More on Brooches: Jewels fit for a Princess

Tammy Jones editor Jewelry Making Daily  
Tammy Jones is the
editor of Jewelry Making Daily.

Yesterday I wrote about the great versatility of brooches and how to make your own.  I even believe they are The Most Versatile Piece of Jewelry. You can wear them just about anywhere–that's to anywhere and on you anywhere. Most ladies wear brooches on sweaters, blouses, hats, coats/jackets, or suit jackets, but they are also lovely adornments to belts, cuff bracelets, scarves of all sorts, necklaces, purses (clutches especially, for evening), and shoes like shoe clips if you have a pair. I'm sure I'm not the first person who has transformed a brooch into a big sparkly cocktail ring, either. Vive la bling!

I love seeing girls and ladies wear brooches in their hair, too, especially when hair is up in a ponytail or a bun. I first noticed this trend in weddings, and since bling has become more of an any day, any time notion and not just for special occasions, I'm happy to see sparkly brooches in hair becoming more mainstream.

I enjoyed reading JCK's article about the "timeless style and extraordinary versatility" of brooches and how to wear them, complete with lots of eye candy by way of brooches from the private collections of stars, starlets, and infamous jewelry collectors.

If you love gazing at breathtaking jewels straight out of a princess's jewelry box, you'll enjoy perusing vintage high-end designer brooches from iconic jewelry brands like Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels, but I think my favorite is the winged angel brooch from the 1960s by Rene Boivin. And in case you see something you can't live without, don't fret; most of these brooches will be sold at auction at Christie's and Sotheby's next week!

So how do you wear your brooches? Do you consider brooches/pins a special occasion piece of jewelry or can it be an everyday piece, if worn the right way? I'd love to hear in the comments below!

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