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The brooch, somewhat neglected in recent years, is coming out of obscurity as a key daywear accessory that can be adapted to your mood or personality. Let’s lift the lid on some designs appearing at the forthcoming BIJORHCA PARIS.

Nature back in force

Brooches in fascinating flora and fauna shapes go back to René Lalique and Art Nouveau. For her “Métamorphose” line, designer Victorian Rehab marries real butterfly and beetle wings with brass and resin to create an exceptionally beautiful cabinet of curiosities. Portuguese designer Bruno da Rocha is fascinated by insects. For him, they must be extra-large and worn on a jacket lapel. His impressive spiders are decorated in rock crystal and onyx and his charming dragonflies are set with aquamarine and haematoid quartz. Mbex has exhibited at BIJORHCA PARIS for several years now, travelling from Brazil with pieces made from woven natural gold-coloured straw decorated with an exotic bird made from coloured beads. His “Fauna do Tocantins” brooch pays tribute to the extraordinary fauna which grows on the banks of the River Tocantins in the state of the same name. French brand Taratata also takes its inspiration from water for the fish brooch in its “Bonita” collection. Made from silver-plated metal and hand-painted resin, the little fish is adorned with shiny paillettes to look like silver scales. Lili la Pie fish-shaped “Sauzon” brooch appears to be dangling from a fishing line. Elise Faucheux, designer at Liz Créations, specialises in jewellery made from rolls of polymer paste. Her fish is a colourful mosaic creation with a slightly comic strip feel. L’Indochineur operates between Paris and Hanoi, crafting coloured lacquer jewellery. Calling upon the talents of skilled artisans in Vietnam, the brand’s artistic director Lyla Denoyel designs butterflies, dragonflies and exotic flowers from lacquered buffalo horn. Miss Pompon showcases beautiful flowers on enamelled metal discs adorned with glass beads and pom-poms. Laeti Trema is known for her jewellery with exotic names and shapes. Her “Madagascar” brooch replicates the majestic foliage of palm trees with enamel detail.

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