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Rococo Jewellery

strictly speaking, means showy jewellery made up of several different stones. Moorish decoration and Watteau's paintings are rococo. The term is now generally used depreciatingly for flashy, gaudy. Louis XIV. furniture, with gilding and ormolu, is sometimes termed rococo.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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