This penannular brooch is based on an Iron-Age design, cold-forged in copper. I've added an enchanting labradorite tear drop with loads of blue flash to the base.
Cold-forging means no heat is used to form the metal-- just hammering and sheer force of will! The piece has been patina'ed and tumble and hand polished to bring out the depth and warmth of the design.
The penannular brooch is an elegant and practical. It measures 1 1/2" or 4cm in diameter, with the labradorite drop hanging 3/4" or 3cm below. 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, aran or worsted knits.
A version of 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