Black ribbon nautilus brooch with iridescent peacock colour seed beads.
I have used a vintage millinery trimming technique to make this black ribbon Nautilus brooch. After which, I have hand-embellished the brooch with iridescent seed beads, in peacock shades of gold, green and purple.
A Truly Couture Piece
The nautilus shell-shape of this brooch is created using a complex technique, established in the 1950s by couture milliners. The technique involves the hand-pleating and hand-sewing of Petersham ribbon, in order to create the “nautilus” shell shape.
In the 1950s, this was a technique used exclusively by couture hat makers. Nowadays, it is only practiced by a small handful of skilled milliners, including myself.
The laborious nature of the process and the high level of skill required means that this technique is not suitable for mass production. Therefore, this brooch really is a unique piece of expert craftsmanship.
To find out more about the history of the Nautilus technique, and my personal journey of discovery, read my series of blogs on the topic.
- Width: approximately 6cm (2.5 inches)
- Height: approximately 6cm (2.5 inches)
I have backed the brooch with felt, and fitted a 2.5cm (1 inch) pin with a safety clasp.
I will send this brooch in a white presentation box.
If you’re planning to gift the brooch, you can also choose to add a gift message. Please complete your message in the box above, especially if you’d like it to be delivered directly to the lucky lass. Don’t forget to say who it is a gift for… and importantly, who it is from!
This particular brooch is part of a range of nautilus-style brooches I have created. A variety of other colours are available, including, Plum, Purple and Red. Black brooches with different colour beading are also available – take a look at the full range.
I also have a range of beautiful Nautilus Shell Headbands, that are perfect for adding a touch of sophisticated glamour to any wedding or party outfit.
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I LOVE seeing photos from my customers showing how they have styled their brooch.