Hi friends! I hope your day is off to a great start! So I was looking at the brooches in the store the other morning, and as a Jillian I am awfully curious, so I got to thinking ‘why aren’t brooches a big thing any more? Oh look at all these pretty flower ones. Why are they enamel, who came up with brooches? What can you do with them now? What’s for lunch?” SO! I decided to do some research (after lunch of course!) and here is what I found:
Brooches are usually made of metal silver and gold are most common. Usually decorated with enamel or gemstones and are usually used ornamentally presently. While trends change they have been used for years as important chronological indicators for archeologists. The oldest brooch known to date back to The Bronze Age (3000 B.C) during this time they were called fibulae, used as an ornamental clasp to hold articles of clothing together.
Wow who knew! Now my favorite brooch is the enamel flower brooch that became popular in the 60’s. They were anything but your grandma’s brooches; they contained bright contrasting colors, with, simple geometric flower shapes. They were cheerful and added a pop of color to the anything but basic shift dresses of the 60’s. They were worn on everything from scarfs and coats to purses and shoes.
So! Here are some cool things to do with these groovy 60’s flower brooches followed by some of my favorites we have here at Street Scene!!!!
Until next time