Typically associated with your grandma’s jewellery box, brooches have become overlooked as an accessory in recent years. Well it’s time we put any prejudices aside because brooches are back, and in a big way.
We saw them saunter down the Fall runways at Gucci, Mui Mui and Saint Laurent, and if they’re good enough for Gucci, they’re good enough for us.
Designs are big, bold and sure to liven up any outfit in your wardrobe. We’ve picked a handful of our favourite standout brooches that won’t be sitting at the bottom of anyone’s jewellery box.
NATURAL CHIC ANT BROOCH
Pinomanna, Valenza, Italy
Creepy crawlies look a lot less creepy when they’re covered in precious gemstones. This 18kt rose gold ant is encrusted with vibrant red rubies and accented with a handful of diamonds - who knew ants could look so luxurious?!
Karla Mertens, Leuven, Belgium
Karla Mertens draws inspiration from ancient cultures, alternative healing, life and death, and grace and transformation. Designed by Karla to represent the "centre of attention", this modern brooch has a black onyx as the central focus of the 18kt yellow gold design.
ANGEL GABRIEL BY SANO DI PIETRO SPENCER PORTRAIT BROOCH
Spencer Fine Jewelry, Los Angeles, California
This unique brooch features the portrait of Angel of the Annunciation by famous Italian painter Sano di Pietro. The circular design surrounding the portrait is set with a soft colour palette of diamonds, spinel, pink sapphires and yellow sapphires.
OPAL TURTLE BROOCH 18KT YELLOW GOLD
Mara Hotung, London, UK
Brooches don’t get much sweeter than this little guy. The body of the 18kt gold turtle design is set with an incredibly beautiful opal, which displays wonderful play of colour when worn.
LARGE YELLOW GOLD SAFETY PIN BROOCH
True Rocks, London, UK
Make a statement with this giant safety pin brooch from edgy London brand True Rocks. If yellow gold isn’t your colour, the pin is also available in silver and rose gold.
Jaime Morena Designer Jewelry, Madrid, Spain
Representing a galaxy in the universe with constantly moving stars, this one-of-a-kind brooch is a true work of art. Bursting with colour, the detailed design is finished with an array of precious gemstones including sapphire, emerald, ruby, topaz and aquamarine.
MAUD LARGE BAND BROOCH
Terrible Beauty, Dublin, Ireland
With a distinct urban aesthetic, this circular brooch is perfect if you want something sleek and simple. The shiny sterling silver circumference is accented with an off-centre textured yellow gold strip.
PINEAPPLE BROOCH CITRINE & DIAMONDS 18KT YELLOW GOLD
Mara Hotung, London, UK
Get fruity with your accessories with this fun pineapple brooch. The large citrine stone is wrapped in 18kt gold rope, and diamonds are used to accent the crisscross design and the pineapple leaves.