Nitot, the founder : Jeweller to Napoleon (1780-1814).
Marie-Etienne Nitot, Chaumet's founder, who had worked with Auber, jeweller to Queen Marie-Antoinette, quickly built up an aristocratic clientele after opening his own shop.
From 1802 onwards he gained his reputation by becoming Napoleon's personal jeweller. Napoleon's taste for jewels was political : they were symbols of the power and exuberance of the Empire period. Nitot design the consular sword, set with the most beautiful royal French diamonds including the famous Regent diamond w...