Five-piece parure in original case

Possibly French

Not on view

This matching set of jewelry, or parure, consists of different elements and includes a necklace, a pair of earrings, and two hair ornaments kept in their original case. Set in gold, the pieces are mounted with faceted garnets that have been backed by pink metal foil to enhance their color. Garnets were very fashionable in the eighteenth century and were used to create attractive and affordable jewelry especially for young women. The various detachable parts, such as the festoon and cross-shaped pendant of the necklace, and the lower pendants of the earrings, made the jewelry versatile and suitable to be worn by day or at night. Since the jewelry is not signed, it is not known who made this particular parure. Similarities to designs by Jean Baptiste Piauger published in his Traité des Pierres Précieuses et de la maniere de les employer en Parure of 1762, however, suggest a French origin.

Five-piece parure in original case, Gold, garnet; wood, shagreen, silk, Possibly French

Due to rights restrictions, this image cannot be enlarged, viewed at full screen, or downloaded.

Open Access

As part of the Met's Open Access policy, you can freely copy, modify and distribute this image, even for commercial purposes.


Public domain data for this object can also be accessed using the Met's Open Access API.

Top: necklace (a) en esclavage with removable festoon (b) and cross (c); Bottom left to right: aigrette (f), pair of earrings (d, e), floral aigrette (g)