Diamond Demi-Parure

France | 19th century | Gold, silver and diamonds | French jewellers (maker)



Archduchess Isabella, mother of Maria Anna

This is a beautiful diamond parure from the Bourbon-Parma family, comprising a fine necklace, a diamond brooch, and a pair of earrings. This diamond parure was the wedding jewelry for the grand wedding of Archduchess Maria Anna of Austria-Teschen and Prince Elias of Bourbon-Parma in 1903. According to the bride's jewelry archive, the diamonds on the treasure have three sources: the vast majority came from the sword of Charles Ferdinand, Duke of Berry, son of King Charles X of France; five diamonds belonged to Marie-Thérèse, Princess of France, probably from the collection of Marie Antoinette; and the large pear-shaped diamond in the center of the brooch comes from Maria Anna's mother.


Charles Ferdinand, Duke of Berry (left)

Marie-Thérèse, Duchess of Angoulême (right)

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