Pin is a word often used when we mean brooch, but, the word pin actually refers to a functional finding, not to a finished piece of jewelry. A brooch (which is a finished piece of jewelry) is made up of a pin, a clutch, a hinge, some sort of a pin base, and the embellishments. Limited only by the makers imagination, and in some cases, the strength of the wearer.  





Victorian style frame and stone made into a "brooch". Go to brooch page

Brass "stick" pin

Brooch with oval stone and decorative jewelry finding. Go to brooch page



Pins has become a word that means brooches, yet in Marcia Brown's Unsigned Beauties of Costume Jewelry there is no mention of in the table of contents of pins, only brooches. Now we hope we didn't confuse you too much.

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