Parure in Jewelry Making and Design

Gold and Citrine Parure in Original Fitted Case, c. 1830s
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Parure is 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.

This is also known as a matched set of adornments or a suite.

Pronunciation

pah-rur

Examples

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