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Audra's Brooch Lore

Nov 22, 2023

Mid-Century Glass Brooches from Czech Republic

Hand made and hand painted, these brooches are over seventy years old.

Oct 28, 2023

Copper and Bronze Vintage Brooches - Ancient materials updated for our modern style

Through the practice of ancient alchemy Copper, was paired with the planet and the goddess Venus, and by extension love. It is one of four metals that has a unique colour.

Oct 22, 2023

What is a rhinestone?

A sparkle that brings all the light and the attention to you! A rhinestone can be called paste, diamanté or crystal...

Oct 22, 2023

Where do you find your brooches? History of Fleischmann Company, Germany.

This summer I was extremely pleased to be able to source unworn, mint condition brooches from the 1980s via my favourite dealer. Attached to velvet sample cards with an insert noting their serial number, price and date of manufacture these brooches have been a wonderful flashback into the classic styles of the 1980s.

Oct 22, 2023

British Aesthetic Movement Silver Brooches

Aestheticism and decadence shocked the Victorian establishment by challenging traditional values, foregrounding sensuality and promoting artistic, sexual and political experimentation. Woo. And these brooches went to the parties!

Oct 11, 2023

What makes a good coat brooch?

There are numerous ways to wear a vintage brooch on outdoor wear such as on the collar, lapel, or shoulder. A brooch can be used to keep a scarf in place or worn on a hat for decoration.

Oct 11, 2023

How to keep a brooch from falling off...

All brooch lovers know that we risk losing our favourite pieces every time we pin them on and head to work or play. Find out how to keep a brooch from falling off and prevent the dreaded brooch flop.

Sep 14, 2023

Who is Sarah Coventry?

Unlike its competitors, Sarah Coventry did not focus on getting prime counter space in department stores, or selling its wares to Hollywood movie stars in order to move its inventory.

Sep 6, 2023

Buffalo Style

In the 2017 Unravel podcast they state “Buffalo appropriated high and low culture, as well as sportswear and Americ...

May 11, 2023

How do you know how old a brooch is? Part 1 of 2.

A few week’s ago a lovely customer named Frances showed me two brooches she inherited from her family. I took a few photos and said I would see what I could find out.

Jan 30, 2023

Anteros who?

  Did you know that the Eros statue in Piccadilly Circus is not a statue of the god of sensual love but is a repres...

Sep 26, 2022

The world is your oyster

The serene beauty of pearls compliments all styles and fashions. They have been prized for thousands of years. A nat...
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