Design Idea E347 Necklace, Bracelet and Earring Set

by Susanne Kathol, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

Parures are enjoying their time in the fashion spotlight as demand for coordinating jewelry sets continues to rise. Derived from an Old French verb meaning "to adorn," a parure, pronounced pah-rur, refers to an entire wardrobe or suite of jewelry, often designed to be worn all at once. Representing the ultimate in adornment, these jewelry ensembles could consist of a necklace, comb, tiara, bracelets, pins, rings, earrings, brooch or belt clasp.

Style Snapshot: The Return of the Parure Style Snapshot: The Return of the Parure Style Snapshot: The Return of the Parure

Style Snapshot: The Return of the Parure Traditional parures were seen as status symbols and included enough jewelry to fill out an entire wardrobe. Mixing things up was encouraged, in fact some parures even featured necklaces that could be easily taken apart and rearranged into pendants, bracelets, hairpieces and more. This is very similar to the interchangeable/convertible jewelry concept we know and love today.

Full jewelry parures include three or more matching items made by the same designer, and a demi parure is a term used to describe a jewelry set consisting of two pieces, such as a necklace and coordinating earrings. Parures offer a wide range of style power as pieces within the set can be worn individually or in different combinations for a multitude of looks, complementing everything from casual to special occasion attire. The bottom line is that jewelry parures make it look like you have more jewelry than you actually do and keep you looking fresh.

Commonly connected by a similar stone, the jewelry pieces within a parure can share similar materials, colors, patterns or motifs. Jewelry lines can be presented in a way that allows customers to create their own parures, encouraging add-on sales and repeat purchases. Parures are especially popular in wedding jewelry, as brides can wear the entire ensemble or select certain pieces for the ceremony and reception, setting many different style moods throughout the day and night. This can also be a great way to market awareness and holiday-themed jewelry, giving customers a wide variety of fashionable jewelry options with a consistent message.

Parures can be designed for both women and men, for example a men’s parure can include a wallet chain along with a matching necklace and bracelet. Designing in terms of a parure offers the perfect solution for leftover beads as well; simply use them up by making a pair of earrings or a pin to go with an existing necklace and bracelet set. And lastly, top off any parure with Fire Mountain Gems and Beads’ selection of large gift boxes for a beautiful presentation.
Style Snapshot: The Return of the Parure

Style Snapshot: The Return of the Parure Style Snapshot: The Return of the Parure Style Snapshot: The Return of the Parure

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