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Mellerio Brooches

French

With a history spanning more than 400 years, Mellerio is officially the oldest jewelry house in France. Known for their timeless and exquisite bracelets, rings, brooches and other pieces, Mellerio has counted the likes of Queen Victoria, Marie-Antoinette, Marie de' Medici and other historically important figures as clients.

Mellerio’s story began in 1613 with members of the Mellerio family — descendants of Italian immigrants — who worked as goldsmiths in Paris. During the late 18th century, Jean-Baptiste Mellerio (1765-1850) sold his jewelry and trinkets in town fairs and near royal residences around France. Outside of the Palace of Versailles, his finely crafted jewelry caught the eye of Marie-Antoinette, who reportedly bought a bracelet featuring seven cameos surrounded by rubies. 

Marie-Antoinette’s patronage helped broaden Mellerio’s reach as a jeweler for many French nobles and aristocrats, and, in 1796, he opened a store at 20 Rue Vivienne in Paris. In 1800, the business relocated to the Rue du Coq St. Honoré near the Tuileries Palace and, in 1832, moved again to 9 Rue de la Paix.  

Today, Mellerio is owned and operated by the 15th generation of the Mellerio family. From their workshop above their historic boutique at 9 Rue de la Paix, they specialize in creating jewelry in styles such as Art Nouveau and Art Deco that is set with diamonds, rubies, emeralds, sapphires and more. 

Among Mellerio’s most coveted pieces are its decorative boxes and cases, gold and silver-gilt figurines and sculptures, dazzling bands and engagement rings. Their fine jewelry collection also features an impeccable array of bracelets, necklaces, earrings and a range of watches.

Throughout Mellerio’s illustrious history, the house has participated in numerous exhibitions, including the World Exhibitions in London in 1862, Paris in 1867, Vienna in 1873 and again in Paris in 1878 and 1900. Mellerio exhibited at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes in 1925, which brought Art Deco to a global stage, and the New York World’s Fair in 1939.

Mellerio dits Meller continues its long-standing legacy as one of the world’s finest jewelers, attracting royalty, celebrities and discerning collectors of luxury adornments.

On 1stDibs, discover a range of antique and vintage Mellerio jewelry and objets d’art and vertu.

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Creator: Mellerio
Mellerio Dits Meller Ruby 18 Carat Yellow Gold Chick Brooch
By Mellerio
Located in Paris, FR
Brooch signed Mellerio in yellow gold featuring a chick on a branch, its eye in ruby. Signed Mellerio and numbered 296XXX Estimated ruby weight: 0.05 carats Dimensions: 24.35 x 29...
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1980s European Modern Vintage Mellerio Brooches

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Mid-Century Mellerio Paris 2.85 CTW Sapphire Enamel Flower 18 Karat Gold Brooch
By Mellerio
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Designed as a flower with curling foliage and centering a cluster of round cut sapphires Weighing approximately 2.85 carats total - transparent medium blue and prong set With a burst...
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1950s Vintage Mellerio Brooches

Materials

Blue Sapphire, Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Enamel

Mellerio Vintage Yellow Gold Diamond and Gem Movable Tremblan Flower Clip Brooch
By Mellerio
Located in London, GB
An exquisite brooch made by esteemed French jeweller Mellerio, a high-end jewellery brand with a rich history. This brooch showcases the brand's unparalleled attention to detail and ...
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1960s French Contemporary Vintage Mellerio Brooches

Materials

Sapphire, Diamond, Emerald, Ruby, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Mellerio Stomacher Diamond Brooch
By Mellerio
Located in New Orleans, LA
This remarkable and rare circa 19th century stomacher brooch showcases the unparalleled artistry of Mellerio, the oldest jewelry firm in France. Crowned by a spray of diamond flowerheads, leaves and buds, this beautiful En Tremblant brooch moves with the wearer, creating countless light refractions and multiplying its brilliance. The brooch is convertible; the flowerhead panel and cascading trellis-work section can each be worn separately. The resplendent jewelry piece is punctuated by detachable pear-shaped diamond drops. Meant to draw the eye and elevate a woman’s ensemble and status, stomacher trembler...
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19th Century French Edwardian Antique Mellerio Brooches

Materials

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Rare 18ct Gold Retro Diamond Brooch by the French Maker Mellerio
By Mellerio
Located in Addlestone, GB
18ct gold Retro Diamond Brooch by the famous French Masion Mellerio. Stamped Mellerio with engrave 2895 This stylish brooch Circa 1935/1940 is a...
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1930s French Retro Vintage Mellerio Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Gold, Rose Gold, White Gold, Yellow Gold

Mellerio Bird Brooch in 18 Karat Yellow Gold and Ruby
By Mellerio
Located in Paris, FR
MELLERIO Bird Brooch in 18 kt yellow Gold, the Eye setting a Ruby. Brooch signed MELLERIO and numbered Gross Weight: 7.4 g Height: 2.5 cm Width: 3 cm
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1960s French Vintage Mellerio Brooches

Materials

Ruby, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

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Mellerio brooches for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a range of Mellerio brooches available on 1stDibs. Each of these unique items was designed with extraordinary care, often using yellow gold. While looking for the most stylish antique or vintage Mellerio jewelry to pair with your ensemble, you’ll find that Mellerio diamond brooches, from our inventory of 4, can add a particularly distinctive touch to your look. We have 7 pieces in this collection as well as a number of other designs by this jeweler. Contemporary and Edwardian are among the most popular styles of Mellerio brooches available on 1stDibs. While this collection reflects work that originated over various time periods, most of these items were designed during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider brooches by Pierre Sterlé, Georges Braque, and Fred Paris. Prices for Mellerio brooches can differ depending upon gemstone, time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $3,450 and tops out at $248,500, while pieces like these, on average, can sell for $7,450.
Questions About Mellerio Brooches
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Founded in 1613, Mellerio dits Meller is a 400-year-old French jewelry house. Jean-Baptise Mellerio founded Mellerio dits Meller, and the brand claims to be the oldest family-owned company in Europe. You’ll find a large collection of Mellerio jewelry on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Mellerio dits Meller is a French jewelry house founded in 1613 by the Mellerio family. The brand claims to be the oldest family-owned company in Europe with over 400 years in business. Browse a collection of Mellerio jewelry pieces on 1stDibs.

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