The Brooch - A Contemporary and Timeless Piece of Jewellery
Queen Elizabeth II wore them, and Uma Thurman and Nicole Kidman use them: brooches are among the timeless pieces of jewellery that lend an individual flair to every outfit. Although brooches have a long tradition dating back to the Bronze Age, one can speak of a renaissance of the brooches since around 2017. Germany's national daily newspapers such as the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung", the "Frankfurter Rundschau", or the "Welt" have since devoted entire articles to it and agreed that in all age groups, the brooch is once again gaining in importance as a fashion accessory. This is also reflected in the fact that they are represented in the ranges of major designers such as Chanel, Dior, Prada, or Cartier, and also in many of the large fashion chains. At ars mundi, you can buy brooches, available in a wide range of materials.
The History of the Brooch: A Piece of Jewellery with a Function
The brooch has an incredibly special history among jewellery because initially, it did not serve exclusively as a fashion accessory. For the ancient Greeks and Romans, it had a very practical function and served to hold their wide garments together. At the same time, however, it was considered a decorative piece of jewellery and was made of precious materials such as bronze, silver, gold, and precious stones. When buttons were invented as a new way of fastening clothing, the brooch lost its functional use and was solely worn as a jewellery piece. Over the centuries, brooches and pins developed into symbols of wealth or - as medals- of power and recognition in some societies.
The Brooch - A Highly Versatile Accessory
Brooch designs and sizes range from discreet and elegant to opulent and eye-catching. Extremely popular motifs include animals and flowers in a wide variety of designs. Moreover, many other designs are possible, for example, inspired by epochs such as Ancient Egypt or Art Nouveau or by artists such as Edouard Manet, Vincent van Gogh or Friedensreich Hundertwasser. In addition, the brooch or a pin can have an abstract design or bear a catchy slogan or motto. They are just as flexible in terms of motifs as they are in terms of materials. They can be made from precious metals and gemstones, and newer materials such as plexiglass or plastics. Innovations such as the magnetic brooch prevent the need to pierce the fabric. The brooch is classically worn on the lapel or in the upper chest area, but other uses have long been possible. Today, brooches can be attached to the collar, sleeve and even to another item of clothing, such as a cap, throw, scarf or bag.