Many brooches are set with stones, either precious, semi-precious, or rhinestones, thus becoming "jeweled pins". The stones can be multi colored such as, an emerald and diamond brooch, a sapphire and diamond brooch or a true multi-colored brooch, the motherís day pin. Floral designs are a prominent style, but any shape, motif or size can be made into a brooch. A peek into jewelry history books will reveal animal motifs, fruits, hearts, insects, bows, and even political motifs being used in making brooches. (can you imagine a Nixon-Agnew campaign pin being called a brooch ?!)
Hat pins are a form of brooch. The hat pin was developed out of the necessity to pin a hat to a womanís hair bun to keep the hat securely on the wearerís head.
Scatter pins are another style of brooch. They are small pins, usually worn in multiples, "scattered" on the lapel, hence the name scatter pin.
Brooches and pins today are often worn as identifiers and communicators. Lapel pins, and logo pins have any number of figures and charms or motifs that specify the wearerís special interest or business.
Former secretary of state, Madeline Albright was famous for her brooches. (referred to in the media as pins). It is said that she used her vast collection of pins to communicate what she was thinking and how she saw the role of the United States in whatever meeting she was in.
Brooches go in and out of
fashion, but are always in style.
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