This penannular brooch is based on an Iron-Age design, cold-forged in sterling silver, with a labradorite drop hanging from it. This stone has plenty of blue & pink flash!
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 polished to bring out the depth and earthiness of the design and has been hallmarked at the Assay Office in Edinburgh.
Pin is 1 1/2" wide or 3.8cm and 1 1/2" or 3.8cm long, not including the labradorite. This lighter weight pin is great for aran, dk or worsted knitting or weaving.
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
All my jewellery is made by hand by my partner Mike and myself in a converted 18th century naval school on the wild North coast of Scotland.