PHOTOS: Glitter Sale Brooches Sneak Peek
Pin me! Be bold with brooches!
Seattle Goodwill's 35th annual Glitter Sale is less two weeks away. From 9 am-6 pm Saturday-Sunday, November 10-11, swing by our Seattle flagship location at 1400 S. Lane St. Admission is free.
There will be designer, vintage and unique one-of-a-kind items clothing and accessories for sale and lots and lots of jewelry, including many brooches like the ones below.
Here are some tips to take into account while shopping brooches:
1. Name matters: When determining value, it’s always a good idea to check the brand name attached to the piece of jewelry. Naturally, a Tiffany & Co. piece is going to cost more than something mass produced. Juliana brooches are also often high value. A Schiaparelli piece can go for hundreds or even thousands.
2. Open backs: If you are looking for a quality brooch, then you want to find one with an open back so the stone is visible on the bottom and the top. Cheaper brooches will be closed on the bottom or glued shut.
3. Quality control: Semi-precious stones such as garnet, peridot, amethyst, citrine, blue topaz and turquoise will increase value and cubic zirconia is always better than glass. Of course, a diamond, ruby, emerald or sapphire holds more value than a semi-precious stone.
4. Foil beware: Look out for brooches with foil backs. They have a tendency to become damaged, unless you are very careful. If they get damp, they can start to peel. Or if you use hair spray, you can ruin the front of the brooch and the spray can sink into the back and affect stones, giving them a dead look.
Photos by Bret Doss