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September 2012

September 15, 2012

The Brooch is Back

The jeweled pin has shed its stuck-in-the-past reputation. Get ready for a new and unusual
crop of brooches on your sweater, handbag and even hairdo.

Wall Street Journal Sept. 14, 2012

brooch |brōCH, brōōCH|

1. A decorative jewelry item or ornament in various forms designed to be attached to garments; formerly worn by men on the hat, now worn at the breast by women.

Brooches are part of history. The earliest known brooches are from the Bronze Age and were designed to hold garments closed. Men eventually used them to adorn their hats and from the 18th century onwards women adopted brooches as elegant ornaments for their clothes.

This season, the brooch is beloved, appearing in all forms from demure to bold across the runways in New York and Europe.

The best thing about brooches is their versatility. A brooch makes a fabulous focal point for any look. They can add a feminine touch to a classic tailored suit, pinned neatly on the breast of a blouse or jacket, or they can provide a chic, modern look to become the entire focus of a simple all black outfit.

Attached to a handbag, tucked elegantly in your hair, or pinned at the neck, a brooch – or two – is a must-have, timeless accessory for any wardrobe.