Marie-Josèphe-Rose, the future Empress, was given her pet name of “Joséphine” by Napoleon Bonaparte. A woman of power and taste, Joséphine became the first eminent customer of Marie-Etienne Nitot, Chaumet’s founder, in 1780. It was for Josephine, who was crowned Empress
on 2 December 1804, that Chaumet designed fashionable and romantic bejewelled headwear, gifts from the Emperor to his lucky star. Chaumet is now dedicating its new jewellery collection to Joséphine, a modern, free-thinking, daring woman.