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Vintage Brooches & Pins

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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.

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  • Citrine pin in sterling bow setting
    One vertical view of brooch
    USD$295.00

    Citrine & Sterling Bow Brooch

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    This citrine pin has a gorgeous faceted, square-cut yellow-orange stone as its focal point. Its sterling silver bow, a popular motif during the 1940s, is further embellished with emerald-cut glass stones in a paler shade of yellow. This brooch closes with a roll-over safety clasp. What's unusual about this high-quality piece is that it is unsigned and that the sterling is not gold-washed (which was more typical of Retro Modern jewels like this one). The photos show this brooch in the horizontal and vertical positions. You decide which way to wear it!
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Citrine jewelry set in sterling by Hobé
    Citrine & sterling tall bouquet brooch
    USD$495.00

    Citrine & Sterling Brooch & Earrings Set by Hobé

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    This citrine jewelry set by Hobé is just stunning! The tall brooch features flowers in shades of citrine glass atop sterling silver stems, surrounded by leaves and buds. They are all wrapped in ribbon and tied with a bow. The earring centers of citrine glass are surrounded by furled petals. The brooch has a rollover safety clasp; the earrings are screw-backs. Pieces by this maker were all hand-made and very three-dimensional. This set is extraordinary! Scroll down to see a 1940s sterling bracelet with citrine flowers by the same maker.
    USD$495.00
    USD$495.00
  • Vintage German brooch in gold-washed sterling w/citrine
    Close-up view of brooch center
    USD$185.00

    Citrine & Vermeil Sterling German Brooch

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    This vintage German brooch in gold-washed sterling silver is highly-decorated. Its focal point is a flower with a faceted, round citrine-glass stone at the center. The twisted metal decoration on the sides gives this piece a bit of a Machine Age-feel. The markings indicate that this brooch was handmade in Germany, using sterling with a higher silver content (935) than the 925 North American standard. Please note that gold plating on the center flower is in tact, even though the photos suggest wear. A petite and lovely jewel.
    USD$185.00
    USD$185.00
  • Calla lily brooch with citrine by Coro
    Close-up view of citrine navettes
    USD$295.00

    Citrine Calla Lily Brooch by Coro

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    This calla lily brooch is a rose-gold-plated sterling silver ribbon tied in a three-looped bow. Three stems of flowers with citrine-glass navette centers sit on top, and three tiny navettes tie the stems together. This 1940s Retro Modern creation has a roll-over safety catch. Until I saw the drawing on the design patent (in the last photo), I thought the brooch should be worn the other way around, so the flowers are reaching for the sky! The photos show the brooch both ways, so you can decide. This lovely Adolph Katz design for Coro’s high-end line, Corocraft, was also made with multi-colored stones – scroll down to see it.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Vintage wreath brooch & earrings set by Alice Caviness
    Oval brooch w/layers of stones & leaves
    USD$395.00

    Citrine, Golden Topaz & Mother-of-Pearl Brooch & Earrings Set

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    This vintage wreath brooch and earrings set by Alice Caviness features amazing layers of components wired onto a decorative brass frame. Included are citrine- glass stones in multiple shapes and sizes, faceted golden-topaz beads, mother-of-pearl disks, aurora borealis diamanté, and textured brass leaves. The jeweled frame of the brooch is mounted on another that holds the pin and roll-over safety clasp; each earring has a round filigree back with the ear clip. The complexity of the design and construction seen here are often present in this maker’s work, which I believe is underrated. This set is definitely not for the faint-hearted! I will include the matching bracelet, which has only three of its four strands of beads, but it is wearable. Scroll down to see a similar pair of earrings by Caviness.
    USD$395.00
    USD$395.00
  • Citrine brooch with golden topaz flowers
    Close-up view of citrine art glass stone
    USD$225.00

    Citrine, Golden Topaz & Silver Bead 1950s Brooch by Miriam Haskell

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    The focal point of this citrine brooch by Miriam Haskell is a luscious art glass stone that looks like melted caramel. In true Frank Hess style, the rest of this 1950s piece is embellished with textured silver-tone beads and three golden topaz glass flowers. Rose montées complete the elements that are all woven onto a silver-tone filigree back. The size and shape make this brooch perfect for a collar, belt, hat, or purse.
    USD$225.00
    USD$225.00
  • Schiaparelli earrings and brooch set with citrine & pearls in gold
    Schiaparelli brooch with dentelle faceted citrine
    USD$395.00

    Citrine, Pearl & Gold 1950s Brooch & Earrings Set by Elsa Schiaparelli

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    This Schiaparelli earrings and brooch set from the 1950s features a large citrine glass stone surrounded by tiny pearls in an elaborate, antiqued, gold-plated setting. Notice how the faceting of each citrine ― known as a dentelle ― forms an eight-pointed star design. Schiaparelli frequently used this cut of glass stone in her pieces. The pin has a roll-over safety clasp. You can see the utility patent for the ear clip here, below the names Frederick A. Ballou, Jr. & Rogers T. Stafford.
    USD$395.00
    USD$395.00
  • Dangling bead pin in primary colors
    Colored bead brooch by Frank Hess
    USD$195.00

    Colored Bead Dangling Brooch by Miriam Haskell

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    This dangling bead pin was designed by Frank Hess for Miriam Haskell in the 1930s. A textured Russian-gold wreath embellished with blue, green, red and yellow glass beads forms the top of this whimsical jewel. Note that the beads were hand-sewn onto the pierced metal foundation. Dangling tubes and beads in the same colors finish the piece. It closes with a simple C-clasp. Lots of movement here. Primary colors never looked so good!
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Crystal brooch with onyx stripes
    Crystal & onyx brooch in horizontal position
    USD$275.00

    Crystal Brooch with Onyx Stripes

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    This crystal brooch features a beautifully-faceted triangle on each end. The centerpiece has three rows of alternating crystal and onyx-glass rectangles. The construction of this Art Deco piece is outstanding. White metal frames hold the stones, and the edges of the triangle frames are etched. This stunning jewel from my personal collection closes with a roll-over safety clasp. I believe this piece was made in Germany or the former Czechoslovakia.
    USD$275.00
    USD$275.00
  • Gold disk earrings and brooch w/pavé by Pennino Bros.
    Gold disk & diamante brooch
    USD$225.00

    Diamanté & Gold Disk Brooch & Earrings Set by Pennino Bros.

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    These gold disk earrings and brooch were made by Pennino Bros. in the 1950s. Pavé disks intersect and overlay the scored disks of gold-tone metal, which remind me of open fans. The layered design and construction of this set are characteristic of exceptional makers like this one. The brooch closes with a roll-over safety clasp. Note that about 1/4″ of the pavé disk on each ear clip will sit below your earlobe. Wear these lovely earrings and brooch together or separately, to create different looks. Your own real or faux diamond studs or hoop earrings would also work well with this brooch.
    USD$225.00
    USD$225.00
  • Gold leaf brooch with diamanté
    Close-up view of brooch front
    USD$245.00

    Diamanté & Gold Leaf Brooch by Hattie Carnegie

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    This 1950s gold leaf brooch features ropes of yellow metal that form a trio of leaves adorned with diamanté. This graceful piece by Hattie Carnegie has lots of sparkle. It goes with nearly everything and closes with a roll-over safety clasp. Wear your own yellow gold hoop earrings, or a pair of diamond studs or hoops to complete the look. Or put on your gold bangle bracelet if you have one. A lovely and elegant jewel for those who love diamonds and look best in warm colors.
    USD$245.00
    USD$245.00
  • Vintage starfish brooch & earrings set
    Dazzling starfish brooch by Alice Caviness
    USD$395.00

    Diamanté & Gold Starfish Brooch by Alice Caviness

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    This vintage starfish brooch is bold and dazzling. The aurora borealis diamantés in the gold-tone setting take on the color of the metal, catch the light, and seem to dance. The brooch has a roll-over safety clasp. Although women in the 1950s typically wore matching sets of jewelry, you don't have to do that. Just add gold studs or hoops. Consider these ear clips each shaped like one of the creature's arms a bonus. This jewel is versatile and guaranteed to get you noticed! What an imaginative adornment for a bride's hair or veil!
    USD$395.00
    USD$395.00
  • Reja brooch in rose-vermeil-sterling with diamante
    Close-up view of 1940s Reja brooch
    USD$275.00

    Diamanté & Rose Vermeil Sterling Floral Réja Brooch

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    This Réja brooch is a graceful 1940s creation in the Retro Modern style. It features rose-gold-plated sterling silver embellished with diamanté flowers and pavé leaves. The warm-toned metal setting makes this piece a perfect adornment for women who look best in warm colors. This maker’s jewels are hard to find, and this one is lovely and timeless.
    USD$275.00
    USD$275.00
  • Vintage Lapel Watch by Pennino in Art Deco design
    Art Deco design on front of clasp
    USD$595.00

    Diamanté & Sterling 1930s Lapel Watch by Pennino Bros.

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    This amazing vintage lapel watch by Pennino is the ultimate in Art Deco design, with pavé and baguettes set in rhodium-plated sterling silver. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. And the best part is that the watch works! It has been cleaned by my expert watchmaker. The watch is attached to the brooch upside down, so you can read the time when you are wearing this piece. The numbers on the watch face are also SO Deco in design, and the original blue hour, minute and second hands are present. What an unusual and fantastic piece! Scroll down to see a selection of lovely coordinating bracelets.
    USD$595.00
    USD$595.00
  • Art Deco pin with 2 rows of diamanté
    Close-up view of square-cut, channel set stones
    USD$195.00

    Diamanté & Sterling 2-Row Bar Brooch

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    This Art Deco pin with two rows of diamanté and sterling silver has the same look and construction of the channel-set glass-stone bangle bracelets of the era. Even the edges of the brooch are engraved. The faceted, square-cut stones are bright and sparkly. This piece closes with a roll-over safety clasp. This classic jewel goes with everything! Scroll down to see a selection of lovely coordinating bracelets.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Dorsons sterling silver brooch with diamante
    Close-up view of brooch front
    USD$295.00

    Diamanté & Sterling Twisted Bar Brooch by Dorsons

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    The design of this 1940s Dorsons sterling silver brooch with hand-set diamanté was called a ‘twisted bar pin’. It comes in its original box, marked with the Jubilee trademark used by the maker (aka D. Ornstein & Sons). This jewel is timeless, and it goes with everything! You can even wear it as a barrette in your hair! This brooch was advertised in the December 1, 1947 issue of Life magazine. Scroll down to see a selection of lovely coordinating bracelets.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Maple leaf brooch by McClelland Barclay
    1940s McClelland Barclay brooch
    USD$275.00

    Diamanté & Two-tone 1940s Maple Leaf Brooch by McClelland Barclay

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    This brooch by McClelland Barclay features a small silver-tone diamanté-encrusted maple leaf laid on top of a larger gold-tone one. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. With two colors of metal, this graceful piece can be worn with anything. The bright areas on the bottom leaf are camera reflections. The two small areas of darkening are not noticeable when worn. According to Brunialti, Gioia Mori's biography of Tamara de Lempicka includes a picture of the well-known Art Deco portraitist wearing a brooch like this one. Need a better endorsement?
    USD$275.00
    USD$275.00
  • Vintage bar brooch with diamanté
    Close-up view of German Art Deco brooch
    USD$185.00

    Diamanté 1930s Bar Brooch by Schreiber & Hiller

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    This vintage bar brooch has a 3 ½”-long, single channel of diamanté in a rhodium-plated setting. From the side, the shape is a trapezoid. This design incorporates the flat-top construction of the patented link. This brooch closes with a trombone clasp. A great piece for a jacket lapel! Scroll down to see bracelets by this maker to wear with this brooch.
    USD$185.00
    USD$185.00
  • Wedding dress brooch by Frank Hess
    Close-up view of diamante
    USD$395.00

    Diamanté Floral Brooch by Miriam Haskell

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    Whether you’re looking for a wedding dress brooch or something unique and elegant for every day, this sparkly jewel is for you. It is identical to the “central motif” of a necklace shown in the Gordon & Pamfiloff book on this maker. There the centerpiece is described as “silver metal leaves edged with rose montées and two large clear rhinestones surrounded by smaller rhinestones”. While the necklace is much more elaborate, this Frank Hess-designed 1950s piece is perfect for today, any time of day! I bought this brooch for myself, but I am now reluctantly offering it to a new home.
    USD$395.00
    USD$395.00
  • 1930s brooch in lightning-bolt shape
    Close-up view of brooch
    USD$195.00

    Diamanté Lightning Bolt 1930s Brooch by Schreiber & Hiller

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    This 1930s brooch by the German maker Schreiber & Hiller reminds me of a bolt of lightning, a popular theme in Machine Age jewelry of that decade. This piece is formed by seven flat-top links that are bent to form a sort of zig-zag shape. Long (3 ¼”) and lean, this unusual brooch closes with a trombone clasp. An elegant and unusual adornment for a jacket lapel. Scroll down to see coordinating bracelets.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Emerald & diamante 1940s McClelland Barclay brooch
    USD$295.00

    Emerald & Diamanté Circle 1940s Brooch by McClelland Barclay

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    This vintage emerald brooch, designed by McClelland Barclay, has two layers. On the bottom is a curved, rhodium-plated base with a pin and roll-over safety clasp. The top layer has faceted, emerald-cut emerald-glass stones, emerald baguettes, and diamanté accents, all set in a spiraling rhodium-plated frame. As with all of this designer’s creations, this 1940s piece  is well-constructed with a hefty weight. I’ve shown this jewel positioned in different ways, so you can choose which you prefer. Note that the Barclay’s name rather than the maker’s is marked on the brooch.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Gold ribbon brooch w/emerald & diamanté flower
    Close-up view of jeweled flower
    USD$195.00

    Emerald & Diamanté Gold Ribbon Brooch

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    This gold ribbon brooch is a triple-loop horizontal bow adorned with a row of diamanté at each end. A flower cupped in the same vermeil sterling sits on top. It has a diamanté center and petals of baguettes alternating with teardrop-shaped emerald-glass stones. This Retro Modern piece was designed by Adolph Katz for CoroCraft, Coro’s high-end line of costume jewelry. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. Note that any bright color variations in metal are only camera reflections.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Sunburst brooch with emerald & diamante
    Close-up view of emerald baguettes
    USD$245.00

    Emerald & Diamanté Sunburst Brooch by Hattie Carnegie

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    This 1950s sunburst brooch has rays of emerald-glass baguettes emanating from a pavé center and joined by an outer-circle of diamanté. The setting is rhodium-plated with a roll-over safety clasp. The design is classic, and the color combination is lush! In fact, Carnegie made a pair of ear clips with the same motif a few years later. Scroll down to see them.
    USD$245.00
    USD$245.00
  • Marcel Boucher costume brooch in gold w/pavé & emerald
    Close-up view of embellishments
    USD$275.00

    Emerald & Pavé Vermeil Bow Marcel Boucher Brooch

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    This Marcel Boucher costume brooch from 1950 is a fine example of this maker’s design flair. A gold-plated open-work bow is embellished with diamanté and emeralds. The curled edges with pavé and square-cut, faceted emerald-glass stones that form the knot showcase his attention to detail. This jewel closes with a roll-over safety clasp. Scroll down to see the same design with sapphires.
    USD$275.00
    USD$275.00