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Brooches

A brief history of the origin of brooches

Brooches began life as functional as opposed to ornamental. As such they were used to secure pieces of clothing (loinclothes). The first recorded ones were made of thorns and flint. Pins made from metal date back to the Bronze Age.

Queen Elizabeth II, below, who celebrated her 90th birthday this year, has a love of brooches.

Brooches

Queen Elisabeth wearing brooch

And there’s a new generation of women think of jewelry as more than just bling. They shed a new light on these adornments of the past. And, how to show them off in modern times. But they didn’t start out as jewels. 

Brooches became more ornamental during the Byzantine period. Even so they were still most commonly worn as a fastener for a scarf or a shawl. This eventually evolved into more elaborate designs. They were worn to accessorize rather than hold together the fashions of the day. 

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If you would like to learn more about the history of brooches, here’s a link to a site you may find very helpful.

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