Brooches

Designers and fashionistas alike are rediscovering the beauty of the brooch. As a complement to a necklace or a companion to a pair of earrings, costume jewellery brooches give you the freedom to accent your outfit exactly where you choose. While a pretty brooch traditionally graces lapels and collars, don't feel constrained to pin them in the same spot. They're just as lovely when they highlight a scarf or add interest to a cardigan closure. In starburst designs, curvy lines and whimsical figures, brooches look both timeless and of the moment.

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Flower Brooches

The flower brooch is a classic. While other flowery accents fade, a clever floral brooch is a permanent bouquet. Stylised designs might feature two or three pretty posies gathered together in a sweet nosegay. Other versions focus on a single perfect bloom wrought in pearlised finishes and precious metals. Fern fronds have a natural, understated appeal; think of how beautifully a lacy backdrop of ferns sets off a long-stemmed rose, and you'll appreciate how this elegant design will flatter your face.

Dragonfly Brooches

The charm of figure brooches lies in their sense of fun. You might not appreciate a dragonfly or lizard perching on your lapel, but their vivid, jewel-like colours are inspiration for jewellery designers to fashion beautiful brooches shaped like them. Cavorting dolphins, playful puppies and cute kittens give a cardigan or smart suit jacket a touch of whimsy. Brooches can even have symbolism behind them. A horseshoe might put you in touch with your love of riding or bring you luck. Attach a guardian angel to your shoulder or proclaim your love of dachshunds with a pin.

Stylish and sophisticated, starbursts and other abstract forms are gorgeous ornaments for any outfit. Pick a shape that matches the curve of a lapel or adds a point of light at your waist. These shapes lend themselves beautifully to wearing as a group; create a constellation of stars and snowflakes at your shoulder for a novel way to wear traditional brooches.

Build your collection of brooches and see how you can wear these versatile beauties as part of your own wardrobe.

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