The Year of……..’The Brooch’
As well as Chinese New Year of the Snake. I am making 2013 The Year of The Brooch.
In my opinion this piece of jewelry is totally understated, under-sold and considered the poor relation to other pieces of jewelry. Yet, it is the perfect accessory to accentuate any outfit.
When gift shopping for jewelry, we tend to go for the obvious i.e. earrings, necklaces, bracelets/bangles, rings and watches, but not ‘The Brooch’. Why is that? maybe we associate this as minimal accessory piece and not a statement piece, it could be that it has connotations of being old-fashioned.
I do admit that when I think about my memories of my grandma. I immediately think about the way she dressed. Hat, hat pin, silk scarf tucked into the neck of her smart camel coat and a brooch. If the brooch wasn’t attached to her coat then it would be at her throat on an elegant silk blouse.
A little something left to me by my grandma.
But whether your taste is couture, cult, outlandish, contemporary, vintage, antique, designer, or custom-made, don’t dismiss a brooch.
So I got to thinking. I opened my jewelry draw – more cosmetic jewelry than fine jewelry! I found my Pouch of brooches.
Vintage Butterfly – flea market
Amethyst my birthstone – a gift from my children when they were small!
Vivienne Westwood – a present from me to me a few years ago!
Most of my brooches are years old, therefore, have a little bit of personal history behind them.
Whether, you shop etsy, or Tiffany. There is a design and price tag style to suit all. Calling all you gentleman out there, if you can wear a tie pin, why not a brooch, after all a tie pin is just a glorified brooch isn’t it? Think of a boot lace tie/ almost a necklace? therefore, one could state that a brooch is not just for the ladies is it?
How do I wear mine? Coat lapels (pretty obvious), dècolletage, shoulder, waist, sleeve, shirt cuff, kilt. Join a couple together, around the neck/hair. So versatile, elegant and stylish.
This maybe the year of the snake but it’s also ‘The Year of The Brooch’. Be inventive, next time you are looking for something different try brooch shopping.
That is my 2013 Jewelry prediction.
A baby born in the Year of the Snake is said to be clever, calculating and planning to achieve goals.
What do you think? How do you wear your Brooch? Is a brooch gender specific?