“ Primark / silver owl brooch with crystal detail „
Primark is one of those shops that I both love and hate. I love the things they sell as they are so cheap and easily affordable. They offer a bigger range of items than any other similar shop, and I can easily go on shopping sprees without breaking the bank. However, I do hate the clutter and mass of people that are always milling around in there. Sometimes I just want to shop quickly without having to dawdle around waiting for groups of schoolgirls or parents trailing their swarms of children behind them. All in all though, you can't beat a good bargain and so I end up shopping in Primark pretty frequently. I was really excited when I saw a feature online highlighting the new range to be released for Autumn/Winter 2010. For once it seems like my sort of style is fashionable and I really like the military and vintage inspired items that are cropping up all over the place. One of the things I just had to have was this adorable owl brooch. As soon as I saw it I fell for it, and for just £1.50 I couldn't resist.
I don't wear a lot of jewellery and prefer to dress up my outfits with statement accessories such as hats, bags and scarves. However, I am recently becoming more and more fond of brooches as they are practical to use as well as looking good. This owl is a lovely piece and was a cheap buy that will add a classic vintage feel to any outfit. I spend a lot of my free time knitting and love to dress up my hand knits with brooches. They come in especially handy for pinning shawls and scarves into place, and a cute brooch placed on the brim of a beret makes it stand out even more. I knew this little owl would be functional as well as pretty, and will be making use of him to decorate many of my Winter outfits.
The brooch is in the shape of an owl as you can see in the photograph above. The front main base of the brooch is silver coloured and there are darker areas and indentations to give the illusion of feathers. The body of the owl is covered in clear stones and he has two large faceted black beads for eyes. I had to look carefully through the brooches on the shelf for sale as some of them seemed to have wonky eyes where they had not been put into place evenly. The owl is resting on a branch as a perch. The overall look is lovely and cute in a realistic way. The faux crystals dress it up a bit and make it look really classy, but they are not bright and shiny and so it will blend in against all sorts of colours and outfits. The level of attention to detail is actually very impressive for such a cheap item, and the embellishment looks very intricate.
The brooch has a long pin attached on the reverse side. The pin has a swivel closure so the sharp end is tucked in firmly and securely to avoid any potentially painful accidents. The pin runs along the vertical length of the brooch as opposed to horizontally. The brooch is lightweight which is good as it does not pull against fabrics and can be worn on most garments except for any real delicates such as silk or fine wool. The owl measure approximately 1.5" tall and 1" across so it is a reasonably sized piece but not too big to look overwhelming. It will certainly stand out as it has a gorgeous unique design and is very noticeable when worn.
This is a fun and quirky looking piece that is stylish and very fashionable at the moment, although I believe that the look of this brooch will remain wearable for years and years. It is finely detailed without looking fussy, and is much nicer than you might expect for an item from Primark. The style and quality of this item are worth well more than the £1.50 I paid for it, and I would recommend it to anyone who is into a vintage look or likes wearing brooches. It would also make a lovely gift for anyone that likes owls, just pop it in a nice little gift box and you have a perfect present for Christmas. The new range of jewellery from Primark is absolutely gorgeous and I can't get enough of it!