Mellerio dits Meller: 400 Years Of History

It’s a story that spans 14 generations of one family, running from the Craveggia valley on the Swiss-Italian border, to Paris’ rue de la Paix, via some of the most colorful figures in the European royal history. Jewelry historian, Vincent Meylan, takes us through the Mellerio dits Meller story, in a new book from Télémaque.

Mellerio dits Meller: 400 years of history

Mellerio dits Meller: 400 years of history

With jewelry for Marie-Antoinette, brooches for Princess Mathilde and tiaras for the court of the Netherlands, some of the biggest names in European royal history have deep roots in the history of Mellerio dits Meller. The story of this jeweler to kings and queens has been written in gold and precious stones ever since Marie de Medicis lent her support to the house in 1613, and it’s one that fired the imagination of designer Edéenne for the anniversary collection in July. Writer Vincent Meylan traces the Mellerio saga back through 400 years of royal success and secrets told behind the arras, in a new book from Télémaque set for release in France October 17.

Sketches of a set for Maréchale Canrobert by Mellerio dits Meller in 1863

Sketches of a set for Maréchale Canrobert by Mellerio dits Meller in 1863

Two snake bracelets by Mellerio dits Meller circa 1860 © Christie's

Two snake bracelets by Mellerio dits Meller circa 1860 © Christie’s

Oscar Massin drawing for a diamond and ruby set by Mellerio dits Meller

Oscar Massin drawing for a diamond and ruby set by Mellerio dits Meller

Diamond crown created by Mellerio dits Meller for a Spanish ducal famiily in the second half of the 19th century © Christie's

Diamond crown created by Mellerio dits Meller for a Spanish ducal famiily in the second half of the 19th century © Christie’s

Sketched tiara ideas dating back to 1860 by Mellerio dits Meller

Sketched tiara ideas dating back to 1860 by Mellerio dits Meller

Mellerio dits Meller rose brooch for Princess Mathilde

Mellerio dits Meller rose brooch for Princess Mathilde

Mellerio dits Meller gold cameo bracelet with rubies, emeralds, pearls and enamel work, from the mid-1800s.

Mellerio dits Meller gold cameo bracelet with rubies, emeralds, pearls and enamel work, from the mid-1800s.

Source vogue.fr

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