Mellerio is the oldest jewelry house in Paris dating all the way back to 1515. I've been lucky enough to be invited to the oldest jewelry house in Paris, and to peek into the archives. I’ve seen the jewelry order forms that Kings and Queens have signed from around the world, and I was granted exclusive access to view and try on the new collections.
What is the history of Mellerio?
The history of Mellerio's is one of the most fascinating stories I’ve ever heard. The Mellerio family wasn’t always into making jewelry, they used to be chimney sweepers. However, on October 10, 1613, that was all about to change. One of the Mellerio chimney sweepers was cleaning the chimney at the Royal Palace where Queen Marie de' Medici lived with the future King Louis XIII (12 at the time). While cleaning, he heard people discussing how they were preparing to kill the young future King.
After he heard this discussion, he quickly went to warn his boss, who was able to warn the Queen the next day. Thanks to this chimney sweeper, they were able to save the future King of France. As a thank you for saving the King's life, Queen Marie de' Medici wrote a contract giving privilege to the Marellerio family and 2 other families to sell Jewelry to the Royal Family exclusively. Up until the 18th century, the Mellerio family was selling jewelry out of a backpack (the backpack is still in the vault today). The Mellerio family continued to sell jewelry to the royal families up until the French Revolution.
In 1835, the Mellerio family opened their first shop in Place Vendôme and were the original owners of the space they still own today. It is one of the best locations in Place Vendôme because it’s on the side of the street with the sun. Over the years, the Mellerio family has sold jewelry to famous Kings and Queens around Europe, and many notable people throughout history. Including but not limited to Josephine, wife of Napoleon, Marie Antoinette, and many more!
Is Mellerio still family owned?
After all these years, yes, Mellerio is still family owned. Currently, the 14th generation and 15th generation are working there. There are no plans to sell the family owned business and in my opinion it will continue to be passed down for generations to come.
How did Mellerio Become so famous?
I think one of the most incredible things about Mellerio is the fact that Mellerio is one of Paris' best kept secrets and you really only hear about them through word of mouth. The people who know the family and have pieces from the jewelry house treasure them dearly. The Mellerio family sources some of the best stones in the world, and one of the best Jewelry houses in Paris.
Do you have to make an appointment in order to visit Mellerio?
If you want to go to Mellerio you can walk in or book an appointment. It’s totally okay to go in and browse the shop. From what I understand most people book an appointment.
Paris location: 9 Rue de la Paix 75002 Paris, France
For those of you not traveling to Paris, Mellerio recently released an online shop where you can shop some of their collections online. Shop Mellerio Website
What is the starting price point?
Mellerio recently released a more affordable line of jewelry line where they sell pieces that are priced under €1,000. You'll also see many of their luxury pieces starting around €3,500 and going up from them. In my opinion, the quality of jewelry is immaculate, the gems, the gold, and diamonds are all top-notch. Every piece is made by hand.
Despite, the high price point for the luxury collection, I definitely think Mellerio is worth the price, and due to the high quality craftsmanship it will be an heirloom piece that could be passed down from generation to generation.
Does Mellerio make custom-made pieces?
Yes, the Mellerio team will work with you to make a custom-made piece(s). If you are interested in creating a custom-made piece, it’s best to email the Mellerio team before you arrive, and tell them what you have in mind and they will help you create your dream piece. Fun fact, they are the only jewelry house in Place Vendôme that creates bespoke jewelry.
Recap on what is the oldest Jewelry house in Paris?
If you love history and jewelry then I highly recommend you visit the Mellerio Jewelry house. This jewelry house has family owned dating back to the 16th century. Mellerio is the oldest jewelry house in Paris and in the world! I'd love to hear your thoughts or answer any questions you may have in the comment on Mellerio!
Sincerely Petite in Paris,