The Marie Antoinette diamonds. The original earrings were owned by Marie Antoinette, the queen of France; guillotined in 1793 during the French Revolution. Said to be a gift from her husband, King Louis XVI. According to one legend, she had them with her when she was arrested fleeing the French Revolution in 1791. Grand Duchess Tatiana Yousupoff of Russia later acquired the earrings. They stayed within her family until 1928.
In 1791, after an attempt by Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette to flee France, the jewels of the French Royal Treasury were turned over to the government. During a week-long looting of the crown jewels in September of 1792, the French Blue diamond was stolen.
The Marie Antoinette Necklace ~ The loudest scandal of the 18th century engulfed the jewel which did not belong to the crown of France. In 1785 the Comtessa de la Motte was supposed to take it to Marie Antionette but she stole it instead. The necklace is now owned by a private collector. This replica is made as near as possible to the original. It is finished in silver plating
The Hope diamond was rarely seen until Louis XVI gave it to Marie Antoinette who added it to her jewelry collection. When the French Revolution started the diamond was stolen and resurfaced in La Havre four years later.
The two large pear shaped diamonds were supposedly set in earrings owned by Marie Antoinette who was guillotined in 1793. After they were taken from her, they remained in the French Royal Family. In 1887 all the royal jewels were sold. These earrings went to Pierre Cartier who sold them to Marjorie Merriweather Post in 1928 after he replaced the tops of the earrings with triangular diamonds set in platinum. They were donated to the Smithsonian, in 1964 by Marjorie's daughter...
"A pair of art deco diamond and enamel pendent earrings, circa 1925. Each old brilliant and single-cut diamond surmount suspends a single-cut diamond foliate motif within a black enamel openwork geometric plaque, and terminates in a pear-shaped diamond drop, pear-shaped diamonds, approx. 3.30cts total, length 5.6cm." by corrine