It seems that every famously well-dressed woman the world over is known for one or two distinctively personal accessories. Often one is pearls of varying sizes, shapes and quantity of strands and the other is usually a brooch or a collection of brooches.
The beauty of brooches is they're never out of style and they're never really "in" style, they are so quintessentially, irreproachably individual to the woman who wears them that they become part of her personality.
They do wax and wane in popularity and as we all know Michelle Obama loves her pins and wears one or more almost every time we see her.
And here is the best brooch bonus: Where do they direct attention(?) that's it, right up and onto your beautiful face. They are magic eye-directors, drawing one's gaze to wherever we wish to direct or redirect our viewers attention.
From the top:
- The famous panther pin from Cartier made for the Duchess of Windsor. The cat sits upon a 152.35 carat Kashmir cabochon sapphire (she also had another one scaling a cabochon emerald).
- Michelle Obama in a brooch from Mochino.
- Jacqueline Kennedy in ruby and diamond strawberries from Schlumberger given to her by her husband for their first Christmas in the White House.
- This is unquestionably what one means when referring to a "major" piece of jewelry. It's the 75 carat Hooker Emerald Brooch that is on display at the Smithsonian Institution. (The emerald is surrounded by 109 round, brilliant cut diamonds.)
- A jelly belly frog from Trifari.
- A beautiful bow from Solar Jewelry.
- Michelle Obama's Victorian paste brooch worn at the neck of her Isabel Toledo inauguration dress. (See January 23rd post for details.)
- An ensemble of carnelian pieces -- including a brooch -- made for Empress Josephine Bonaparte.
- A gorgeous, intricate piece from the famous house of Verdura.
- From Chanel a tiny bouquet of enamel camellias.
- Just for fun a great, big plastic kiss from Anna Lou of London.