There is a renaissance going on in the fashion world (not, by far, for the first time). A trend long forgotten in storming its way back into the spotlight. The Rhinestone brooch, long considered an artifact from a time long since passed, is starting to be seen again on women across the world. They are an affordable choice versus more expensive types, such as pearl brooches.
Vintage Rhinestone Chanel Brooch Ideas
Rhinestone Chanel brooches have become much more intricate in manufacture since they have come back into fashion. There is one difference between the brooches being made now, and in ages past. Brooches now are of a much higher quality, and are often much more exquisite due to the advances in stone setting and cutting technology, meaning that stones are presented far more beautifully, and often appearing much more attractive.
A Rhinestone Chanel brooch can be bought in many shapes, colors, and sizes, and will often match many different outfits.
Styles can be modern, with swirls and floral designs, some prefer a vintage rhinestone brooch design, sometimes in the shape of animals, like the very common butterfly brooch design, or the simpler flower brooch. They can come in many different colors, meaning that you can usually find a brooch to match any outfit.
Many celebrities have incorporated Rhinestone Brooches into their wardrobes, so next time you’re reading a fashion mag or blog, keep a lookout for the latest designs of brooches, as many stars have their own stylists who keep up with all the latest trends.
Many brides often incorporate a vintage brooch into their outfits for their big day, now that it is back in fashion. There is even a microtrend towards the rhinestone vintage brooch bridal bouquet, which is where you collect a number of brooches, and arrange them to look like a bouquet of shiny stones and metal. The results can be nothing short of stunning.
As you can tell, brooches are very diverse. And there are many more materials used used to decorate a pin brooch, such as an amber brooch. Amber is again, used to add to the feeling of oldness, often used to accessorize with a vintage or retro outfit, they are often sculpted by jewelers into beautiful shapes, of many sizes. A pearl brooch, is the most common type of wedding or bridal brooch, due to the obviously similar coloration. A hair brooch or feather brooch are two other common materials used, if you are looking for ideas.
If price is a consideration, thereby eliminating the possibility of a gold brooch, or even a silver brooch, and definitely no gemstones, rhinestones in a brooch are a great option. Many manufacturers sell this type of brooch wholesale, so you can save money, without skimping on quality. Many of them are making brooches that look vintage, as this is in fashion at the moment.
Buying new vintage brooches is recommended over finding ones made back a few decades, as they are not as durable as diamonds, and the stones and metal often fade and wear quite a bit. But if you do decide to look for some vintage jewellery, here are some things to avoid:
Worn brooch plating: missing or bent parts, and poorly executed repair jobs (soldering is easily observed).
Coral brooch repairs: A coral brooch simply can’t be repaired, so this means that you need to ensure that it is mostly intact.
Green brooch buildup: This is caused by moisture, and doesn’t look any good on a brooch. This can be fixed, but should be used to try and knock the price down. On a rhinestone, opal or pearl brooch, use ketchup to remove the green gunk.
Broken brooch clasps: Some can be replaced easily like a lobster or spring ring clasp, but a lot of the time, it is more trouble than it’s worth, as you will need a jeweler to do the hard work on it.
So for many reasons, I personally would recommend you avoid the many hassles of a really old vintage rhinestone brooch, and instead go for a faux vintage brooch. Happy hunting!