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 almost 240 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.
A precious echo of the woman who inspires it, the Joséphine collection perpetuates the graceful and elegant style of the Maison. An alliance of delicate drawing with flamboyant stones, this collection revisits nearly 240 years of expert tradition with contemporary creativity.
Symbolically, the link is this thread that attaches two beings and draws their destiny closer. It surprises us in its relation to the other, the others, to the world and even to itself. The affective and sentimental dimension of the jewel emerges here, marking the important stages and experiences of a life.
A symbol of the divine and eternal power of Napoleon I, the gold bee adorned the attire and decorated the apartments of the Imperial couple. Marie-Etienne Nitot, official jeweller to the Emperor and founder of Chaumet, followed by successive Master Jewellers of the House, created all sorts of naturalist jewellery depicting bees.