The Boucheron jewellery firm was founded by Frédéric Boucheron (1830 - 1902) in Paris in 1858 and was noted for his lavish fine diamond jewellery as well as the Art Nouveau period together with his gem-set jewels. His original premises started in the Rue Royal, then moving to the Place Vendôme. Boucheron's fine diamond jewellery was displayed at the International Exhibition in 1900 where he received high praise in various art journals of that period. Boucheron in fact commissioned many artists and leading jewellery designers that worked with him or for him, such as the celebrated jeweller and goldsmith Jules Debût (1830 - 1900). Jules Debût initially learnt his craft by working at the Paris workshop and jewellers of Téterger and Rouzé and in 1866 he was made the head of the Boucheron workshop by Boucheron himself. In fact during his time Debût designed a wealth of jewellery shown by Boucheron, he then left to open his own jewellery shop in 1890 the premises being No.1 Rue de la Paix.
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Lucien Hirtz was another designer that was to work for Boucheron and he too was one of the men at the forefront from 1893 where he was largely responsible in Boucheron's immense success at the International Exhibition in 1900, creating fabulous objects and noted for his highly chased gold jewellery, together with being an important enamellist. In fact the firm of Boucheron following the 1900 Exhibition had a special mention in La Revue de la bijouterie's for the exquisite jewellery on display which was reported as thus:
'the French jewellery trade has every right to be proud'
Throughout the 19th Century Boucheron, as I've said, employed highly skilled craftsmen, among those already mentioned were Louis Rault (1847-1903) who contributed to the firm's success and worked with Boucheron from 1868 to 1875. Jules Brateau together with top designers such as Edmund-Henri Becker and Michelle Menu who worked together with each other. Becker designed for Boucheron as well as them, making gold, enamel and stone jewellery.
Boucheron was highly acclaimed for keeping the modern look to the point where Boucheron introduced ivory to the figurative jewellery. Boucheron had a reputation for very expensive gem-set jewellery with fabulous diamonds on his jewellery flowing everywhere and he always used large fine top quality stones, which is why Boucheron commanded the high prices placed. Many pieces of jewellery made by Boucheron had themes running through their styles whether it be a bunch of berries made from rubies or diamond flower sprays, at the same time Boucheron also sold gold lorgnettes, mirrors, fabulous scent bottles, belt buckles and other precious objects and the Boucheron jewellery was well equipped for the Art Nouveau period. Boucheron also work in both bijouterie and joaillerie.
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