We applaud the prominent spider brooch worn by Lady Hale when delivering the Supreme Court verdict yesterday. It was of course no accident, and she is by no means the only woman to send covert messages via jewellery.

Madeleine Albright, as US Secretary of State, famously made coded diplomatic statements via her brooches, and subsequently chronicled these anecdotes in her book, “Read My Pins”. She literally elevated the role of brooches to statecraft.

Brooches are having a moment, yet people are often flummoxed how to confidently wear them. They are far more versatile than you’d give them credit for. Don’t confine them to the lapel of a jacket. With a little ingenuity they can be worn in a variety of ways. Why not adorn a turtle neck with a fabulous brooch, the waist of a dress, or at the base of a low backed dress? They can also be attached to a choker around your neck, or in your hair. Once you start experimenting with them, you are really only limited by your imagination.

 For more ideas on the versatility of statement brooches,  the comprehensive brooches blog provides a variety of ideas, accompanied by useful visuals.