da sapere — January 2, 2022 at 5:00 pm

How to choose the brooch




The brooch is back in fashion: but how to choose it? ♦ ︎

Who knows why, the brooch has gone through years of oblivion. Forgotten, neglected, even despised. The brooch was seen as the jewel that grandmother used, an heirloom to keep in the drawer if it is a special inheritance or, at most, a decoration to wear if the object has a particular meaning, such as initials, the symbol of some importantly, a jewel associated with special events. Until yesterday. Because the brooch is back in fashion, rightly awakened from the deep sleep in which it had been asleep. Great jewelery houses have proposed luxurious brooches based on gold, diamonds and precious stones. But even the small brands have decided that the brooch has every right to be a jewel to be displayed on an item of clothing such as jackets, blouses, shirts or dresses.

Ai Tominaga con una spilla della collezione The Japanese Sense of Beauty
Ai Tominaga con una spilla della collezione The Japanese Sense of Beauty by Mikimoto

And it does not mean that the brooches have to be made of precious metal such as platinum or gold. There are also interesting brooches in bronze or silver. Mind you: nothing so new. On the contrary, it is a precious recovery: the use of brooches was already in fashion among the ancient Romans and Greeks, but also among the Celts and the Etruscans. And, going even further in time, the oldest brooches found in Europe are those of the Bronze Age.

Indossato di una delle 12 principesse della fiaba «Le scarpe logorate dal ballo», spilla
Indossato di una delle 12 principesse della fiaba «Le scarpe logorate dal ballo», spilla di Van Cleef & Arpels

How to choose the brooch? There are different types of brooches. To distinguish them, it is good to consider what their use will be. Because a brooch can be worn simply as a jewel on which to focus the gaze, with an exclusively aesthetic function. But a brooch can also be used to lock a scarf, to close two flaps of a dress, to shorten a too deep neckline. In short, before choosing a brooch, think about what the use of the jewel or simple bijoux will be. In addition, the shape of the brooch must also be consistent with use: a precious jewel, to be displayed on an elegant dress, can also have a slightly more complicated closure. On the contrary, if a brooch is to be pleasant, but also practical, it must be carefully tried before purchase: it must open and close easily.

Spilla in argento rodiato, cubic zirconia neri, smalto bianco
Spilla in argento rodiato, cubic zirconia neri, smalto bianco by Misis

Style. There is no classic style for brooches. Indeed, the jewelers have indulged the imagination in creating the strangest and most surprising shapes. The brooch is a jewel that must attract attention, so you must not resign yourself to choosing an inconspicuous piece, unless it is a minimal geometry that is part of a more comprehensive way of dressing. Of course, for an elegant evening a gold and diamond brooch is the most classic choice. Flowers, fruits, animals, art deco colors: you can find all kinds of brooches and they are all right. The choice has a single restriction: the jewel must represent the personality or state of mind of the wearer.

Suzanne Belperron, spilla mélange con acquamarina, rubino e diamanti montati in oro giallo
Suzanne Belperron, spilla mélange con acquamarina, rubino e diamanti montati in oro giallo

Spilla Noeud in oro bianco, lacca e diamanti, girocollo Ruban in oro biancio e diamanti. Photo: Boucheron
Spilla Noeud in oro bianco, lacca e diamanti, girocollo Ruban in oro biancio e diamanti. Photo: Boucheron

Spilla con due perle di Tahiti
Spilla con due perle di Tahiti by Buccellati

Spilla con diamanti, cacholong e titanio
Spilla con diamanti, cacholong e titanio di Jar

Spilla in oro bianco, diamanti, lapis e cristallo di rocca
Spilla in oro bianco, diamanti, lapis e cristallo di rocca di Vhernier

Spille di Mikimoto
Spille di Mikimoto







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