byPublished on 27th October 2010 08:11 PM
Once every four years, the French President hands out a set of prestigious awards to the country's finest craftsmen and craftswomen. Known as the 'Meilleur Ouvrier De France' (Best Worker/Artisan Of France), this accolade indicates not only that its recipient's skills have reached the absolute pinnacle of achievement, but also that the country itself has had its culture enriched by the recipient's work. According to Roja Dove - curator of the Harrods Perfume Diaries - world-renowned companies such as Boucheron and Christofle can boast only one or two such highly qualified artisans. However, the crystal making factories of Baccarat are home to no fewer than twenty-five 'meilleurs ouvriers', which helps to explain why the final event in the Perfume Diaries calendar turned out to be particularly memorable.