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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 on Flower Brooch Bee on Flower Brooch
£15.00
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Bee on Flower Brooch This is a bright and colourful brooch, featuring a yellow and black striped bee on a white and blue flower.  There are clear CZ stones on the wings of the bee which gives it extra sparkle.
Guardian Angel Pin - Courage and Wisdom Guardian Angel Pin - Courage and Wisdom
£5.00
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Guardian Angel Pin - Courage Give someone the gift of courage with this guardian angel pin.  The crystal pin comes on a presentation card which reads: "Guardian Angel Meaningful Pin Angel of wisdom and courage. If you open up your heart to angels and just invite them in, a whole new world of living is certain to begin. Size: 2 x 1 cm
Guardian Angel Pin - Healing and Confidence Guardian Angel Pin - Healing and Confidence
£5.00
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Guardian Angel Pin - Confidence Give someone the gift of confidence with this guardian angel pin.  The crystal pin comes on a presentation card which reads: "Guardian Angel Meaningful Pin Angel of healing and confidence Whenever you are trouble and think that no-one cares, look around and you will find your Guardian Angel's there." Size: 2 x 1 cm
Guardian Angel Pin - Patience Guardian Angel Pin - Patience
£5.00
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Guardian Angel Pin - Patience Give someone the gift of hope and patience with this guardian angel pin.  The crystal pin comes on a presentation card which reads: "Guardian Angel Meaningful Pin Angel of hope and patience. For every moment you loose a little hope, there is an angel whistering 'I am with you'." Size: 2 x 1 cm
Infinity Heart CZ Brooch Infinity Heart CZ Brooch
£13.00
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Infinity Heart CZ Brooch There is an infinity knot at the top of this silver-coloured heart brooch.  The brooch is studded with clear, CZ stones.
Poppy and CZ Brooch Poppy and CZ Brooch
£12.00
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Poppy and CZ Brooch Red poppies and clear CZ stones form this heart-shaped brooch, which comes in a gift box. Size: 4 x 3 cm
Poppy Brooch Poppy Brooch
£12.00
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A beautiful, sparkly, crystal brooch in the shape of a heart, with two red poppies on one side. Comes in a gift box. Size: 3 cm x 4 cm

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