If you are new to vintage jewellery, where do you start?
Treat yourself to a vintage brooch to begin with – they’re so pretty and can be worn in a variety of ways:
- Brighten up old jackets and coats with a brooch which suits the occasion – daytime wear looks fab with kitsch 1940s vintage reverse carved Lucite brooches, while a sparkling 1960s vintage rhinestone brooch will get people talking for all the right reasons when pinned to your jacket.
- Tartan and tweed makes another return this season, and what better way to cleverly kook up your outfit and pin together your cape/ scarf than with a fantastic Scottish agate brooch. For those on a tight budget look out for Miracle jewellery, who make superb Scottish style jewellery using glass instead of real agates. If you want the real thing then prices start at around £70 for a standard vintage Scottish agate brooch, with the finer antique brooches going selling in the £100s.
- If you’re loving the Gothic trends at the moment then why not decorate yourself with genuine jewellery from the Victorian era – much of it looks as brilliant today as it did when it was first made. Modern plastic cameo jewellery compliments the look, though if you’ve not already done so then you should treat yourself to a real handmade one-of-a-kind cameo! Seriously, once you own your first proper cameo, and see what jaw-dropping beautiful works of art they really are, you’ll never go back to cheap high street one’s.
Remember, vintage brooches don’t always belong on the lapel or shoulder. Try pinning them onto purses and handbags for a touch of 1950s starlet glamour. A vintage brooch look stunning when holding your scarf, cardigan or cape in place, while all types of hat can be utterly transformed with a cute brooch You can also buy brooch ‘transformers’, handy little removable gadgets which clip onto your brooch pin and turn then into a pendant without damaging them. If you’re a dab hand at crafts, you can wrap wire around vintage rhinestone brooches and tie them to plain hair slides, turning them into fabulous hair clips and tiaras.