Pins and Brooches
A pin or brooch, the words are sometimes used interchangeably, describes a piece of jewelry with some form of decoration on one side of a flat surface or as part of the fastener. On the underside, when a flat surface is part of the piece, is a thin, long piece of metal with a sharp point at one end and is connected to the jewelry at the other end for the purpose of attaching it to a piece of clothing, Their original purpose was as a clothing fastener; this use dates back to ancient times and was used by both men and women. In the case of Scottish kilts, shoppers can still purchase them for their fastening purposes for an authentic, traditional look. Today's use is usually decorative.
Today, when people talk about brooches, they are frequently talking about pieces that are dated in look, and are often older items, possibly antiques. This is an old-fashioned term for many people and for that reason it is most often used in reference to the history of pins and brooches. Their long history means this jewelry has reflected every fashion tradition since their creation and samples of this can be found in every price range by shoppers.
Pins and brooches have always been seen as jewelry; a point of view that continues to this day. They are made from every usable material and come in every form, style and size in costume jewelry, as well as, precious metals, and precious and semi-precious stones. Silver is a popular choice today, both for its appearance and price. Silver is a softer, more flexible metal, and allows designers to shape it into their design vision more easily than the other precious metals. While silver's flexibility makes is vulnerable to being bumped against other objects, the placement of a pin in a lapel or other parts of clothing and hats, can easily keep it out of harm's way. However, gold remains very popular, as always, with jewelry shoppers; it is an ideal metal to show off most of the gemstones used by jewelers. Platinum, more expensive than white gold, is growing in popularity. Its appearance has the same white matte finish as white gold, but it is more durable and requires no maintenance.
The use of pins in today's fashion, is favored by both men and women. This versatile item makes it a decorative piece for hats and is frequently seen on ladies' apparel worn today.
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