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Page 3 in the conversation "Brooches" by Katerina
Katerina, you have inspired me to try wearing brooches again. I dug them out from the dark of my jewelry drawers.I had forgotten how lovely some of the pieces are. Oh my, do some need a little polish. The sweater clip and music note belonged to my Nanna Nick. The florals on a rock and a pottery shard were painted by my SIL. All the pieces in the second photo were from my Nanna B. The cameo was a stone she brought back from Italy. I had it made into a brooch, with a bail on th back so I could wear it as a pendant, too. I love the litte insects and think I will experiment with clustering them.
I will try to wear these lovelies much more often. I am not going to give myself a firm timeline. I am going to start by purchasing a tray for them and moving them to the front of one of my drawers. I think if they are more visible and accessible I will be more likely to think of them when adding accessories.
Katerina, thank you for encouraging me to post these. I may have fallen in love again.
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Babs, it is a lovely brooch, so pretty on your pink blouse. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you. Mainelady, for sharing your truly amazing collection of very special pieces. They are beautiful and, as I understand, have a history and a special emotional value for you, which is wonderful. I adore the music note, it is so fun and chic, and also the small bugs, the hand painted ones your SIL have made, the lovely floral shapes... And OMG - the cameo is gorgeous. Pieces like that are happiness pieces, aren´t they? Good idea to keep them visible - not only to make you glad, but also, as you said, to remember them sometimes when you make your new outfits.
Hi brooch fans! Here are two brooches I included in my latest outfits. A large cut glass brown brooch and a new second hand find - a large horse.
Your brooch collection is lovely. Right now I own only two brooches: a crystal snowflake that I wear in the winter and silver butterfly that I tend to wear in the spring. Your post inspired me to wear one today.
Over the past year, I have decided that I want to wear more brooches. I've had a hard time finding ones that fit my style though. I like my jewellery to add an element of humor, whimsy, or surprise to my look. I also prefer medium to larger scale pieces, rather than delicacy.
The fossil is my newest brooch, a Christmas present from my brother. The lady's head/tree is laser-cut acrylic. The silver twig I wear to pin a large cowl neck sweater into the arrangment that I like. And the stainless steel brooch is a crystalline formation, like those in snowflakes. Those are my favorites. The others aren't quite right for the style I am defining, so I don't wear them often. Two are actually clip-on earrings! As I find others that fit me better, I'll put these away or perhaps give them away.
Does anyone have some places that they would recommend for M-L size, whimsical, science-y, or dramatic brooches? I see them so rarely, I'm always on the lookout!
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Lovely brooches! I especially like those, that are your favorites too. I do not know of any online shop to find brooches you describe, I usually find mine in second hand or antique shops, various smaller galleries on travels and flea markets.
Also interested in recommendations.
I'm slow to this thread, and I love your choice in brooches.
I'm glad somebody bumped this thread back to the top, since brooches were suggested as a winter accessorizing option to me lately.
I ordered these 3 from Amazon to start, and I will be adding more (because that's how I seem to operate: find a wardrobe hole, then obsess over filling it until I have a collection of items to fill the hole, most recently it was knee high socks that were lighter weight to go under boots that fit just right with no space to spare)
The hummingbird, well, for some reason I think of mom when I see hummingbirds.
The peacock feather, well, I'm just weirdly obsessed with peacock feathers.
The rainbow ball one is a Trina Turk, and just makes me think of the spaceship equivalent of a crystal ball.
I'm excited to get them and start wearing them!
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I finally had a chance to look through this whole thread, and it’s really fun to see everyone’s collections.
Like some others have mentioned, I have a collection of vintage brooches — actually quite a large collection since my mom was a big fan of them — but never seem to find the right styling of them for my very casual style.
But I think I’ll pull out the collection and take some photos to see if I get any ideas. I have SO MUCH jewelry that o tend to forget what I have.
Thank you, Jane!
Cindy, what lovely and fun pieces you have ordered! I adore the peacock feather! Thanks for sharing them.
Great Janet! Looking forward to your pictures!
I just bought one vintage brooch that might fill a niche for which I was shopping--an abstract, modern thing that suggests Christmas--to me, this one suggests a pine cone and spray of pine needles.
Oh wow, EmilyK! This is gorgeous! It definitely fits your description.
Ok, ready for a crazy collection? Most of these were inherited from my mother, and honestly I don’t envision myself wearing most of them, but I’ve kept them in a box in my accessories storage armoire. It’s been nine years now, so I am starting to feel like I could let some more go. I already gave some away a few years ago.
I do like the ones in 1 — I’ve worn the sword and the knight a couple of times even though I don’t remember mom ever wearing them. I also plan on keeping the art nouveau-ish ones in that photo.
I like the owl and the others in 2, also. I’ve worn the moonstone one a couple of times. The wishbone is sentimental — I remember mom wearing that a lot.
#3 Mom obviously had a thing for marcasite! Actually one of those was mine. I think I could keep one and let the rest go.
4 The fan one at the top was a gift from me to mom, so a little hard to let go of. The Celtic design, the circles, and the fish were mine. I might let go of a couple of these.
5 Actual recent purchases (meaning within the last 10 years ): The feather one I really like but struggle to style. I wear the ginkgo leaf as a pendant sometimes. I like the Celtic knot and may keep that one instead of the smaller Celtic design from #4.
6 My mom’s scarf clips — anyone remember scarf clips? I still have some button covers too. I should probably let them go.
7 Really old whimsical pins I remember from childhood. The little Dutch boy and girl have articulated arms and legs so they move. I wore the little cat when I was a little girl — I think it’s in my first grade school picture.
I’m a sentimental hoarder!
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Oh Janet, what an amazing collection! So many stunning pieces. I really love those in picture 5 - the one with feathers is so distinct and the leaf is so modern and beautiful! What really makes my hart stop is the little collection in picture 7 - they make me happy just to look at them! The little Dutch boy and girl are so incredibly beautiful, I am speechless... Thank you very much for sharing your collection!
Katerina, I just want to thank you again for starting this thread. I feel beyond inspired by seeing all these stunning brooches (and the heartwarming stories that go along with many of them)!!
Thank YOU Inge for posting the wonderful links with all the cool ideas to wear brooches, it is exactly what we need to get inspired! I actually for some reason missed your post and discovered it first earlier today, so sorry for my late answer there.
erinalter - Oooh the one in the top left corner looks just like one I featured in the Link Love post (it might be that exact same brooch). I love it!For the type of brooches you're after, I would definitely browse Etsy, eBay, online museum shops, sites like onekingslane.com (more expensive) and yoox.com too.Oh here's your brooch, I think + a few other fun ones:https://n-e-r-v-o-u-s.com/shop.....rch=brooch
Oh no worries at all, Katerina. I'm glad you thought it's helpful. I too feel extra inspired now thanks to this thread and the visuals I found on Pinterest:-)
This is a wonderful thread---I have an enormous collection of brooches, but rarely wear them. Will have to work on that ASAP! In December I was in Austin at the LBJ library, and there was a fantastic traveling exhibit called READ MY PINS featuring over 200 of Madeline Albright's brooches. The exhibit gave background information about her purposeful choices, indicating her mood or stance on certain issues which she was dealing with. Rarely were her brooches, "just for fun"---when she wore a "statement piece", she was MAKING A DIPLOMATIC STATEMENT as well. After discovering that Moscow had "bugged" the US State Dept, for example, she wore and ENORMOUS bug pin on her shoulder. She wore wasp pins when she wanted to do a little "stinging". Fun to read...
Inge, that is indeed my brooch! I got it a couple of years ago from their Etsy shop. I do try to keep an eye on Etsy, the challenge is always filtering the searches. Thanks for the other suggestions. I hadn't heard of onekingslane or yoox as good possible sources. And museum shops are an intriguing possibility.
Laurel, what a fascinating piece of trivia about Madeline Albright! Makes me wonder what other non verbal communication is going on that I don't pick up on everyday
Laurel, what an amazing story about Madeline Albright's brooches! This is one of the attributes of brooches - more than any other accessories they can make a statement and have a story to tell. Thank you very much for sharing this!
erinalter - I hear you, searching on Etsy can be time-consuming.Laurel - That's amazing, and I would love to see the exhibit!
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