An illustration of a brooch created during the thirteenth century.

Brooch

An illustration of a brooch created during the thirteenth century.

An illustration of a brooch created during the twelfth century.

Brooch

An illustration of a brooch created during the twelfth century.

A diamond and ruby encrusted brooch.

Brooch

A diamond and ruby encrusted brooch.

This brooch is found in Ireland.

Brooch

This brooch is found in Ireland.

This brooch is found in Ireland.

Brooch

This brooch is found in Ireland.

This brooch is found in Ireland.

Brooch

This brooch is found in Ireland.

This brooch is found in Ireland.

Brooch

This brooch is found in Ireland.

This brooch is made out of brass and is used by Chinese women to fasten on their plaid shawls over their shoulders.

Brooch

This brooch is made out of brass and is used by Chinese women to fasten on their plaid shawls over their…

This brooch has a floral design. It is designed to be attached to garments.

Brooch

This brooch has a floral design. It is designed to be attached to garments.

This brooch has a leaf design. It is designed to be attached to garments.

Brooch

This brooch has a leaf design. It is designed to be attached to garments.

This brooch has a floral and leaf design, It is designed to be attached to garments.

Brooch

This brooch has a floral and leaf design, It is designed to be attached to garments.

This brooch has a floral and leaf design, It is designed to be attached to garments.

Brooch

This brooch has a floral and leaf design, It is designed to be attached to garments.

This brooch was made in Belgium. It is a combination of flowers, leaves, and jewels.

Brooch

This brooch was made in Belgium. It is a combination of flowers, leaves, and jewels.

This brooch was made in Belgium. It is a combination of flowers, leaves, and jewels.

Brooch

This brooch was made in Belgium. It is a combination of flowers, leaves, and jewels.

This brooch was made in Belgium. It is a combination of flowers, leaves, and jewels.

Brooch

This brooch was made in Belgium. It is a combination of flowers, leaves, and jewels.

This brooch was made in Belgium. It is a combination of flowers, leaves, and jewels.

Brooch

This brooch was made in Belgium. It is a combination of flowers, leaves, and jewels.

This brooch was made in Belgium. It is a combination of flowers, leaves, and jewels.

Brooch

This brooch was made in Belgium. It is a combination of flowers, leaves, and jewels.

This brooch was made in Belgium. It is a combination of flowers, leaves, and jewels.

Brooch

This brooch was made in Belgium. It is a combination of flowers, leaves, and jewels.

The brooch is a type of jewelry piece that is attached or pinned to a garment.

Brooch

The brooch is a type of jewelry piece that is attached or pinned to a garment.

The brooch is a type of jewelry piece that is attached or pinned to a garment.

Brooch

The brooch is a type of jewelry piece that is attached or pinned to a garment.

The brooch is a type of jewelry piece that is attached or pinned to a garment.

Brooch

The brooch is a type of jewelry piece that is attached or pinned to a garment.

This brooch is designed in a Renaissance style with a figure in the center and a bird on each side.

Brooch

This brooch is designed in a Renaissance style with a figure in the center and a bird on each side.

This brooch is delicately designed with leaves and bunches of grapes. In the center is an enamel painting of a woman and her child.

Brooch

This brooch is delicately designed with leaves and bunches of grapes. In the center is an enamel painting…

This brooch is heart shaped with ribbons of gems, dripping with pearls.

Brooch

This brooch is heart shaped with ribbons of gems, dripping with pearls.

This brooch is a flower design that is tied with a ribbon. It consists of gems.

Brooch

This brooch is a flower design that is tied with a ribbon. It consists of gems.

This brooch has a square design in the center with a half circle on each side of the square.

Brooch

This brooch has a square design in the center with a half circle on each side of the square.

This brooch is designed in a knot of diamonds and pearls and a large drooping emerald.

Brooch

This brooch is designed in a knot of diamonds and pearls and a large drooping emerald.

This brooch is made of pink pearls and diamonds, in a flower and leaf design.

Brooch

This brooch is made of pink pearls and diamonds, in a flower and leaf design.

This brooch consists of diamonds set in gold and green enamel.

Brooch

This brooch consists of diamonds set in gold and green enamel.

This brooch is in the shape of a ribbon, set in diamonds.

Brooch

This brooch is in the shape of a ribbon, set in diamonds.

An Anglo-Saxon brooch decorated with cloisonne, an ancient metalworking technique, is a multi-step enamel process used to produce jewelry, vases, and other decorative items.

Anglo-Saxon Brooch

An Anglo-Saxon brooch decorated with cloisonne, an ancient metalworking technique, is a multi-step enamel…

An Anglo-Saxon brooch with hammered work in relief.

Anglo-Saxon Brooch

An Anglo-Saxon brooch with hammered work in relief.

This round brooch is in the shape of a circle with a half moon shape laying on the interior bottom edge of the circle. It has a pin that goes through the center of the brooch.

Round Brooch

This round brooch is in the shape of a circle with a half moon shape laying on the interior bottom edge…

This round brooch is a circular design with a pin going through the center.

Round Brooch

This round brooch is a circular design with a pin going through the center.

The Royal Tara brooch is made out of bronze with niello (black metallic alloy) and gems. It was found in Drogheda, Ireland.

Royal Tara Brooch

The Royal Tara brooch is made out of bronze with niello (black metallic alloy) and gems. It was found…

This snake brooch is designed with two figure heads on each side and a kneeling female figure in the center. A snake is wrapped around all three of the figures.

Snake Brooch

This snake brooch is designed with two figure heads on each side and a kneeling female figure in the…

Brooches of gold found at Pompeii.

Brooches

Brooches of gold found at Pompeii.

"The head of a pin or brooch evidently suggested by a butterfly, a characteristic of the gold work of Mycenae." —The Encyclopedia Britannica, 1910

Butterfly Brooch

"The head of a pin or brooch evidently suggested by a butterfly, a characteristic of the gold work of…

"A brooch, consisting of a pin, and of a curved portion furnished with a hook. The curved portion was sometimes a circular ring or disc, the pin passing across its centre and sometimes an arc, the pin being as the chord, of the arc. The forms of brooches, which were commonly of gold or bronze, and more rarely of silver, were, however, as various in ancient as in modern times; for the fibula served in dress not merely as a fastening, but also as an ornament." — Smith, 1873.

Fibula

"A brooch, consisting of a pin, and of a curved portion furnished with a hook. The curved portion was…

This ribbon hat is designed with a brooch holding a rooshed ribbon and a ribbon tied right above.

Ribbon Hat

This ribbon hat is designed with a brooch holding a rooshed ribbon and a ribbon tied right above.

"The <em>peplus</em> was a shawl which commonly formed part of the dress of females. It was often fastened by meeans ofa brooch, but was frequently worn without one, in the manner represented in the annexed cut, which is copied from one of Sir W. Hamilton's vases. Each of the females in this group wears an under garmet falling down to her feet, and over it an ample <em>peplus</em>, or shawl, which she passes entirely round her body, and then throws the loose extremity of it over her left shoulder, and behind her back as distinctly seen in the sitting figure." &mdash; Anthon, 1891

Peplus

"The peplus was a shawl which commonly formed part of the dress of females. It was often fastened…

"A more graceful mode of wearing the <em>palla</em> was to attach it by means of a brooch, and allow it to hang down from the shoulders, as in the following cut, representing the statue of Phocion in the Vatican." &mdash; Anthon, 1891

Statue of Phocion

"A more graceful mode of wearing the palla was to attach it by means of a brooch, and allow…

"Pinheads and brooches formed of two stags lying down, the bodies and necks crossing each other, and the horns meeting symmetrically above the heads, forming a finial." &mdash;The Encyclopedia Britannica, 1910

Pinhead

"Pinheads and brooches formed of two stags lying down, the bodies and necks crossing each other, and…

"A circular plaque decorated with a rosette is very similar to those found at Mycenae." &mdash;The Encyclopedia Britannica, 1910

Rosette

"A circular plaque decorated with a rosette is very similar to those found at Mycenae." —The Encyclopedia…

A brooch popular during Saxon times.

Stone Quoit

A brooch popular during Saxon times.