I’ve fostered an increasing attraction to the color gold recently. The sight of a golden trim along a dress’ edge, or a slight glint of light that reflects off of a golden button or brooch makes me feel as if I’m receiving a surprising treat as I undercover a garment’s little accents. It’s this same amazed feeling I try to transmit into my own changing Gothic Lolita wardrobe.
Here are the new additions I’ve added to my brooch collection. They all are beautiful in their own little way. From their quaint designs, I imagined a different story for each of them as a stared at them from outside of their display case.
As you can see, the first brooch shows a whimsical design that is both decorative and elegant. It has a matt finishing that adds to its soft delicate appearance. At first, I wasn't planning on buying it. I was too confused by what its design was supposed to be! In the end, it was its ambiguity that lead me to purchasing it. I don't regret it.
The moment I saw the crucifix, I knew that I had to buy it. Technically, it's not a brooch. There is supposed to be a chain or cording strung through the loop on top of it, but nothing like that came with it. The crucifix has two different sides: a smooth shinny backing and a dimmer textured front. The reason it attracted me the most is because of its simple design. Unlike the first brooch, this one is not as showy and can be accessorized more ways. I think there is modesty shown in its simplicity.
The last brooch just has a standard design that I like. There really isn't much else that distinguishes it from any other commonly seen brooch. Although, I do admire its diamond shape and oval pearl. Now that I look at the brooch more closely, it reminds me of a decorative door bell!
Like in the western Gothic fashion, gold doesn’t appear that often in the Gothic Lolita aesthetic. It’s there, but certainly its presence is a small one. Generally, the styling sticks to darker monotone colors and is combined with silver as the primary metal. Choosing sliver is understandable because the color gives off a cold sophistication that seems to go hand-in-hand with the composed and mysterious traditional aura of Gothic Lolita. But I personally feel silver looks dull and spiritless when compared to the passion gold exudes. And I would even argue that the color gives off a more romantic and elegant appearance than silver. Gold captures the eye, while sliver sedates such passions for a lulled detachment of placidness.
There was a time when I wouldn’t even look in the same direction of anything gold. Anything that color was just ugly to me. Even if there was an object or piece of clothing I wanted with even a small incorporation of gold in it I would automatically hate it. I was finding myself asking sales clerks “Does this come in silver,” or telling myself “If only it wasn’t in this horrible gold” more often than I wanted to. Eventually, I became disgusted with the color out of frustration. I felt as if I could never have it on my body, ever. That’s why the people I’m close with would find my sudden reconciliation with the color so strange. And I don’t blame them; I’m still trying to figure it out too.
But change is good and it brings out the unknown and undiscovered. I’ve come to a point now where I prefer gold’s warm glow versus sliver’s cool pallor. And that's okay.
°˖✧'Till next time