This penannular brooch is based on an Iron-Age design, cold-forged in copper, with a faceted Carnelian briolette in a lovely round shape hanging from it. Brooch measures 2" (5cm) long including carnelian drop, 1 1/3 or 3.5cm wide. This smaller, light weight pin is perfect for Dk, sport or fingering weight knitted or woven pieces.
Cold-forging means no heat is used to form the metal-- just hammering and sheer force of will! The brooch in the photos has been sold, but I can make another, similar pin based on this design. The piece has been patina'ed and polished to bring out the depth and warmth of the design.
The penannular brooch is an elegant and practical design. Once the fabric has been secured on the pin, the circular frame can be turned around the pin, securing the brooch in place.
I wear mine with my hand-knitted cardigans and coats, as I prefer this type of closure to buttons or clasps that come undone. This works very well with chunky or bulky knits.
This pin is featured in Staci Perry's Easy Knit Sweater Jacket Tutorial at Very Pink Knits. You can learn about the pattern (and get a how-to on how to fasten these brooches) over here