Estate and vintage jewelry yields some gorgeous brooches and pins, so many you sometimes wonder how all the women could wear them all. Looking at pictures might lead you to believe they mostly switched out their favorite pins in one spot on their upper breast. That one-pin-one-place mentality might be way old-fashioned, but gorgeous brooches made from high quality metals and precious stones can’t be written off that easily. Here’s how to update brooch-wearing, so that next time you spot a lovely one while browsing pawn shops in Fort Lauderdale, you won’t hesitate to snatch it up.
Change the location: Why the upper breast was the purgatory of pins, we’ll never know, but these days, we see them on collars of blouses or coats, adding pizzazz to a handbag, or on infinity scarves, which are probably in need of a little updating about now. And if you’re changing the location, also think about closer to the shoulder, on the shoulder, or at the waist.
Make it functional: You’ve seen how the young girls tie their T-shirts in the back to make them more fitted? You can use a brooch the same way with any of today’s flowy blouses, sweaters, and dresses. A brooch also makes a wonderful clasp for a shawl.
Change the style: Group several pins together to form a shoulder cascade, or to accentuate a neckline. You can even buy a brooch converter chain that will turn any pin into a necklace. Several strands of beads also look sharp gathered with a brooch.
At National Pawn and Jewelry in Fort Lauderdale, we source a lot of jewelry from estate collections, which are often rich with unusual pins and brooches. Come on in and see.