I know this only because my grandmother, mother and Aunt were really into Parure and Demi Parure....
I believe the word is French and it refers to Jewelry "sets" as in matching necklace, earrings, brooch and/or bracelet..(rings also)..either in costume jewelry grade or precious gems.
Parures were extremely in vogue in the 17th & 18th Centuries...."Jewels" were simply the big thing...
Of course the wealthy or Royalty owned and wore the precious gems while the average person made do with costume jewelry (Just like today!!) LOL
Demi parure, I think is the "real deal" as in "vintage," handed down through several generations......
My sister & I were fortunate to inherit the stashes of parure from the 3 ladies I mentioned above..... I actually will wear mine from time to time with formal wear. My sister's was passed on to her 3 children when she passed on. It's a nice gift to pass down to the next generation.
You're almost right. A Parure is a three (or more) piece matching jewelry set. A Demi Parure is a two piece matching jewelry set. These sets are still popular with vintage jewelry collectors and certain individuals today.
Well THANKS for clarifying! I was the ONLY one who ventured an answer?? I should get extra credit for being brave!! LOL
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