The historic jewellery workshop of A. Péry et Cie traces its roots back to 1875 when Monsieur Lucien Péry decided to expand his glove making company by diversifying into jewellery, beginning by making gold chains. At the beginning of the 20th Century he was joined in the firm by his son Albert who would go on to forge collaborative relationships with many of the prestigious Masions of the Place Vendôme.
Alongside Boucheron and Chaumet, one of the most significant of these was Van Cleef & Arpels. Albert was introduced to the Arpels brothers and soon after began producing jewellery for the firm, with the archives showing that the first piece, a gold bracelet, was made in 1925. Albert soon became friendly with Renée Puissant, the daughter of Esther Arpels and Alfred Van Cleef and this connection strengthened the association between the two companies. Péry et Cie were responsible for making the famous ‘passe-partout’ jewels for VCA (they made over 260 pieces for this collection) and these wonderful floral pieces are said to have inspired Renée to refer to Albert as a ‘petit fleuriste’. Other iconic Van Cleef designs to originate in the Péry workshop include the Ludo bracelets, Zip necklaces and many of the La Boutique animal brooches.
Consequently pieces made by A. Péry et Cie found their way in to the jewellery collections of some of the most stylish and well accessorised women in the world. These included icons such as the Duchess of Windsor and Grace Kelly as well as famed jewellery collectors like Doris Duke, who wore a gold and diamond choker made by the firm on her wedding day in 1947.
The third generation to join the company was Albert’s son Bernard who sought to expand the workshop’s client base by collaborating with a number of other jewellery houses. These were to include Mauboussin, Templier and even Tiffany, whilst towards the end of the century Bernard’s daughter Brigitte would take the reins and extend this even further to jewellers such as Graff and Dior. The workshop was highly regarded within the trade not only for the quality of their craftsmanship but also for their superior technical abilities. By the beginning of the 21st century this was to include CAD programming as the company continued to look to offer the most versatile and up to date methods of production for their clients. In 2012 Brigitte Péry took the decision to sell the family business and it was bought by the Richemont Group who also own Van Cleef & Arpels.