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 buttons. Wearing 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.