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The muse of the Maison

Joséphine

Discover Joséphine

Modern and free, Empress Joséphine has inspired Chaumet’s graceful, characterful creations for over two centuries. As the Maison’s first major client, this strong-willed woman who, through love, became a sovereign, invented a style that married elegance and lightness. It is an aesthetic that infuses the collections today.

Collections Joséphine luxe Chaumet

The collections

Tableau Joséphine Chaumet

Empress Joséphine

Créations luxe maison Chaumet

The historic creations

Joaillerie Joséphine

Jewellery

A precious evocation of its muse’s taste, the Joséphine collection transposes the tiara and aigrette into the repertoire of contemporary jewellery. Like the Empress who would reinvent her wardrobe daily, Joséphine Aigrette is an invitation to creativity. The joyful combinations, with gold and stones in an array of shades, expresses a unique personality. Combined and layered boldly, coloured stones, diamonds and pearls form a unique set of jewellery.

Mariage Joséphine alliances bagues luxe

Bridal

From tiara ring to wedding band, the Joséphine collection offers six styles of engagement ring. Central stones cut in cushion, brilliant or pear – the Maison’s signature – shine in majesty. Conjuring all of Chaumet’s virtuosity as a jeweller, from the art of design and the variety of settings to the mastery of the fil couteau, the secret to the light settings, these rings become the precious symbols of a commitment as intense as it is moving.

Haute Joaillerie Joséphine

High Jewellery

The Joséphine High Jewellery creations perpetuate the art of the appearance cultivated by the Empress, a powerful woman. Celebrating the brilliance of diamonds or glorifying the vibrant colours of the central stones, these gems visibly transform the presence of those who wear them.

Joséphine, soul of the Maison

An exile of Martinique on the continent, separated from her first husband, prisoner during the Revolution, widow, loving mother, mistress of the first consul, Empress of France, divorced… Joséphine is a figure of pure romance. As an ambassador of imperial France, she reinvented fashion and imposed her own style, a modern embodiment of the splendour of new power. To perfect her sovereign’s appearance, she revived the tiara, the emblem of power and symbol of radiant femininity. Enamoured with a sense of freedom that married nature with happiness, she freed herself of conventions and corsets alike, draping herself in airy voiles, floaty tulles and diaphanous chiffons.

Portait Joséphine Histoire Maison Chaumet

The Empress that won hearts, Joséphine inspired in Napoléon a passion like no other, immortalised by the many pieces of sentimental jewellery created by Maison Chaumet. This avant-garde figure invented a modern couple in a changing era, shaping her own idea of the art of family living. With Napoléon, her children Eugène and Hortense were reunited with a father’s love and formed a new family circle.

Portait Joséphine Histoire Maison Chaumet
Pape tiare Chaumet
Créations luxe maison Chaumet
Créations luxe maison Chaumet
The Maison's creations for Joséphine
Milan, 1805. As the Emperor and Empress prepared to be crowned King and Queen of Italy, the path of the Maison, which was not yet called Chaumet, crossed with that of Joséphine. Tasked with gifting the Pope an opulent papal tiara commissioned by Napoléon, François-Regnault Nitot, son of the Maison’s founder, made a stop in Milan en route to the Vatican to present this exceptional creation to the imperial couple. Joséphine marvelled at the splendid gift, while Napoléon offered his congratulations. In that moment, Nitot’s destiny changed dramatically. He was appointed Joséphine’s favoured jeweller. The Maison created many pieces for this great connoisseur of jewellery, like the set of malachite cameos or the intaglio set.
From then on, jewellery commissioned from the Maison would light up Joséphine’s silhouette. As the muse of a new regime of conspicuous splendour, she adorned herself with gold, pearls and precious stones. Her tiaras and sets of jewellery incorporated the symbols Napoléon borrowed from Antiquity, such as laurel and oak leaves. A bouquet of ears of wheat waving in the wind, mounted on a tiara, perfected her look at her first official ceremony.
Bracelets acrostiches Josephine

In private, Joséphine chose the day-to-day sets of jewellery of a lady of the court. Her acrostic bracelets, sentimental pieces created by Nitot at the Emperor’s request, featured coloured stones in letters of the alphabet to spell out the names of Eugène and Hortense, as a tribute to her tenderness as a mother. This tradition of sentimental jewellery is a constant inspiration for Chaumet.