Look at this amazing piece of art! It is a pin/brooch featured in the book Read My Pins: Stories From a Diplomat's Jewel Box by Madeleine Albright.
This book contains beautiful full color photos of Albright's pins, and the occasions on which she wore them.
I'll tell you a secret: I am a serious jewelry junkie so I loved seeing all those sparkly little (and not so little!) baubles! My love specifically is for pins and brooches, so this was like nirvana.
Albright also gives a little background of the piece and why she chose to wear specific pieces when she did. If you like jewelry at all - and, of course who doesn't like a little eye candy once in awhile - you should try to take a look at this book. I requested it from my library, and after reading it, I might just have to pick it up to put on my shelf along with my other "jewelry 101" reference books. Yes, I really do have jewelry reference books!
I have a pin / brooch collection that I work on expanding every spring and summer when yard sale season rolls around. I love going to flea markets and rummage sales to make a great "find"! Among my favorites are figurals, which are usually animals and things like that. The "brands" I look for include: JJ, Sarah Coventry, Avon, and Danecraft, among others. But I don't limit myself to those - if I like it, I get it. IF the price is right! I wouldn't call myself a serious collector, because I don't pay a lot of money for my pins. I just like having them. So if something catches my eye, and it's 2 or 3 dollars, I'll consider it. My collection isn't worth a million bucks, but I do like looking at them every now and then. Some pieces I have are: leprechauns, bunnies, cats (lots of cats), dogs, birds, Christmas pins, flowers, etc.
Do you like to go to yard sales and the like? If so, what do you go looking for (besides books - we all look for those! ;)
Do you have a collection that you look to add to from thrift shops and church sales? AND - what was your best find?