pa·​rure | \ pə-ˈru̇r How to pronounce parure (audio) \

Definition of parure

: a matched set of ornaments (such as jewelry)

Examples of parure in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When fitted with its pendant emeralds, the Vladimir tiara forms part of a parure of jewelry collectively referred to as the Cambridge Emeralds, which for the film comprises tiara, necklace, earrings, bracelet, and brooch. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "How Queen Elizabeth's Favorite Tiara Made It into the Downton Abbey Movie," 15 Sep. 2019 Bergman reportedly chose Bulgari jewels to telegraph her character’s affluence, picking out a platinum-and-diamond necklace with a 70.75-carat emerald cabochon and a gold-​and-​diamond parure from the brand’s Via Condotti store in Rome. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Bulgari's Special Jewelry Collection Takes Its Cue from Classic Films," 26 Aug. 2019 Also revived was the parure, or matching set of jewelry. Vogue, "The 7 Biggest Jewelry Trends of the Fall 2019 Season," 15 Mar. 2019 Meanwhile, the prop magician Michael Jortner provided some astonishing parures of heist-worthy jewels that were inspired by the legendary royal treasuries of Catherine the Great, Empress Josephine, et al., which proved so much fun to research. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "The Met Goes Meta: How Hamish Bowles Created the Costume Institute Exhibition in Ocean’s 8," 7 June 2018 Alongside the parure, or matching suite, are two additional headpieces. Simon Perry,, "This Dazzling New Tiara Exhibit Will Take Your Breath Away: See the Photos!," 28 Mar. 2018 The draped parure will be recreated, in rare Russian emeralds, for the first time as part of Verdura's 75th Anniversary Collection, which debuts this month. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Matching Gifts," 15 Sep. 2014

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First Known Use of parure

1818, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for parure

borrowed from French, "adornment, ornament, matched set of jewelry," going back to Old French pareure "ornament," from parer "to prepare, adorn" + -ure -ure — more at pare

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“Parure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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