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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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    Amethyst & Diamanté 1950s Silver Leaf Brooch by Miriam Haskell

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    This unusual and elegant 1950s brooch by Miriam Haskell 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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    Shades of amethyst and peridot navettes and round rhinestones are layered like petals in this flower-shaped 1950s Alice Caviness brooch. A lovely art glass stone forms the center of the flower. The setting is gold-tone with a roll-over safety clasp. 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 amethyst sits at the center of this sterling silver 1940s bow brooch with a pale gold wash by Mazer. The color of the stone is gorgeous, the style very Retro Modern and the construction very characteristic of the maker. This piece closes with a roll-over safety clasp. Although the gold plating is worn in places, this brooch still has warmth.

     

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  • Eisenberg brooch with amethyst and diamanté
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    Amethyst, Diamanté & Sterling Bow 1940s Brooch by Eisenberg

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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 brooch has undergone restoration which has brought it back to life.

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

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    Faceted oval amethyst-glass flowers are surrounded by diamanté leaves in a diamanté-trimmed basket in this rhodium-plated sterling silver 1940s brooch by Trifari. This classic piece has a Victorian Revival feel that makes it timeless. I have two other brooches in this design: one with rubies, the other with aquamarines – scroll down to see them. All three pieces are from my personal collection.

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

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    This stunning amethyst, diamanté and vermeil sterling silver bouquet brooch by Adolph Katz for CoroCraft, Coro’s high-end line, is a wonderful example of the Retro Modern style. This piece has four pavé stems topped with amethyst glass stones and gathered through the center of a flower with diamanté-rimmed gold-plated sterling silver petals. I have photographed the piece 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 brooch, which closes with a roll-over safety clasp, is rich in contrasting colors. This piece 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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    A basket of layered sterling silver leaves and flower buds surrounds flowers of large, faceted amethyst, emerald and pale sapphire glass stones in this 1940s brooch by Hobé. His pieces in this decade were aways well-designed and hand-crafted. This particular brooch sports a mix colors that will harmonize with many of any season’s favorites.

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    Amethyst, Pavé & Rose Gold Bow 1940s Brooch by Pennino

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    This striking 1940s Retro Modern brooch by Pennino features a rose-gold-plated metal bow cinched in the middle and embellished with diamanté-topped oval amethyst glass stones and pavé in silver-tone metal. This piece closes with a roll-over safety clasp. The back shows the high-quality construction associated with this maker.

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    Aquamarine & Sterling Fan 1940s Brooch by Hobé

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    This 1940s large, layered sterling silver fan-shaped brooch is ornately detailed with leaves and bezel-set aquamarine glass stones. An aquamarine-centered tied ribbon suspends an aquamarine stone pendant. For some reason, the 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 my Aquamarine & Sterling Flower Retro Bracelet by the same maker, which coordinates beautifully with this brooch.

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  • Scandinavian vintage silver brooch with aqua center
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    Aquamarine & Sterling Flower 1920s Danish Brooch

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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. Although it was made in the Art Deco era, I think this brooch has more of an Arts & Crafts style. It is lovely!

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

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    This large 1940s gold-washed bold and beautiful sterling silver Retro Modern flower by Hess-Appel (under their Jollé trademark) has faceted round aquamarine glass stones in the center of the leaves. The finish is in great shape. This piece closes with a roll-over safety clasp.

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    Aquamarine & Vermeil Sterling Bow 1940s Brooch by Hobé

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    This aquamarine glass stone and vermeil sterling silver bow brooch is a larger and more elaborate variation of a Hobé theme.  Flowing buds are graceful embellishments to the aqua stones. The gold-plated sterling flower in the center is my favorite Hobé form. This piece has a roll-over safety clasp. You can’t get much classier than this!

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    Aquamarine Bead & Diamanté Oval 1940s Brooch by Miriam Haskell

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    Marquise-shaped diamanté flowers sit atop the layers of aquamarine glass beads that form this oval 1940s brooch by Frank Hess for Miriam Haskell. The beads are wired onto a pierced plastic back with a simple C-clasp closure. This World War II-era piece is a winner! It looks lovely when worn with one of my Art Deco aquamarine bracelets — scroll down to see them.

     

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

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    Aquamarine glass stone flowers with diamanté petals adorn a rose-gold-washed sterling silver leaf in this stunning 1940s brooch by Adolph Katz for Coro Craft, Coro’s high-end line. This large, three-dimensional Retro Modern piece closes with a roll-over safety clasp. The condition of this brooch is amazing for its age. This piece was part of my personal collection — I am reluctantly offering it to a new home.

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

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    Faceted oval aquamarine-glass flowers surrounded by diamanté leaves in a diamanté-trimmed basket form this rhodium-plated sterling silver 1940s brooch by Trifari. This design is a classic, and the aquamarine stones are lovely. I have two other brooches in this design: one with rubies, the other with amethysts – scroll down to see them. All three pieces were from my personal collection.

     

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

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    A large faceted emerald-cut aquamarine glass stone is the focal point of this gold-washed sterling silver 1940s Retro Modern brooch by Mazer. The floral motif, which is typical of the era, is further embellished with four faceted oval-cut aquamarine glass stones and pavé in the swirls of the leaves. Pieces of this size and quality don’t usually survive as well as this brooch has. It closes with a roll-over safety clasp.

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

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    Aquamarine baguette and pink round glass stones adorn this gold-plated mesh disk brooch with an elaborate bow. This 1940s piece by Lampl has a roll-over safety clasp.

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

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    This substantial 1940s gold-plated 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 flowers are tilted and slightly curled, giving them lots of life. Designed by the remarkable Adolph Katz for Coro Craft, the company’s high-end line, this 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 three more pieces in this design, each with a diamanté center: a brooch/pendant, a larger brooch, and a bracelet.

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    Black Bakelite & Diamanté Art Deco Brooch

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    This 1930s large, black Bakelite brooch with ornate carving is adorned with square-cut and round diamanté replaced by the previous owner. (The plastic was molded to simulate carving.) This brooch, which has a roll-over safety clasp, is not for the faint-hearted. A real statement piece. If you like this design but prefer something smaller, scroll down to see the matching dress clip.

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  • Bakelite brooch with diamanté accents
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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.

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

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    This floral brooch features a cluster of black glass beads sitting atop silver-tone leaves paved in diamanté. These elements are wired and sewn onto a pierced metal back with a simple-C clasp. This Frank Hess design from the World War II era is unsigned, which is usual for this period.

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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 1940s Adolph Katz-designed gold-washed-sterling-silver brooch with deep blue-topaz and ruby glass flowers is a stunning example of the Retro Modern style and the pieces created by this company. The pavé center gathers the draped and pavé-trimmed metal. This piece from Coro Craft, the company’s high-end line, closes with a fold-over safety clasp. The same design with moonstones instead of the blue topaz was named Moonlight Sonata. It was described as “Coro’s interpretation of Beethoven’s immortal masterpiece” in a Vogue ad published in the February 1, 1946 issue.

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    Chrysoprase & Sterling Art Deco Brooch

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    A chrysoprase glass circle is mounted on sterling silver wings in this classic Art Deco piece.  The life-saver center is a popular motif of the era. This piece is signed, but I cannot identify the maker. This brooch, which has a nice patina that can be cleaned if you wish, closes with a roll-over safety clasp. I have chrysoprase Art Deco earrings which look great with this brooch.  Scroll down to take a look.

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