Brooches are little sculptures made of precious gems and metals. They can take any shape a jeweler's mind can imagine, from flowers to bugs to abstract swirls and starbursts of sparkling glamour. But brooches, along with things like scarves, belong to that special category of luxury accessories that can flummox even the most confident and admiring sartorialist. One look at a lovely brooch has one saying "Ohhh, but what do I DO with that?" The array of beautiful brooches in our Important Summer Auction
has us wanting answers to that question. So with the help of some famous faces and the behind-the-scenes stylists who tell them what to wear, we're to here to show you that anyone can wear a brooch, to great and beautiful effect.
Traditionally, brooches were meant to fasten items of clothing together. Hence the pin. Slowly, they migrated onto our shoulders, or rather onto the shoulders of our grandmothers. And we've mostly left them there ever since. But it doesn't have to be that way. Below: four creative ways to wear