parure

parure

[puh-roor; French pa-ryr]
noun, plural parures [puh-roorz; French pa-ryr] .
a matching set of jewels or ornaments.

Origin:
1200–50; Middle English < Old French pareure peeling < Latin parātūra (parāt-, past participle stem of parāre to prepare (see pare) + -ūra -ure)

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parure (pəˈrʊə)
 
n
a set of jewels or other ornaments
 
[C15: from Old French pareure adornment, from parer to embellish, from Latin parāre to arrange]

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parure

matched set of jewelry consisting of such pieces as earrings, bracelet, brooch, necklace, and ring. By the mid-17th century, jewels had ceased to be created as individual works of art expressing some idea or fancy and had instead become mere personal ornaments that were beautiful but lacking in any deeper significance. Consequently, as the forms of jewels tended to become stereotyped, the matching set of jewels, or parure, became the dominant style in jewelry.

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