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Brooches: A royal trend

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, in Canada last year

In recent years, brooches seem to have been something of a forgotten jewellery trend, lacking the popularity of more commonly worn items like rings and pendants. However, this season they are back in a huge way, with more and more celebrities are getting snapped in their pretty pins.

Kate Middleton may have sparked the resurgence of the trend, as she has stepped out on many royal appearances in a number of stunning pieces. Her fondness for brooches was first noticeable during her first official trip as the Duchess of Cambridge in Canada last year, where she wore a diamond and platinum brooch with a maple leaf design that was originally a present from Canada to the Queen. Photos of Kate at the royal occasion had the public clamouring to get their hands on unique vintage and antique pieces in a bid to imitate her sophisticated style.

On Saint Patrick’s Day this year, Kate was spotted wearing a charming gold shamrock brooch on her visit to the Irish Guards in Aldershot, and for the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations she sported a silver double dolphin brooch – a wedding gift from the Royal Navy. It seems that for every occasion, Kate has a brooch to match, and each piece not only accessorises the outfit in an elegant way, but can also become a symbol of support.

If you want to recreate Kate’s fashion statement, why not try delving into the antique stores in Hatton Garden? As London’s most distinguished jewellery district, there are a number of retailers that specialise in antique jewellery and brooches. Landsburg & Son, for instance, are a family-run jewellers that provide fine antique and Art Deco pieces from Roman times up to the 1950s, and offer a number of brooches that emulate those chosen by the Duchess herself.

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