Parures

A parure is a complete matching set of jewelry, usually consisting of a brooch, a ring, a bracelet, a pair of earrings and a necklace.  Some parures can have many more pieces and can include matching tiaras, diadems, stomachers, aigrettes, sevignes and buttonsWearing an entire parure is referred to as ‘en suite’. The word ‘parure’ comes from the French ‘parer’ meaning ‘to adorn’.  A demi-parure has less pieces and usually consists of two or sometimes three pieces, often a necklace and matching earrings.

Parures have been popular since the 1600s.  They reached a height of popularity in the Napoleonic era and are especially associated with France, althoughother European nations also owned them. Although more of a Victorian concept, parures can be found into the Art Deco era.  Because of the number of children people used to have, parures were frequently divided out in inheritances and it is rare to find a complete parure.   A complete set is considered more valuable when sold together than its individual parts.

AN ANTIQUE GOLD PARURE Comprising a sculpted gold necklace of foliate motif; two bracelets, a brooch, a pair of ear pendants and a tiara en suite, circa 1830, necklace 17½ ins., bracelets 7 ins., with French assay marks, French importation marks and maker’s marks, in a red leather fitted case (6) Christie’s Sale 2694

AN ANTIQUE GOLD PARURE
Comprising a sculpted gold necklace of foliate motif; two bracelets, a brooch, a pair of ear pendants and a tiara en suite, circa 1830, necklace 17½ ins., bracelets 7 ins., with French assay marks, French importation marks and maker’s marks, in a red leather fitted case (6)
Christie’s Sale 2694

AN ANTIQUE PINK TOPAZ, ENAMEL, DIAMOND AND GOLD PARURE Comprising: a comb tiara set with a fringe of oval pink topazes to the openwork gold, blue enamel and diamond decoration; a necklace/choker with removeable links supporting a detachable plaque brooch and topaz pendant; a pair of earrings with detachable pendants (may be added to necklace/brooch combination); and a brooch with pendant hoop, all of neo-classical and foliate design, mounted in silver and gold, circa 1840 Christie’s Sale 1368

AN ANTIQUE PINK TOPAZ, ENAMEL, DIAMOND AND GOLD PARURE
Comprising: a comb tiara set with a fringe of oval pink topazes to the openwork gold, blue enamel and diamond decoration; a necklace/choker with removeable links supporting a detachable plaque brooch and topaz pendant; a pair of earrings with detachable pendants (may be added to necklace/brooch combination); and a brooch with pendant hoop, all of neo-classical and foliate design, mounted in silver and gold, circa 1840
Christie’s Sale 1368

Parure of Gold and Silver and Coral by Jean Despres c. 1928-1975 Christie’s Sale 5557                                        Demi-Parures

Parure of Gold and Silver and Coral by Jean Despres
c. 1928-1975
Christie’s Sale 5557

 

 

                                   Demi-Parures

AN ANTIQUE FER DE BERLIN DEMI PARURE Christie’s Sale 3026

AN ANTIQUE FER DE BERLIN DEMI PARURE
Christie’s Sale 3026

A Victorian coral demi-parure c. 1850 Christie’s Sale 8127

A Victorian coral demi-parure c. 1850
Christie’s Sale 8127

A Victorian gold and amethyst demi-parure Christie’s Sale 6423   Copyright © 2017 by Pippa Gaubert Bear and Elder & Bloom. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this website’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Pippa Bear and Elder & Bloom with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

A Victorian gold and amethyst demi-parure
Christie’s Sale 6423

 

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