WhoWHATWhereWhy: Madeleine Albright and her brooches
Lou Guarino of Louis Anthony Jewelers presented this 18-karat white gold and diamond brooch to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
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Known for her famous collection of brooches, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright used her pins to send a subtle message to the heads of state she visited. As the keynote speaker for the Pittsburgh Middle East Institute's dinner Wednesday at Carnegie Music Hall, she chose to wear her snail pin.
She explained she usually wears a dove in relation to the Middle East, but the snail communicates her frustration at the slow pace of progress with the peace talks.
Each guest received her book, "Read My Pins: Stories From a Diplomat's Jewel Box," but madame secretary got the best party favor.
Lou Guarino of Louis Anthony Jewelers presented her with a diamond-and-garnet monogram brooch that he designed. He chose the garnet because it's the national stone of the Czech Republic, her native country. The monogram is surrounded by olive branches for her efforts at peace in the Middle East. The pin says "I, Madeleine Korbel Albright, tried."
First Published November 16, 2010 12:00 am