As adornments go, brooches are a surprising old accessory. A brooch is decorative jewelry item that is made to be affixed to the clothing. Sometimes thought of as a pin, brooches have been around since the Bronze Age, which dates back as far as 3000 BC! Brooches are usually made of a precious metal, such as gold or silver, though over the years there have been brooches constructed of almost every metal imaginable. Wearing a brooch can add style, elegance and a touch of tradition to an outfit. It can be a sign that one belongs to a specific family or organization and has long been seen as status symbol.
Brooches serve some importance historically as well, as styles have always changed quickly. While antique garments deteriorate over the years, sometimes making it difficult to tell what they originally looked like, a brooch is much more durable and will often look relatively unchanged from when it was originally worn â€“ even if that was many centuries ago! Finding a brooch in among other artifacts can help to easily date the rest of the findings, as the styles from each period can be distinctive as can the metal that was used to construct it.
Many brooches are just made of plain metal and are fairly simple in construction. Some of the oldest brooches are little more than a practical means of fastening a cloak.
They were often constructed of unadorned metal that has been molded or carved into an interesting design. More decorative brooches might have enamel baked into them, while the most decorative versions can be encrusted with gemstones, such as diamond, sapphire, ruby and emerald.
Not just a women’s piece of jewelry, some brooches were actually part of military uniforms in Roman times.
Today brooches are commonly worn by women to dress up an outfit. A brooch can come in a variety of sizes and are often seem on coats and scarves. Many brides will choose to wear a brooch on their wedding day, either affixing them to their dress or sometimes even wearing one in their hair in place of fancier and more typical wedding day headgear, like tiaras.
With so much history packed into such a small package, they can serve the dual purpose of lending beauty to the wearer and filling the superstitious need to wear something old! Modern day style doesn’t produce many of the fabulous and fanciful brooches of yesteryear, but with a little hunting through thrift and antique stores, you can find the perfect piece to set off your look.