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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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    Emerald & Pavé Vermeil Bow 1950s Brooch by Marcel Boucher

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    This 1950s emerald and pavé bow brooch set in gold-plated metal is an outstanding example of Boucher's work. The pavé curls, open-work sides, and square-cut, faceted emerald-glass stones that form the knot showcase his attention to detail. This brooch closes with a roll-over safety clasp. Scroll down to see the same design with sapphires.
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  • 1920s brooch with emerald & crystal stones set in sterling filigree
    Center stone in 1920s Ostby & Barton brooch
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    Emerald, Crystal & Sterling Filigree 1920s Brooch by Ostby & Barton

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    This 1920s brooch has a large, faceted, cushion-cut emerald-glass stone in the center, with a pair of faceted, triangular emerald and crystal stones at each end. The settings are sterling silver mounted atop a filigree base. This classy and classic Art Deco piece is by Ostby & Barton, a company well-regarded today for their work in precious metals and precious/semi-precious stones. The high-level of their craftsmanship shows in this piece, which closes with a roll-over clasp. Scroll down to see a selection of Art Deco jewels to wear with this beautiful bar brooch.
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    Emerald, Diamanté & Gold Bow 1940s Brooch by Mazer Bros.

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    Pavé-trimmed, gold-plated ribbon loops form the foundation of this late-1940s bow brooch by Mazer Bros. On top sits a flower with petals of emerald-glass baguettes and a round diamanté center. A silver-tone metal cup holds the flower, which is attached to the base with a screw. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. This company’s use of high-quality materials and techniques is evident in this piece. With its gold-tone metal and green stones, this brooch is perfect for a woman who looks best in warm colors. Scroll down to see a version with more jewels that's right for someone who wears cool colors.
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    USD$175.00
  • Art Deco pin with emerald & diamante by Otis
    Centerpiece of Otis emerald & diamante brooch
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    Emerald, Diamanté & Sterling 1930s Brooch by Otis

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    This mid-1930s Art Deco pin is a variation on the era’s bar brooch. It features two faceted, square-cut emerald-glass stones at each end. The centerpiece is a diamanté-encrusted circle in a starburst pattern with emerald stones emanating from the pavé center. On each side is a smaller diamanté-encrusted cut-out circle. The setting is rhodium-plated sterling silver with a roll-over safety clasp. A well-executed, intricate design. Wear this lovely piece with your own diamond stud earrings (faux or real) and an emerald and diamanté filigree bracelet – scroll down to see it.
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    Emerald, Diamanté & Vermeil Sterling Bouquet 1940s Brooch by Coro

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    Here is another beautiful Retro Modern brooch designed by Adolf Katz for Coro's high-end line. This one features a gold-washed-sterling silver furled ribbon with one edge trimmed in diamanté and emerald-glass baguettes at the center of the curl. A cut in the ribbon holds four baguette-lined stems with faceted, oval, foil-backed emerald-glass flowers with diamanté accents. This piece has a complex construction, as illustrated by the rivets that bind the elements. The pin fastens with a roll-over safety clasp. This brooch was included in an ad in the August 1, 1944 issue of Vogue that featured Coro-Craft "Masterpieces of Fashion Jewelry".The first image shows the brooch as it is positioned in the technical drawing for the design patent; the second shows it as positioned in the ad. You decide how to wear it!
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    USD$185.00
  • Miriam Haskell pin with grey pearls, emeralds & sapphires
    Close-up view of emerald bead, peal, and sapphire stone accents
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    Emerald, Pearl & Sapphire 1950s Brooch by Miriam Haskell

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    This Miriam Haskell pin is a real knockout! It features a large, pale-grey faux pearl in the center, surrounded by a ring of faceted, round sapphire-glass stones set in silver-tone metal. Ten rays emanate from there, each with a sapphire-glass bead; a ribbed, egg-shaped emerald-glass stone; and tiny faux pearl accents. The construction is superb: a scallop-edged, round filigree plaque supports the center and holds the pin with a roll-over safety clasp. Each ray is supported by its own round filigree plaque topped with a triangular frame. Because of the complexity of the brooch’s design, I suggest wearing simple pearl earrings and/or a pearl bracelet. After all, the brooch should be the star of the show!
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  • Coro brooch from the 1940s, Stars in the Sky set in rose vermeil sterling
    Close-up of Coro bouquet brooch
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    Gemstone & Rose Vermeil Sterling ‘Stars in the Sky’ 1940s Brooch by Coro

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    This 1940s Coro brooch is named Stars in the Sky. At 4 1/2" in length, this bouquet brooch designed by Adolph Katz is a triumph of the Retro Modern style and the largest piece in this collection. Nine rose-gold-plated sterling silver stems are held together with furls of ribbon and topped with faceted-glass flowers in shades of emerald, sapphire, ruby and citrine. Diamanté accents complete the piece. This brooch, priced at $15, was advertised in the September 1, 1943 issue of Vogue.
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    Gemstone & Rose Vermeil Sterling Calla Lily 1940s Brooch by Coro

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    This 1940s brooch is a rose-gold-plated sterling silver ribbon tied in a three-looped bow. Three stems of calla lilies with navette centers of amethyst, ruby, and peridot glass sit on top. Tiny pink tourmaline, sapphire, and diamanté navettes tie the stems together. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. Although the drawing in the design patent shows this brooch with the flowers facing down, I prefer them facing up, reaching for the sky! The photos show both positions, so you can decide. This gorgeous Retro Modern design by Adolph Katz for Coro's high-end line was also made with all citrine flowers – scroll down to see that version.
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  • Vintage bow brooch with gemstones, by Reinad
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    Gemstone & Silver Rope Double-Bow Brooch by Reinad

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    This vintage bow brooch by Reinad is colorful and sassy. It features faceted, oval-glass stones in every gemstone color: amethyst, emerald, ruby, sapphire, peridot, citrine, diamanté, and pink tourmaline. Each stone is set in its own silver-tone cup. The cups all sit inside the two rows of silver-tone rope that form each bow. Not for the faint-hearted, this statement piece goes with everything! Reinad had a short production period, and their pieces are hard to find.
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    USD$395.00
  • Flower bouquet brooches in sterling by Otis
    Otis sterling brooch with sapphire, ruby, amethyst & emerald flowers
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    Gemstone & Sterling Flower Bouquet Brooches by Otis

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    These flower bouquet brooches from the 1940s have deep-colored-glass petals with diamanté centers and accents. The stems and settings are sterling silver. The brooch on the left features sapphire, ruby, amethyst, and emerald glass flowers; the one on the right is all emerald. Delicate and well-made by Otis, these brooches can be worn separately (e.g., on either side of a collar) or as a pair with great effect. These pieces were advertised in the 1949 catalog of George T. Brodnax Jewelry Co., a mail-order company located in Memphis, Tennessee.
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    Gemstone Bead & Rondelle Dangling 1950s Brooch by Hattie Carnegie

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    This gemstone-colored dangling 1950s brooch by Hattie Carnegie features ruby, sapphire, emerald, and amethyst glass beads and rondelles. They dangle from a circular top adorned with the same beads. This imaginative and elegant piece has gold-tone findings and a roll-over safety clasp. The combination of colors add to the beauty and versatility of this brooch.
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    Gemstone Fruit Salad Art Deco Bar Brooch by Trifari

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    This 1930s bar brooch features a line of teardrop-shaped ruby, emerald, and sapphire-glass stones topped with and surrounded by diamanté. The molded glass was used by costume jewelry makers to imitate the Indian-carved gemstones – known as fruit salads or tutti frutti – which were so popular in the Art Deco era. Trifari made their first fruit salad pieces in the late-1930s, typically using acorn-shaped stones. This piece has the popular trio of colors but in a different shape with an added gem: the company called cabochons with a diamanté center shoe-buttons. The design of this rhodium-plated setting is similar to pieces from the company's Ming series in the 1930s. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. This brooch goes with just about everything! Scroll down to see an early Trifari fruit salad double-clip brooch (Clip-Mates) in the same colors.
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  • Ribbon bow brooch with gemstone bouquets
    Close-up view of gemstone flowers
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    Gemstone Ribbon Bow Brooch by Coro

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    This ribbon bow brooch was made by Coro in the 1940s, for their high-end Coro Craft line. Created from rose-gold-plated sterling silver, this piece is adorned with a small bouquet of navette flowers of emerald, amethyst, and sapphire glass on each loop. This richly-colored Retro Modern classic has a roll-over safety clasp. Wear it at the throat of a blouse, at the bottom of a V-neckline, or on the collar of a jacket.
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  • Umbrella brooch with seed beads by Ornella
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    Gold & Black Bead Umbrella Brooch by Ornella

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    This umbrella brooch is made from gold, black, and colorless seed beads along with gold-tone rope and a diamanté-studded handle. The solid back supports the hand-beading and the trombone clasp. Tall and slender, this whimsical jewel was probably made in the 1950s. Pieces by Ornella, an Italian company, are well-made, hard-to-date, and hard-to-find.
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  • Pair of 1950s brooches with delicate gold & pave ribbons
    1950s Boucher bow brooch
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    Gold & Pavé Bow 1950s Brooches by Marcel Boucher

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    These 1950s brooches by Marcel Boucher are a pair of bows with pavé accents on delicate gold-plated, cut-out ribbons. These bows can be worn together with great effect, or wear just one! Each brooch has a roll-over safety clasp. The back of one is gold-plated; the other is rhodium-plated. Scroll down to see Gold & Pavé Swirl Earrings, also by Boucher, which feature the same delicate cut-out work with pavé accents in a graceful swirl design.
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    USD$175.00
  • Gold calla lily pin with diamante
    Close-up view of round diamante & baguette accents
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    Gold Calla Lily & Diamanté 1940s Brooch by Mazer Bros.

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    This gold calla lily pin, made by Mazer Bros. in the late-1940s to early-1950s, is really elegant. It features a graceful design executed in gold-plated fretwork embellished with baguettes and round diamanté. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. A lovely accessory for the shoulder of a dress or a jacket lapel. Wear it with faux or real diamond studs and a gold bangle. In case you haven’t noticed, I love calla lilies!
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    Gold Leaf & Art Glass 1940s Brooch by Elsa Schiaparelli

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    This gold-tone late-1940s brooch by Elsa Schiaparelli is "designed as [a] dancing openwork leaf" (Becker) and set with emerald, ruby, sapphire and amber art-glass cabochons in dog-tooth prongs. The outline of the leaf and stem are textured. This versatile and elegant brooch closes with a roll-over safety clasp. I think this jewel was meant to be worn with the leaf pointing down, as shown in the first photo, but the third photo shows the leaf pointing up – you decide which you prefer!
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    Golden Topaz & Diamanté 1950s Brooch by Miriam Haskell

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    Large, faceted golden-topaz (or deep-citrine) glass stones, with the largest shooting out at various angles, form the bottom layer of this dazzling 1950s brooch by Miriam Haskell. A large citrine glass stone in the center is surrounded by silver-coated diamanté to add to the sparkle. The back is silver tone filigree with a roll-over safety clasp.
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    Golden Topaz & Sterling 1920s Bar Pin

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    This golden-topaz (or deep-citrine) Art Deco bar pin is made in the same way as the imitation gemstone bangle bracelets of the era. The faceted, square-cut glass stones, actually a delicious caramel color, are channel-set in sterling silver with engraved edges. This piece, which closes with a roll-over safety clasp, never goes out of style! Scroll down to see a matching Diamonbar bracelet.
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    Golden Topaz & Vermeil Sterling Flower 1940s Brooch by Coro

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    Oval, faceted golden-topaz glass stones form the flower on this graceful, large gold-plated sterling silver brooch by Coro. The tilt of the blossom and the furled leaves make this piece look as though it is blowing in the wind. Joan Crawford wore a similar brooch at the throat of her blouse in a scene in Mildred Pierce.
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    Golden Topaz, Citrine & Diamanté 1950s Brooch by Hattie Carnegie

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    A large oval, faceted golden-topaz glass stone the looks like luscious caramel is the centerpiece of this 1950s brooch by Hattie Carnegie. The center is surrounded by large, round, white-striped glass stones and further embellished with small citrines and layers of darker citrine leaves. This wreath-like piece is another three-dimensional example of Carnegie's quality and design ingenuity. The gold-plated metal setting has a roll-over safety clasp.
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  • Vintage Galalith brooch with diamante
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    Green Galalith Brooch with Diamanté

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    This vintage Galalith brooch is fashioned from a half-dome in light green. When jewelry makers embraced early plastics they no longer needed to imitate gemstones, so the range of colors was limitless. This 1930s piece is embellished with six rings of diamanté. This versatile Art Deco piece is fun to wear and probably European in origin. I love the mix of materials and the choice of green!
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    Grey Pearl Flower 1950s Brooch by Miriam Haskell

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    This 1950s brooch by Miriam Haskell features a trio of flowers that form a semi-circle. Each flower has a grey pearl center and engraved petals. The components are wired onto filigree plaques. This piece closes with a roll-over safety clasp. I've photographed the brooch in the vertical and horizontal positions, so you can decide which you like better. Great color and lovely detail!
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    USD$225.00
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    Jade Bead, Pearl & Diamanté Dangling 1950s Brooch by Hattie Carnegie

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    This large, opulent, three-dimensional 1950s brooch by Hattie Carnegie is spectacular! At the top is an elaborate, three-inch-wide bow set with small round and large marquis-shaped diamanté. From it falls a cascade of multiple layers of jade-green-glass beads, faux pearls, and round, pear-shaped, and marquis-shaped diamanté. All of the stones are faceted and bright. The setting is rhodium-plated metal with a roll-over safety clasp. Wear this substantial statement piece on a lapel, sash, or purse, or as a pendant. The last photo shows the brooch as the centerpiece on a white gold and diamond chain. (This necklace is not included.) This amazingly-detailed piece  is not for the faint-hearted, but it's guaranteed to get you noticed!
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    USD$795.00