BROOCHES ARE BACK!

Or rather, they never went away...

We love brooches. And we are not the only ones. We were not dreaming when just in the last few days/weeks we see Jennifer Hudson wearing a pin on The Voice , Dannii Minoque decorating a dress with a dazzling brooch on Let It Shine and Stephen Fry pinning his lapel with a golden badge for hosting the BAFTA awards.

From March 1st to April 1st 2017, Woldstone presents ‘Brooch Festival 2017' - a Spotlight exhibition dedicated to brooches, badges and pins.

Hare in Moonlight Paul Preston, aka Red Mole £340

Hare in Moonlight Paul Preston, aka Red Mole £340

Alan Craxford's But Some Look at the Stars; blue rhodium plated silver, 18ct gold, black diamonds and pink spinel £3850.00

Alan Craxford's But Some Look at the Stars; blue rhodium plated silver, 18ct gold, black diamonds and pink spinel £3850.00

Why brooches?  They are versatile and artistic jewellery pieces. Brooches have rarely disappeared from the catwalk – brooches are modern, refreshing, elegant and playful; they are worn by men as well as women and can be attached to scarves, collars, dresses, lapels, centered on a buttoned-up collar, attached to belts, ties and bags.

As one of the exhibition's featured designers Sarah Parker-Eaton explained “The brooch is one of the most enduring and personal jewellery items; for me they have always been a glorious way to signal something about your personality that may not immediately be apparent. Brooches are never only accessories - they will always make a statement!".

We want you to be inspired by Woldstone’s collection of wonderful and unique brooches and pins by leading contemporary goldsmiths and silversmiths - and give brooches a stab.

The brooches, pins and badges exhibited during March 2017 are exquisite examples of contrasting styles and materials - from the humorous, to the narrative, to the luxury and the geometric. The 2017 Festival shows work by the crème de la crème of contemporary goldsmiths, many award-winning, and many new to the gallery for this exhibition. They are master craftsmen -  working with a wide range of media including fine, precious metals, rare gemstones, vitreous enamel, ceramic, wood and acrylic.  

Dorothy Hogg Artery Series Silver and beaded brooch £645.00

Dorothy Hogg Artery Series Silver and beaded brooch £645.00

We are particularly delighted to welcome the work of Paul Preston, aka Red Mole, Alan Craxford and Professor Dorothy Hogg MBE; legendary goldsmiths with an international following.

YOUR FESTIVAL INVITATION

Please come along, bring a friend, marvel at these contemporary brooches, try them on – they are masterpieces at the very heart of art jewellery and jewellers’ artistry.