Brooches originate from the Bronze Age and are perhaps the oldest form of jewelry. Frequently fashioned out of metal and decorated with gemstones or enamel, brooches were originally used to serve a function--to fasten garments such as sweaters or cloaks. It wasn't until the 19th Century that brooches evolved into ornamental pieces to dress up everyday wardrobes.
As the function for brooches has changed over time, so has the fashion. Today, vintage and vintage-look brooches are still popular; however, the brooch's appeal has advanced from the once traditional collar or shoulder display. As seen on leading fashion-forecasting sites, including Worth Global Style Network (WGSN) and on top fashion runways, brooches with chain offer a touch of vintage femininity with a luxurious, yet bold twist.
Similar to the sweater guard, a brooch with chain features draped chain(s) or beaded strands that link stylish brooches at each end. By using original brooches with a combination of chains, pearl and glass bead strands, and/or lace and ribbon accents, the chained brooch becomes a modern-day accessory for evening gowns, cardigans, slacks, vests and more. Use ready-to-wear brooches or design your own brooch with chain by attaching pin backs to focal components, then attach chains and bead strands with jump rings to create a similar style.
There are several ways to wear and embellish your wardrobe with the versatile design of the chained brooch. A few methods to display a brooch with chain include:
Great for every occasion or event, the chained brooch gives wardrobes a new fun look.
Placing the brooch at the middle of your chest and the secondary focal at either hip
Positioning each brooch at both right and left shoulder locations, to simulate a necklace
Attaching each brooch at both right and left hip locations, to simulate a waist belt
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