French Vocabulary: Jewellery and Fashion Accessories

France is the land that brought the world Louis Vuitton, Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, and Yves Saint Laurent. It’s a cliché to say that the French spend their days parading up and down the Champs-Elysées in these designer brands, but France’s reputation as one of the most fashionable countries on the planet has been long established, and can be traced back to the reign of Louis XIV. With that being said then, it’s certainly well-worth your while to learn the essential vocabulary to talk about jewellery and fashion accessories (and clothes!) in French.


les bijoux = jewellery
la bijouterie =the jeweller’s
une boîte à bijoux = a jewellery box


une bague = a ring
une bague de fiançailles = an engagement ring
une alliance = wedding ring
une bague en or = gold ring
une bague en diamant = diamond ring


une montre = a watch
une montre de poche, une montre à gousset = a pocket watch
une montre numérique, une montre à affichage numérique = a digital watch
une montre de plongée = a diving watch
une montre femme = a ladies’ watch

Other Wristwear

un bracelet = bracelet
un bracelet à breloques = a charm bracelet
un bracelet de fantaisie = a bangle

Necklaces and Earrings

des boucles d’oreilles = earrings
un collier = a necklace
un pendentif = a pendant

Fashion Accessories

des accessoires de mode = fashion accessories
un sac à main = a handbag
des gants = gloves
une broche = a brooch
une broche épingle = a brooch pin
une casquette = a cap
un bonnet = a beanie
un bandeau = a headband
une cravate = a tie
une pince à cravate = a tie clip
un mouchoir = a handkerchief
un portefeuille = a wallet
un porte-monnaie = a purse, a coin pouch
des lunettes de soleil = sunglasses une écharpe, un foulard = a scarf (une écharpe usually refers to scarf that is used for warmth, and worn in the autumn/winter. Un foulard usually refers to a decorative, printed scarf that is worn in the spring/summer.)