Gourmet Wear

Jewelry Fit for a Princess

The Kate Necklace engraved for Princess Catherine’s first child and heir to the throne, Prince George Alexander Louis from Merci Maman. Photo courtesy Merci Maman. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

Customized jewelry has always been a favorite for everyone, even royalty. The Franco-British house of Merci Maman (Thank You Mummy) was founded in 2007 and rapidly became a hit when Pippa Middleton, the sister of the then Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine, gave her sister a necklace with a pendant celebrating the birth of Prince George in 2013. The necklace, which has been named the Kate Necklace in honor of the Princess of Wales, is accessorized with three pendants that can be engraved by expert craftsmen, so it can be customized with a name, a date or initials. It is available in gold plate, 18k pink gold or silver. Merci Maman, is a Franco-British brand, founded in 2007 in London. The house designs and hand manufactures quality personalized jewelry in their London, Paris and Berlin workshops. The products were conceived to celebrate motherhood and the bond between a mother and her child. The house now employs over 50 people.

The Kate Necklace with the names of Princess Catherine’s three children engraved upon it from Merci Maman. Photo courtesy Merci Maman. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

But the royal story doesn’t stop there. The house’s founder, Béatrice de Montille who hails from Lyons, France and started her now million dollar jewelry business form her kitchen table in Fulham, London, has been awarded The Queen’s Award (now The King’s Award) for Enterprise in the International Trade category twice: in 2017 from the hands of Queen Elizabeth II and in 2020 from King Charles II who at the time was the Prince of Wales. The King’s Awards for Enterprise (Originally the Queen’s Awards) are the UK’s most prestigious business awards, designed to recognize and encourage the outstanding achievements of UK  businesses in the fields of Innovation, International Trade, Sustainable Development and Promoting Opportunity  (through social mobility). The Queen’s Awards scheme was instituted by Royal Warrant in 1965 and the first Awards were made in 1966. Merci Maman products are sold online through their own website and via other market places. ©Trish Valicenti for The Gourmet Gazette. https://www.mercimamanboutique.com/us/

See also: https://thegourmetgazette.com/2023/05/05/the-coronation-chronicles/

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