There are so many pieces of jewelry to wear, but one of the oldest and versatile ones are vintage brooches. Some people might think that this is very old-fashioned. However, wearing a brooch often indicate elegance and a sense of fashion.
It is no longer popular to wear one casually nowadays, but there are still some notable ones that you might want to check out. Here are some of the most iconic vintage brooches in history.
Cullinan III and IV
This very first one has been around for quite some time. In fact, it has been passed down to generations. The Cullinan Diamond is considered to be the biggest gem-quality diamond that been discovered 18 ft below the surface of the earth. This particular diamond was found in 1905 in South Africa and it weighs about 3106 carats. The diamond was given to King Edward VII as a gift.
Since the diamond was too big, it had to be cut. It took a team of experts to split and cut the Cullinan for 8 months. It was in 1910 when Queen Mary set the diamonds into a brooch. The Cullinan III and IV weigh 94.4 and 63.6 carats. You might have been familiar with it since up to this day, Queen Elizabeth II, who is Queen Mary’s grand-daughter, is still wearing this vintage brooch occasionally.
The Hooker Emerald
This next vintage brooch is known to be the most iconic one of all time. The massive emerald stone on this brooch was said to be found in a mine in Colombia. The stone was originally owned by Sultan Abdul Hamid II of Turkey and he wore it as a belt between 1876 to 1909. However, it was sold to Paris along with the Hope Diamond.
The whereabouts of the emerald were unknown for decades until it appeared as a brooch created by Tiffany and Co. Heiress and philanthropist, Janet Annenberg Hooker bought the brooch in 1955 for over half a million dollars. However, this broch was then donated to the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution.
Elizabeth Taylor was truly one of the most popular actresses of her time. She also became one of the highest-paid actresses in film history. Which is why it is not very surprising that she managed to have her own jewelry collection. However, one of the most popular pieces that she owned was given to her by a fellow actor and husband, Richard Burton.
The emerald and diamond brooch was actually one of her engagement presents. This was reportedly made by Bulgari and was previously owned by the Grand Duchess of Russia.
These are just some of the most iconic vintage brooches in history. What made them iconic is the history behind them. They may not be the most expensive ones today, but they sure have secured their way as a part of the jewelry history. Some of these brooches can be found in museums and some of them are still being worn.