Not Your Grandmother’s Brooches
These are not your grandmother’s brooches of yore. Sure, we all love a great vintage pin, but these latest designs are making brooches chic and modern once again.
Just this past Fashion Week in Milan, designer Jil Sander debuted her own take on the good use of a brooch in what the brand describes as crystals in different shapes and colors pinned to the side of boots and booties, according to The New York Times. The Creative Directors for Jil Sander further expanded in their show notes by describing the shoes as “enriched,” with brooches, although they are not removable, having been applied onto the boots. We somehow don’t mind that these brooches are here to stay forever on these shoes that we think will be making more than one statement-making moment on your feet.
Fresh off its star-studded Met Gala, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Store has its own brooch to offer for purchase. Inspired by a portrait of Ellen Maurice in 1597, the Ellen Jeweled Brooch is plated in 12K gold and embellished with colored gems and freshwater pearls. The portrait is said to emulate a previous portrait of Queen Elizabeth I. Like her predecessor, the current Queen Elizabeth is a big fan of brooches herself. One of her most favorite of all is her Williamson diamond brooch, first cut by Cartier in 1953, is 23.6 carats and was just valued at roughly $25 million.
And what’s a bling-y brooch list without the classic Double G logo of Gucci? The golden logo here is surrounded by beautiful crystals and can be worn in many different ways to accentuate any look.
Brooches, it turns out, are not just for the woman these days. Saturday Night Live cast member and Emmy nominee Bowen Yang showed up on the 2021 Golden Globes Red Carpet wearing a Tiffany & Co Schlumberger Paris Flames Brooch with 18K yellow gold rays surrounding brilliant-cut diamonds set in platinum. The brooch perfectly complimented the silver metallic high heels from the brand Syro that Yang further rocked the red carpet with for his first Globes nomination. Although he didn’t win for his category, he won in our minds for his bold fashion statements.
Yang wasn’t the only man to rock a brooch that night. Host Anthony Anderson fashionably styled his Red Carpet black tux with a diamond orchid pin from Chopard to accent his look. It made the perfect statement entrance to kick off his first-ever Golden Globes hosting gig.
Bravo to the Brooch!
About The Author
Debbie Azar is the Co-Founder and President of Gemological Science International (GSI), one of the largest gemological organizations in the world, and a distinguished leader in the global diamond and jewelry industry. As an executive with extensive knowledge of the jewelry and gem lab industries, her entrepreneurial skills and vision have helped GSI achieve rapid and continuous growth worldwide, establishing 13 leading-edge gemological facilities on four continents. She currently serves on the boards of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee, Responsible Jewellery Council, and Jewelers for Children, and is a member of the 24 Karat Club of New York. She has been featured in Forbes, Daily Mail, Good Morning America, Bloomberg, Bloomberg Businessweek, Fox Business, Fox5, CBS2, BOLDTV, Varney&Co, The Street, and NASDAQ, among others.