London Taxi

This cute little brooch of a London Taxi is by Atwood and Sawyer, one of the few UK based vintage jewellery companies.  Atwood and Sawyer was founded by Horas Atwood (Mr Sauer was a silent partner) in Wales in 1956,…

Flower Circle

This brooch is made of silver in a stylized flower form with a nod to Pre-Columbian design.  I found the brooch in a small jeweller in the Northamptonshire market town of Oundle.  Usually when I purchase a brooch the seller…

Snowman

This snowman brooch is probably American, there are no marks so I cannot be totally sure.  It is a fairly large brooch measuring 9cm (4”) high.  I like the small details in this brooch, the icicles dangling down from his…

Three Ovals

This brooch is from the famous French fashion label Yves Saint Laurent.  In the 1980s there was a revival of costume jewellery, inspired by the accessories in the glamorous USA soap operas of the time – Dallas and Dynasty.  Who…

Orchid

This magnificent brooch depicting an orchid is by Stanley Hagler.  Stanley was born in Denver, Colorado in 1923, he graduated with a degree in law from Colorado university in 1949 after his war service.  He initially worked for Miriam Haskell…

Vase of Sunflowers

This brooch is by Avon, the cosmetic company founded in 1886 and began marketing jewellery in 1971.  For a short period 1980-1984, Avon owned Trifari.  Avon jewellery does not have an identifiable ‘house style’, it was designed with the mass…