Brooch

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A brooch is an ornamental piece of jewelry that can be affixed to clothing, cloaks or hats by means of a pin with or without a clasp. Brooches were were first worn in a functional capacity to fasten or secure articles of clothing. They evolved from these simple pins to elaborate fibulae and eventually to items of pure decoration. During the Middle Ages brooches transitioned from serving this practical function to their current purely decorative one. Brooches have been constructed out of every conceivable jewelry material from precious metals to plastic. Every motif, theme, fad and fashion has been construed as appropriate for brooch design. All manner of jewelry techniques have been applied from enamel, gem-setting, animation, engraving, etc. allowing brooches to become badges that make a fashion statement (and sometimes a political statement.)

The fashion for brooches has continued to thrive with examples in every decorative period through today.

Front View of an Edwardian Bow Brooch.
Reverse View of an Edwardian Bow Brooch.
Brooch & Pin Styles
Aiguillette

Henry VIII Aglet.jpg

Bar

Victorian Etruscan Revival Bar Brooch.jpg

Beauty Pin

Enamel Beauty Pin.jpg

Bodice

Bodice Brooch.jpg

Clip

Art Deco Diamond Emerald Clip Brooch.jpg

Fibula

Victorian Fibula Brooch.jpg

Fichu

Fichu Victorian Pearl Lyre.jpg

Jabot

Art Deco Jabot.jpg

Penannular

Penannular Brooch.jpg

Sévigné

Sevigne brooch.jpg

Stickpin

Stick Pin Pearl and Diamond.jpg

Lang Antiques
Lang Antiques