“Chaumet in Majesty. Jewels of Sovereigns Since 1780” exhibition celebrates the history of the tiara

Watches & Jewelry


As the guardian of exceptional jewelry savoir-faire, Chaumet is proud to showcase its unique heritage through stunning traveling exhibitions.  After Beijing in 2017 and Tokyo in 2018, the legendary jeweler chose Monaco as the venue for its new exhibition “Chaumet in Majesty. Jewels of Sovereigns Since 1780”, set to open on July 12. 

Deeply committed to passing on its time-honored savoir-faire, Chaumet has nurtured exceptional jewelry craftsmanship since 1780. The Maison’s founder Marie-Etienne Nitot was recognized for his exceptional creativity and artisanal skill, becoming the official jeweler to Emperor Napoleon I in 1802. The jeweler subsequently crafted ceremonial jewels for the Empress Josephine, creating the emblematic tiaras that would bring his Maison global renown.

Chaumet invites visitors to rediscover this cult jewel with the exhibition  “Chaumet in Majesty. Jewels of Sovereigns Since 1780” from July 12th at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. Rare pieces, some of them never before displayed in public, have been brought together for the exhibition thanks to loans from museums, prominent families and royal collections.

Under the patronage of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II, the exhibition has been orchestrated by two curators with great expertise in royal courts: media and cultural figure Stéphane Bern and Christophe Vachaudez, a well-known jewelry historian.

Some 250 jewelry creations, works of art and exceptional historical pieces take visitors on a voyage of rediscovery of the history of the tiara. First an emblem of power magnified by the Empress Josephine, the tiara became a symbol of femininity and an essential accessory at marriages, passed down over generations. In tandem with the evolution of fashions and trends for the feminine silhouette, the tiara expresses the art de vivre of different eras.


Practical Information:

Chaumet in Majesty. Jewels of Sovereigns Since 1780 exhibition (July 12 – August 28, 2019)

Grimaldi Forum

10, avenue Princesse Grace

98000 Monaco

Open daily from 10 am to 8 pm; until 10 pm on Thursdays.