Costume Jewelry Parure

To constitute a true parure, a set of jewelry must have at least three matching items. A set with only earrings plus a necklace, brooch, or bracelet is not considered a parure, but a demi-parure. Deriving from the Old French verb for “to adorn,” a parure once referred to an entire wardrobe or suite of jewelry, often designed to be worn all at once. The concept has its origins in the flamboyance of Baroque and Rococo-era France, when...Continue Reading