History

The expertise and craftmenship of Jura mountains for Heritage

Isabelle’s family comes from Jura Mountains, a French region known for gemstone cutting expertise since the 18th century. 

Originally, Jura core activity was Swiss watches making. But, with the arrival of coloured gemstones, Jura experienced  a significant growth during the 19th century and became a historical region for gem cutting expertise. 

Heirs to this prestigious tradition, Isabelle’s ancestors founded a lapidary workshop, in the aftermath of Word War I. It was the beginning of a successful family venture. A success that went far beyond the Jura Mountains...

Réné, Isabelle's grandfather

As an accomplished lapidary himself and an ambitious visionary, René left his native Jura in 1929 to start a business in gemstone trading in Paris. Twenty years later, it became one of the most successful gemstone trading companies.

 

In the 1950’s, René stood proudly among the ten most influential European gemstone dealers and provided gemstones to the greatest Parisian jewelers of Place Vendôme.

As a recognized expert in his domain, René was appointed President of the lapidary department of "Les Meilleurs Ouvriers de France" competition.

Daniel, Isabelle's father

After marrying Denise, René’s beloved daughter, Daniel decided to enter the jewelry industry despite his    engineering degree. He joined his father-in-law’s business and fell in love with gemstones, leading him to found the Association française de gemmologie in 1961.

Thanks to his strong adventurous spirit, Daniel traveled all around the world to prospect and increase his gemstones knowledge.

Right after his father-in-law, Daniel became president of the lapidary department of "Les Meilleurs Ouvriers de France" competition. He was also named for many years head of the Ethics and Grievances Department of the International Coloured Gemstone Association. 

Nowadays, he is still considered as one of the best coloured gemstone expert in the world.

Isabelle, her brothers and cousins

After a century of adventure, the story continues with Isabelle, her brothers and her cousins. Each of them expresses their creativity by  following their own paths.

 

The original lapidary workshop located in Jura Mountains is now run by some of Isabelle’s cousins.

 

The family love and passion for magnificent gemstones never faded away even after one hundread years...