The imperial accessory, studded with precious gems, makes a comeback this season
Brooches were at their peak in the 70s, and have made a red-carpet comeback as oversized accessories on fall runways this year. Pinned to jacket-lapels, knots of scarves, denim jackets, under blouse collars, or as highlights on cardigans, they have been revived by labels like Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Suno and Balen-ciaga. Our pick of the season’s best brooches will give you a shot at making a royal statement.
— Sneha Jalan
The Fleur de Lis has adorned the British and French royalty’s coat of arms for several generations. This vintage Fleur de Lis brooch from London-based Butler and Winson was made in the 1980s and features baguette and round-cut clear Swarovski crystal embellishments. Pin it on a colour blocked silk dress and get the party started. Rs.13,574 on susancaplan.co.uk
The five-inch Royal Swan brooch was designed by David Mir for Trifari in 1941. The swan has a baroque pearl belly, with black enamel, crystal and ruby rhinestones, and emerald glass cabochons adorning the crown. The antique was featured in Brunialti’s American Costume Jewelry, (renowned study on American costume jewellery from 1930-1950) Vol 2 and given a five-star rating reserved for the rarest of jewels. The collector’s special is priced at Rs.3,30,777. Details: rubylane.com
Gehna Jewellers features this diamond and ruby brooch, set in 18 carat gold. Its kundan-jadau work reflects Rajasthani splendor and the embossed centre piece makes for a great conversation starter. Rs,3,35,000. At the showroom in Mumbai. Details: 022 61201234
The panther has inspired Cartier’s elegant collection of jewellery, showcasing multiple facets of the animal that is bold, regal and sensual. This 18 carat white gold and diamond panther head pin is set with emerald eyes and an onyx nose. This jewel promises to keep you in the spotlight. Rs.6,88,797, on order at Boutique Cartier – DLF Emporio Mall, New Delhi. Details: 011 46788888
By the hilt
Turn into a warrior princess with this jewel-encrusted Estoc sword brooch from Mumbai-based fashion jewellery brand, Prerto. Known for its hand-crafted and edgy designs, this piece, which is part of its Farah Sanjana 2015 show for Lakme, is handmade with 18 carat gold plating, and embedded with Swarovski crystals. Rs.3,200. Details: prerto.com
Nizam’s night out
This glamorous khalgi (turban brooch) comes from Ganjam’s Nizam Collection. It features green tourmalines, yellow sapphires, diamonds and a teardrop pearl. Traditionally meant to adorn silk turbans, you can remove the detachable feather and use it on kurtas and sherwanis as well. At the Bengaluru showroom, on order. Approximately Rs.8,00,000.
This extra-large statement brooch from Givenchy was worn by Swedish actress, Noomi Rapace at the 2015 Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter collection. Featuring silver-tone brass, crystal embellishments and a faux pearl drop, the intricate filigree detailing is reminiscent of the work that adorned the coats of arms of Austrian, French and British royalty. Rs.77,426 at farfetch.com
Pride of place
Stylist and designer Little Shilpa’s Mensa Epaulette brooch for Bombay Electric combines military regalia with maharaja chic. Handmade,with two silk brocade epaulettes and a medal of honor brooch on an antique chain. Perfect for dressing up a heavy woolen jacket this winter. Rs.6,900. At Bombay Electric, Mumbai. Details: 022 22876276
The khalgi instantly transforms the wedding or festive look. Popularised by Indian royalty, this classic piece is usually worn by the groom. What makes this piece from Amrapali special are the strands of emeralds, that layer on the luxe factor. Rs.2,00,000 onwards. On order at the Amrapali store on KNK Road. Details: 42085814