|Bronze Bow Fibula, The Braganza Brooch 250BC - 200BC, Viking Penannular brooch|
Romano British Dragonesque Brooch, Gold plated Disc Brooch 4c BC , Viking Penannular brooches - Penrith Hoard
In England in the 1850s fine hair brooches were produced with ornate weaving and subject matter and often worn by widows of the Crimean war.
So why do brooches seem to be out of favour these days or am I just imaging it..? I have a fair few of them myself most of which I have inherited including these two sterling silver favourites...
To see if this was just me I asked around the AJE group and opinion was somewhat split and whilst a few love them, many of my team mates said they never wore brooches. Jenny offered up this lovely selection from her own collection which she describes below...
Jenny also made these brooches as part of her senior year college thesis and you can clearly see the influence of the ancient styles here. One traditional penannular (open circle) and one more modern interpretation created through lost wax casting and fabrication and set with Moonstones and Garnets.
Caroline is definitely a big fan and has this collection of brooches that she inherited from her Grandmother.
As I mentioned I've been making a few brooches of late and this has come about through my new passion for bead embroidery. I often start this work without really having an idea of what it's going to become and sometimes get to a point where I think adding loops or bails is going to spoil the design. I like the simplicity of these pieces when they stand alone and adding a brooch pin creates a little work of art with nothing to distract from it.
This little fellow was not actually planned as a brooch but when I made a larger version of this felted acorn Diana asked if I could scale it down and I did. He's now on his way to the USA to grace her winter coat.