We extend the warmest of birthday wishes to Madeleine Albright, the first female US Secretary of State. If you ever doubted that jewellery is a language, her famous use of brooches (or pins as they are referred to in the US) to convey messages became legendary. She elevated jewellery to statecraft.

Her wonderful book “Read my Pins” chronicles her extensive and eclectic collection, and explains how the inspiration for using her jewellery as part of her diplomatic arsenal began. Pictured here is the snake brooch- where it all started…

If you would like to explore the versatile world of brooches, we have some inspired ideas of how to wear them here

What messages do you communicate with your jewellery?