For those who want to do the pinning themselves, the lapel is an obvious point. From the middle of the 20th century, said Ms. Fasel, it had become common to wear a brooch on the left lapel. “You shake your hand on the right, you wear your brooch on the left,” she said.
Another natural brooch stain that Ms. Giannini is involved in is the center of a collar. For a L’Officiel cover last year, actress Anya Taylor-Joy wore a sizable Moussaieff pearl, diamond and ruby brooch just below her chin. Lily James, the actress, was spotted wearing a small Victorian star brooch from Moira Fine Jewelery in the center of the collar of a starched white blouse.
“But put them wherever you want,” said Mrs. Giannini.
Chloe Beeney, a stylist in London, said, “You can place them on the waist, shoulder, neck and chest line.” Brooches also appear on bags, front and back V-necks, cuffs, handbags, backpacks, hair, and shoes.
Remember, Ms. Ettlinger Gross said, “Brooches draw attention to wherever we pin them.”
Hope for a pin
The bullets have been gaining popularity on ecommerce websites lately. Ms. Giannini attributes this to “Millennials and Gen Zers who are moving away from fast fashion and looking for integrity in upcycling and recycling”.
The most desirable decade? For clients of Susan Caplan, a luxury vintage jewelry specialist in London, it was the successful dress of the 1980s when Armani, Versace, Lagerfeld and Lacroix arrived. Chanel’s boldest pieces appeared. Van Cleef & Arpels designers were in the moonlight for Trifari, the costume jewelery company, while Monet, Trifari’s competitor, made triple-gold-plated brooches for Yves Saint Laurent – “perfect for his sharp shoulders that were almost billboards,” Ms. Ettlinger said Big.