What is PARURE
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What is PARURE

(pleasant music) – This is Jill Maurer
with Your Jewelry Minute, and today, I’m answering the question, what is a parure or a demi-parure? A parure comes from the
French word meaning to adorn. Today, we call a parure any three pieces, three or more pieces of jewelry, that are meant to be worn together. And we’ll call it a demi-parure if it’s two pieces of jewelry that are meant to be worn together. Originally, there probably
would’ve been a lot more pieces. When jewelry was made for royalty, it was made in these sets called parures, and even after it became legal for regular people to wear jewelry, it would still be made in these sets and offered in these sets. And a parure usually involved
earrings, a necklace, a bracelet, rings, usually one
or more rings, and a broach. But it could also involve
a tiara, shoe buckles, watches, and even hair combs. All of that could be part of a parure. Over the years, these
parures have been separated. They were handed down to
different family members. They’ve been separated over time. And that’s why if we have
three or more pieces today, we’ll call it a parure, even though we know that
probably was not the entire set. This has been Your Jewelry Minute. If you’ve a jewelry question for me, just ask me in the comments below. Until next time. (pleasant music)


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