Jewelry Box Basics: Brooches

It’s been quite some time since I’ve written a “Jewelry Box Basics” article. In case you weren’t around when I began the series or need a little refresher, here’s what it’s all about. Based upon my 17+ years as an image consultant and wardrobe stylist, I’ve identified six different personal styles: the lady who lunches, the bohemian, the rock star, the minimalist, the romantic, and the trendy gal. Granted, most people don’t fit exactly into any one box, but you can use these styles as a framework for assessing your own style, and what you may want in your jewelry box. (Click on each type to see the original articles with descriptions.)

With brooches being heralded as all the rage for fall/winter 2015, I thought it would be fun to investigate how each style might interpret this trend…because trust me, everyone will select a different permutation! So here are some ideas based on these different styles.

The Lady Who Lunches

She is feminine, loves her diamonds, and she needs a brooch that will go to a daytime charity luncheon or to a cocktail party.

Lanvin textured rose tie pin

lanvin textured rose tie pin
Balenciaga silver tone crystal brooch

balenciaga silver-tone crystal brooch
The Bohemian

Color and texture are the name of the game.

Robin Mollicone safety pin brooch

robin mollicone angelite:smoky crystal stone drop safety pin
Erickson Beamon Stratosphere pin

erickson beamon stratosphere crystal & faux pearl pin
The Rock Star

Black, skulls, chains…it’s all good!

Alexis Bittar pyrite heart pin

alexis bittar pyrite punk pin
Alexander McQueen skull brooch

alexander mcqueen skull brooch
The Minimalist

I struggled with the thought of a minimalist even opting to don a brooch, but then I found a couple that may work.

Erin Considine Kata pin

erin considine kata pin
Marni pin

marni gold-plated and resin brooch
The Romantic

Cameos are a given for this personal style, so here are a couple non-cameo ideas.

Adriana Orsini deco pin

adriana orsini deco pave crystal long pin
Miriam Haskell Vata brooch set

miriam haskell vata brooch set
The Trendy Gal

This one is willing to try the latest trend — she goes for fun and whimsy!

Sonia Rykiel pin

sonia rykiel pin
Saint Laurent set of eight

saint laurent set of eight silver and gold-plated brooches
So what do you think? Can you envision yourself wearing any of these? Do you have something already in your jewelry box that you’re going to put back into the rotation? Do tell!

Feather Jewelry

I don’t quite know what’s going on with me, but I’ve got feathers on the brain. I see them on the ground, I’ve had more than one dream that I have a feather tattoo, and no lie, but as I was getting ready for work in the bathroom the other morning, a teeny, tiny feather drifted down right in front of my face. Where did THAT come from?! I also was lunching with a friend a couple weeks ago and she gave me a necklace with…wait for it…a feather charm! She had no idea what’s been going on with me, and I must say I got chills when I opened the box.

I’ve researched the meaning of feathers a bit, and there seems to be a common consensus that it is associated with ascending to a higher spiritual plane. Interesting. Of course, I’m not necessarily wedded to the idea of a permanent feather on my body at this point, so my mind has turned to feather jewelry. Here’s a few pieces that have caught my eye.

Feathered Soul diamond feather on leather necklace (Not to be biased, but this one is my favorite on the list.)

feathered soul dimaond feather pendant
Michael Aram earrings

michael aram large feather drop earrings with diamonds
Ileana Makri gold and diamond ring

ileana makri diamond & yellow gold feather ring
Aurelie Bidermann earrings (actual swan feathers dipped in gold!)

aurelie bidermann swan feather drop earrings
Saint Laurent silver cuff

saint laurent silver feather cuff
Louise et Cie earrings

louise et cie feather drop earrings
Serafina feather necklace (Love the idea of incorporating actual feathers)

serafina feather necklace
Liven Co. diamond ring

liven co. diamond feather rose gold ring
Michael Aram ring

michael aram silver feather ring with diamonds
Or for just a subtle hint of a feather, studs by Alex & Ani.

alex and ani symbolic feather stud earrings
So I’m not sure what I’m going to do with this whole feather experience, but I’ll let you know.