Mellerio at the Musée d’Orsay
To celebrate its 30 years the « Musée d’Orsay organizes an exhibtion on the Second Empire from 27th September 2016 the 15th January 2017.
This perdiod was one of the most ostentatious moment of French History during which the decorative arts were evolving following the pace of the Industrial Revolution. Intilted « Spectaculaire Second Empire » this exhibition is particularly devoted to sepctacles and imperial festivities. Those moments were times of experimentation during which new ideas were rising, setting the firstfruits of today’s modernity.
Since their arrival in Paris in 1515 the Mellerios, from father to son jewellers, have observed a singular rise.
But it is really during the Second Empire that they reached a certain soaring point.The 1855, 1862 and 1867 World Exhibitions were a success : Mellerio showed daring creactions, won many awards and thus established its solid reputation. From this period the Maiosn has kept drawings, jewellery pieces and purchase orders signed by famous personnalities such as Impress Eugénie and Princess Mathilde. It is for all those reasons that Mellerio displays at the Musée d’Orsay 35 jewellery pieces in order illustrating the pomp of this « Spectaculaire Second Empire ».
The collection « Alexandre Vauthier for Mellerio » available at Montaigne Market
In 2015, the Jeweller Mellerio asked Alexandre Vauthier to create a new High Jewellery collection; this collaboration represented a new challenge for the designer. « To imagine and work on the elaboration of a High Jewellery collection has always been a dream of mine since I was a small child » confided the fashion designer. « Our two houses, which seemed so remotely different from one another, were immediately united by the same values: passion for the artistic craftsmanship, independence and creativity ».
After having been on show in Hong Kong at Lane Crawford, in Miami at Oxygen and lately in Los Angeles at Just One Eye, the High Jewellery and Jewellery collections have been chosen by Montaigne Market in Paris to be on display to public from the 1st to the 15th of March 2016.
For this occasion, a new version of the « Jewellery » ring will be presented in a preview showing at the concept store: along with the white gold, emerald, black and white diamond ring, a new version has been created in pink and grey gold, diamond paved or not.
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INFINITY HEART : WHEN LOVE MEETS INFINITY
Mellerio introduces the « Infinity Heart », its new collection of graceful pendants, the illustration of four centuries of intimate complicity with women of the past and present. The « Infinity Heart » collection reflects the contemporary style and the harmony of the authentic Mellerio Cut.
The “Infinity Heart” is declined in three sizes to perfectly highlight necklines for any occasion. The large heart of pink gold delicately engraved creates the illusion of radiant diamonds, a perfect adornment for a cocktail dress.
The « Infinity Heart » collection comes in three types of gold: yellow, white or pink available at our flagship store Mellerio, 9 rue de la Paix from January 2015.
THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE “BALLON D’OR”
2016 is an extremely important year for Mellerio, the 60th anniversary of the creation of the “Ballon d’Or” trophy. Since 1956 the House has been discretely working on the Fifa Trophy “Ballon d’Or” trophy awarded every year to the world’s best football player. The French journal “l’Equipe” and “France Football” were Mellerio’s clients many years before commissioning this trophy. The first year of it’s creation, it was awarded to brilliant English player called Stanley Matthews.
Today, Mellerio still maintains its high level of workmanship and continues to create exquisite silversmith pieces, precious objects with rock crystals and semi-precious stones, tableware and ceremonial swords. For over a century, the House has manufactured many trophies such as the ‘Coupe des Mousquetaires” for the Roland Garros Tennis tournament but also for other sport and art events.
MELLERIO AT THE VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM
The Victoria & Albert Museum of London celebrates one of the most beautiful jewels created by Mellerio at the exhibition “Bejewelled Treasures: On show at The Al Thani Collection”: a peacock brooch ordered by the Maharajah of Kapurthala in 1905 to adorn his turban for the King of Spain’s wedding, Alphonse III. Set with 1742 diamonds, this jewel of gold, platinum and enamel is the emblem of their exceptional expertise: the transformability of the jewellery piece (wearable as a pin or as a tiara) and craftsmanship (the extraordinary enamel work featuring the peacock’s the colour palette) demonstrate their unique and incomparable knowhow.
Discover this exceptional piece until the 28th of March 2016 at the V & A Museum
200 ANNIVERSARY OF MELLERIO ON THE RUE DE LA PAIX
Pioneers for over 400 years, 2015 represents an important anniversary for the Mellerio family.
Exactly 200 years ago, François Mellerio was the first jeweller to open his shop on the rue de la Paix. Many years later, he was followed by other great names in the industry, establishing the Place Vendôme as the internationally acclaimed capital of the High Jewellery trade.
To celebrate the 80th anniversary of Lancôme, founded by Armand Petitjean, Mellerio was commissioned to create an exceptional jewel, to adorn the 80 flasks of the limited collection “La Vie est belle l’Extrait de Parfum”.
Mellerio reinterpreted the wings of liberty, the organza bow draped around the neck of the bottle “La Vie est belle”, to create a pink gold coated silver piece. Several wings are pierced, others are chiselled inspired from a pattern found in Lancome’s archives, and the final ones are polished with the “mirror” technique, one of the three traditional metal treatment processes used in jewellery.
The limited edition of this perfume will be internationally commercialized at the end of the month of November, and only one flask will be sold in France, exclusively at the Printemps Haussmann (950€).
MELLERIO AT LANE CRAWFORD (HONG KONG)
Lane Crawford, the luxury fashion, beauty and lifestyle retailer, known for its carefully selected designers and collections, is proud to present the French Jeweller Mellerio during a dedicated exhibition all the month of September at Lane Crawford’s flagship store in IFC. To celebrate the opening of Lane Crawford’s new Jewellery department, presenting an edgy contemporary decoration and an exclusive service, the Department Store has invited Mellerio, the true symbol of High Tradition jewellery and the reference of innovation and creation throughout history.
Followed by several Mellerio corners to be opened in December 2015.
Mellerio has always had close ties with the fashion world. In 1950, the company collaborated with great names such as Cristobal Balenciaga, Marcel Rochas, Christian Dior, and Pierre Balmain, adorning their models with exquisite jewels for fashion shows. This year celebrates another privileged artistic collaboration with one of the most talented designers of our time: Alexandre Vauthier. A virtuoso in fashion designing, a master in the choice of materials, Vauthier has now chosen to undertake a new challenge: the creation of a High Jewellery collection for Mellerio. Thus is born the collaboration between Alexandre Vauthier and Mellerio.