Genevan Haute Joaillerie

Genevan Haute Joaillerie Genevan Haute Joaillerie

Due to its unique location in the heart of Europe, Geneva has always been a major trading centre. During the 15th century, Geneva’s renowned fairs contributed to the establishment of the city’s international prestige.
One of the most significant events in Geneva’s history is the arrival of the protestant reformer Jean Calvin in 1541. He banned ostentatious jewellery but allowed watchmaking. From this point onwards the destinies of goldsmiths and watchmakers become forever strongly linked. During this period, many of Europe’s finest craftsmen found refuge in Geneva bringing with them renowned expertise.


Genevan Haute Joaillerie


In the 18th century, the city of Geneva decided to group all professions linked to its watchmaking industry under one name. This was a major step towards guaranteeing the highest level of workmanship. Stonecutters, goldsmiths, enamellers, engravers and watchmakers all came together to become what was known as "La Fabrique". Some of Europe’s finest watches and jewellery were created by "La Fabrique". Their creations were highly coveted, notably by royalty. The women and men working in "La Fabrique" became known as "Les Cabinotiers". They worked out of small workshops generally situated on the upper floors of buildings to profit by a maximum of daylight. Today, one can still see these workshops, mainly in Geneva’s historic quarter of Saint Gervais. The "Les Cabinotiers" made an invaluable contribution to Geneva’s prestigious reputation.
House of Geneva draws from the city’s rich heritage of métiers and master artisans to envision and create its Haute Joaillerie pieces. Exclusivity and rarity is the trademark of the select handcrafted pieces created by these unrivalled craftsmen.


House of Geneva has the privilege to work with Geneva’s finest designers and goldsmiths; the proud successors of the city’s 18th century Cabinotiers. Shunning the limelight, they perpetuate Geneva’s exceptional jewellery tradition. Their handcrafted jewels, made to perfection, promise you timeless beauty.