In the world of jewelry, what is a “suite”? For that matter, what on earth is a “parure”? Pronounced “pah-rur,” it’s a French word for “finery” and means a set of matching jewelry of three or more pieces, such as a necklace, a pair of earrings, a bracelet and a ring. That’s a full parure, which is also called a suite.
Wait, just one more fancy term to know about! A “demi-parure” = two matching pieces, such as a necklace and earrings, or any other combination of the items above. For the best bling impact, the various parts of a jewelry suite are meant to be worn together, but can of course also be enjoyed any time on their own, especially for more casual occasions.
If you’re looking for an amazing gift for the perfect woman in your life, consider a suite of emerald jewelry.
Times Have Changed… or Have They?
Back in the day, when jewelry suites included as many as six or seven pieces, they became a status symbol for royalty and the nobler classes. A parure meant for royalty usually included a diadem (a type of crown or headband), tiara, hair comb, bandeau, choker, necklace, earrings, brooch, bracelets, rings and more!
Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte lavished remarkable and extravagant jewelry suites on both his first and second wives, the Empresses Josephine and Marie Louise. In those days, a demi-parure was a three-piece suite, usually made up of a necklace, earrings and bracelet or brooch.
Fortunately, this is not 17th Century France and women today can tone it down a bit!
What to Include in a Suite of Emerald Jewelry
When having a suite of jewelry made, it is entirely up to you what variation on the theme you’d like to feature. You can include a necklace or pendant, a bracelet, a pair of earrings, and even a ring or a brooch to complete a truly knockout set. Remember that the minimum is three pieces to make a true parure or suite, but no one will stop you if you want to ramp up the collection! Ask your jeweler to help you decide on the best choice for the setting: in sterling silver, yellow gold, white gold, or even platinum.
Other Gems Add Impact to Emerald Jewelry Suites
Adding accents to emeralds is always an option to set them off in an extra eye-catching way. Surround or accent an emerald’s rich green glow with diamonds or seed pearls in any combination you prefer. Order your loose emeralds from a reliable dealer who can make suggestions.
Women love to wear jewelry that matches, especially for special occasions. No gift could top gorgeous green gems exquisitely set in the jewelry design of your choice, whether traditional or more contemporary. A suite for your sweetheart definitely = “wow-factor” time!
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