tiara-making process, Joseph Chaumet would first present clients with three-dimensional models made of an alloy of copper, zinc, and nickel, which would then be hand-painted to reflect the color of the chosen gems.
In honor of the reopening, the workshop gives birth to a limited edition of cosmopolitan rings. Wearing oval centre stones, pink and green tourmalines or blue-purple tanzanites, the models evoke a pagoda. When adorned with a falcon’s eye or a turquoise sugar loaf cut, the rings celebrate Paris, a secret model inspired by the Grand Palais with a glass roof of diamonds and pink sapphires topped with two emerald cabochons. The vibrant colours of the Middle East are translated into a dome carved in lapis lazuli or malachite, while black jade and onyx pay homage to Japan. A collection, ‘Treasures of Elsewhere’, presented exclusively at 12 Place Vendôme.
The Shéhérazade ring in lapis lazuli, sapphires, yellow gold and lacquer is one of 16 unique high jewellery rings in the Trésors d’Ailleurs collection created by Chaumet to mark the reopening of its Place Vendôme boutique.
Chaumet’s Trésors d’Ailleurs Qianlong ring in yellow gold and lacquer is inspired by Chinese imperial architecture and is set with brilliant-cut diamonds an oval-cut blue tanzanite.
Chaumet’s Trésors d’Ailleurs Qianlong ring in rose gold and lacquer is inspired by Chinese imperial architecture and is set with brilliant-cut diamonds an oval-cut pink tourmaline.
Chaumet’s Trésors d’Ailleurs Qianlong ring in yellow gold and lacquer is inspired by Chinese imperial architecture and is set with brilliant-cut diamonds an oval-cut green tourmaline.
The Oriane ring from Chaumet’s Trésors d’Ailleurs collection captures the spirit of Belle Époque Paris in diamonds, emeralds, rock crystal and yellow gold.
While Chaumet’s 12 Place Vendôme flagship is temporarily closed in correspondence with government-imposed lockdowns due to COVID-19, there is no doubt that even those who simply view the awe-inspiring space in the photographs will feel transported to another era filled with great love stories, gold-laden interiors, and diadems for days. Come into the beautiful world of Chaumet.
French Maison Chaumet unveils a fresh facet of its jewellery culture with a new exhibition at 165 Boulevard Saint-Germain, from 1 October to 2 November 2019. Through a series of photographs by Julia Hetta, ‘Autrement’ explores the art of appropriating jewels by wearing them according to the whims of fashions and fantasy, with daring and creativity.
The art of the twist, an ancestral art
Whether forehead jewel or ferronnière, a necklace woven through the hair, or bracelets worn at the shoulder or ankle, from the Italian Renaissance to the fashion statements of today, jewellery lends itself to inventive adaptability.
Freed from its primary function, it graces the body, clothes or hair, becoming a precious accessory of a new kind. Cultivating its Parisian spirit since 1780, constantly reinventing itself through fashion and the arts, over the course of its history Maison Chaumet has created jewels intended to be worn differently.
Witness the Maison’s archival drawings and photographs in which the jewels astonish and perplex. Necklace or tiara? Bracelet or bodice ornament? Brooch or pendant. Revisiting this age-old practice with modernity, the exhibition Autrement showcases an unprecedented dialogue between art and fashion, history and trends, the Maison’s heritage and its contemporary creations.
Among the Chaumet archival elements and jewels of yesterday and today, the works of the great masters are digitalised, while photographs by Julia Hetta are presented inside 25 historical frames dating from the 15th to 19th century and loaned by Maison Lebrun.
Autrement, taking jewellery to new heights of artistic expression
The Swedish photographer produced a series of beautiful images inspired by the Dutch masters and Renaissance art. High Jewellery necklaces become headbands, Jeux de Liens and Liens Séduction sautoirs are worn as shoulder strap or anklets, Espiègleries brooches appear as precious hair pins, a Liens Évidence wedding band hugs a lock of hair, Joséphine Aigrette bracelets are worn like palm jewels, a Bee My Love cocktail ring transforms into a scarf ring…
The result offers an abundance of suggestions to appropriate, a wealth of invitations to reinvent jewellery through how one wears it.
Autrement is the latest exhibition organised at 165 Boulevard Saint-Germain, the Maison’s temporary address and place where it has been sharing its history before its historic boutique and workshops at Place Vendôme reopen in January 2020. Throughout 2019 this private mansion in the heart of the iconic quarter of the Left Bank has been the backdrop to various exhibitions and events showcasing the connection between Chaumet’s heritage and the Arts.
The visit lasts 45 minutes with reservation required to visit. Reserve using the module below. It’s a self-guided visit. Art appreciation representatives will be present for consultation.
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The history of Chaumet has been entwined with the History of France ever since its founding in 1780, in Paris. Indeed, the Maison very quickly became the official jeweller to Empress Josephine. The High Jewellery savoir-faire of the Maison has been passed down through generations of jewellers for 235 years. Crafted at the very heart of the place Vendôme, the jewellery and watchmaking creations reflect these exceptional skills and pay tribute to the Parisian style.
For more than two hundred years, Chaumet has dedicated its jewellery excellence to the creation of exceptional timepieces. The Maison knows how to combine the best Swiss watchmaking craftsmanship, tradition and complex movements with the Parisian refinement it masters so well. Precise and precious, these timepiece creations have become true icons.Maison Chaumet are masters at creating jewellery watches and reinterpret the Asian tradition of dream stones through a new collection of jewellery watches. Each of Chaumet’s Les Pierres de Rêve (French for ‘the stones of dreams’) unique designs celebrates a decorative stone with motifs that are as unique as they are poetic.
Dream stones are decorative pieces from Asia of the utmost elegance, representing an invitation to travel and to dream. Landscapes imbued with poetry are drawn on the surface of these unique minerals, as if painted by nature, and often accompanied by short poems. Chaumet reinvents this tradition through a collection of exquisite watches combining the skill and craftsmanship of the Maison with these fascinating treasures of nature.
The Pierres de Rêve collection comes with 12 new styles, each made with a different gemstone From Lapis Lazuli and opal to dendritic agate, each with its own unique beauty. Chaumet has researched and carefully sourced, selected, cut and polished with the precision that the Maison is known for. The stones are set off by a white or rose gold bezel with pavé set diamonds and a coloured alligator bracelet, making way for the most beautiful landscapes.
Whether it’s a wilderness, a conifer forest under a thick blanket of snow or an azure blue lagoon… Everyone sees a different landscape in these timepiece creations, like a reflection of their personal history and travels.
Discover the Pierres de Rêve collection in all its beauty above and below: