Mathon Paris was formed in 1931, drawing its origin from the effervescence of post-war Paris. During this period a sense of possibility was in the air, and young Roger Mathon, newly graduated from the school of Decorative Arts tried his hand at all of the arts. From painting posters for theatres along the avenue d l’Opera to working with ceramics in Saint Germain des Prés, Mathon continually expanded his exploration into a variety of art genres. It was only when he entered the workshop of his uncle Camille Bournadet that he discovered his true vocation. In Bournadet’s workshop, located beside Palais Royal, Mathon’s passion for the art of jewelry emerged, and it would become the art to which he became completely devoted.
Roger Mathon is known for having created pieces of jewelry for the most beautiful Parisian houses. In 1972, he took over his uncle’s studio, proliferating creations for the Place Vendôme. Over time, his expertise and passion would carry over to Catherine, Frédéric and Pascal, who continued to renew the Mathon Paris heritage and creative energy.
Today fourth generation, master jeweler, Aude Mathon, is the Managing Director of the Family company, carrying on a passion for the prestigious, international design.
As seen in the New York Times - 2014 - "The family’s labyrinthine workshop can still be found today through a discreet door on the fourth floor of a typically Hausmannian building on the Rue de Richelieu in the First Arrondissement. “If you don’t know that we are here, you can never guess,” said Aude Mathon.
The company is little known to retail customers. It does 80 percent of its business supplying well-known companies with hand-worked pieces. The rest of its business goes to its own collections. Mathon’s decision to sell a selection of pieces under its own name came after a shakeup in French luxury jewelry in the 1990s, when the big houses turned almost exclusively to their own studios for designs.
Reluctant to lose their creative freedom and take on a purely manufacturing role, Mathon’s owners chose to start selling a selection of pieces under their own name. Mathon is one of the last ateliers of its kind. A jewelry company in Paris today that designs, manufactures and finishes its own pieces entirely under one roof is “really rare,” said Charlotte-Amalie Daehn, editor of the French jewelry magazine Dreams. “This is the old way of doing it.”