I was disappointed as I started rendering tonight’s design.  I thought the design concept might be a flop.  However, upon working out the curves of metal in my mind as I rendered, and then adding the gouache highlights, I was pleased to see that this brooch design is one with a lot of potential, if not just “fine as is!”

Colored pencil and gouache gold and diamond swirl brooch rendering by Joana Miranda
Colored Pencil and Gouache Gold and Diamond Swirl Brooch Rendering by Joana Miranda

There are many ways to wear a brooch beyond the traditional spot on a lapel.  Here are some fun suggestions to try:

  • Pin the brooch onto a fancy evening bag for added sparkle
  • Affix the brooch onto a hat for a look that is uniquely yours
  • Use the brooch to anchor a scarf artfully to your clothing
  • Accent a focal point on a dress – such as the décolleté, the gathers at the hip, or a plunging back – with an artfully placed brooch
  • Decorate a hair ribbon with a brooch for instant sophistication

If any of you have more suggestions for great ways to wear a brooch, please write in and let me know!


  1. Kim Meller says:

    This would be great in different sizes. Can I afford it as it gets bigger, probably not, but I love it.

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