By Danielle Olivia Tefft, Jewelry Writer
Figurals can be defined as caricatures of animals, objects or people. Yes, there are the usual suspects like birds, butterflies, fish, cats and dogs. Many people have entire collections of beloved figural brooches. (Brooches are also referred to as pins for you young jewelry lovers out there!) I love them, too. But I really love less common figural brooches. Especially, those you don't see being made very often anymore.
I have a personal collection of vintage figural brooches that are dear to me. I still wear them from time to time when I'm feeling nostalgic. For instance, I have an artist's palette brooch that reminds me of my mother who was a gifted artist. Motherhood interrupted her formal schooling at Pratt in New York City where she excelled. I have a camel that reminds me of my grandmother. One of her few vices in life were the Camel brand cigarettes she smoked like a chimney.
I also love to give figural brooches as gifts, especially when I stumble across one I know someone in my life will just love. I just found a Boston Terrier brooch in an antiques and collectibles mall that I know will bring a smile to a dear friend's face. Even if there isn't a soul in my life to appreciate the figural brooches I pick up here and there, I am always a sucker for them. The more unique and whimsical the brooch, the better. Like the following examples. Most are not signed. Enjoy the photos!
Do you have a favorite vintage figural brooch? Or do you collect figural brooches of one sort or another? Please let us know in the comments section. Also, if you love jewelry from all eras, don't forget to subscribe to this blog so you won't miss an article!
Danielle Olivia Tefft is a professional writer with a lifelong passion for gems, jewelry and fashion. She is a GIA accredited jewelry professional and the owner of online antique and vintage jewelry shop, Treasure Box Antiques. Current projects include ghostwriting jewelry and fashion blogs for clients worldwide. When she is not writing, she spends time in the garden, spoiling her cats and traveling with her significant other. Would you like to hire her to write for you? Visit her website danielleoliviatefftwrites.com for more information or email her directly: email@example.com.
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