Glossary




Albert chain

A double or single watch chain, in varying lengths and links featuring a T-bar which is used to attach to a buttonhole. This style of chain was popularised by Prince Albert and was therefore named ... A double or single watch chain, in varying lengths and links featuring a T-bar which is used to attach to a buttonhole. This style of chain was popularised by Prince Albert and was therefore named after him. These chains are now regularly worn as necklaces.

Antique

An item, article or object which was created over one hundred years ago.

An item, article or object which was created over one hundred years ago.

Art Deco

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Bangle

An ornament worn around the wrist, with little or no flexibility. Some are hinged to allow the wearer easy removal, others known as slave bangles are a continuous rigid band which must be forced on... An ornament worn around the wrist, with little or no flexibility. Some are hinged to allow the wearer easy removal, others known as slave bangles are a continuous rigid band which must be forced on and off manually.

Byzantine

Chaumet

Parisian jewellery firm founded by Etienne Nitot in the 1780s. The first recorded location for this firm was a small jewellery store in the Rue St Honoré. Perhaps the greatest achievement of the...

Parisian jewellery firm founded by Etienne Nitot in the 1780s. The first recorded location for this firm was a small jewellery store in the Rue St Honoré. Perhaps the greatest achievement of the firm was gaining Napoleon I as a client, which supposedly happened after Nitot rescued the Emperor from an accident involving his carriage. In 1802 Chaumet became the French Emperor's official jeweller and went on to create bespoke pieces for both of the Emperor's weddings, the Coronation Crown and even the hilt of his sword.

The business continued to be run by Nitot family until the fall of the Empire in 1815 when it was purchased by Jean Baptiste Fossin. The Fossin family continued in the tradition of creating fine jewels for the elite in society. Amongst their important clientele included Louis-Phillippe, King of France and Princess Mathilde Bonaparte. With such a prestigious list of clients, Chaumet was expanded abroad and the Fossin's opened a boutique in London entrusted to Jean-Valentin Morel and his son Prosper Morel.

Soon their wares were celebrated by Queen Victoria and they recieved the much coveted Royal Warrant. The control of the firm continued in the hands of the Morel family. In 1889 Chaumet fell into the hands of Prosper's son-in-law Joseph Chaumet and stayed in the Chaumet family until it was sold in 1987 by Investcorp and eventually LVMH in 1999.

Through the Art Deco period Chaumet were recognised as trendsetters of the new style, showcasing at the famed 1925 Exposition des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Their use of quality gemstones and unusual designs make them a formidable and historic jewellery house.

Diamond

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Guilloché enamel

A style of translucent enamel with a mechanically engraved background (often engine turned). A style of translucent enamel with a mechanically engraved background (often engine turned).

Plique-à-jour enamel

Vermeil

Thick gold plated sterling silver. Thick gold plated sterling silver.

Vintage

An item, article or object that is over twenty years old, but under one hundred years old. An item, article or object that is over twenty years old, but under one hundred years old.