Armand-Émile Mathey-Doret was born in 1853 in France and began in jewelry at an early age. In fact he was the son of a watchmaking family and his talent in drawing lead him to attend the l'École des Beaux-arts de Besançon. His drawing skill transfered quite easily into engraving and he became known for his engraving work by the 1870's. By the 1880's he was so well known for his engraving and a bit of his enamel work that he could pick and choose the work he wanted to do as he was a master of detail. Much of his work was done on pocket watches, or jewelry items. He eventually married to Jeanne Robbe and had a total of four children (Charlotte, Andrée-Louise, Marcelle and Jean). By the 1920's with the support of a couple of his more wealthy clients he ran for and became the mayor of Buffard though this slowed his jewelry career quite significantly. Armand passed away in 1931.