The brooch never wavers in attracting a steady stream of admirers, but its popularity tends to ebb and flow over the years.
In 2023, brooches are in full flow—worn by all ages and genders, made in a range of materials by luxury jewelers (hello, Tiffany’s Bird on a Rock) and creators of wearable art.
Virginia-based Yoki Collections offers exquisite brooches, taking inspiration from nature and architecture as well as historical periods. This green amethyst dream from the jeweler’s Vision collection puts all of those inspirations into play.
“I’ve always been fascinated with medieval-era visual settings—as a huge fan, I may have also watched too many medieval movies,” says Yokabid Worku, founder and designer of Yoki Collections. “The piece is an abstract expression and reimagines the visual texture of a medieval garden and its surroundings. It’s like traveling back in time and admiring an enchanted secret medieval garden enclosed with wrought iron railing or standing behind courtyard arches.”
The gorgeous shade of green of the center prasiolite contrasts with a two-tone setting that’s intensified in blackened gold.
“I usually design first, then source the gemstones, but in this case, the design was conceptualized after sourcing the gemstone,” says Yokabid. “The colors of the piece collectively reimagine the backdrop under the sun: The center stone is cushion-cut, which depicts the symmetrical layout of a medieval garden, while the exterior design surrounding the center stone, set in blackened gold, represents the surrounding architecture and hints at the mysterious romantic aspect of the era.”
The brooch can be worn as a pendant, “to cater to the modern consumer desire for versatility,” Yokabid says.
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