The history of Chaumet jewellery

Chaumet jewellery

The Chaumet brand was founded in 1780 by Marie-Etienne Nitot. In 1802 he became Napoleon I’s official jeweller which was a great honour and made him the most sought after jeweller in Europe.

In 1815 the shop was sold by Nitot’s son to Jean-Baptiste Fossin who gained an extremely exclusive clientele by designing highly luxurious products.

The brand would not acquire its current name until 1885 with the arrival of Joseph Chaumet as head of the brand.

Chaumet then went through a disastrous period and it went bankrupt in 1987. The business was bought by Investcorp but it took ten years for Chaumet to recover and it was bought by LVMH in 1999.

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