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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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  • 1920s brooch with emerald & crystal stones set in sterling filigree
    Center stone in 1920s Ostby & Barton brooch
    USD$245.00

    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.
    USD$245.00
    USD$245.00
  • Gold plated brooch w/emerald & diamanté flower
    Close-up view of center flower
    USD$225.00

    Emerald, Diamanté & Gold Bow Brooch by Mazer Bros.

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    This gold-plated brooch from the 1940s has pavé-trimmed, ribbon loops tied in bows. 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. Mazer Bros.’ 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 wears warm colors. Scroll down to see a version in cool colors: all diamanté with sapphires.
    USD$225.00
    USD$225.00
  • Coro bouquet brooch w/emeralds & diamanté in vermeil sterling
    Brooch as positioned in 'Vogue' ad
    USD$195.00

    Emerald, Diamanté & Vermeil Sterling Coro Bouquet Brooch

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    This Coro bouquet brooch is another beautiful Retro Modern design by Adolf Katz for Coro’s high-end line. This jewel features a gold-washed-sterling silver wide furled ribbon. It has 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!
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Miriam Haskell pin with grey pearls, emeralds & sapphires
    Close-up view of emerald bead, peal, and sapphire stone accents
    USD$345.00

    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!
    USD$345.00
    USD$345.00
  • Coro brooch from the 1940s, Stars in the Sky set in rose vermeil sterling
    Close-up of Coro bouquet brooch
    USD$395.00

    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.
    USD$395.00
    USD$395.00
  • Calla lily pin with 3 gemstones by Coro
    Close-up view of amethyst, ruby & peridot glass stones
    USD$295.00

    Gemstone & Rose Vermeil Sterling Calla Lily Pin by Coro

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    This calla lily pin from the 1940s has a rose-gold-plated sterling silver ribbon tied in a three-looped bow. Three stems of calla lilies with a 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.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Vintage bow brooch with gemstones, by Reinad
    Close-up view of Reinad brooch
    USD$395.00

    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.
    USD$395.00
    USD$395.00
  • Flower bouquet brooches in sterling by Otis
    Otis sterling brooch with sapphire, ruby, amethyst & emerald flowers
    USD$195.00

    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.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Adolph Katz brooch in gold w/gemstones
    Close-up view of jeweled flower center
    USD$295.00

    Gemstone & Vermeil Sterling Flower Adolph Katz Brooch

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    This Adolph Katz brooch is a substantial gold-plated sterling silver flower adorned with aquamarine- and ruby-glass stones and a diamanté center. The petals have decorative piercings and are tilted and slightly curled, giving them lots of life. Stylized and graceful, this jewel is a fine example of the Retro Modern style so popular in the 1940s. This three-dimensional jewel is a larger version of two brooch/pendants and a corsage bracelet in this design – scroll down to see them. Note that any bright color variations in metal are only camera reflections.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Vintage brooch pendant in vermeil sterling w/jewels
    Close-up view of jeweled center
    USD$295.00

    Gemstone & Vermeil Sterling Flower Brooch/Pendant

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    This vintage brooch pendant is a substantial 1940s ‘2-for-1’ jewel. The gold-plated sterling silver flower is embellished with aquamarine- and ruby-glass stones and diamanté accents. The petals of the flower have decorative piercing and are tilted and slightly curled, giving it lots of life. Designed by the remarkable Adolph Katz, this three-dimensional piece is a fine example of the Retro Modern style. 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 similar brooches with a diamanté center (one has the pendant loop) as well as a bracelet with that design, all by the same maker. Note that any bright color variations in metal are only camera reflections.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Vintage flower brooch by Coro with diamanté, aqua and ruby set in gold-plated sterling
    Close-up of Coro brooch
    USD$295.00

    Gemstone & Vermeil Sterling Flower 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 piercings 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. Note that any bright color variations in metal are only camera reflections.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Gemstone pin w/colorful dangling beads
    Close-up view of brooch top
    USD$295.00

    Gemstone Bead & Rondelle Dangling Brooch by Hattie Carnegie

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    This gemstone pin with colorful glass beads is a 1950s Hattie Carnegie piece. Strands of ruby, sapphire, emerald, and amethyst beads and rondelles dangle from a circular top formed by the same elements. This imaginative and elegant jewel from the famed New York fashion house has gold-tone findings and a roll-over safety clasp. The combination of colors adds to the beauty and versatility of this brooch. Hattie Carnegie jewels are always special.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Crown Trifari brooch w/ruby, emerald, sapphire fruit salads
    Close-up view of teardrop-shaped jewels
    USD$275.00

    Gemstone Fruit Salad Bar Brooch by Trifari

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    This crown Trifari 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 elegant and timeless jewel goes with just about everything! Scroll down to see an early Trifari fruit salad double-clip brooch (Clip-Mates) in the same colors.
    USD$275.00
    USD$275.00
  • Ribbon bow brooch with gemstone bouquets
    Close-up view of gemstone flowers
    USD$195.00

    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.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Umbrella brooch with seed beads by Ornella
    Close-up view of seed beads
    USD$195.00

    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.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Merry Whirl Duette & Gay Swirl earrings
    Horizontal view of Coro's Merry Whirl Duette
    USD$195.00

    Gold & Diamanté ‘Merry Whirl’ Duette & ‘Gay Swirl’ Earrings

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    This 'Merry Whirl' Duette was sold to me as a set with these earrings. Although all pieces are gold-tone with diamanté and made by the same company, my research uncovered a different story. The screw-back earrings are, in fact, from their 'Gay Swirl' design. Nevertheless, I wouldn’t hesitate to wear these pieces together. The Duette, Coro’s double clip brooch, can be worn as a brooch (in the positions shown) or as separate dress clips. These jewels were advertised in the April 1948 issue of Life magazine, which is how I found out the design names. You can see the utility patent for the brooch mechanism here, shown below Coro's name.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Gold plated flower brooch with diamante by Otis
    Close-up view of Otis brooch
    USD$175.00

    Gold & Diamanté 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.
    USD$175.00
    USD$175.00
  • Pair of 1950s brooches with delicate gold & pave ribbons
    1950s Boucher bow brooch
    USD$225.00

    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! The pair would make a lovely adornment for a bride's hair. 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.
    USD$225.00
    USD$225.00
  • Art glass brooch in gold leaf design
    Close-up view of cabochons & settings
    USD$395.00

    Gold Leaf & Art Glass Brooch by Elsa Schiaparelli

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    This art glass brooch from the late-1940s is described by one jewelry historian as a “dancing openwork leaf” (Becker). It is set with emerald, ruby, sapphire and amber cabochons in dog-tooth prongs. The outline of the gold-tone leaf and stem are textured. This versatile and elegant piece 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!
    USD$395.00
    USD$395.00
  • Gold leaf pin & earrings set
    Brooch w/layered trios of gold leaves
    USD$295.00

    Gold Leaf Pin & Earrings Set by Elsa Schiaparelli

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    This gold leaf pin and earrings set was made by Elsa Schiaparelli in the 1950s. Three trios of textured leaves layered on the brooch are a lovely example of one of her favorite motifs. The matching ear clips each have a single leaf. The finish is a warm gold-tone. Although a bracelet with the same design is available, that piece has a silver-tone finish. Scroll down to see the bracelet.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Art Deco bar pin with golden topaz in sterling
    Close-up view of faceted channel-set stones
    USD$195.00

    Golden Topaz & Sterling Art Deco Bar Pin

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    This Art Deco bar pin is made in the same way as the imitation-gemstone bangle bracelets of the era. The faceted, square-cut golden-topaz (or citrine) glass stones 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. Both are a lovely caramel hue that is perfect for those who look best in warm colors.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Flower brooch pin w/golden topaz & vermeil sterling
    Close-up view of faceted, oval golden-topaz stones oval
    USD$245.00

    Golden Topaz & Vermeil Sterling Flower Brooch by Coro

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    This flower brooch pin is a graceful, large gold-plated sterling silver jewel created by CoroCraft, the company’s high-end line. Oval, faceted golden-topaz-glass stones form the flower that sits atop the stem. The tilt of the blossom and the furled leaves make this piece look as though it is blowing in the wind. This stylized design was very popular in the 1940s. Joan Crawford wore a similar brooch at the throat of her blouse in a scene in Mildred Pierce.
    USD$245.00
    USD$245.00
  • Golden topaz brooch with diamanté by Miriam Haskell
    Close-up view of layered brooch center
    USD$295.00

    Golden Topaz Brooch with Diamanté by Miriam Haskell

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    This golden topaz brooch has large, faceted deep-yellow glass stones (sometimes referred to as coffin-shaped), with the largest shooting out at various angles. They 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. Just add your own faux or real diamond studs.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Hattie Carnegie brooch with golden topaz & citrine
    Close-up view showing layered leaves
    USD$295.00

    Golden Topaz, Citrine & Diamanté Hattie Carnegie Brooch

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    This Hattie Carnegie brooch has as its centerpiece a large oval, faceted golden-topaz glass stone that looks like luscious caramel. It is surrounded by large, round, white-striped glass stones and further embellished with small citrines and layers of darker citrine leaves. This 1950s 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. A lovely adornment for those who wear warm colors.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00