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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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    Chrysoprase, Onyx & Red Glass 1920s Brooch by Fishel, Nessler

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    A molded chrysoprase glass stone is surrounded by chrysoprase, onyx and lipstick red glass triangles, each set at a jaunty angle to form this fun brooch. This color combination was very popular in the 1920s-30s. The setting appears to be chrome or chromium-plated. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. Scroll down to see a selection of Art Deco pieces that would compliment this brooch, depending on which color you want to emphasize.
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  • McClelland Barclay vintage brooch with citrines & diamante
    Another view of McClelland Barclay 2-tone scroll brooch
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    Citrine & Diamanté Scroll Brooch by McClelland Barclay

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    This McClelland Barclay vintage brooch has two layers. The bottom is a furled, gold-plated scroll. The top features faceted, emerald-cut citrine-glass stones, baguettes, and round diamanté, all set in connected, rhodium-plated frames that form a spiral. The intricate construction, as seen on the back, along with the use of two tones of metal are hallmarks of the designer. This brooch has a roll-over safety clasp and can be worn in any direction you choose. Notice that the maker’s name (Rice-Weiner) does not appear on McClelland Barclay-designed pieces.
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    Citrine & Gold Spray 1950s Brooch by Elsa Schiaparelli

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    A richly-textured, gold-plated leaf forms the base of this lovely 1950s brooch by Elsa Schiaparelli. The top layer has citrine-glass-stone flowers with pavé silver-tone stems. The level of detail is superb: in addition to the elaborate, layered construction, the leaf has visible veins and a furled bottom on its front and texture on the back. This lovely example of 1950s tailored jewelry is a winner! I'm not sure which way it was intended to be worn, so I'm showing both orientations in the photos – take a look and decide which you prefer.
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    Citrine & Sterling Bow 1940s Brooch

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    A gorgeous faceted, square-cut deep-citrine-glass stone forms the center of this 1940s Retro Modern sterling silver brooch. Its bow motif, so popular during this era, is further embellished with emerald-cut citrine-glass stones in a paler shade of yellow. This brooch closes with a roll-over safety clasp. Pieces like this one never go out of style. The photos show this brooch in the horizontal and vertical positions. You decide which way to wear it!
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    Citrine & Vermeil Sterling German Brooch

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    The focal point of this highly-decorated, gold-washed sterling silver brooch is a flower. Its center is a faceted, round citrine-glass stone. 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.
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  • Calla lily brooch with citrine by Coro
    Close-up view of citrine navettes
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    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.
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  • Citrine brooch with golden topaz flowers
    Close-up view of citrine art glass stone
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    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.
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    Colored Bead Dangling 1930s Brooch by Miriam Haskell

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    A textured Russian-gold wreath embellished with blue, green, red and yellow glass beads forms the top of this whimsical 1930s brooch by Frank Hess for Miriam Haskell. 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. Primary colors never looked so good!
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  • Crystal brooch with onyx stripes
    Crystal & onyx brooch in horizontal position
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    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.
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    Diamanté & Gold Leaf 1950s Brooch by Hattie Carnegie

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    This 1950s brooch features ropes of gold-tone 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.
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  • Reja brooch in rose-vermeil-sterling with diamante
    Close-up view of 1940s Reja brooch
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    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.
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  • Vintage Lapel Watch by Pennino in Art Deco design
    Art Deco design on front of clasp
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    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.
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    Diamanté & Sterling 1940s Brooch by Dorsons

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    This 1940s diamanté brooch set in rhodium-plated sterling silver is in its original box!  Jubilee is a trademark used by Dorsons (aka D. Ornstein & Sons. This piece is timeless, and it goes with everything! This brooch was advertised in the December 1, 1947 issue of Life magazine. Scroll down to see a selection of lovely coordinating bracelets.
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    Diamanté & Sterling 2-Row Bar Brooch

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    This diamanté and sterling silver 2-row Art Deco bar brooch 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.
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  • Maple leaf brooch by McClelland Barclay
    1940s McClelland Barclay brooch
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    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?
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  • Gold plated flower brooch with diamante by Otis
    Close-up view of Otis brooch
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    Diamanté & Vermeil Sterling 1940s Flower Brooch by Otis

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    This gold-plated flower brooch is the only Otis piece I and my friend and co-author Robin Deutsch have ever seen with this finish. Though petite, this graceful sterling silver brooch with diamanté is charming. The finish has a few dark spots, but overall it looks much better with the naked eye than my camera indicates. You can read our Otis article here.
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  • Vintage bar brooch with diamanté
    Close-up view of German Art Deco brooch
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    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.
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    Diamanté Floral 1950s Brooch by Miriam Haskell

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    This stunning early-1950s diamanté floral brooch by Miriam Haskell 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 piece is perfect for today, any time of day! And it would look gorgeous on a wedding gown. I bought this brooch for myself, but I am now reluctantly offering it to a new home.
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  • 1930s brooch in lightning-bolt shape
    Close-up view of brooch
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    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.
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    Diamanté, Aquamarine, Ruby & Vermeil Sterling Flower 1940s Brooch by Coro

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    This substantial gold-plated sterling silver flower brooch adorned with aquamarine and ruby glass stones and a diamanté center 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 them lots of life. This lovely piece was designed by the remarkable Adolph Katz. This three-dimensional brooch is the larger version of two brooch/pendants and a bracelet in this design – scroll down to see them.
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  • Vintage flower brooch by Coro with diamanté, aqua and ruby set in gold-plated sterling
    Close-up of Coro brooch
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    Diamanté, Aquamarine, Ruby & Vermeil Sterling Flower 1940s Brooch/Pendant by Coro

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    This substantial vintage flower brooch made from gold-plated sterling silver is adorned with aquamarine and ruby glass stones and a diamanté center – a fine example of the Retro Modern style. The petals of the flower are decorated with cut-outs and are tilted and slightly curled, giving them lots of life. Designed by the remarkable Adolph Katz, 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 the matching bracelet, a larger version of this brooch, and another brooch/pendant in the same design with a color variation.
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  • Emerald & diamante 1940s McClelland Barclay brooch
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    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.
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    Emerald & Diamanté Flower & Vermeil Sterling Bow 1940s Brooch by Coro

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    A triple-loop bow of gold-plated sterling silver adorned with a row of diamanté at each end of ribbon forms the foundation of this 1940s brooch. A flower cupped in the same metal 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.
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    Emerald & Diamanté Sunburst 1950s Brooch by Hattie Carnegie

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    Rays of emerald-glass baguettes emanating from a pavé center are joined by a circle of diamanté in this 1950s sunburst brooch by Hattie Carnegie. The setting is rhodium-plated with a roll-over safety clasp. The design is classic, and the color combination is lush! In fact, Hattie made a pair of ear clips with the same motif a few years later. Scroll down to see them and an Art Deco bracelet that looks great with this brooch.
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