The Parure: What Would You Do...?
Today's post was inspired by yesterday's Twitter contact, Eat Love Savor. They asked me for a few quotes regarding the style currency of the parure. Just to familiarize you with this concept--and I'm sure you already know about matching jewelry sets--the parure is a suite of coordinating jewels consisting of a necklace, bracelet(s), earrings, a ring, brooch, and sometimes a tiara or bandeau (a headband-type hair ornament). All of it would come in a fitted case where each jewel had it own velvet-covered, hand-carved space. A parer was often given to woman upon marriage by her husband and these were her jewels for life. Those in a royal household could have more than one, say, a citrine or topaz set, an amethyst set, a sapphire or ruby set, and a diamond and or pearl set. Often woman of this stature coordinated the color of the dress with a particular suite of jewels.
Anyway, the magazine asked me what I thought about the modern relevance of a suite of jewels. Here's my brief take: I think when you have a set of beautifully crafted pieces that match--wear them in way that works for you. I never say never so coordinating pieces can be an easy option to getting dressed for an occasion. Would I wear the entire suite at once? No. I'm only 5'2" and I'd like the world to see me before my sparkle. I could seeing wearing the earrings and bracelets together and maybe the brooch, or the necklace and the earrings alone, depending on the how detailed the jewelry is and the occasion to which I am wearing them. Jewelry is always meant to flatter and anything short of that isn't what I'm after. The idea of a parure is great as long as you tailor the look specifically to your needs.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on this so feel free to comment below...xo