Make a statement with these high jewellery brooches

Make a statement with these high jewellery brooches

In honour of Madeleine Albright (1937 – 2022), who as US secretary of state frequently communicated her diplomatic intentions through a vast collection of brooches, we revisit an exquisite array of high jewellery pieces, first featured in Wallpaper’s October 2016 issue

The brooch as a jewel form has been somewhat undervalued in recent years. Commonly perceived as being out of sync with contemporary tastes, its often-baroque nature is often dismissed as being too narrative rich for simpler, cleaner tastes. But brooches are best viewed beyond fashion, in high jewellery terms, as three-dimensional sculptures that push expectations of the materials used. Unlike like rings or earrings, they are not restricted to a particular part of the body – brooches allow designers and makers broader artistic scope. Toying with scale, perspective and traditional notions, as our story (first published in Wallpaper’s October 2016 issue) shows, when designed and crafted at this level, the brooch can become a powerful art object in its own right.
 

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