Among insiders in the business of haute joaillerie, Mathon Paris is one of most storied places in the world. It’s not widely known to the public because most of its business takes place behind the scenes: since the 1930’s, style icons like Princess Diana and Elizabeth Taylor have worn Mathon jewelry, usually branded under the names of the international houses in Paris’s Place Vendȏme. But Mathon also makes jewelry under its own marque for private customers, a collection carried only by one jewelry store in North America, Dorfman Jewelers of Boston.
“I’d known Mathon as the jeweler’s jeweler, the place the big Parisian houses get their major pieces made,” said Jonathon Dorfman from his Newbury Street salon. “But when Frédéric and Aude Mathon showed me their own designs several years ago in their Paris atelier, I was knocked out—and made the decision on the spot to bring them to our store in Boston.”
A Third-Generation Jeweler
Celebrated recently in a glowing article in The New York Times, the atelier that would become Mathon Paris was founded as a workshop in 1931 by Camille Bournadet. His talented nephew, Roger Mathon, bought the firm in 1972 and it has since passed into the skilled hands of Roger’s sons, Frédéric and Pascal, and his granddaughter Aude. Today, Mathon, a third-generation jeweler, is one of the last Parisian ateliers of its kind – the rare jewelry company that designs, manufactures and finishes its pieces entirely under one roof.
The Mathon Paris Collections
Since the days of Roger Mathon, many of the company’s principal motifs have been drawn from nature. Although the Mathon Paris collections include such themes as cityscapes and literary legends, they are best known for creatures from the garden and the sea, including frogs, turtles and dragonflies.
The dragonfly – or “libellule,” in French — has long served as the signature icon of the House of Mathon; it is redesigned each year by its head designer, Frédéric Mané.
According to The New York Times, “Mr. Mané’s designs range from rings that capture their translucent wings in indigo, turquoise and azure blue enamel to more classic diamond pendants in which the libellule flies alone or settles on pearls…The house’s style typically involves a rich cacophony of colorful jewels. But Mr. Mané mixes his pieces with subtler and more luminous gems, such as opals and moonstones.”
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