Does the story "The Jewelry" belong to Realism, or Naturalism?

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The story, "The False Gems," or "The Jewelry" belongs to the category of Realism.  One of the topics of the realists, of which Guy de Maupassant was one, was a discussion in their work on the fidelity and infidelity in marriage on all social levels.

This story has a plot that revolves around the marriage of M. Lantin and his wife and the fact that she enjoys social outings to the theater, and has a passion for fake gems.  The gems, are in fact real, so she is having an extramarital affair in order to satisfy her desire to attend the theater and ends up acquiring a lot of beautiful jewelry from her lover.

 "Extramarital affairs are the subject of such major works of realist fiction"

"The realists endeavored to accurately represent contemporary culture and people from all walks of life. Thus, realist writers often addressed themes of socioeconomic conflict by contrasting the living conditions of the poor with those of the upper classes in urban as well as rural societies."