Everything old is new again, so while you’re right in thinking that brooches are your grandmother’s jewelry, you’re totally wrong if you think that means they’re not hip. Here at Loudoun Jewelry on Maple Ave., we get a lot of brooches through estate collections, and they’re among the most novel and unique pieces we have in the shop.
The wonderful thing about brooches is that they can show off just about anything—elegant filigree work, beautiful gemstones, unique animal designs—because that’s all they’re meant to do. They don’t have to hang elegantly around a neck or from ears; they just have to be a cool piece of jewelry meant be admired. Our current selections range from a platinum, ruby, and diamond pinwheel to an 18K gold octopus with ruby eyes—both conversation starters in their own rights.
Brooches are also in favor because of their flexibility. Not limited to fingers or wrists, you can wear them anywhere on your clothing. Check out the next awards show and see the ladies wear them on gowns at the waist, shoulder, breastbone, or hip—anywhere they’ll draw attention to their unusual and glittering designs. Check out your grandmother’s jewelry box for interesting brooches to enhance your next ensemble, or shop pawn shops in Northern Virginia to see what treasures you might find.