Brooch of Protocol

Plus the pre-holiday sale on jewelry at St. Kilda and handblown glass at Swallow

By Elizabeth Bougerol
|  Wednesday, Jan 20, 2010  |  Updated 4:47 PM EDT
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Brooch of Protocol

Alexis Bittar

Alexis Bittar's Hermitage pin.

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PIN DOWN: This 5”-long, handcarved rhodium Hermitage leaf brooch (studded with Swarovski crystals, no less) by Alexis Bittar is one of those striking pieces that makes it okay – even advisable -- to wear the same little black dress to every holiday party: all anyone notices is your perfect accessory. $355; new from Alexis Bittar, 465 Broome Street; 212.625.8340.

ALL THAT GLITTERS: Today’s the last day to take advantage of pre-retail-season-frenzy prices on the gorgeous locally-handmade baubles curated by Nora Hogan of Park Slope’s months-old boutique St. Kilda. She’s liquidating past-season pieces and even taking up to 80% off wedding bands. 71 Fifth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn; 718-398-4459.

DELICATE: There’s always something at Brooklyn’s Swallow gallery-cum-boutique whose gobsmacking beauty stops us dead in our tracks. This bivalve vase from Seattle-based-artist Ethan Stern, is one such item. Probably because the handblown glass vessel looks a little like an anatomically correct heart. $167 to $320 (size varies and each piece s unique); 361 Smith Street, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn; 718-222-8201.

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