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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Brooch the Subject

Jeweled Brooch, J Crew
I had an email from my sister this week, well we often chatter on email so that's not unusual.
She did mention something to me I found interesting:


...watching so many films from 1930-1963 constantly has inspired a lot of little things in my everyday: one is I pulled out the few brooches I have and put them on my outerwear coats and jackets. A nice, well made rhinestone piece on a black jacket or coat pinned properly does just as much for your look as a great scarf, good lipstick, a subtle but designer structured handbag and classic heels or flats-you could wear these items with anything and look polished, put-together and wearing a few brooches again has added that extra punch: the compliments a scarf sometimes gets a brooch gets tenfold. This time of year rhinestone pieces are also festive looking, and if you wear a lot of black it breaks up the look without introducing color or fabric...

Funny as I had just been reading an excellent review of the brooch, pictured above, written by our Gigi.    You can review her review right here.

I've been intrigued by this brooch since I spotted it on the website (which was no easy task by the way, as it is "hidden" in the bridal section).

I do have one brooch given to me by a friend and it is very sweet, it's in a flower pattern so I think of it as having a "spring" feeling.  I like the idea of a brooch, most especially around the holidays, and if you attach one to your outerwear you've accessorized and you're done, it will be there waiting for you next time you are on your way out the door.

Do you wear a brooch?  How do you like the J Crew piece?
xoDani

48 comments:

  1. I love a pretty pin during the holidays and agree with your sister that it gives any outfit that extra punch. I found a photo of mine, bought many years ago, http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Christopher-Radko-Signed-Crystal-Pave-Snowflake-Brooch-/321014128932?pt=Vintage_Costume_Jewelry&hash=item4abdeee124. I usually wear it on my pink coat, but recently popped it on a denim jacket. It was quite festive and people always seem to notice a nice broach.

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    1. Julie, love that, pink coat or denim jacket, you always have such a great eye for details.

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  2. I don't wear a lot of jewelry on a day-to-day basis, but I do love brooches and own six or seven of them. My favorite one is a mid-century French Jet (i.e. black glass) brooch that belonged to my great-grandmother. I also collect Victorian mourning brooches. I like the J.Crew brooch but my personal preference is for something more subtle.

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    1. Whitney that's a good collection! I do like jet jewelry very much. How excellent that yours belonged to your great-grandmother.

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  3. I have a vintage gold Circle Pin from Tiffany's! I got it on EBay, couldn't tell if no one was bidding because they knew what it was, or because they didn't know what it was. Well, it's a classic shape, but with an interesting curve, because the designer was Elsa Peretti. I assume the design was ironic, I think "irony" when I wear it, which is with cotton shirts or woolen dresses, but never with twinsets. That would be over-ironic, even for me.

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  4. Hi Dani, my mum used to have lots of rhinestone brooches, mostly coloured stones, but I don't know what happened to them. I think I do have one somewhere, I must look. I do like the look of this J. Crew one, but I'd have to see it in real life. I don't have any brooches, except for a small silver maple leaf pin that was a gift soon after I got my citizenship.

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    1. Patricia what a lovely first brooch momento!

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    2. Patricia, that is a lovely gift! What a good idea for a new Canadian.

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  5. ONCE MORE INTO THE BROOCH Dani, repeating my comment over at Gigi that I love a brooch pinned to a jacket pocket (or a similar pair on each flap), pinned into a special updo, or on the waist or sash of a black dress. To me they are less fussy than necklaces (twisted clasps, pearls caught in hair, dangling one's locket in the soup) and more distinctive. Agree w/ sis C. that comments come and bet she'd love it. I would like to find a black cameo brooch like my nan used to have in the 1980s for my black dresses and evening coat. Until then, I seriously contemplated acquiring the JC piece, especially since Gigi said "well made", during Monday's sale, but passed after my recent rounds of PTTO. And I don't wear but treasure the silver Victorian bluebell broach that was pinned to the ribbon wrap of my wedding bouquet. (No family heirloom, own antique market find for an extra "something 'blue'.)

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    1. Make that brooch not broach, your title got to me.

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    2. GF I knew you'd be an authority on brooches, you and Carolina are two peas in a pod when it comes to this stuff!

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  6. Hey Dani! I have lots of brooches and have quite a few which I will dig out in the coming days. I also liked them pinned to a skirt, etc.

    Of course, this reminds me of Marilla and the amethyst brooch, the scene of which my son does a mean impersonation of, as we once saw the play in Charlottetown and the actress playing Marilla had a terrible lisp and kept saying "Anne, do you know where my ametheth brooch is?" Cracked him up! Now GF would know that lisps are only for Rilla! And I bet you know that, too, Dani!

    Too funny, as like you and Gigi, I stumbled upon this in the last couple of weeks and I really love it!!

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    1. WMM, of course the amethyst brooch, how could I forget!! That son of yours sounds hilarious, I wonder where he gets that? ;)

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  7. I only have one and it is a vintage-looking golden flower (but not shiny, more brassed) with a few rhinestones at the center (for the life of me I can't remember where I got it but I think a flea market). I used to pin it to a velvet black jacket but it gives it a very distinctive, elegant touch. It would probably look great on a tweed jacket but I don't have any!
    I lkke the brooches that JCrew made for the holidays a couple of seasons ago, there was a snowflake and some sort of bug. I have never seen this one and if it is bridal it should be pretty.

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    1. Ema, I think it was a bumblebee brooch in goldtone with some kind of greenish stone. I remember thinking that if it was just metal it would look pretty clipped to a necklace, or that they should have done tiny rhinestone stripes.

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    2. Ema a brooch on tweed would be pretty if it was subtle, thanks for giving me that idea. As you know I love tweed.

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  8. I love brooches and wear something on my jacket, left lapel. I have some old family ones including a silver fan, amethyst and pearl, and a gold swirl with pearl and turquoise. This time of year, I have a holly leaf made of real leaves dipped in copper multiple times in a verdigris finish.

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  9. I love brooches and wear something on my jacket, left lapel. I have some old family ones including a silver fan, amethyst and pearl, and a gold swirl with pearl and turquoise. This time of year, I have a holly leaf made of real leaves dipped in copper multiple times in a verdigris finish.

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  10. I love brooches and wear something on my jacket, left lapel. I have some old family ones including a silver fan, amethyst and pearl, and a gold swirl with pearl and turquoise. This time of year, I have a holly leaf made of real leaves dipped in copper multiple times in a verdigris finish.

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  11. Get Fresh I love your idea of pinning the brooch in unexpected places. Pockets, waists/belts, updos. I've got a bunch from my gram as well. The jcrew looks like a snowflake!

    I work with a woman who wears brooches and they are quite distinctive. It is her signature (along with ruanas and fur hats!)

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    1. dannie, are hers in traditional Andean patterns or more subdued? I prefer the traditional Latin American name much more than poncho - but I still don't think I would wear one ;-)

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    2. Thanks for this GetFresh - now I don't need to google 'ruana'! :0)

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    3. I didn't know what ruana was either! GF always saves us!

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  12. The J. Crew piece is lovely. I have several, and (as you mentioned) especially enjoy wearing them around the holidays.

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    1. Merry Wife, they are festive and perfect for holiday wear.

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  13. I have a couple of beautiful brooches inherited from my great grandmother, but I've never known really how to wear them. I guess I should be brave and experiment with them. The J Crew brooch is so simple and pretty.

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    1. Sue what treasures, you must wear them! Try them out on different coats.

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  14. I have a few classic vintage Sherman pins and they are so sparkly that they are perfect for the festive season. I have a couple of more sedate ones which I wear casually on a jacket and have my eyes on a couple on ebay which makes shopping for vintage ones easy peasy.
    I can't Imagine why JCrew is hiding that one in the bridal section!

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    1. Hi Hostess, I like your selection. I think you must wear them well. :)

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  15. I adore brooches and am so happy that some of the styles from the past are back in Vogue, I would like to find some in the art deco style.

    2012 Artists Series,
    xoxo
    Karena

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    1. Hi Karen, I like the art deco pieces as well!

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  16. Thanks for the link love, Dani. It sounds like your sister would love the one from J Crew. It is quite sparkly, but I find that to sometimes be necessary. ;)

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    1. Hi Gigi, I think she would like it, but in the end I bought her gifts from Brora. Thanks for your review, it was excellent as usual!

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  17. Hi Dani,
    I won't be good on commenting on this post. I have a couple of brooches that I NEVER wear... I don't really know how to wear them, and it might be because most of my coats are rather sporty and I can't picture a brooch on a sporty coat... The one you show here is lovely and very festive. I will surely now have some thoughts on this matter.

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    1. Hi Steph, I agree a brooch needs a classic wool coat!

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  18. Dani,
    Thanks for pointing this out. Especially with the 30% discount and free shipping right now, it's a steal. Really, I think J. Crew should give you shares in their company!

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    1. Hi Anon, I don't think JCrew likes me much, I return everything I order and give them some pretty bad reviews at times!

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  19. I'm not a brooch fan. I know they're stylish right now, but I find them matronly. When I was younger I wore a sparkly, vintage one on a very beat up jean jacket, which was sort of cute, but really never "me".

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    1. Kathy, I like that image, the brooch on the denim jacket.

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  20. i have one brooch that i love, and this piece is quite lovely! they can really pick up an outfit.

    xox P

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    1. Hi Phiphi, my sister can really place a brooch properly, I do not have this skill!

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  21. I like brooches and have a few. I don't wear a lot of jewelry but find a brooch to be quite wearable, especially on a jacket. This one looks nice and sparkly. I like colored stones but a clear stone version like this one would go with anything.

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    1. Hi xoxo, I like the clear stones, I think a green stone would be pretty this time of year as well.

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  22. Although I don't have the chance to wear them much these days, I love brooches and have a small collection of vintage brooches that I have picked up from antique shops and from Ebay over the years. Thanks for pointing out the J. Crew one, I would not have seen it if not for your post!

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    1. Hi Louise, I don't have many brooches, but I did find one yesterday I forgot about, a gold maple leaf, very Canadian looking, it's vintage and I think I bought it on etsy.
      Hope you are well and that things are calming down for you.

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  23. I have a few brooches passed down from family and a circle pin that I like to wear to keep my wrap-style sweaters closed.

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