‘Mellerio dits Meller’ is one of the oldest and longest running family jewellery businesses in Europe. The Mellerio family came from humble beginnings but have been dubbed ‘Jeweller to the Queens’.
In 1515 the first family member emigrated to France from their native Italian village in the Vigezzo Valley. From trading precious objects, the Mellerio family have built a now international jewellery Empire.
The business was officially established in 1613. The firm was favoured by Marie de Medici, then Regent of France. She granted royal protection to the Mellerio family. This gave them the right to trade free from administration restrictions. This immunity lasted 150 years, and was renewed by each King of France until Louis XVI.