Some of the pieces I own were brought from antique fairs, some from online Romanian vintage stores and some from etsy shops. Unfortunately, my fellow Romanians are not very keen into having these types of brooches and I often must go to the “depths” of the Internet (mostly Romanian sites) to find something worth owning. Even though I’ve done my research, I don’t really know if there’s anyone in my country that collects these brooches as well or if I’m the only Romanian with this particular hobby.
The brooches are made of common gold tone or silver tone metal – they are very heavy and sturdy –, usually decorated with rhinestones, enamel or faux pearls. They close with C claps, safety claps or pin-like clasps.
I accessorize them at everything: knitted winter scarves, sweaters, wool jackets and coats etc. I usually get away with wearing them well after the Christmas is over, especially the ones that are exclusively winter-themed.
In lieu of goodbye, I must warn you that I’m always on the hunt for exciting Christmas jewelry pieces, but they have to be budget-friendly and, of course, vintage.