Mémoire began in 1986 when the French company Orest expanded its distribution to the United States. Never having had a presence in the States before, Orest called the new company Mémoire, and named J. Douglas McDowell CEO. J.Douglas’s mission was to cultivate a new level of quality in the US market. When other manufactures were promoting cast mountings and 14K gold, J. Douglas pushed extruded 18K gold and Platinum. The quality of the fine French bands was so exquisite that a new standard of luxury blossomed, and Mémoire quickly became, and remains today, one of the most sought after fine jewelry brands in North America.