Brooches: A Versatile Accessory


Monday 9th May 2016

Brooches have come a long way from their origins where they were used in a functional capacity to fasten or secure articles of clothing. It is believed that the Romans were the first to elaborately decorate their clothing pins which they named fibula, placing them on the shoulder to secure their robes. The practical uses of brooches somewhat ceased during the middle ages when brooches transitioned into ornaments used purely for adornment and decoration. Brooches can be found in an array of designs featuring precious metals, gemstones of every kind, fine enamelling, engraving and carving. Due to their versatile nature brooches can and have been worn on hats, scarves, overcoats, ball gowns, sashes, belts and even as pendants.

Our reigning monarch Queen Elizabeth II is rarely seen without one of her elegant pins. Since her coronation in 1952 she has delighted us with creations from Garrard, Boucheron and Cartier to name a few. Many of her brooches were inherited upon her accession to the throne and hold immense historical value.

More recently brooches were featured adorning celebrities at the MET gala in New York city. Actress Saoirse Ronan wore an Anna Hu Butterfly brooch set with rubies, pink and white diamonds accessorising the midsection of her gown. Singer Jared Leto opted to wear a Cartier diamond and sapphire brooch instead of the traditional bow-tie. Actress Allison Williams was photographed wearing diamond and pearl brooches in her hair and Actress Uma Thurman stole the show with a Cartier museum vintage peacock brooch, featuring over eighty-three carats of diamonds pinned to the strap of her gown.

At Berganza we have an array of stylish brooches amongst our collection of ancient, antique and vintage jewellery. Visit us today and choose your very own versatile accessory, perfect for any occasion. 

front view Pink tourmaline, pearl and diamond pendant/brooch, English, circa 1870.
Pink tourmaline, pearl and diamond pendant/brooch, English, circa 1870.
Ref: 16245
Antique diamond spray brooch, Germany, circa 1880 berganza hatton garden
Antique diamond spray brooch, Germany, circa 1880.
Ref: 12124
Art Deco onyx, diamond emerald brooch berganza hatton garden
Art Deco onyx, diamond and emerald cabochon brooch, circa 1925.
Ref: 15251
front view Antique brooch set with citrines and amethysts
Antique brooch set with citrines and amethysts, Scottish, circa 1860.
Ref: 14927
Attributed to Garrard automated turban brooch (sarpech), circa 1910. berganza hatton garden
Attributed to Garrard automated turban brooch (sarpech), circa 1910.
Ref: 16810
Essex crystal chihuahua pin, circa 1880.
Essex crystal chihuahua pin, circa 1880.
Ref: 10897
Convertible diamond corsage ornament berganza hatton garden
Convertible diamond corsage ornament, French, circa 1850.
Ref: 16631
front view Antique natural pearl diamond pendant berganza hatton garden
Antique natural pearl and diamond pendant, circa 1890.
Ref: 21486
front view Art Deco diamond clip brooch, circa 1930.
Art Deco diamond clip brooch, circa 1930.
Ref: 20954
antique  diamond bow brooch berganza hatton garden
Diamond bow brooch, circa 1910.
Ref: 11072
Signed Art Nouveau gold brooch
Signed Art Nouveau gold brooch set with rose cut diamonds, circa 1900.
Ref: 11217
front view Belle Epoque pearl and diamond brooch by Boucheron, circa 1905. berganza hatton garden
Belle Epoque pearl and diamond brooch by Boucheron, circa 1905.
Ref: 21612
Ruby and diamond set fob watch by Mellerio, circa 1900. berganza hatton garden
Ruby and diamond set fob watch by Mellerio, circa 1900.
Ref: 22059
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