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The Napoleonic Heritage
By Bjarne Steen Jensen
European Royal History Journal © 2000


The new style

Around 1800 this fashion was totally altered. Large
garnitures were made and fashion dictated that the
pieces used ensemble: a tiara in the front, earrings,
large necklace, one or two brooches, two bracelets
and a ring or two. The richest parure added a ceinture
(a belt), hairpins and, for the royal ladies, a small
coronet to be used with a large tiara. These sets of
jewellery were, and are, the most popular among
royalty. Their symmetrical form, opulent workmanship
and exclusivity to royal and imperial ladies still
make them very popular in the royal houses.
They are in use whenever full dress is dictated.

The main stones in a parure were normally precious,
the emerald, ruby or sapphire, and often mounted
in large frameworks of brilliants to enhance the
brilliancy of the coloured stones. Stones like the
amethyst, turquoise and topaz were also used
"come il faut".


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