Sunday, 18 September 2011

Pins and Brooches

There's something about vintage brooches that I just love. Fashion wise, nothing offsets a great outfit more than a stunning pin. Wear it on a lapel, hat or wooly scarf.

My love of brooches goes beyond the beauty of the settings or gems. I like to hold the brooch in my hands and will it to speak - to tell me about where it has been and under what circumstances. But of course it can't, so it's up to my imagination. I like to think it's been worn by a queen and has brought good luck and happiness to all who have worn it. 

I'm not a jewelry maker, but I admire those that are. To create a little work of wearable art or statement piece that lasts through the ages is truly remarkable. And they come in all styles from funky to traditional. Family heirloom ones are the best! I know one person who used vintage flower brooches to make a bridal bouquet. 

There are endless number of vintage brooches and pins on Etsy and some of the ones pictured here are available at the Retro Junction shop if you want to take a closer look.


  1. I can't say no to vintage items. I have traded few vintage clutches on Etsy. The brooches are awesome, I love the gold one on the top.


  2. Very pretty photos! I like to make brooches, especially ones that feature flowers and leaves.

  3. This reminds me so much of the times when my sister and I would sneak peeks into our grandmother's jewelry box and look at all the costume jewelry she had. I loved all the pretty, sparkly brooches she had :)

  4. I love brooches too! They give an outfit just the right pop :)

  5. There's nothing quite like the vintage brooches. They have such class. I love the items in your shop.

  6. Oh, these are really pretty. I like a lot of the brooches that you pictured!