Some people are under the impression that brooches belong with an antiquated set of ornaments that don’t fit with the glamour and pizzazz of modern society. But if you’re of that mind set, you may want to think again! It’s true brooches were a common component of Victorian dress, from which brooches get the then-common oval shape bearing the portrait silhouette of a woman. While that particular style may no longer be in fashion, brooches have plenty more to offer — both in the past and present day. Brooches came into vogue long before the eighteenth century. In fact, since they have existed as far back as the Bronze Age and since their style changes in quick fads, brooches can be excellent clues in identifying historical time periods.
But brooches are more than just relics of history. As jewelry styles have modernized, so have they: pieces like a Georg Jensen brooch designed by Henning Koppel in a biomorphic figure eight-like shape. For rougher options there is Giorgio Armani’s tarantula brooch, its body made of one perfectly round black gemstone with head and legs made of tiny studded diamonds.
Even how you choose to wear it can add some flair. Though traditionally worn on or near the lapel, a brooch can go anywhere! Try it on the hip of your dress, as a scarf fastener, or to close a vest. You can try clusters of smaller brooches that share a motif, rather than one single larger piece. There’s no reason to cast off brooches as the fashions of the past, not when they are still unquestionably at the height of design.