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Brooches & Pins

Brooches and pins were some of the first pieces of jewellery invented, as they are very useful for holding clothing in place. Nowadays they are still used to hold a collar or scarf tightly around the neck on a cold day.

Famous Brooches and Their Owners

Mrs Wallis Simpson

One of the most famous brooch owners was Mrs Wallis Simpson, the American divorcee who caused a constitutional crisis in Great Britain by marrying King Edward VIII after he abdicated the throne. She was a great collector of jewellery, many pieces bought for her by her husband. After her death an auction of her jewels raised over $45,000,000 for charity. Her close friend, the Holywood actress Elizabeth Taylor, bought one of Wallis' brooches. It was a diamond brooch, designed by Edward, and known as the Prince of Wales Brooch. Elizabeth Taylor paid $566,000 for it as a sentimental reminder of her friend.

Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor's own collection contained a diamond and emerald brooch given to her by the actor Richard Burton on their engagement in 1962. It was designed and made by Bulgari and the emerald is believed to have once belonged to the Grand Duchess Vladimir of Russia.

Presidents and Politicians

The President of the United States is never to be seen without a pin of the Stars and Stripes flag on his lapel. Barack Obama stopped wearing the pin after 9/11 saying "I decided I won't wear that pin on my chest. Instead I'm going to try to tell the American people what I believe ... and hopefully that will be a testimony to my patriotism." The controversy that ensued ended with Barack Obama wearing his pin every day.

Bee Happy - Cherished Pin from our Equilibrium Range Bee Happy - Cherished Pin from our Equilibrium Range
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Bee Happy - Cherished Pin from our Equilibrium Range Give someone you care about this pretty, silver-coloured bee pin to bring them inspiration, and wish them success and happiness.  The bee is covered in clear, sparkly crystals and comes on a yellow card which reads: "Pins to Cherish Bee happy ... Bee happy, bee bright, but most importantly be you. Handmade especially for you with love ... x" Pin…
Guardian Angel - Cherished Pin from our Equilibrium Range Guardian Angel - Cherished Pin from our Equilibrium Range
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Guardian Angel - Cherished Pin from our Equilibrium Range Give someone dear to you this silver-coloured angel wing to keep them safe.  The wing has clear, sparkly crystals and the card reads: "Pins to Cherish A Guardian Angel to keep you safe ... Keep this wing with you wherever you go, Your Guardian Angel will watch over you. Handmade especially for you with love ... x" Pin size: 2 x 1 cm
Love You to the Moon - Cherished Pin from our Equilibrium Range Love You to the Moon - Cherished Pin from our Equilibrium Range
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Love You to the Moon - Cherished Pin from our Equilibrium Range Tell someone special how much you love them with this pretty, handmade pin in the shape of a silver crescent moon and clear crystal, glittery star.  It comes on a backing card which reads: "Pins to Cherish Love you to the moon and back .... I love you more than all the stars in the sky and more than there are fish in the sea.   Keep t…
Lucky Elephant - Cherished Pin from our Equilibrium Range Lucky Elephant - Cherished Pin from our Equilibrium Range
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Lucky Elephant - Cherished Pin from our Equilibrium Range Give someone you care about this pretty, silver-coloured elephant pin to bring them good luck.  The elephant is covered in clear, sparkly crystals and comes on a red card which reads: "Pins to Cherish A lucky elephant for you ... Keep this lucky elephant with you, to bring Good Luck. Point his trunk towards the sky and believe ... ... all b…
Sparkly Daffodil Brooch from our Equilibrium range Sparkly Daffodil Brooch from our Equilibrium range
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Sparkly Daffodil Brooch from our Equilibrium range A radiant, yellow daffodil brooch, finished off with sparkling crystals. This brooch comes boxed and is from our Equilbrium range. Size: 4 x 4 cm
Sparkly Star Pin - Cherished Pin from our Equilibrium Range Sparkly Star Pin - Cherished Pin from our Equilibrium Range
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Sparkly Star Pin - Cherished Pin from our Equilibrium Range Inspire friends and family by giving each of them one of these pretty, handmade pins in the shape of a silvery star with clear, sparkly crystals.  It comes on a yellow backing card which reads: "Pins to Cherish To brings a little sparkle ... Don't be afraid to sparkle when you feel low. Leave a little sparkle wherever you go. Handmade esp…
Violet Pansy & Crystal Brooch Violet Pansy & Crystal Brooch
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Pretty, silver-plated brooch in the shape and colour of a violet pansy, with a small crystal in the centre to make it sparkle. Supplied in a gift box, from the Equilibrium range. Victorian Britain was a time of repressed emotions and open displays of love were frowned upon. Flowers were used to send coded messages between lovers or would be lovers.  Pansies came to mean "I am thinking of you" or "…
We Fit Together - Cherished Pin from our Equilibrium Range We Fit Together - Cherished Pin from our Equilibrium Range
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We Fit Together - Cherished Pin from our Equilibrium Range Buy these pretty pins for you and the special someone in your life.  Each pin is in the shape of a silver-coloured jigsaw puzzle piece which fit together to form a clear, sparkly heart.  They are supplied on a red card, which reads: "Pins to Cherish We fit together ... A piece for you and a piece for me. Keep me with you and remember me. H…

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