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Vintage Brooches & Pins

This selection of vintage brooches and pins from the 1920s-1950s includes pieces from fine makers such as Miriam Haskell, Elsa Schiaparelli, and Marcel Boucher. Once considered a dated, old-fashioned accessory, the brooch has recently resurfaced as a modern, essential adornment for any outfit. Today’s women are finding out just how versatile this type of jewel is. Wear one alone or wear a cluster. Pin a brooch to your shoulder, your jacket lapel, the throat of your blouse, or the waistline of your dress or trousers. Wear one on a belt, a purse, or a necklace. The choices are endless. Pieces from this collection will add drama and color to a casual outfit, or transform more formal attire into a show-stopper. See also Costume Jewelry Sets/Parures.

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  • Silver leaf brooch with amethyst & diamante
    Miriam Haskell amethyst & diamante silver leaf brooch
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    Amethyst & Diamanté 1950s Silver Leaf Brooch by Miriam Haskell

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    This silver leaf brooch is an unusual and elegant 1950s creation by Miriam Haskell. It has pale-amethyst-glass nuggets set on a bed of layered, etched silver-tone leaves. Diamanté and beads of pale lavender and clear glass also adorn this luscious piece. I love the way the leaves curl around the large stones. This amazing brooch was in my personal collection, and I am now reluctantly offering it to you.

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    Amethyst & Peridot Flower 1950s Brooch by Alice Caviness

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    This 1950s brooch has navettes and round glass stones in shades of amethyst and peridot. They are layered like the petals of a flower, with a lovely art-glass stone in both colors at the center. The setting is gold-tone with a roll-over safety clasp. This color combination is unusual and serene. I think this designer’s work is often overlooked.

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    Amethyst & Vermeil Sterling 1940s Brooch by Mazer Bros.

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    A large, faceted square-cut amethyst-glass stone sits at the center of this 1940s brooch by Mazer Bros. The four-pronged setting sits on top of a double-loop bow in gold-washed, sterling silver. The color of the stone is gorgeous, the design is very Retro Modern in style, and the complex construction is very characteristic of the maker. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. Although the gold plating has darkened in a places, this brooch still has lots of warmth and beauty.

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    Amethyst, Diamanté & Rose-Gold Bow 1940s Brooch by Pennino Bros.

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    This striking, two-layer rose-gold bow brooch by Pennino is a lovely example of the Retro Modern style. The top is a pavé ribbon of rhodium-plated metal that’s edged with faceted, oval amethyst-glass stones topped with tiny diamanté. The center is cinched with rose-gold plated metal. The second layer is a furled rose-gold ribbon that’s attached to the top with a tiny screw. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. This brooch is not flat – the four corners of the bottom layer fold under, as curls of ribbon or fabric would. The back shows the high-quality, complex construction characteristic of this maker. Scroll down to see a variation of this design in rhodium-plated metal with sapphires.

    USD$275.00
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  • Eisenberg brooch with amethyst and diamanté
    Close-up view of Eisenberg brooch center
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    Amethyst, Diamanté & Sterling Bow 1940s Eisenberg Brooch

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    This Eisenberg brooch features faceted, amethyst-glass stones surrounded by diamanté. At the center of this substantial 1940s horizontal bow is a large, faceted amethyst oval. This sterling silver piece closes with a roll-over safety clasp. The color combination is divine, and the quality is superb. This stunning and regal brooch has undergone restoration, which has brought it back to life. You won’t be disappointed!

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    Amethyst, Diamanté & Sterling Flower Basket 1940s Brooch by Trifari

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    This flower basket brooch by Trifari was made during WWII, when romanticism was in style. This piece has faceted, oval amethyst-glass flowers surrounded by diamanté leaves in a diamanté-trimmed basket. The setting is rhodium-plated sterling silver; the pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. The design, materials and color combination make this brooch timeless. Two others by this maker in the same design are available: one has ruby flowers; the other, aquamarine – scroll down to see them. All three pieces are from my personal collection. Choose your favorite color, or take all three to wear in different combinations!

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    Amethyst, Diamanté & Vermeil Sterling Bouquet 1940s Brooch by Coro

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    This stunning amethyst, diamanté and vermeil sterling silver bouquet brooch was designed by Adolph Katz for CoroCraft, Coro’s high-end line. This piece has four pavé stems topped with faceted, oval amethyst-glass stones and gathered through the center of a flower with diamanté-rimmed gold-plated sterling silver petals. The gold-plating on the flower is perfect – the difference in tone you see is from the camera’s reflection. What an outstanding example of the Retro Modern style! I have photographed the brooch in the horizontal position, as it appears in the patent drawing, but you could also wear it vertically (as shown in the second photo). This piece, which closes with a roll-over safety clasp, is rich in contrasting colors and was in my personal collection. Wear it on the lapel of a blazer, and I guarantee you’ll be noticed!

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    Amethyst, Emerald, Sapphire & Sterling Basket 1940s Brooch by Hobé

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    This 1940s Hobé brooch is a basket of layered leaves and flower buds. The focal point is a trio of large, faceted, collet-set glass stones in amethyst, emerald, and sapphire. These popular colors make this round-shaped piece very versatile. Jewelry by this maker was well-designed and hand-crafted in this decade. You won’t be disappointed!

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    Aquamarine & Sterling Fan 1940s Brooch by Hobé

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    This 1940s large sterling silver fan-shaped brooch is another beautiful Hobé design. It is layered and ornately-detailed with leaves and bezel-set aquamarine-glass stones. At the base sits a ribbon tied with a four-looped bow and aquamarine center. It suspends a twisted-rope pendant accented with another aquamarine. One stone at the top is clear, but it does appear to be original. This brooch, which closes with a roll-over safety clasp, is a great example of the genius of this maker. Scroll down to see a bracelet that coordinates beautifully with this piece.

    USD$345.00
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  • Scandinavian vintage silver brooch with aqua center
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    Aquamarine & Sterling Flower 1920s Brooch by Bjerregaard

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    This Scandinavian vintage silver brooch is in the shape of a simple, yet elegant flower with an aquamarine glass stone center. This sterling piece has the smooth finish often associated with jewelry from that part of the world. According to the website Online Encyclopedia of Silver Marks, Hallmarks, and Makers’ Marks, this brooch was made by Hans Saugmann Bjerregaard, a silversmith in Kjellerup (central Denmark) from 1921-1937. This piece is lovely!

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    Aquamarine & Vermeil Sterling Bow 1940s Brooch by Hobé

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    This gorgeous horizontal, sterling silver bow brooch is a larger and more elaborate variation of a popular Hobé theme. Flowing buds are graceful embellishments to the trio of aquamarine glass stones that follows the curve of each ribbon loop. The gold-plated sterling flower in the center is a stunning rendition of my favorite Hobé form. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp.

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    Aquamarine & Vermeil Sterling Flower 1940s Brooch by Hess-Appel

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    This large 1940s gold-washed sterling silver Retro Modern brooch is bold and beautiful. It features a faceted, round aquamarine-glass stone set on each of the flower’s five petals. This tall (4-inch) piece was made by Hess-Appel under their Jollé trademark without the accent (which was used only in their advertisements). The stem and two leaves are curled a bit to give this brooch a jaunty look. The finish is in great shape. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp.

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  • Beaded aquamarine brooch by Miriam Haskell
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    Aquamarine Bead & Diamanté 1940s Oval Brooch by Miriam Haskell

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    This beaded aquamarine brooch is a 1940s design for Miriam Haskell. Diamanté navette flower petals sit atop the layers of aquamarine glass beads. They are wired onto a pierced plastic back with a simple C-clasp closure. This Frank Hess-designed brooch looks lovely when worn with diamond stud earrings (faux or real) and an Art Deco aquamarine bracelet – scroll down to see a selection of the latter. A touch of elegance from a bygone era that’s perfect for day or evening wear.

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    Aquamarine, Diamanté & Rose Vermeil Sterling 1940s Leaf Brooch by Coro

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    This stunning 1940s brooch features a large leaf in rose-gold-washed sterling silver with pavé along one curved edge. Layered on top are three stems topped with flowers formed by diamanté leaves and aquamarine-glass-stone centers. This spectacular piece was designed by Adolph Katz for Coro Craft, Coro’s high-end line. This three-dimensional Retro Modern brooch is in amazing condition and has a roll-over safety clasp. This piece was part of my personal collection – I am reluctantly offering it to a new home. Note that any color variations in metal are only camera reflections.

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  • Flower basket brooch with aquamarine & diamante
    Close-up view of flowers
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    Aquamarine, Diamanté & Sterling Flower Basket Brooch by Trifari

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    This flower basket brooch by Trifari is a romantic design from the 1940s. It features faceted, oval aquamarine-glass flowers among diamanté leaves in a diamanté-trimmed basket. The setting is rhodium-plated sterling silver; the pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. This design is a classic, and the aquamarine stones are lovely. Two other brooches in this design are available: one has ruby flowers; the other, amethysts – scroll down to see them. All three pieces were from my personal collection. You could wear them together on your shoulder for a unique embellishment!

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    Aquamarine, Diamanté & Vermeil Sterling Flower 1940s Brooch by Mazer Bros.

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    This tall and graceful brooch by Mazer Bros. is a fine example of the Retro Modern style. This substantial, stylized flower features a large, faceted cushion-cut aquamarine-glass stone as its focal point. The gold-washed, sterling silver setting is further embellished with four, faceted oval-cut aquamarines along with pavé-accented gold swirls. This pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. Pieces of this size with a gold-plated finish often don’t survive as well as this brooch has. But costume jewelry was well-made in the 1940s by companies of this maker’s stature.

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    Aquamarine, Pink Topaz & Gold Circle 1940s Brooch by Lampl

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    This gold-filled circle brooch is formed by a series of rings in different designs. The widest is convex and made of gold-mesh, with an overlay of gold leaves and vines along with tiny pink-topaz glass stones. A narrow ring of aquamarine-glass baguettes provides further embellishment. At the top is an elaborate horizontal bow with three loops on each side and in the center. This 1940s brooch by Walter Lampl has a roll-over safety clasp and a loop at the top and bottom to allow the piece to be worn as a pendant.

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    Aquamarine, Ruby, Diamanté & Vermeil Sterling Flower 1940s Brooch/Pendant by Coro

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    This substantial 1940s vermeil sterling silver flower brooch adorned with aquamarine and ruby glass stones and diamanté accents is a fine example of the Retro Modern style. The petals of the flower have decorative cut-outs and are tilted and slightly curled, giving it lots of life. Designed by the remarkable Adolph Katz, this three-dimensional piece can be worn as a brooch or pendant. One photo shows the pendant on a black cord, but you may prefer a gold chain. A 17-inch, 2mm black rubber cord with a stainless steel twist lock (just like the one in the photo) is included with this purchase. Scroll down to see similar brooches with a diamanté center (one has the pendant loop) as well as a bracelet with that design, all by the same maker.

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  • Art Deco Bakelite brooch in black with diamante
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    Black Bakelite & Diamanté Art Deco Brooch

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    This Art Deco Bakelite brooch is not for the faint-hearted! From the 1930s, this large black piece has ornate molding that simulates carving. Faceted, square-cut and round diamanté, which were expertly replaced by the previous owner, are a sparkly contrast to the dark color. At 3 ¾” long, this brooch is a real statement piece. It closes with a roll-over safety clasp. If you like this design but prefer something smaller, scroll down to see the matching shield-shaped dress clip.

    USD$195.00
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  • Bakelite brooch with diamanté accents
    Curved links with channel-set stones
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    Black Bakelite Brooch with Diamanté

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    This black Bakelite brooch has a curved centerpiece topped with a collet-set diamanté. Each end features three rows of slightly-curved links with channel-set stones. The components are attached to a rhodium-plated metal back. This piece closes with a trombone clasp. The design and construction remind me of pieces created by German makers in the 1930s. Although the channel-set stones have aged a bit, this brooch is still a stunner! Scroll down to see some great earrings and bracelets to wear with this piece.

    USD$175.00
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  • Floral brooch by Miriam Haskell with black glass beads
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    Black Bead & Diamanté 1940s Floral Brooch by Miriam Haskell

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    This floral brooch features a cluster of black glass beads sitting atop silver-tone metal leaves paved in diamanté. These elements were wired and sewn by hand onto a pierced metal foundation with edges. The pin closes with a simple C-clasp. Another lovely Frank Hess design from the World War II era.

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  • Vintage tank track brooch with black diamanté
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    Black Diamanté Vintage Tank Track Brooch by Schreiber & Hiller

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    This vintage tank track brooch is an unusual application of this classic Machine Age pattern. Schreiber & Hiller have made it even more distinctive by using black diamanté channel-set in slender, slightly curved links on the outside and a double-row of smaller, slightly lighter stones inside. The difference in colors is very subtle. At 3 ¼” long, this piece is a fabulous and versatile example of the era. This brooch closes with a trombone clasp.

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    Blue Topaz, Ruby, Diamanté & Vermeil Sterling 1940s Brooch by Adolph Katz for Coro

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    This Adolph Katz-designed brooch is a stunning example of the Retro Modern style and the pieces created for Coro’s high-end line in the 1940s. The vermeil-sterling-silver center looks like folds of a fabric with pavé-trimmed white metal at each end. The same trim is wound around the center. From there emanate two boughs of faceted, oval blue-topaz glass flowers with round ruby-glass accents. The pin closes with a fold-over safety clasp. This delicious brooch was advertised in the February 1, 1946 issue of Vogue.

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    Brown Bead 1940s Dangling Brooch by Miriam Haskell

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    This brooch of dark-brown wood beads shaped like coffee beans is typical of the type of whimsical pieces produced by Miriam Haskell during World War II. At the top are beads in the shape of flower petals that surround small round beads with gilt metal caps. They are all hand-sewn onto a pierced, flat metal foundation. From there, a riot of beads dangle from gilt-metal links attached to three braided-silk cords. This brooch, which closes with a roll-over safety clasp, is in remarkable condition and fun to wear!

    USD$195.00
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