Marcel Boucher

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Marcel Boucher (1898–1965) was a French jeweller. In the early 1920s, he moved to New York City, where he developed a passion for jewellery design, studying under Pierre Cartier as an apprentice.[1] By the 1930s, he was working for Mazer Brothers. However, in 1937 he decided to establish his own company, which he called Marcel Boucher and Cie.

Costume jewellery by Boucher[edit]

Jewelry by Boucher is almost always signed (meaning a marking signifying authenticity was put on the piece) and has an inventory number on it somewhere.[2] Some of the earliest marks say 'Marboux' or 'MB.'[2]

Boucher used white metal in his pieces, but the entry of the US in World War II meant that metal was scarce.[3] At that point, Boucher began using silver in his work, even moving to Mexico for a brief stint to utilize the silver there.[3]

His pins were often made to look 3D, sometimes with several layers[citation needed].

Boucher's death[edit]

In 1965, Boucher died, and his wife Sandra (who had worked for Harry Winston) took over her husband's company. The company was made a subsidiary sometime between 1970-1972 of Davorn Industries.[3]


  1. ^ Hougart, Bille (2006). The Little Book of Mexican Silver Trade and Hallmarks. Cicatrix. p. 28. ISBN 9780971120211.
  2. ^ a b Jewelry - Collector's compass. Martingale & Co. 2000. p. 26. ISBN 9781564773456.
  3. ^ a b c Dubbs Ball, Joanne (1990). Costume jewelers: the golden age of design. Schiffer Pub. p. 87. ISBN 9780887402555.

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