|Marie-Étienne Nitot (1750-1809) settled in Paris in 1780 after having served his apprenticeship at Auber, then jeweller to Queen Marie-Antoinette. His aristocratic clientele remained loyal to him until the French Revolution in 1789.|
|He later became the official jeweller of Napoleon in 1802. Nitot created the jewellery that would offer the French Empire it's splendour and power. He designed and set Napoleon’s coronation crown, the hilt of his sword as well as many other pieces.|
François Regnault Nitot took over his father’s jewellery House on his death in 1809 and continued until the fall of the Empire in 1815. Napoleon’s exile caused Nitot to sell the business.
French Tiara given to Josephine by Napoleon.
|Chaumet was bought in October 1999 by LVMH. After an unsuccessful attempt to penetrate the American market in the end of the 1990s, the company opened stores in Asia to fuel growth. Chaumet is now part of the watch and jewellery brands that includes TAG Heuer, Zenith, Fred, Hublot, Montres Christian Dior, and De Beers Diamond Jewellers. |