Brooches are being worn by women to make a statement about style and flair. Women like the Australian Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, and former US Secretary of State, Madeline Albright, are known for the elegant brooches they wear, as are Kate Middleton and Nicole Kidman.
They are often large, of a striking design and they stand out against a plain suit jacket or silk shirt.
Some are playful and modern, like the large blue plastic parrot below made by Buch & Deichmann from Copenhagen, Denmark, from the 1970s.
Other brooches are more delicate, antique and beautifully crafted in gold.