From the late 19th century the tradition of wearing festive corsages developed. Initially these were composed of simple materials such as cloths, ribbon and simple trinkets.
The 1940s saw a greater variety of brooches become popular including reindeer, Santa, wreaths and of course Christmas trees; these brooches were also made of metal which was much more durable.
During the Korean war, American mothers and wives wore Christmas brooches and sent then to the wives and sons, leading to rise in popularity during the 1950s. Subsequently the fashion has grown and spread leading to many jewellery designers produce limited edition Christmas brooches each year.
Although many designers produce and signed Christmas brooches, the beauty of unsigned pieces should never be overlooked. They are often of equal or even superior quality and feature some imaginative, colourful and wonderful designs that collectors are sure to love for many years to come.
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