23 October 2014

Demi-Parure Sets in Blue

"A parure is a set of various items of matching jewelry, which rose to popularity in 17th-century Europe.

"Beyond various items of matching jewelry, a parure is an entire wardrobe, or suite, of matching jewelry. Reserved for royalty and the wealthier classes, no woman was considered socially acceptable without a complete wardrobe of jewelry that defined her status, strength and political power. A matching suite of coordinating pieces could include a necklace, a comb, a tiara, a diadem, a bandeau, a pair of bracelets, pins, rings, drop earrings or cluster stud earrings, brooch and a belt clasp that might be worn over a fine dress. Napoleon was fond of lavishing these gem suites on his beloved first wife, Joséphine, to wear at state functions. Later, he gave similar sets to his second wife, Marie-Louise." [courtesy of Wikipedia]

Below are some demi-parure sets, which usually include earrings and a necklace, and sometimes a ring, brooch or bracelets.

18 karat gold, sapphire, and diamond necklace and matching ear clips.

18 karat gold, sapphire, diamond and cultured pearl necklace and matching ear clips by Bulgari.

18 karat gold, turquoise, and diamond necklace and matching ring by David Webb, circa 1950.

18 karat white gold, turquoise, sapphire and diamond brooch and matching ear clips.

A set of blue topaz and diamond jewelry, including a necklace with matching earrings.

An aquamarine and diamond bracelet by Marzo, circa 1930, and a matching sautoir.

Aquamarine and diamond necklace and matching aquamarine ring.

Aquamarine, rock crystal, and diamond demi-parure (including earrings, ring and brooch) by Gübelin, and a matching bracelet.

A gem set, gold, and enamel demi-parure, second half of the 19th century.

A gold, enamel, seed pearl and diamond demi-parure, early 19th century.

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