“ Brand: Past Times / Type: Brooch „
I absolutely love penguins, I think they're brilliant and I have a number of penguin-related items: some penguin pyjamas, a penguin hot water bottle, and a lovely penguin picture to be framed that my auntie got me. I also love the shop Past Times, which specialises in selling jewellery, gifts and books inspired by bygone days, and when I saw that they had a penguin brooch for sale, I was extremely excited and asked my parents if I could have it for my birthday a couple of years ago.
This little penguin is made from sterling silver, with marcasite stones and a little garnet for an eye. The brooch is part of the Victorian range at Past Times. The shop sells jewellery from many different eras such as Celtic, Tudor and Art Deco to reflect the fashions of the times. The Victorian era is characterised by animal motifs inspired by nature, as well as the use of marcasite, popular at the time as it was cheaper than precious stones and thus made jewellery available to more people. Personally I love the silver and marcasite combination, as I think it gives a lovely old-fashioned and vintage look, and I love the Victorian era. The garnet adds colour and character to the brooch.
The picture Dooyoo have provided is basically an exact representation. It is quite a small and delicate little brooch, being 3cm in height and width (although it looks taller than it is wide seeing as the width measurement includes the little silver wings). The clasp on the reverse can be slightly fiddly, as it is so small, but it does fasten securely. I was a little worried at first as some brooches can be slightly loose and you run the risk of them falling off, but this hasn't happened with this one.
I love this brooch and often wear it on my top or cardigan. Being so small and delicate it doesn't weigh clothes down and doesn't make a huge hole in your top. It still looks as good as the day I first got it and hasn't needed cleaning. I've had several compliments and comments about the brooch and it's one of my favourite pieces of jewellery.
The brooch can be purchased from Past Times stores or online at www.pasttimes.com. It is currently priced at £24, reduced from the usual price of £30. The brooch comes in a Past Times presentation box. There are other brooches available, including animal brooches - one has two cats and there is a mouse brooch very similar to my penguin brooch, if I remember rightly. At the time of writing the website is offering free delivery when you spend over £20 so if you wanted to buy the brooch you can have it delivered for free.