History

A FAMILY JEWELRY TRADITION FOUNDED IN 1872

Milestones

1862

Ulric Thibaudeau starts his apprenticeship at age of 15 at Hemsley’s jewelers in Montreal, Canada.

1872

Ulric Thibaudeau opens his own boutique; jewelry, watchmaking and jewelry repairs, located at 370 St-Laurent in Montreal. His three sons, Albert, Alfred, Edouard, and two daughters, Albina and Albertine, are all involved in the business, which changes addresses several times: 96 St-François-Xavier, 33 St-Jean and 1632 Notre-Dame East, in Montreal, Canada.

1917

Albert Thibaudeau heads up the business.

1919

Edouard Thibaudeau, a World War I veteran, goes into partnership with Albert Thibaudeau.

1921

January 31, 1921, Ulric Thibaudeau passed away.

1924

Edouard Thibaudeau sets up shop on his own at 909 Bleury, and later on at 923 Bleury in Montreal.

1947

Edouard Thibaudeau moves his shop to 359 St-Jacques in Montreal, where he works until he passed away on September 21st, 1950.

1950

Edouard’s three sons, Jean, Germain and Gilles Thibaudeau, carry on their father’s business under the name Ed. Thibaudeau ET Fils Inc. (specialized in wholesale jewelry repair)

1957

Ed. Thibaudeau ET Fils Inc. moves to 637 Craig Street West in Montreal

1970

Claude, the son of Germain Thibaudeau, starts his apprenticeship as a jeweler and gem setter at age 12 after school during the summer.

1971

Under Germain’s management, Ed. Thibaudeau ET Fils lnc. expands once again.

1972

Ed. Thibaudeau ET Fils Inc. celebrates its 1OOth year anniversary.

1983

Claude Thibaudeau, aged 25, takes on a major challenge by designing his own jewelry collection in the basement of his home in Châteauguay a suburb of Montreal. Création Thibaudeau jeweler, designer and manufacturer is born.

1984

Création Thibaudeau lnc. moves to 460 St. Catherine Street West, Suite 914, in Montreal. Claude’s wife Monique handles the company’s accounting duties. Claude’s 21-year-old brother Marc joins the team as Sales Manager.

1986

After two expansions, the company moves to suite 804 of the same building, into premises three times the size! Marc is appointed Vice-President.

1990

Création Thibaudeau has over 1,200 retailers from coast to coast represented by five salespeople.

1992

Création Thibaudeau reaches new heights by entering the US market for the first time at the Las Vegas JCK Show. The Claude Thibaudeau Montréal collection is launched. This signature will be used in Canada and the U.S.

1993

Création Thibaudeau celebrates its 10th anniversary. It creates and launches its Pure Perfection Collection (Platinum & 24KT) and The lnseparables (two-piece intertwined bands).

1995

Création Thibaudeau wins the Griffe d’Or award for the best new jewelry designer. This trophy was presented during a televised presentation in cooperation with the Quebec Ministry of Industry and Trade.

1997

Germain Thibaudeau, still at the helm of Ed. Thibaudeau ET Fils Inc., passed away on September 7th at age 67, when the company was celebrating its 125th anniversary.

1998

After making its international debut with several years of shows in Las Vegas, New York, Atlantic City and Orlando, among others, the company attempts to foray into the Virgin Islands. This leads to clients in Nassau, St. Maarten, Antigua, Bermuda, as well as several other prospects in Aruba, St. Martin and the Cayman Islands.

1999

Claude’s brother Marc Thibaudeau decides to undertake some sales trips through certain U.S. states where the company is still not represented. During the year, Création Thibaudeau’s U.S. sales reach unprecedented levels.

2001

Expansion and growing business in the United States & the Caribbean’s requires us to move our factory into a brand new bigger location, downtown Montreal.

2002

Creation Thibaudeau reaches new levels by being accepted to exhibit at the prestigious World Watch and Jewellery Basel 2002 in Switzerland. Out of 2,200 exhibitors from over 40 different countries, Claude Thibaudeau is the only Canadian Designer showing in Basel 2002. The collection is now available to jewelry retailers from across the world.

2005

Claude Thibaudeau Designs introduces 45 degree Micro-Pavé designs from La Royale Collection. This new and innovative method of setting lays the groundwork for future European Micro-Pavé designs.

2007

Celebrating 135 Years of Family Tradition in the Jewelry business, Claude Thibaudeau Designs launches his latest and greatest collection: European Micro-Pavé, exquisite hand created masterpieces set using a microscope by Claude’s hand-picked craftsmen. The diamonds are set very close to each other (girdle to girdle) which gives this collection the most diamond sparkling effect on each design.

2011

Hann Thibaudeau who is Claude’s daughter of 21 years old joins the team and leads the manufacturing to become Claude’s manager in production.

1872 Until Present Day

All Claude Thibaudeau Collections are proudly designed and crafted in North America

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