Definition of parure in English:



  • A set of jewels intended to be worn together.

    ‘Aunt Gertrude's diamond parure’
    • ‘They have recently acquired a necklace and pair of emerald and diamond earrings that were part of a parure given by Napoleon I to the Empress Marie Louise at the time of their marriage, in March 1810.’
    • ‘The miniature portrait, either worn as part of a parure, hung from a ribbon, or mounted on a pearl bracelet, was a commonplace of mid-eighteenth-century female portraiture.’
    • ‘On 28 May 1952, Karl Albrecht's widow, the Archduchess Alice, and her son, the Archduke Karl Stefan, signed an affidavit before the Public Notary in Stockholm certifying the origin and their ownership of the parure.’
    • ‘The bottom necklace in the photo of Alexandra at left also shows the necklace that was part of the wedding parure given to her by the Prince of Wales.’
    • ‘She wore Emma Huntington's jade parure in its entirety; the hairclip, the earrings, the ring, and the necklace, all made of that elegant musty jungle color.’


Early 19th century: from French, from parer ‘adorn’.