Brooches & Pins

Brooch 1The brooch evolved originally from the fibula of safety-pin form namely a metal brooch resembling a safety pin. This term is sometimes loosely applied to any form of ancient brooch.

The body of the brooch can take many forms such as a disc, ring, heart, flower, insect, bow-knot, or indeed any fantasy shape. Brooches have been made in many sizes and have been decorated with enamelling, engraving, gemstones etc. Sometimes brooches are embellished with a suspended pearl, tassel, small pendant or other similar items. 

A modern brooch usually has at the back a pin and a catch, sometimes a form of safety-catch, to prevent the brooch from being lost. Formally, both men and women wore brooches but they are now only worn by women.