Paris: Capital of Fine Jewelry
Discover Paris's Secret World of Jewelers
Fine jewelry, is worldly, yet the city of Paris is the place of excellence. Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, Boucheron, Chaumet, Bulgari and later Chanel, Dior, and Vuitton ... These luxury brands are icons of Place Vendôme, emblems of this unique universe, both mysterious and fascinating. The bestsellers of these luxury jewelry houses, timeless pieces that have become classics, adorned with the most stunning stones such as diamonds, emeralds and sapphires, require several hundred hours of work and can be worth several million dollars.
It was at the time of Louis XIII that jewelry was born in France and since then, the City of Light has been the essence of French craftsmanship, which is seen as the most sought-after and richest. The history of jewelry in France is rather secret and difficult to untie when it comes to asking for information on the internal workings and evolutions of large jewelry houses or on the manufacturing processes of the workshops.
Photos: ateliers Amalphy
Jewelry is a family art that has been handed down from generation to generation. In the past, the creation of a piece of jewelry was carried out, from the beginning to the end, in the same workshop where specialized workers were employed in all the stages necessary (crimpers, polishers, stoning ...). Since the end of the 20th century and the purchase of workshops by major groups such as LVMH, Chanel and Dior, the industry of French jewelry has evolved considerably. The subcontracting of certain activities by these groups means that it is now rare to find workshops identical to those of that period, where one can observe the first work of the metal until the last polishing.
Immerse yourself in the captivating world of fine jewelry and discover all the secrets of the emblematic jewelry houses of Place Vendôme with your Le Connoisseur experience of "The Secret World of Jewlers".