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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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  • Schreiner Brooch & Earrings Set in Brown Topaz with Citrine
    Brown topaz & citrine brooch in layered gold-tone setting
    $ 450

    Brown Topaz & Citrine 1950s Schreiner Brooch & Earrings Set

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    This Shreiner brooch, the centerpiece of this 1950s set, features huge, multi-faceted, oval brown-topaz glass stones. They are accented with layers of citrine and clear inverted glass stones, all in elaborate gold-tone settings. Even if the pieces weren't signed, the gorgeous glass, inverted stones, ornate settings, and donut-hole ear clips scream SCHREINER! This great color combination is stunning in any season. The earrings face each other, to frame your face. The dome-shaped brooch, which has a roll-over safety clasp, can also be worn as a pendant. The last photo shows that option on a black rubber cord, although 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.
    $ 450
    $ 450
  • German Art Deco marcasite & chrysoprase brooch
    Close-up of chyrsoprase & marcasite brooch
    $ 175

    Chrysoprase, Marcasite & Sterling German Brooch

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    This Art Deco marcasite brooch has three faceted chrysoprase (glass?) stones set in sterling silver. It exhibits typical German construction and their aesthetic of the 1920s-1930s. The 935 mark refers to a higher silver content than the sterling standard, which is 925 parts per 1000 – not uncommon in German pieces of the era. This brooch was in my personal collection and was among the first pieces I bought when I focused on Art Deco jewelry. You can wear this petite jewel at the throat of a blouse or on the collar of a jacket to great effect. Scroll down to see Art Deco chrysoprase earrings that look lovely with this piece. This green is lovely on women who look best in warm colors.
    $ 175
    $ 175
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    $ 295

    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.
    $ 295
    $ 295
  • McClelland Barclay vintage brooch with citrines & diamante
    Another view of McClelland Barclay 2-tone scroll brooch
    $ 295

    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.
    $ 295
    $ 295
  • $ 275

    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.
    $ 275
    $ 275
  • $ 495

    Citrine & Sterling Bouquet 1940s Brooch & Earrings Set by Hobé

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    The brooch in this amazing 1940s set by Hobé features flowers in shades of citrine glass atop sterling silver stems, surrounded by leaves and buds, 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.
    $ 495
    $ 495
  • $ 195

    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!
    $ 195
    $ 195
  • Vintage German brooch in gold-washed sterling w/citrine
    Close-up view of brooch center
    $ 175

    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.
    $ 175
    $ 175
  • Calla lily brooch with citrine by Coro
    Close-up view of citrine navettes
    $ 195

    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.
    $ 195
    $ 195
  • $ 375

    Citrine, Golden Topaz & Mother of Pearl 1950s Brooch & Earrings Set by Alice Caviness

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    This 1950s 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 brooch is shaped like an oval wreath, with the jeweled frame mounted on another that holds the pin and roll-over safety clasp. Each earring has a jeweled frame mounted on 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 definitely wearable. Scroll down to see a similar pair of earrings by the same maker.
    $ 375
    $ 375
  • Citrine brooch with golden topaz flowers
    Close-up view of citrine art glass stone
    $ 195

    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.
    $ 195
    $ 195
  • Schiaparelli earrings and brooch set with citrine & pearls in gold
    Schiaparelli brooch with dentelle faceted citrine
    $ 325

    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.
    $ 325
    $ 325
  • $ 185

    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!
    $ 185
    $ 185
  • $ 195

    Coral, Pearl & Gold 1950s Brooch & Earrings Set by Hattie Carnegie

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    This 1950s brooch and ear clips set by Hattie Carnegie executes one of her common themes – florals – to perfection. Each piece is made with coral enamel on gold-tone metal with a faux pearl accent. The design and detail are superb: the leaves look as though they're blowing in the breeze, and the backs of the brooch and ear clips show the leaves' veins. The brooch has a roll-over safety clasp. You could wear these pieces together or separately, for different looks. The brooch would also look great with simple pearl stud earrings. A perfect set for a woman who looks best in warm colors.
    $ 195
    $ 195
  • Crystal brooch with onyx stripes
    Crystal & onyx brooch in horizontal position
    $ 245

    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.
    $ 245
    $ 245
  • Gold disk earrings and brooch w/pavé by Pennino Bros.
    Gold disk & diamante brooch
    $ 195

    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.
    $ 195
    $ 195
  • Gold leaf brooch with diamanté
    Close-up view of brooch front
    $ 195

    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.
    $ 195
    $ 195
  • Vintage starfish brooch & earrings by Alice Caviness
    Starfish earrings
    $ 395

    Diamanté & Gold Starfish Brooch & Earrings Set by Alice Caviness

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    This vintage starfish brooch and earrings set by Alice Caviness is bold and dazzling. The aurora borealis rhinestones in the gold-tone setting take on the color of the metal, catch the light, and seem to dance. The starfish-shaped brooch has a roll-over safety clasp. Each ear clip is in the shape of one of the “arms”. This 1950s set is perfect for an outfit in a warm color palette and is guaranteed to get you noticed!
    $ 395
    $ 395
  • Reja brooch in rose-vermeil-sterling with diamante
    Close-up view of 1940s Reja brooch
    $ 275

    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.
    $ 275
    $ 275
  • Vintage Lapel Watch by Pennino in Art Deco design
    Art Deco design on front of clasp
    $ 595

    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.
    $ 595
    $ 595
  • $ 195

    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.
    $ 195
    $ 195
  • Dorsons sterling silver brooch with diamante
    Close-up view of brooch front
    $ 225

    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! This brooch was advertised in the December 1, 1947 issue of Life magazine. Scroll down to see a selection of lovely coordinating bracelets.
    $ 225
    $ 225
  • Maple leaf brooch by McClelland Barclay
    1940s McClelland Barclay brooch
    $ 275

    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?
    $ 275
    $ 275
  • Vintage bar brooch with diamanté
    Close-up view of German Art Deco brooch
    $ 175

    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.
    $ 175
    $ 175