Pietro Capuano who was a Neapolitan jeweler, and Edda Ciano, the daughter of Benito Mussolini began Chantecler in the years 1943 to 1944 in Capri Italy. In Capri, in 1944, there was an American Air Force rest-camp and Pietro Capuano decided to create a bronze bell to be given to US President Roosevelt. In 1947, Pietro Capuano together with his friend Salvatore Aprea opened in Capri the first Chantecler boutique. Pietro, who earned the nickname Chantecler for his habit of partying all night, was the family of Neapolitan jewelers. Salvatore was a native of Capri and studied law before deciding he preferred high jewelry and art. The designs and craftsmanship of the team transferred to Salvatore Aprea's children: Maria Elena, Costanza and Gabriele with his wife Teresa.