Bonnet

The history of Bonnet is intimately linked to Switzerland. It is in La-Chaux-de-Fonds, in the heart of the watch industry’s region, that Bonnet was founded in 1895. Since then, it has built a reputation of perfection in the manufacture of jewellery pieces which have already dazzled sensible customers.

YEARS OF HISTORY

GENERATIONS

CREATIONS

From 1895
to 2018

Creativity, know-how and discovery
Since 1895, four generations have succeeded one another in the family business; all inspired by the same passion for discovery, a love for creation and a respect of traditional know-how.

1895

Joseph Bonnet, founder
Joseph Bonnet is a jeweler and gem setter who teaches at the art school in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. He creates the “Maison Bonnet” and refines his craft to specialize in jewelry manufacturing.

1910

A reputation for excellence
Since 1895, four generations have succeeded one another in the family business; all inspired by the same passion for discovery, a love for creation and a respect of traditional know-how.

1920

A new workshop on rue Numa-Droz
Joseph Bonnet returns after the First World War and the fall of the Russian Tsars. He refines his jewelry concept for the Swiss market and rapidly has 25 jewelers working in his new atelier on rue Numa-Droz in la Chaux-de-Fonds.

1928

Joseph Bonnet Jr., 2nd generation
Trained as a jeweler at the art school of La Chaux-de-Fonds, Joseph Bonnet Jr. joins the family business in 1927 after a few years of external professional training, notably in the Swiss Canton of Ticino. Active until 1972, Joseph was primarily committed to office management and administration, while also acting as the main point of contact for private clients and jeweler partners.

1933

Henri Bonnet, 2nd generation.
A passion for precious stones, gems

After completing a formation in the fine arts in Germany, Henri Bonnet joins the family business. He develops custom jewelry for private sale and was specialized in the creation of Bauhaus-period inspired jewelry, which rapidly led to renown for Bonnet’s original pieces. A few years later he began producing “joaillerie” watchcases for various Swiss watch brands.

1957

Discovery of precious stone mines
On his first trip to Brazil, Henri Bonnet discovers precious gemstone mines and geodes. Over a 40-year time span, he would visit diamond, emerald and aquamarine mines to complete Switzerland’s most beautiful private collection of precious minerals. He would go on to create jewelry pieces inspired by these South American precious stones.

1970

Eric Bonnet, 3rd generation: the Ethno-Nature collection
Designer and gemologist, Eric Bonnet takes on the family trade and strengthens the company’s business in bespoke jewelry. He opens two boutiques, the first in La Chaux-de-Fonds and a second in the heart of the Place des Halles in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. His travels to far-off places inspire him to create new collections that invoke Ethno-Nature themes.

1980

The “Gordian” collection
Eric Bonnet develops the first themed collection for the company: “Gordian” knots, inspired by Alexander the Great. This would become one of the iconic Bonnet collections.

1995

The “Géa” Collection
Awestruck by Iceland’s landscape, Eric Bonnet launches the “Géa” collection in homage to the origins of planet earth. The XOX collection would follow, featuring a disk bearing universally understood messages

2007

The “Amazonia” collection
A trip to the heart of the Brazilian forest was the source of inspiration for the “Amazonia” collection. The collection is created and a contribution is made towards to the WWF Amazon rescue program.

2008

Marielaure Bonnet, 4th generation: The Jewels of Journeys
Marielaure, a designer by training, joins the family business. She launches “The Jewels of Journeys” concept and creates the “Nirvana” jewelry collection.

2010

Collection Bird
Launch of the collection “Bird”.

2016

Collection Altitude
Launch of the collection “Altitude”.

2017

The journey continues…

Traveling is a return to the essentials

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Address
Place des Halles 8 – 2000 Neuchâtel – Switzerland

Tel. + 41 32 725 84 82

info@bonnet.ch

Opening hours
Monday :
 13h30 – 18h30
Tuesday to Friday  : 9h00 – 12h00 | 13h30 – 18h30
Saturday : 10h00 – 17h00