Lady Gaga’s appearance at the 59th US presidential inauguration brought positivity and hope at a time when the United States is more divided than ever before. From the way she sang the national anthem to the Schiaparelli dress she wore, the performance was as beautiful as it was powerful. But the inauguration was a rare occasion where the style icon was upstaged by someone else’s fashion choice. If it weren’t for Bernie Sanders’ mittens , we’re certain the memes plastered all over the internet would be that of Gaga’s dramatic, oversized golden dove brooch. 5 of Melania Trump’s biggest fashion fails as first lady We suspect Lady Gaga probably didn’t mind sharing the spotlight with Sanders, not least because they were projecting very different fashion statements. While Sanders had “grandpa stopping by the inauguration before hitting the post office” chic, Gaga’s sartorial message was more deliberate. Referring to her brooch, Gaga later wrote on Twitter: “A dove carrying an olive branch. May we all make peace with each other.” Mostly associated with matronly members of the family, and even Queen Elizabeth herself , the brooch isn’t the obvious choice of accessory in contemporary fashion. Though emblematic pins such as the CC brooch from Chanel or the Juste en Clou pin from Cartier have a healthy following, most still turn to earrings or necklaces when they want to add a bit of sparkle to their look. The formal aesthetics and ritualistic act of pinning it on the lapel that gives the brooch its serious and grown-up rep; it’s not something you can casually pin on a T-shirt, after all. Why Chanel’s family-themed Paris show was a sign of the times The brooch’s origin dates back to the bronze age; before we had clasps and buckles, brooches and pins were used to secure pieces of clothing together. Over time, artisans began to ornament the brooch into an object of art and a status symbol. Royalty wear their family orders on sashes and lapels; soldiers too display their accolades loud and proud. Add a colourful array of gems or intricate craftsmanship to a brooch and you have a jewel that often conveyed a message besides being beautiful. Putting the bling in Bling Empire: the cast’s favourite jewellery brands Here, we take a look at three brooches that have a place in history. Queen Elizabeth’s Cullinan III and Cullinan IV Featuring stones cut from the famous 3,106.75-carat Cullinan Diamond, this two-part brooch is affectionately known as Granny’s Chips, a nickname the queen’s grandchildren made up. Queen Mary was the original owner of this brooch; she gave it to Elizabeth weeks before her coronation in 1953. The lower pear-shaped Cullinan III and the cushion-cut Cullinan IV above it weigh 94.4ct and 63.6ct, respectively. There’s nothing fancy about the setting: the larger pear-shaped stone is simply suspended from the smaller stone. The sheer size of these diamonds speak louder than any setting could. 18 financial perks Joe Biden will enjoy as US president Wallis Simpson’s Cartier panther brooch Jewel historians often credit Wallis Simpson for catapulting Cartier’s big cat to fame. She was an American socialite and divorcee who, in marrying British King Edward VIII, led to his abdication . When the owner of a design is themselves of such historic importance, it’s enough to turn a beautiful brooch into a legendary gem. Simpson’s love for jewellery and keen eye for colour and proportions is well documented. From her vision that lead to the creation of Van Cleef & Arpels’ iconic Zip necklace, to her love for tutti-frutti creations and vibrant designs, she became well known for commissioning and putting her own personal touch into high jewellery designs. Simpson acquired a brooch that features a big cat prancing on top of a 152.35-ct cabochon sapphire. Edward later commissioned Cartier to create two Panthère de Cartier bracelets for Simpson, a testament to the duchess’ love for the panther motif. 9 male stars who love to break out the bling Janet Annenberg Hooker’s Hooker Brooch One of the most famous brooches you might not have ever heard of, due to the history of its centre stone, is the Hooker Brooch. The Sultan Abdul Hamid II of Turkey sold the stone in 1908 along with other gems, including the famously “cursed” Hope Diamond , in an attempt to finance his way out of political power struggles. Tiffany & Co. later acquired the emerald from a dealer who brokered the sale for the sultan. Which world leader gave Melania Trump the most blinging gift? The brooch in its current form found its way into the collection of New York publishing heiress Janet Annenberg Hooker in 1955. Hooker was a regarded philanthropist and gem collector who gave generously to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington and so today the brooch, with 13ct of white diamonds surrounding the 75.47-ct emerald, is on permanent display at the museum’s Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems and Minerals. Want more stories like this? Sign up here . Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .