As the Chaumet new Princess,
Sophie Marceau is wearing the
historic Bourbon-Parme tiara,
created in 1919 by Joseph Chaumet,
in the new advertising campaign.
Magically, the silhouette gracefully
rises up as this aristocratic elegance
captivates the eyes.
Ornemental headwear is making
a resplendent comeback and is
more and more worn at weddings
or prestigious ceremonies. Giving
an aristocratic elegance with an
outstanding silhouette, the tiara
joyfully allows its wearer to be a
queen for a day or a night.
Hair jewellery is the star piece of the
salons 12 Place Vendôme and is once
again raising attention of the catwalk
spotlights at Paris, London, Milan and
New York. Fashion houses take a new
look at a style perpetuated for two
centuries by Chaumet.
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More than 2,000 tiaras have been
made by Chaumet since 1780.
Throughout history, the expertise of
Chaumet has been associated with
the highest levels of power, starting
with one of the jeweller’s most
famous and powerful customer,
Proclaimed Emperor, he wanted to
revive the splendour of the Court to
assert his authority in the eyes of
The tiara, symbol of power in the
Imperial Rome, aroused his interest.
From his appointed jeweller,
Marie-Etienne Nitot, founder of
Chaumet, Napoleon ordered
jewellery to make the imperial family
transcend the crowd.
On the day of his coronation,
December 2nd 1804, the Empress
Josephine was wearing refined
jewellery, including a tiara.
The revival of this historic head
decoration was immediately adopted
by the ladies of the Court, and then
by Empress Marie-Louise.
A new trend was launched!
Made of gold, pearls and precious
stones, tiaras enhanced the brilliance
of the diamonds sparkling under the
light of candlesticks. They drew
admiring looks upwards to the
From Napoleonic jewels to 21th century creations, Nitot’s successors
have perpetuated his tradition of
exquisite and stylish jewellery.
Jean-Baptiste Fossin and his son
Jules, ambassadors of romantic
jewellery, experienced huge
success with their naturalistic style
tiaras and headbands. Garlands of
flowers, leaves and fruits in coloured
gemstones, bouquets of feathers
and ears of corn and interlaced bows
decorated the heads of European
aristocracy and rich Americans
intrigued by Parisian taste. Some
even owned several sets that could
be adjusted, and each event was
a pretext for a firework display of
jewels to dazzle the critics of
During the Belle Epoque, tiaras and
aigrettes, considered as much a
social emblem as a fashion accessory,
represented a large part of the
Chaumet’s activity, managed by Joseph
Chaumet, master of the grand manner.
The creations, which were now lighter,
reflected the century’s discoveries and
evolutions. Paul Poiret made a stir with
an innovative cut for evening dresses
and jewellers designed aigrettes
in harmony with this new willowy
and feminine silhouette. Chaumet’s
inspiration for winged headbands
came also from The Valkyries
Later, while women were sporting flat
and short hairstyles, headbands with
stylised lines and geometric shapes
became the rage, precursors of the
forthcoming Art Deco period.
It all begins with a drawing.
The Chaumet 400,000 archive
drawings, as well as fashion and
contemporary collections, are all
sources of inspiration for creating
a unique piece of jewellery. Making
a tiara requires a special technique:
a volume model in nickel silver, with
which the jeweller adjusts the design
to the shape of the head and to the
way it will be worn.
Today, a special order requires 500
to 1,500 hours of work, representing
a timeframe of 5 weeks to 4 months.
These exclusive know-how and
expertise belong to the Chaumet
High Jewellery workshop located
12 Place Vendôme, Paris.
Heir of Head Jewellery through the
thread of time, Chaumet is once
again putting hair ornaments on the
front line. No longer sacred, wearing
a tiara is a statement that breaks with
customary habits and makes way for
new, fun and unexpected fancies.
As fashion is acclaiming them,
Chaumet is revisiting the tradition
in accordance with today’s
Each new collection of jewellery
is being extended with a hair
ornament. Tiaras, headbands,
aigrettes and clips are being created
as unique items or limited editions.
As it lies in Chaumet’s tradition,
emotion and seduction are breathing
light-hearted humour into the latest
creations. Attrape-moi… si tu m’aimes
tiara features a love game. Le Grand
Frisson headband is an abstract
representation of love at first sight. It
is worn low on the forehead like in the
1920s, or in the hair with the elegant
simplicity of a modern princess.
Attrape-moi… si tu m’aimes (Catch me…if you love me) tiara
The seduction game symbolised by a lovers’ hide and seek
between a bee and a spider dancing on a web of yellow gold,
diamonds, fire opals, citrines, peridots, amethysts
Le Grand Frisson headband
A stirring head ornament, a circle of white gold and
diamonds, an abstract evocation of love at first sight.
High Jewellery expertise. Briolette-cut, princess-cut,
rose-cut and troida-cut diamonds are assembled as
if floating on knife wire. The central naturalistic motif
decorates a fine circle of white gold set with brilliants.
According to desire, feathers or ornaments may be
added. It can be transformed into a brooch, a clip or
Attrape-moi… si tu m’aimes (Catch me…if you love me) headband
The web motif, symbol of love that grows.
Gold headband paved with 922 brilliant-cut diamonds.
Diamond, tourmaline and pink sapphire,
all symbolising dew.
Dangling, like droplets forming, they evoke
the feeling and emotion of nature waking up.
A hair decoration inspired by the feathers
of the bird with the same name. It
consists of a rigid base and a flexible part
comprising of a bouquet of real feathers
or precious motifs: flowers, leaves, ears of
corn, butterfly, insect antennae, star,
A closed circle – unlike the tiara, which is
always open at the back – decorated with
ornaments; a sign of authority, dignity and
nobility. Only royal and imperial crowns,
which are kingly symbols, are closed on
Prominent tiara associated with high
society dowagers and widows.
Narrow chain encircling the forehead,
decorated with a pendant in the middle:
pearl, stone, cameo or charm. Its name
is inspired by the portrait, La Belle
Ferronnière attributed to leonardo da
Vinci, on which this type of jewellery is
Tortoiseshell comb with two prongs, and a
decorative top, introduced around 1900.
Flexible and flat band, generally worn
low on the forehead. Originally simple
pieces of knotted material since Antiquity,
headbands were made from decorated
precious metal and sometimes enhanced
Halo shaped tiara of traditional Russian
design known as kokoshnik (from “kokosh”:
cockerel’s crest), standing up on the head
like a cock’s comb.
French name for a volume model of a tiara.
made from an alloy of copper-nickel and
zinc. 500 models are kept in Chaumet’s
archives 12 Place Vendôme, Paris.
A high and closed head-dress, evoking the
shape of a beehive, ending in a point and
decorated with a globe or a cross.
surrounded by three golden crowns, it
symbolises the three powers of the Pope:
jurisdiction, magisterium and the sacred.
The founder of Chaumet created the tiara
offered by Napoleon I to Pope Pius VII after
Head jewellery in the shape of a headband,
which widens towards the centre. sign of
power since Antiquity, it has been worn
by sovereigns or by women of high rank.
It came back to fashion in the early 19th century thanks to the Empress Josephine.