Each piece coordinated perfectly if not completely matched and was kept in it's own beautifully lined satin and leather box. Finding a whole parure in it's original box still happens today and is highly desirable.
When I spotted this parure in it's original box, my jaw dropped!
An up close view of the brooch shows use of green gold for leaves.
Now look more closely at the necklace.
Remember that people had fewer clothes in that time. Even the wealthy had fewer pieces of jewelry. These sets were made to be adaptable so that one could wear them in multiple ways with different dresses. This allowed the women of the time to have one amazing parure and get many different uses from it.
This set sold at Skinner's but shows the two bracelets and the detachable/attachable pin/pendant in the center. Women of the time could wear the cross as a pin, as a pendant on a gold chain or attached to the necklace enclosed in the box. Likewise, one could clasp the two bracelets together to be worn as it's own necklace, or attach one or both to the fitting of the necklace to wear it as one very long necklace. One set- MANY uses.
Special thanks to Lauren Markland of Clayton Antiques in Williamsburg, VA for allowing me to take pictures of the beautiful seed pearl parure that is currently available in her store.