Being in the jewellery business for 400 years is no mean feat, and Mellerio dits Meller, the oldest jewellery house in Paris, situated on rue de la paix, turned four centuries old in style. Patronised by none other than Marie de Medici, a Florentine princess, who later became Queen of France, the maison has only gone from strength to strength with each passing decade.
To commemorate its 400th birthday, Mellerio dits Meller wanted to collaborate with an artist of repute who would create jewellery befitting its earliest of royal clients. In the past, it has been customary for the Mellerio family to call upon a special jewellery maker to collaborate on different collections. The traditional jewellery house had earlier teamed up with high-power brands like Lalique and Falize.
This time, the Maison turned to Édéenne, a modern icon on the Place Vendome – the nerve centre of the French couture jewellery industry.
Two years ago, Édéenne exhibited at the Musée de la Légion d’honneur to showcase 130 pieces of jewellery. Impressed and surprised by her singular jewellery, Mellerio dits Meller approached her for its anniversary collection, which was presented to the press in July this year as part of Paris’ Haute Couture celebrations. On her part, Édéenne created spectacular jewellerly for Mellerio dits Meller’s important milestone. It was a challenging assignment as Édéenne had to match the steps and design the rare Médicis collection.
A New Interpretation
So how did the two different people from different worlds meet? It is a known fact that distances can be bridged if there is a meeting of minds. And that is how the world’s ancient jewellery brand met the Place Vendôme’s youngest jewellery designer. May be the universe connected the dots and the encounter seemed preordained.
When Édéenne met Olivier Mellerio, the 14th generation jeweller of Mellerio dits Meller, she was instantly drawn to the collections of jewellery house. Exploring the archives of the jeweller threw in great surprises for the young artist, who loves to dig deep to get to the essence of a brand or a person. An astounded Édéenne was struck by grace and the finesse of the historical designs and the modern outlook of Queen Marie de Medici.
Queen Marie de Medici was a perfect embodiment of all the opulence of a time that bridged the Renaissance and the glorious period of Louis XIV’s reign.
The creations of Édéenne focussed on fleur de lys, a stylised lily, to associate it with this important historical figure, because the flower was the symbol of the French royal family, and represented purity and renaissance. This historic symbol was never used before at Mellerio dits Meller.
Through her expertise and talent, Édéenne found a new way of expressing her sentiments and paying homage to one of the great dynasties of its time.
A multi-talented artist, Edeenne’s desire to tell stories through her collections resonates with the world of Mellerio dits Meller… the world that catered to queens and royalty way back in 1613. The two visionaries got together to present an imperial subtext to jewellery that celebrates age-old and noble sentiments.
Psychologist at Work
Édéenne’s personal jewellery creations are characterised by themes that are part of every person’s formative years – memories, fairy tales, cinema and travel. However, her speciality lies in making bespoke jewellery in the truest sense of the word. High on emotional quotient, Édéenne makes special efforts to know the person’s traits and likes for whom she creates jewellery. Listening is a refined art and Édéenne puts her ears and heart to work in order to understand what her client would ultimately like to wear. She figuratively puts the customer ‘on the couch’ to know about her formative years, what were her turning points in life, her pain, her success, and more. Based on these inputs, Édéenne gets down to design a bespoke piece. She threads through these inputs on to the main canvas from where the ideas for jewellery mounted in gold and set with precious stones emerge.