Hope’s Top Ten Essential Pieces of Jewelry for Every Woman: The Statement Brooch
While a brooch may sound matronly, it’s actually one of the most timeless pieces of jewelry you’ll ever own. If you’re like me, you’ve been blessed enough to inherit some beautiful heirlooms over the years; and if not, there are some absolutely arresting statement brooches on the market today. Whether you opt for a vintage brooch, or something designed for today’s woman, a statement brooch is a must-have — number six on my top ten essential pieces of jewelry that every woman should own.
I love a brooch that packs some serious punch. The right brooch can set off a basic black blazer, or it can add an element of youthful glamour when affixed to a scarf of sweater.
Check my choices for favourite statement brooches, priced high to low:
- Elsa Peretti® Starfish brooch: Life beneath the waves translates itself into beautiful 18k gold, styled contemporary by famed designer Elsa Peretti. Also available in sterling silver, this brooch (for less $$$), Elsa Peretti’s starfish brooch would look perfect clasped over a cardigan or crewneck sweater. ($3,050 CDN, Tiffany & Co.)
- Kenneth Jay Lane Swarovski crystal lizard brooch: In my eyes, Kenneth Jay Lane can do no wrong with his designs. I’m loving the look of this lizard brooch. Gunmetal-plated metal finished with sparkling olive and green pavé Swarovski crystals and blue crystals along the back, this Kenneth Jay Lane pin will work with just about any item in your wardrobe. ($250, Net-A-Porter)
- And Mary vintage style brooch: Styled like something out of the forties, this And Mary vintage-esque brooch has a cut-out filigree design, diamante-like stones, and polished glass black beads mounted on a gold-tone surround. Because of its size and shape, this brooch would look well over a closed collar, or affixed over the heart. (sale $21.49, ASOS)