Charriol began as a Swiss manufacturer of jewelry founded in 1983 by French entrepreneur, Philippe Charriol. Expanding quickly Charriol focused on affordable jewelry and moved its headquarters to Geneva. Moving from jewelry into watches, leather goods, writing instruments, travel-ware, eyewear, and even fragrances. It is currently distributed through a global network of 3,800 retailers, 500 Corners, and 340 branded Boutiques, including 285 Charriol Boutiques in China. He is credited to be the first jeweler to use gold cable, or steel cable, as decorative motifs and as watch bracelets. This concept is patented by Charriol which holds exclusive worldwide rights.