The History of Brooches

Favored by the Scandinavians, brooches in an oval shape have been found wherever Vikings settled. Mass-produced during the 9th and 10th centuries, these adornments were cast in bronze in a clay mold and often featured elaborate designs. Amber and glass beads were also used in the pieces. While these brooches were decorative, they also served as a means of fastening women’s dresses.

The early Irish people also wore brooches as a clothing fastener.  Prior to the Anglo-Norman invasion, men wore an outer cloak or mantle that was fastened at the breast with a brooch. Greeks and Romans also utilized brooches as a means to secure their garments.

During the Bronze Age, brooches were crafted of bronze and adorned with gemstones. Hundreds of years later, the Victorians elevated the designs of brooches, incorporating a variety of shapes and forms. Popular choices included Celtic knots, cameos, as well as brooches shaped like insects, birds and flowers.

The beginning of the 20th century saw brooches become more delicate. The jewelry pieces also were frequently made of platinum and incorporated diamonds during this time period. During the same time, the first patented safety catch style became available. Women began wearing pins at their waist and as the century went on, brooches were worn on the shoulder as well. Today, they are used to embellish just about anything from lapels to bags.

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