Thursday February 27, 2020

Brooches set to fly out the door

We have been wearing brooches since the Bronze Age, and after decades in the wilderness they are bang back in vogue. At the Milan fashion shows this month Prada, Marni and Emporio Armani pinned them on lapels, collars, waistbands and hairbands.

13th March, 2015
An 18th century enamel and diamond butterfly

The swinging sixties did for the brooch. We consigned it to history along with nylons, suspenders, gloves-with-everything and stiletto-heeled shoes – in the miniskirt revolution, nobody wanted to look like a lady.

Two beauties due to be auctioned at Sotheby’s this week take the form of butterflies. There’s a sapphire and diamond example, its wings pave-set with circular-cut sapphires accented with lines of brilliant-cut diamonds, the finishing touch – ruby eyes (€4,050-€5,400)....

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