Brooches can be found all throughout history. From their use in the Bronze Age to identify social class, to their use during the Victorian Age as an ornamentation used in hair, to today’s costume jewellery. Styles and significance may have changes throughout the centuries but the brooch and its many uses and beauties are equally enjoyed today. Though brooches today may not be the accessory most commonly worn, when they are worn, they are flaunted! Find the right brooch for you and make a statement!
Brooches can be a great way to dress festively during holidays, add a bit of sparkle or glam to an otherwise simple outfit or simply as a way to express yourself! In recent years brooches have seen a comeback and are more popular and easier to find in a variety of designs to fit your every mood, outfit or occasion. Were as most jewellery or accessories are limited to a single use, brooches are one of the most versatile accessories. In addition, many designs are unisex and can easily be worn by both men and women alike. Brooches can be worn again and again with a variety of garments in a multitude of ways for a look as unique as you are. Wear them with outerwear on a jacket or scarf, pin them to a blouse or dress, or as an added bit of flair attach one to your favourite hat.
In recent years, fine art brooches have become more prominent. International artists like David Gerstein have taken to creating beautiful brooches as a way to make their art more available to the public. From fine art, holiday cheer, or simply funky and fun, brooches are available in an endless number of designs and styles to fit your every mood.
Brooches have been worn throughout the eras, from the Early Bronze Age by Greeks and Romans, During the Victorian Era, and still today. From the simple to the ornate, small or large a brooch is an excellent way to dress up or accessorise a coat, jacket sweater, or dress. With endless possibilities and equally as many designs, it is easy to find a brooch as unique as the person wearing it.
What are Brooches?
A brooch is a decorative jewellery item with a pin in the back for passing through clothing and has a catch for securing the point of the pin. Brooches are designed to be attached to garments and are often used to hold them closed. In ancient times brooches were known as fibulae. A fibula was used primarily as an ornamental clasp and was used by Romans, Greeks, and by migratory tribes in Europe from as early as the Bronze Age. In many areas fibulae held prominent significance for the identity of the wearer indicating ethnicity and class. Though they can still, and often are, worn to hold a garment together, today brooches are more commonly worn as decoration or to accessorise an outfit.
During the Bronze Age brooches would indicate class, in the Victorian Age, it was common for brooches to have cameos, or feature portraiture. Today, brooches vary in design. Brooches may be festive and depict holiday scenes or items such as menorahs; well others often may be floral in design or feature wildlife or birds. One of the most common and popular types of brooches today is costume jewellery. Costume jewellery brooches are typically encrusted in crystals and take the shape of flowers or geometrical designs. Today, the variety of brooches is rather stunning. Many artists, such as David Gerstein, are using brooches to create wearable versions of their work.
Typically brooches are made from metal, most commonly sterling silver and gold, however many are made of base metals such as nickel and even stainless steel. Brooches can also be made of plastics and acrylics. Brooches may be highly decorative, often containing semi-precious stones and crystals. Many brooches are also embellished with use of colourful enamels.