Maria Teresa of Savoy (left)
Robert I (right)
This pair of diamond earrings comes from the collection of Maria Teresa of Savoy (1803 – 1879), the Duchess of Parma and wife to Charles II. She then gave the pair of earrings to her grandson, Robert I. In 1903, Robert I offered the earrings as a wedding gift to Maria Anna of Austria when she married his son, Prince Elias. These earrings are the work of François-Désiré Froment-Meurice, one of the most important Parisian jewelers of the mid-19th century, who set up his business in Paris in 1828 and received commissions from all over Europe. Some of these commissions are now in the Louvre, the Orsay, and other leading museums around the world.