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Audra's Brooch Lore

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...

Oct 29, 2022

What is a rhinestone?

A rhinestone can be called paste, diamanté or crystal. They all mean the same thing – a diamond replica. They can be ...

Oct 10, 2022

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

Did you know that copper was one of the first metals widely used by humans? It also symbolises love and believed to b...

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...

Sep 20, 2022

What's new pussycat?

Cat Brooches are a lot like real cats – elegant, stylish and fun. My collection of Big Cats Little Kittens vintage brooches, like their furry models receive heaps of attention.

Sep 12, 2022

Why do we wear insect brooches?

Today, the importance of insects to our natural world, especially pollinators such as bees and butterflies, is very well known. Many people choose to wear insect brooches to reflect their appreciation of environmental issues.

Sep 8, 2022

What is the oldest style of brooch?

    A lovely friend of mine recently gave me a book by Rachel Church called Accessories: Brooches, Pins and Badg...

Jun 8, 2022

Who was Jakob Bengel?

Who made these amazing pins?

Jun 8, 2022

ELOXAL - Electroplated Oxidation of Aluminium

Lightweight, sturdy and hardwearing makes aluminium the perfect metal for costume jewellery.
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