pa·​rure pə-ˈru̇r How to pronounce parure (audio)
: a matched set of ornaments (such as jewelry)

Examples of parure in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The pearl tiara is part of a married parure, which includes matching pearl earrings, as well as a brooch featuring a large diamond and pearl cluster, according to fan blog The Court Jeweller. Sabienna Bowman, Peoplemag, 15 May 2024 The partnership unveiled a parure co-designed by the maison’s co-president and artistic director, Caroline Scheufele, and Julia Roberts, Chopard’s global ambassador. Rachel Besser, Vogue, 10 Mar. 2024 The Queen was gifted a dazzling aquamarine and diamond necklace and earrings from the president of Brazil in honor of her coronation in 1953, and the tiara made the parure complete. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 7 Aug. 2023 The sinuous creature served as the inspiration for a new high jewelry parure from Cartier, called Sand Aspis. Laura Casey, WSJ, 30 May 2023 Which means there had to be jewels—real and costume—created, sourced, and commissioned for suites, parures, and stomachers, to pin onto bodices and to sprinkle in hair. Leena Kim, Town & Country, 12 May 2023 Macklowe Gallery’s antique Victorian 15K gold demi-parure comprising pendant earrings and a pendant brooch with chain is set with over 10.00 TCW of cabochon almandine garnets. Beth Bernstein, Forbes, 3 Jan. 2023 The late queen had worn the parure for two consecutive state banquets, for President Xi Jinping of China in 2015 and for President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia in 2016. Leena Kim, Town & Country, 22 Nov. 2022 Banquet in Malta, the Duchess of Cornwall once again went for the Greville Tiara, but this time wore it with her pink topaz demi-parure. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, 27 Sep. 2022

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1818, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of parure was in 1818

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“Parure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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