Aude Mathon :
When we were little we lived in the street next to the workshop. During my first years in primary school my parents did some flat renovation works and we moved to the workshop for at least 6 months.
With my brother, we knew the people of the workshop even if we were shy and did not necessarily go to meet them. My father did not bring much jewellery pieces at home, but sometimes he brought gemstones.
During my last year in primary school I made a presentation with my best friend about gems and I asked my dad for a little documentation. He did something unbelievable: He brought me small boxes with tiny gemstones so that I could bring them to class and show them to my friends.
I felt that have a treasure and that I could gain access to something absolutely extraordinary, exclusive and kept secret.
I could gain access to jewels, precious stones and our family workshop but I was not fully aware of everything. The Mathon family members have always been a bit reserved and do not talk too much about themselves.
I was not aware of all the activities going on but I knew they were making jewellery and I had the opportunity to see some.
I could not look beyond as I had no idea what I could do in a jewellery workshop. I then discovered all the trades related to the sales order and I found it interesting. I learned a lot about international trade, distribution channel and luxury marketing.
I joined the house naturally; it was not a business approach contrary to what people might think. I did not take the usual road to make jewellery, but wondering what I could do to what they already mastered.
I held a marketing function for the first two years, during which I was not directly in contact with the workshop. But when I attended my uncle and then took up his position at the production department, I was constantly connected with the workshop.
The first thing my father told me was not to stay in front of my computer or in front of my lamp to check the pieces, but to go to the workshop to see the craftsmen. That's how I learnt and something happened. It was really interesting. It was like going back to school but within a company.
I brought some management tools or some production tools even if they were very rudimentary compared to what Jean-Baptiste could do later.
Above all, I have received a lot. I have received a lot from Michel, the workshop manager who was there for 30 to 35 years. He was at the end of his career and retired when I left the production department that Jean-Baptiste could have run over.
Michel took me under his wing and was eager to teach me the same way he did with the apprentices that he trained before me except that they were artisans.
We got on well, because I did not pretend to know. He just took the time to explain to me and to learn. We had a nice communication. With Michel I built a genuine relationship – nothing to compare with my family relationship. He passed on to me everything he knew before leaving.
This experience within the production department lasted 3 years and was very full on. When I saw that I mastered successfully, that I was accepted in the workshop and that we were building something, I understood that I was on the right track and that I would increasingly enjoy it.
My father laid down the foundation. He intuitively thought that Jean-Baptiste and I would succeed him, and that we would form a good team. By offering this opportunity, he placed his trust in us and gave me a unique gift.
I liked this opportunity: a small structure to do a lot of things, both operational and strategic and to put his guts. Having these opportunities open to us, together, as a couple, is exhilarating.
Even if we do not always agree it is a real life adventure. It's more than just a job, it's our life and a pleasure most of the time.
I was very disappointed with the corporate competition in my previous experiences. We do not work to offer the best result but to be the best and climb the ladder.
When I met Aude and her family, I was impressed by their honesty, their desire to do well. Their ambition is not to make maximum profit, to gain a maximum of money, but to offer beautiful products crafted with love.
I joined immediately. Life is not about trying to sell at all costs but it’s more relevant to pass on a passion and things you love to others that share the same interest. Frédéric had always been honest, transparent, whether towards our customers, the employees or the family.
I quickly found myself in these values which match my professional aspirations. It happened quite naturally.
With Aude we found ourselves in a personal capacity around the same ambition and vision of life. Vision that we try to convey in the company, to those around us, jewellers, polishers and gemsetters. We are leading this adventure together.
The Mathon family is not just about Aude, Frederic, Pascal, or Catherine, but about all of those who put their hearts to work. They are part of the wider Mathon family.
We do not manufacture product that pretend to be crafted. We really make handmade jewellery that has been thought by men and women who are part of the same family.
It is a very united blood family, but also a wider family that includes people from work and those close to our heart... We do great things together without compromising on the work ethic and materials quality.
We are transparent about our heritage. We carry an authentic message that emphasizes on work completed by craftsmen behind the scene.
Even if we want to develop the house, do more things and diversify, we aim to protect our heritage, our story and the everyday life of those we work with.