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75 years ago this weekend (10th December 1936) the whole of the UK were tuned into their wireless' to listen to the news that King Edward VIII had renounced his throne in order to marry an American divorcee he was in love with. That woman was Wallis Simpson (born Bessie Wallis Warfield; 1896-1986) an American socialite who was twice divorced before she met him.
Wallis soon became as well known for being a fashion icon as for being the woman whom the King gave up his throne for. She was known particularly for her love of jewellery, especially brooches. Here are some vintage brooches that we feel reflect Wallis' love for them.
Red enamel and rhinestone Trifari designer apple brooch from 1950s: This Trifari apple brooch (below) is in perfect condition and is made from shiny red enamel and has crystal rhinestones and a gold-plated back with safety clasp. This striking brooch is just a joy and is a collector's item. Signed Trifari TM.
A Pink crystal rhinestone Hollywood glam brooch (below) from 1950s - This truly beautiful big pink brooch is pure glamour.
This cute retro-style brooch (below) is made up of bright red rhinestones in the shape of a butterfly. Striking and Christmassy!! Good for a present too or wear yourself on a Christmas party little black dress...
Look out too for the film W.E about their romance which is directed by Madonna and in cinema's from January 2012. The costumes look amazing and will no doubt influence designers next winter in their collections.
I hope you love these brooches as much as I do. Please do comment on what your favourite vintage jewellery is.
Love Lovely x