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Monday, February 14

Parure

[pə-ROOR]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: Latin, early 17th century

1.

A set of jewels intended to be worn together.

Examples of Parure in a sentence

"The Spanish royal family has an impressive collection of parures."

"Sophie’s great-grandmother passed her prized parures down in her will."

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About Parure

This word stems from the Old French “pareure,” meaning "ornament." It originates from “parer,” which means "to prepare, adorn."

Did you Know?

A full parure usually includes a ring, earrings, bracelet, a necklace, and a brooch. They can get quite elaborate and include tiaras, diadems, aigrettes, and more. A demi-parure is a less-elaborate jewelry suite of only two or three pieces. Parures became fashionable among the French upper class in the late 17th century when evening salons became popular and jewels were worn with formal dress to signify prestige.

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