In the 19th century, under Emperor Napoleon III, Théodore Commelin set up a workshop in the heart of Paris. At the beginning of the 20th century, his grandson, Philippe Commelin, a connoisseur of miniatures, started creating charms that were faithful reproductions of famous Parisian monuments. He adapted ancestral knowledge and techniques inherited from the master glass workers of the Middle Ages to create enameled jewels inspired by famous French cathedral rose windows.

Today, Philippe Commelin’s grand niece, Isabelle Latour, has sustained the legacy of her grand uncle, employing some of the last few master enamel craftsmen to produce the miniature jewels for which Commelin has since become renowned.  Their work is the result of a delicate enameling process, done entirely by hand with great concentration to accomplish miniature masterpieces. Commelin is one of the oldest and premiere manufacture in French charms and translucent enamel.

In November 2006 the Ministry of Small and Medium Businesses, Commerce and Craftsmen made Commelin one of the first French companies to be awarded the “Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant” appellative, thus officially acknowledging the high quality and originality of Commelin jewels.  In May 2008 Commelin also received the prestigious French jewelry label Joaillerie de France.

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