Recently a friend of mine asked, after looking at my online shop , why is it that I do so many brooches? It’s true brooches aren’t the best sellers but my attraction to them is so deep-rooted. First of all they make a great gift, they’re such a complete object on their own, a sentimental keepsake whether worn or not. So often I’ve seen one of these treasures setting on a dressing table holding a decorative presence beside a hand mirror, a gilded hair brush, and an ornate jewelry box. As well, it’s not uncommon to find brooches pinned to the lining of ones jewelry box commemorating a variety of life’s events, Mother’s Day, a gift from a past admirer, an heirloom past down from a loved one, etc.
As for the fashion aspect of the brooch, they add so much character, interest, and dignity to an outfit. Like medals of valor they elevate a typical suit from a look of business to one of authority. For example…
In the movie “Cover Girl” Eve Arden plays a wise cracking executive assistant for a fashion magazine.
Another example would be Ginger Rogers, known for often playing rather “tartly” characters, when a part required her to come off as more “high-class” the outfit would always include a brooch.
And then there’s Barbara Stanwyck, talk about power characters, she’d even wear a brooch on a mink coat. But I’m most impressed by her role in the film “Sorry Wrong Number” where she plays an invalid lady of means and even wears a brooch on her night-gown.
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