The Maison Köchert was founded in 1814 by the Frenchman Emmanuel Pioté. Five years later, he entered into a partnership with a Baltic German, Jakob Heinrich Köchert. The third son of the Köchert family, Alexander Emanuel, gave his initials A. E. to the firm.
A.E. Köchert served the Imperial House of Austria for four generations, receiving the title of "Kammerjuwelier" ("Chamber Jeweller"), as it was also charged with the care of the treasury and the jewels of the Habsburg-Lothringen Imperial Family. Among other fine jewels, Köchert's iconic stars for Empress Elisabeth (Sissi) caused an international sensation.
The Maison continues to flourish in Vienna. A.E. Köchert still stands for the finest tradition of craftsmanship, precious materials, and unique design. Their specialty was, and still is, versatile jewellery. Today the company is run by two cousins of the sixth generation, Christophe and Wolfgang.