The thistle has been the national emblem of Scotland since the reign of Alexander the third (1249–1286) and was used on silver coins issued by James the third in 1470. It is the symbol of the Order of the Thistle, a high chivalry order of Scotland. It is found in many Scottish symbols and as the name of several Scottish football clubs. The thistle, crowned with the Scottish crown, was the symbol of seven of the eight former Scottish Police Services (from which a new national Police Service was formed in 2013), the sole exception being the former northern constabulary.
The thistle is also the emblem of encyclopaedia Britannica, which originated in Edinburgh, Scotland.
According to a legend an invading Norse army was attempting to sneak up at night upon a Scottish army’s encampment. During this operation one barefoot Norseman had the misfortune to step upon a thistle, causing him to cry out in pain, thus alerting Scot’s to the presence of the Norse invaders.
Brooches were very popular in the Victorian era and were traditionally worn on the left side which was considered correct and sophisticated by people in high society. They are an accessory a lot of us tend to write off as outdated, but now days people are far more creative. Brooches are fast becoming a new trend again with people wanting to make they’re own style statement, are wearing them not only on coat and jacket lapels, scarfs, jeans but even on the sides of handbags etc.
The brooch is one of the most fun and versatile piece’s of jewellery that can be strategically placed anywhere on our outfits to give them more of a personal touch, they can be worn singularly in pairs or even in cluster’s, brooches can look really cool when styled right and can make you stand out from the crowd. Try wearing this silver thistle brooch at different angles to see what suits you best.
In my opinion everyone should have several brooches to go with different looks, or at least one for casual wear and one for a more formal dress.