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(1600-1789) BAROQUE

In the XVII c. carved gems became more important than gold used only for setting jewels. After 1620 a new golden style inspired to the naturalism took place in France: the baroque. A representative jewel of this style was the floral decoration to enrich bodices. Carved diamonds were used as curled leaves, whereas other stones were used as flowers.

In this period the concept of “parure” developed: jewels were co-ordinated according to style and shape. The female parure was composed by a pair of earrings, a necklace, a brooch and sometimes a diadem or a ring. The male "parure" included the buttons, the shoes buckles, the sword hilt, and the insignia.

Pendants were enriched with gems to create precious clusters called "girandoles", inspired to the typical chandelier of Versailles. Another characteristic symbol of Baroque jewelry is the ribbon which origin was probably linked to the bands used to tie up jewels. At the end of XVII century setting of jewels were more simple and delicate to enphasize the beauty of stones.

During this period the chatelaine was the most popular jewel dressed by women. It was a belt ornament, used in the past to hang up clock or keys but soon as a real jewel. Anyway most of the XVIII century became famous for the luxury of Versaille's society and for the richness of jewels.