An ornamented pin – that’s the simplest way to describe a brooch. You could use them to hold together a garment like the Pallu of a saree or just for decorative purposes. Brooches for women are common in India, as much as they are in the west.
To be put into a definition, a Brooch is a – ‘is a decorative jewelry item designed to be attached to garments, often to hold them closed.’ These are often made of metal like silver, gold or bronze. But nowadays, they are available in a variety of materials that include plastic and even wood. These are used as fashion jewellery now and are usually decorated with stones and other embellishments. The vintage ones had enamel or gemstones studded on them and were usually used as an ornament. They were also used as a fastening accessory, for cloaks and shawls.
Earliest known brooches are from the Bronze Age and most of the European brooches found are referred by the latin term Fibula. The royals were big fans of these and the ornaments were common during the Victorian era. Boutonnieres for men were also popular. The royals often use exquisitely crafted brooches studded with precious stones and pearls. They were use to accessorize gowns and coats. In India too, the royals used them on their turbans and rich clothing as an ornament.
Now, brooches for women are popular as party wear fashion jewellery. There are less blingy but attractive designs suitable for daily or casual wear too. Take a look at the images below and see how you can style them easily:
A classic Victorian brooches can be styled with a party-wear dress or a casual top. The copper toned fashion jewellery will look good with neutral colours or blacks and whites.
This colourful and exquisitely crafted brooches for women from Boucheron dates back to 1900. Entitled ‘Juno’, this brooches could be the perfect statement fashion jewellery for a special occasion.
A heart shaped brooch for women with Korean pearls and stones – perfect for a party wear saree or cocktail dress. The pearls and stones will add glamour to any plain outfit. Try pairing it with a tan, black or a white ensemble.
This floral Art Nouveau Irish Brooches is perfect for a saree or a summer dress. This is the best worn for a day-time event.
Beauty in simplicity – This sterling silver safety pin brooch is as simple as it can get. You can style it with a saree, a dress or even a t-shirt to give it that tiny dose of glamour.
This classic Victorian brooch is from 1880 and is made of 14k gold. The shell work depicts a bouquet of flowers. Add a little vintage touch to your attire and look classy in this statement piece of fashion jewelery.
A classic Chanel brooch to show off your love for high-fashion designer brands. The stones add more glamour to an already stunning brooch. Wear it with a dark shaded jacket or blazer to get maximum attention.
The Christies Amethyst and Diamond Brooch is from 1900 and will look stunning for an evening party. Wear it with a dress or saree in shades or yellow, red or purple. You could try white too – the deep purple stone in the centre will grab all the attention you want.
This 1960s Harry Winston brooch for women from the 1960s will go well with any colour except white. You could try this on a white or silver hued attire, if you want your jewellery to merge in with the ensemble.
Here’s another classic Chanel logo studded with stones. Try this on with a LBD or a tweed jacket.
This Lalique peacock will look elegant on a classy saree for a special occasion. Choose shades of yellow or blue.
An intricately crafted gold feather brooch to style your attire for any special occasion or a casual evening out. Try this out with a flowy Grecian gown or skirt.
A delicate brooch in the shape of a Violet with plique-a-jour enamel petals, dating back to 1900. The flower comes off and can be fitted to a ring too. Can be worn with a simple summer dress or a glamorous party wear ensemble.
If you do not want to wear a brooch on your attire, you can always use them as a hair accessory too. Men can use them to decorate turbans and hats like Fedoras. A stone studded brooch on your turban for the wedding is enough to add glamour for the groom too.
Here’s how men can style brooches and Boutonnieres: