Guy de Maupassant's story, "La Parure" was first published in La Gaulois, a French newspaper, on 17 February 1884. The title means a matching set of jewelry in French and is usually translated into English as "The Necklace" or "The Diamond Necklace." It has been widely republished, translated into several languages, and adapted to film. The setting is contemporary to its date of publication, i.e. late nineteenth century France.