Parure Example

A Term Used to Describe a Suite of Jewelry

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Gold and Citrine Parure in Original Fitted Case, c. 1830s. Photo courtesy of prices4antiques.com

Definition: a French word commonly used to describe a set of three or more matching pieces of jewelry; originated as a fine jewelry term but now widely used by vintage costume jewelry collectors to describe jewelry sets; two matched pieces are sometimes referred to as a demi-parure by jewelry collectors

Pronunciation: pah-rur

Also Known As: a matched set of adornments; suite

Examples: Denise wore the antique necklace, bracelet and earring parure her grandmother gave her on her wedding day.