They first began combining their artistic talents in 1969, working from a studio in Mouans-Sartoux in the South of France, and launched their jewellery line the following year. Neither was formally trained and both preferred to work with 22ct gold in order to realise their unique style that embodied primitive form, motifs and techniques. Everything they made was entirely hand crafted with Jacline often drawing inspiration from her memories of growing up near the ancient ruins of Carthage in Tunisia.
Their bold, imaginative, exotic pieces in richly hued yellow gold fitted perfectly with the bohemian fashions of the late 60s and early 1970s. Van Cleef & Arpels and Cartier showed an early interest in their work with both firms retailing their pieces. Jacline recalls, “Louis Arpels, 82 years old at the time, saw our work and convinced us to sell our productions to Van Cleef and Arpels. Cartier followed as well. So in November 1970, we had our creations in their windows, Place Vendome and rue de la Paix in Paris, with our name shown.”
After having their work spotted by the CEO of Neiman Marcus in America, they formed an agreement that the store would become the sole retailer of Jean Mahie jewellery. They soon developed a loyal following in both the USA and Europe with many a stylish woman adorning herself with a unique Mahie creation. Jacline continues the Jean Mahie brand today with the aid of her son and daughter; she has a workshop in New York where she continues to hand make jewellery and she lives between there and her home in the Caribbean.