The House of Boucheron is a French family dynasty founded by Frederic Boucheron in 1858.
In 1893, Frédéric Boucheron became the first jeweller to move to Place Vendôme. Legend has it that he chose 26 Place Vendôme, where Boucheron remains to this day, because it was the sunniest corner of the square. He believed that the diamonds in the windows would sparkle all the more brilliantly.
Czar Alexander III was a client, as was his son, the doomed Nicholas II. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother was especially fond of her Boucheron tiara which she inherited from Lady Greville, who originally purchased it from the House. Her grandson Prince Charles passed the tiara on to his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall as a wedding gift. Queen Elizabeth also has a collection of Boucheron jewels as did Wallis Simpson the Duchess of Windsor.
Americans are also collectors of Boucheron creations. Household names like the Astors, the Vanderbilts and the Rockefellers have returned time and again to the House of Boucheron for exceptional pieces of high jewellery. One American bride to be, Mary Ethel Burns, in preparation of becoming Lady Harcourt, turned to Boucheron to create the jewellery for her wedding trousseau. After her marriage Lady Harcourt was a faithful Boucheron client commissioning a number of pieces, including tiaras, necklaces and bracelets throughout her lifetime.
Carolina Otero was a Boucheron enthusiast as was the actress Sarah Bernhardt and the writers Oscar Wilde and Marcel Proust. While film stars including Greta Garbo, Rita Hayworth, Marlene Dietrich also bejeweled themselves with Boucheron. More recently celebrities like Eva Longoria, Nicole Kidman, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Michelle Yeoh, Kristin Scott Thomas, Rachel Weisz and Diane Kruger have purchased from Boucheron.
In addition to Czar Alexander III, royal patrons of Boucheron have included Maharajah Sir Bhupinder Singh of Patiala, Riza Shah Pahlevi, Queen Farida of Egypt and Queen Rania of Jordan.
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