ABOUT MATHON PARIS
MATHON Paris is a family story.
It’s in the 2010s that Aude Mathon and her husband Jean-Baptiste Donnet joined this exciting family venture. Today, they are committed in the family business with passion and pride.
« With Aude we found ourselves driven by the same motivation and vision of life. The vision that we try to convey in the company, to those around us, jewelers, polishers, and gem setters. We are leading this venture together. » - Jean-Baptiste Donnet, MATHON Paris chief executive.
“When my husband and I took over the company three years ago, we changed the visual identity of MATHON. We wanted a logo that embodies our values: nature inspiration, ecology, transmission. The tree was the perfect symbol to encompass nature's side and the family tree metaphor, with the idea that it sinks its roots into the earth and makes beautiful fruit bloom”
May 2022: Aude Mathon in New York during a presentation about sustainability and sourcing.
Event was part of a full day event organized by the French American Chamber of Commerce New York
The Mathon Paris soul is attached within the family’s history, driven by Roger Mathon, grandfather of the current leader, Aude Mathon. Beyond the creation style, nature has filled the soul and heart of the Mathon family with simplicity, sincerity, and authenticity. With decades of business expertise Aude and Jean-Baptiste use discretion, and humility as their fundamentals exhibiting kindness and the love of delicate craftsmanship.
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 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's fourth generation, master jeweler, Aude Mathon, is the Managing Director of the Family company, carrying on a passion for prestigious, international design.
* From the beginning, Roger Mathon created a bestiary of small animal talismans, which reflects his poetic universe. This historical house collection, "BESTIOLES Collection" shows the insects and small animals that populate the edge of the « Vergers », the family home, near the Loiret. There, in the grass, at the edge of the water, fly dragonflies and butterflies, whose graceful ballet is an invitation to dream. Treated with humor, sometimes irreverently, these critters are representative of the organic style of the House.
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.
Collaboration: in 2016 Aude Mathon, CEO of Mathon Paris and Gerard Riveron met in Paris and agreed that the US market needed to be approached and Gerard Riveron started to represent Mathon Paris in the US, exclusively.
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.”