Blossoms, insects and marine creatures come to life in the latest brooches with pearls, crystals and enamel.
China suppliers of brooches are drawing inspiration from nature in creating new products, with the latest releases shaped like plants and animals.
Clusters of rhinestones are arranged into the petals and leaflets of radially symmetric blooms and clovers. Some models feature a full bouquet. Enamel is also employed to color the surface. Designs for the UK often incorporate pearls, while shell and wooden beads are added to styles for Germany and Poland.
Jewelry depicting a variety of beasts is expected to be the best-sellers throughout the year. Insects such as butterflies, ladybugs, spiders and dragonflies remain popular.
Makers are promoting variants in the form of water dwellers to clients in Asia. Dolphins, seahorses, frogs, and tropical and starfish are the common motifs.
Pins resembling wild and domesticated creatures are also available. These include leopards, elephants, bears, cats, dogs, horses, sheep and rabbits. Swan, owl, peacock and other avian shapes are marketed to US buyers. The wings on birds and insects can be shown folded or spread.
Another emerging trend is the use of feathers. Most are black, although red, purple, blue, white and pink may be adopted. Peacock plumes are interspersed as well. The quills are often combined with lace, rhinestones, faux pearls and sequins. Several brooches that utilize these embellishments can double as a hairpin.
China-made brooches come in various materials and trimmings. The majority has a metal base and rhinestone inlays. The other decorative elements are glass, plastic, natural stone, shell and wooden beads. Fabric-based designs are available.
Apart from following fashion trends, companies release themed models for holidays such as Christmas and Halloween.
Prices are between $0.10 and $28 per piece, depending on the material and workmanship. The former accounts for 60 to 80 percent of quotes.
Low-end products top out at $2 and are made of iron, or lead, tin, zinc or copper alloy, and plated in rhodium. They have simple animal, plant, holiday and letter contours. Rhinestones and beads are the typical ornaments. Some styles are painted, printed, engraved and enameled.
Textile pins fall under this segment. Cotton, nylon and polyester satin and voile are sewn into flowers and bows, then adorned with feathers, plastic beads, sequins and tassels.
Models that have a single freshwater pearl measuring 5 to 10mm in diameter are also considered low-end.
Midrange designs are from $2.50 to $5. Stainless steel and brass are additional options in this range. Items are plated in silver, and 18 and 24K gold. Swarovski crystals and larger, higher-grade pearls are the trimming choices.
The most expensive brooches come in sterling silver. These are inlaid with amethyst and other semiprecious stones.
Yiwu Weiying Fashion Accessories Co. Ltd
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