is a set of
various items of matching jewelry
which rose to popularity in 17th century Europe. Far beyond
various items of more or less 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.
Of course, any woman owning a parure would not flaunt it: to do so
would be déclassé; besides, a parure proclaimed itself.
In our use:
Gorgeous music played
effortlessly, tossed off, as if it were nothing, a trifle, the
or so we'd wish!
We play English Country Dance music, for the dance that Jane
Austen danced, knew well and loved,
the dance and music that was the
social focus in the English
countryside and the ton
of London up until the mid-1800s.
"To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in
- J. Austen
This dance is still danced all over the world, and you can find an
English Country Dance near you in the US at:
The Merest Bagatelle
A Few Trifles More
Just Another Whimsy
The Early Morning Consort
The Tiddly-Pom Recordings