efe-epaBy Maria D. Valderrama Paris

Chaumet, one of the world's oldest makers of fine jewelry, is giving the curious a glimpse into its workshop on the Place Vendôme, the Parisian square that is home to a statue of Napoleon, government offices and a cluster of high-end jewelers.

Since 1780, master jewelers have been working behind closed doors to create Chaumet's iconic tiaras and other pieces of "haute joaillerie," or high jewelry.