Do you own brooches? Have you thought about starting a brooch collection?
While all jewelry is artistically and technically a work of art to some degree, the form of jewelry that gives the most reign to an artist's creativity is the brooch. A brooch is like a canvas and the artist has more freedom to express his thoughts without the technical limitations imposed on other jewelry forms.
Long ago, brooches were sewn onto clothes. Dozens of small brooches, perhaps in the form of sprays of flowers, would be sewn over the bodice, sleeves and skirt of a rich woman or the jacket of a wealthy gentleman. Larger brooches were also sewn into place at that time.
For a long while, brooches were the private pleasure of the truly classy and elegant woman. Tasteful even in her jeans, her dress was never complete without a brooch or pin on collar, lapel or shoulder. Actually, I saw a 'photo of a gorgeous film star wearing a pair of brooches alongside the top button of her blouse. The more I looked, the more stunning and original I realized the idea was.
Somehow, the secret has begun to leak out and ladies everywhere, young and old, have twigged to the wonders of an antique brooch or pin. Without doubt, individual works of art, resplendent with luxurious gemstones or fascinating natural materials like coral, pearls and even lava, rare and beautiful brooches are being sought in earnest by collectors of fine jewelry and women in every walk of life. What Secretary of State, Madelaine Albright, spelled out is re-emerging into our consciousness - a brooch says so much more.
Recently, as I exited a large and fancy restaurant, my eye was drawn to a brooch on the lapel of a smart little old lady, quite far from me, across the room. Not one other person stood out, but she did and she did so thanks to her brooch.
I especially love figural brooches. Brooches that depict people and animals. Cameo brooches often fall into this category, but beware of the over-produced pretty ladies of 100 years ago. They are boring. Look for something that really grabs your attention and that you love, both in terms of subject matter as well as artistic and technical mastery. Look for the quality of the stones and the way they are set. Look at the overall design.
Like you, we have been enchanted by the best for a long time. We value the artistic, the top quality, the truly unique and exquisite and we actively and enthusiastically seek it out. We do our best to find it for you and to find it at fair prices. We go to great lengths to describe our brooches accurately and we ask you to ask us questions. Customer service is our objective and having happy customers who come back again and again, is our goal.