The return of the brooch…
Over the last year or so, we have been witnessing a renewed interest in the humble brooch. It could be a certain Kate Middleton, who has been borrowing from the British Royal collection to great effect, or it could be the effect of fashion designers from Lanvin to Chanel and Miu Miu, who have been showing their own versions on catwalks for the last few seasons. Whatever the case, our imaginations have been stirred, as we consider fresh ways to wear this jewellery wardrobe staple.
We’re already thinking ahead to autumn, and the knowledge that if we attach a brooch to the lapel of a coat we can forget it’s even there; every time we wrap up against the elements there will be a little accessories lift that we don’t have to consider, ready and waiting to go. For such a purpose, we’ll choose something robust to stand up to the thick tweeds and wools of outerwear – solid gold and graphic lines are the way to go.
For something a little different, we’ll consider wearing a brooch at the collar of a buttoned-up shirt, peeking out from underneath a round-necked sweater. For this, we’ll look at something neat, and possibly fashioned as a bar – for comfort as much as aesthetics.
Diamond brooches are for events; for little black dresses and sharp black blazers. There is something beautiful about the sleek lines of an Art Deco piece nestled in the soft surrounds of a cashmere sweater that works wonderfully, too. Or, think outside the box and sew it in to hair – the most beautiful accessory for bridal or black tie style in particular.
Our upcoming August 30 auction features a lovely array of brooches, to suit all tastes; see a small selection below!
Lot 63: A DIAMOND SPRAY BROOCH, €3500-4500
Lot 102: A DIAMOND PAVÉ SPRAY BROOCH, €5000-7000
Lot 171: A DIAMOND BOW BROOCH, of approx. 2ct in total, €1500-2000
Lot 207: A DIAMOND AND RUBY FLORAL BROOCH, €6000-8000
Lot 228: A DIAMOND BUTTERFLY BROOCH, €1400-1500
Lot 229: A RUBY AND DIAMOND FLAMINGO BROOCH, €1300-1500
Catalogue online August 18th