Francois-Desire Froment- Meurice was born in December 1802 in Paris to a goldsmith named François Froment. His father passed away and his mother remarried her husbands partner named Pierre Meurice. François-Désiré Froment added his stepfathers name to his own thus Froment-Meurice. Francois graduated from the Lycée Charlemagne and apprenticed as a chaser. In 1832 he took over the family workshop and grew the name rapidly through 1855. He maintained his showrooms at 50, rue du faubourg Saint-Honoré and birthed a son in 1837 Emile Froment-Meurice. Emile took over the firm at his fathers death in 1855 and the workshop expanded crafting important pieces such as the Paris tiara that was given to The Pope in 1888 as well as pieces produced for the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1867 in which he won gold.