Launch of the new book Traditional French Jewellery


Book - Traditional French Jewellery - order here direct from the author



Dear collectors, auctioneers, museums, dealers and jewellery lovers,

You have visited the site which for ten years now has listed all regional and traditional French jewellery, without advertising and without sales.

By public demand, this website is now finally available as a book, much more complete and with many new photos and texts that are not on the site. I traveled more than 4,500 km in 2020 to visit the various collectors and museums of France and to photograph, weigh, measure and examine their jewellery.

Large format of 23.5 x 30 cm, 304 pages, hardcover and fully illustrated with over 1300 jewels in color, this book is the first complete reference on French regional jewellery and corrects the many errors and gaps observed in the other references while presenting numerous other regional jewels hitherto unknown to the public. You will find eight full pages on Breton pins and fibulae and many other jewels in museums and private collections that are not on this website. Over four months of research went into making the chapter on hallmarks the most reliable ever seen - clear illustrations of hallmarks have been made especially for this volume. And for the first time, collectors will have access to a complete list of all the assay office symbols, small secret signs in the hallmarks that identify in which city the jewellery was hallmarked. The opening and closing dates since 1798 of the hallmark offices are also listed for the first time, allowing, with the office symbol, to better date your jewellery.

The print run of this book in English is very limited, which is why I recommend you order early. 


Each copy in English                             £75               overseas postage and packing            £8 per copy

Each copy in French                              €75               postage within France                        €9 total for one or more copies


Note that prices for the English version are in pounds sterling, for the French version in euros.  The English print run is very small, only 200 copies, that's why it is more expensive.  In US Dollars, the price works out to $95 with $9 shipping per volume. You will be delighted with this book, satisfaction is guaranteed. If you'd like your book to be inscribed to your name and signed by the author, that's no problem, just tell me what name you'd like me to write.

Wire transfer or Wise in Euros – Account holder : Michael Fieggen, 280 rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris.
IBAN - FR76 4061 8803 9700 0403 3233 171 – BIC – BOUSFRPPXXX


Wire transfer or Wise in Pounds Sterling – Account holder : Michael Fieggen, 280 rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris.
IBAN - GB68TSBS30916200184462    BIC / SWIFT - TSBSGB2AXXX

Address Mike Fieggen, 280 rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris.  Cheques in sterling or euros can also be sent to this address.

PayPal accepted by using the account - demosthenesparis (at)

Any questions ?  Contact me at    Telephone +33 1 4015 9000


Mike Fieggen


What do buyers say about this book?


I just wanted to let you know that I absolutely love your book!!! It is very informative yet easy to look at and go through. I am very excited to see information on pieces I own, as well as so many pieces that are so intriguing and would love to find. It’s great to put those pieces into context of history and cultural life. Very, very interesting book and I thank you for publishing it. I very much look forward to the next volume. 

                      Ai, February 2022


Hi Mike,
Fabulous book! I just collected it from my mother's and can't wait to start reading it. What a treasure. Thanks for everything.
Kind regards
                    Nicky, 12th April 2022



Some recommendations translated from the French readers of the book:

What a treat your book is!! I am passionate about regional jewellery and have already many books on this subject but this one is very complete. I had fun searching in my small and modest collection and your photos in the book.

          Karine February 11, 2022



This book is a goldmine for the study of regional jewels and in particular the hallmarks used with a very clear presentation by province and a rich iconography. It is in fact an essential complement to Monique Poulenc's work "French traditional jewelry" from the National Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions.  Volume 2 is eagerly awaited...

            Françoise February 15, 2022



Extremely well documented work, very useful when researching the provenance of jewellery.

           Vichy Auctions February 16, 2022


Today is a big day! My nephews gave me your book! I am amazed at this amount of knowledge! Your work is essential!

             Louis de S February 21, 2022


The jewels of the French, a very well documented work, useful to experts in jewels, antique dealers, auctioneers, and in general to all those who are interested in history and traditions. A goldmine of information, to have absolutely!

           Jean Claude Frediani, President of the National Chamber of Experts in jewellery, jewellery, watchmaking, goldsmithing and precious stones. February 22, 2022


I have just received your book on regional jewellery: fabulous!

I already regularly consult your website but this is great. I learned about it thanks to a recent sale in Cherbourg where the auctioneer had put a photo of this book to reference a necklace by Yvetot. I also bought 4 Norman jewels at this sale. In 1992, I visited the exhibition organized by Claudette Joannis at the Musée du Luxembourg in Paris and this triggered in me (I was 27) and my mother, the desire to collect these jewels.

            Mireille, April 12, 2022


I ordered your book “Les bijoux des Français” on Amazon and since receiving it a week ago, I have been passionate about reading and discovering it. You have done a gigantic job
of research and I congratulate you for the quality of the content of the rich contents but also for the editorial quality of this beautiful book, beautifully laid out and illustrated.
        Pierre R, Doctor in Management Sciences, Associate of Economics and Management, Professor of International Trade, July 4, 2022

I received your book yesterday and it is amazing! The photographs, descriptions, and the way it is all tied together with history of the regions is wonderful. It is a great addition to my library. I am very excited to order volume II and III. Thank you again!

          Jacqui T; USA September 2022