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Audra's Brooch Lore

Jun 10, 2024

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.

May 3, 2024

Seven Years of Brooches

Seven years ago on 3 May 2017, I sold my first vintage brooch on Etsy. So yes, May has always been chilly in London. ...

Mar 30, 2024

Is it Dior?

Fashion designers have always worked alongside other skilled professionals including: jewellers, cobblers, hat makers...

Mar 27, 2024

They Fluttered By and Flew Away

Vintage plastic butterfly brooches by Ketty Dalsgaard for Buckh and Deichmann in the 1970s.

Mar 16, 2024

The brooch that started it all...Carl Poul Petersen Silversmith

A unique example of the highly collectible silver jewellery reflecting the Danish Arts and Crafts style this brooch by Carl Poul Petersen is a true treasure.

Mar 7, 2024

Lava Stone Cameo

At first I thought it was made from plaster. A kind of tourist memento that has survived over 100 years. Some quick i...

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.
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