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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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  • Vintage Galalith brooch with diamante
    Close-up view of brooch front
    USD$195.00

    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!
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Grey pearl flower brooch by Miriam Haskell
    Miriam Haskell 1950s grey pearl flower brooch
    USD$295.00

    Grey Pearl Flower Brooch by Miriam Haskell

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    This pearl flower brooch by Miriam Haskell features a trio that forms a semi-circle. Each flower has a grey pearl center and engraved silver-tone petals. The components are wired onto filigree plaques. This jewel 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!
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Gemstone brooch and earrings set by Hobé
    Brooch w/jade glass nuggets, gemstones & pearls
    USD$275.00

    Jade Art Glass, Gemstone & Pearl Brooch & Earrings Set by Hobé

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    This gemstone brooch and earrings set has large jade-art-glass nuggets set in gold-tone metal as its focal point. The oval-shaped brooch has two nuggets surrounded by faux pearls and glass stones in amethyst, sapphire, and citrine. These embellishments are in various shapes and sizes. An overlay of gold-plated filigree flowers with tiny sapphire centers complete the brooch. It closes with a roll-over safety clap. The ear clips each have one jade nugget with a semi-circle of the same colorful stones. The earrings face each other, so they will frame your face to perfection. The combination of elements and the complexity of design make this set very special. It’s a great example of Hobé’s ’50s Glam style and suits today’s preference for statement jewelry. Wear the pieces together or separately, to create different looks.
    USD$275.00
    USD$275.00
  • Dangle brooch with jade beads, pearls & diamanté
    Close-up view of Hattie Carnegie brooch
    USD$795.00

    Jade Bead, Pearl & Diamanté Dangle Brooch

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    This 1950s dangle brooch by Hattie Carnegie is spectacular! Large, opulent, and three-dimensional, it certainly makes a statement. At the top is an elaborate, three-inch-wide bow set with small round and large marquise-shaped diamanté. From it falls a cascade of multiple layers of jade-green-glass beads, faux pearls, and round, pear-shaped, and marquise-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 jewel on a lapel, sash, or purse, or as a pendant. The last photo shows it 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!
    USD$795.00
    USD$795.00
  • Bow-shaped milk glass brooch
    Close-up view of bow
    USD$195.00

    Milk Glass Bead Bow Brooch by Miriam Haskell

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    This milk glass brooch has two rows of beads outlining a silver-tone metal filigree bow. This charming 1950s piece by Miriam Haskell closes with a roll-over safety clasp. You can wear this dainty brooch with sterling ball stud or hoop earrings or with milk glass earrings by the same maker — scroll down to see them. These adornments are perfect for those who look best in cool colors.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Art Deco bar brooch with onyx & crystal
    Close-up view of stones & cut-outs
    USD$295.00

    Onyx & Crystal Art Deco Bar Brooch

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    This Art Deco bar brooch is formed from faceted, rectangular onyx-glass and crystal stones. Each end has a faceted, onyx-glass triangle. The silver-tone metal setting has cut-outs, creating a checkered pattern with the stones. They are all open-back, and the workmanship is superb. The trombone clasp and unusual design make me think this brooch is European in origin. I also think the setting is sterling silver, but the mark is unreadable. Scroll down to see Art Deco earrings and bracelets that coordinate beautifully with this jewel. Black-and-white, so popular in the Twenties, never goes out of style!
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Vintage rhinestone brooch in black & white
    Close-up view of center of 1 flower
    USD$495.00

    Onyx & Diamanté Brooch by Elsa Schiaparelli

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    This vintage rhinestone brooch is a stunning, three-dimensional 1950s jewel by Elsa Schiaparelli. It is formed by three layered flowers. The centers are clusters of onyx-glass beads that sit atop petals of onyx glass and aurora borealis rhinestones. This iridescent coating on the navettes reflects spectacular colors, creates a sense of movement, and gives this piece so much life. These effects are hard to capture in photos. The brooch setting is silver-tone metal with a roll-over safety clasp. If red is your color, scroll down to see the same design in that fiery hue. Wear either piece to create an unforgettable look!
    USD$495.00
    USD$495.00
  • Black and white Deco brooch by Fishel, Nessler
    Close-up view of brooch center
    USD$295.00

    Onyx, Diamanté & Sterling Bar Brooch by Fishel, Nessler

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    This black and white Deco brooch has the popular color combination and geometric motif that were the epitome of style in the Twenties. This timeless sterling silver jewel by Fishel, Nessler closes with a simple C-clasp. Scroll down to see a sterling line bracelet by the same maker with the same colors as well as other Art Deco bracelets to wear with this brooch.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
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    Opal brooch with diamanté by Marcel Boucher
    Close-up view of opal art glass
    USD$275.00

    Opal & Diamanté Leaf Brooch by Marcel Boucher

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    This opal brooch from 1950 looks like fine jewelry, with its fiery art-glass center surrounded by sparkling diamanté. The leaf-shaped setting outlined with additional sparkling stones is rhodium-plated metal and has a roll-over safety clasp. Of all the Boucher pieces in this collection, I think this one is the best. How beautifully it would adorn any outfit. How about a bridal gown?
    USD$275.00
    USD$275.00
  • Blown glass brooch w/emerald & pearl beads
    Close-up view of other end
    USD$345.00

    Pearl & Emerald Blown Glass Brooch

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    This blown glass brooch was made in France in the 1950s. It has pearls and emerald beads in various shapes and sizes, all hand-wired onto a gilt metal filigree back with a trombone clasp. This beautiful three-dimensional piece is in the style of Louis Rousselet. Note that his work was usually signed only with a paper hang tag, so most of his surviving pieces remain unsigned. This spectacular brooch is right for day or evening wear. For a unique look, how about wearing this piece as a wedding accessory – on the bride's gown or in her hair? Scroll down to see French earrings from the same period and probably the same maker.
    USD$345.00
    USD$345.00
  • Vintage gold flower necklace/brooch & earrings
    Floral brooch worn as pendant
    USD$275.00

    Pearl, Diamanté & Gold Flower Necklace/Brooch & Earrings Set

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    This vintage gold flower necklace and earrings set from 1950 is a '3-for-1' jewel! It has a trio of heart-shaped blossoms that form the centerpiece, which can be detached and worn as a brooch. The ear clips are single blossoms. The gold-plated fretwork has swirled pavé edges that embrace champagne-colored faux pearls. Attach the brooch to the snake chain by inserting the pin stem through the necklace loops. Pretty clever, eh! While the pendant appears slightly off-center on the chain, its position was fixed at manufacture. Please note that this necklace (which measures 14 3/8″) was made for a slim neck, but you could easily add a chain extender. Wear the pieces together or separately with complimentary contemporary jewels.
    USD$275.00
    USD$275.00
  • Bogoff brooch with pink tourmaline & diamanté
    Close-up view of stones
    USD$195.00

    Pink Tourmaline & Diamanté Snowflake Bogoff Brooch

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    This Bogoff brooch has hot-pink-glass stones and diamanté in a rhodium-plated setting shaped like a snowflake. This piece closes with a roll-over safety clasp. The color is elegant, and the shape is timeless. Bogoff made lovely pieces in the 1950s.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Hobe brooches with pink tourmaline
    Close-up view of one brooch
    USD$225.00

    Pink Tourmaline & Sterling Flower 1940s Hobé Brooches

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    This pair of Hobé brooches is delicate and lovely. Each is a flower with a deep-pink tourmaline (almost fuchsia) center. The sterling petals on one side are furled; those on the other side feature a beautiful open-work design that is known as fretwork. You can wear the pair together on the shoulder of a dress or jacket, or on either side of a collar. What a lovely adornment for a bride's hair! These brooches were hand-made. Although they’re marked “DESIGN PAT’D”, I have been unable to identify a design patent that looks like them.
    USD$225.00
    USD$225.00
  • Jeweled brooch by Hobé in sterling with colorful flowers
    Close-up view of flowers, buds & leaves
    USD$295.00

    Pink Tourmaline, Sapphire, Peridot & Sterling Bouquet Brooch by Hobé

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    This jeweled brooch is a bouquet of sterling silver flowers, stems, and leaves. They are tied in a bow and accented with collet-set pink tourmaline, pale sapphire and peridot glass stones. This brooch, with its roll-over safety clasp, is another example of the fine hand-made 1940s jewelry Hobé is known for. I particularly love the size and vertical orientation of this jewel. Scroll down to see one of this maker’s bracelets with a floral motif that coordinates well with this brooch.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Red & white beaded flower brooch
    Close-up view of red & white flowers
    USD$195.00

    Red & White Beaded Flower Brooch

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    This beaded flower brooch made in the 1920s has red and white glass beads set in concentric circles. At the top are molded-glass flowers in the same colors. The components are wired together and sewn onto two layers of filigree. The brass-tone back with a trombone clasp makes me think this Art Deco jewel is from France. What a charming piece!
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
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    Red Bakelite Brooch with Chrome

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    This red Bakelite brooch is crafted from a cylinder of red plastic (Bakelite or Galalith?) wrapped in chrome. This Machine Age design reminds me of the work of the German maker Jakob Bengel. Early plastics were often combined with other materials during the 1930s. This piece closes with a simple C-clasp. Scroll down to see the perfect Machine Age bracelet to wear with this fashionable and fun brooch.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Aurora borealis rhinestone brooch w/ruby bead flowers
    Brooch back
    USD$495.00

    Ruby & Diamanté Brooch by Elsa Schiaparelli

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    This aurora borealis rhinestone brooch features a trio of flowers. Clusters of ruby-glass beads form the centers that sit atop the rhinestone petals. In person, this piece looks like a display of fireworks – the iridescence of the navettes is hard to capture in photos. The setting of this 1950s Elsa Schiaparelli jewel is silver-tone metal with a roll-over safety clasp. Even the back of the brooch is textured! With this statement piece, all you need to complete your jewelry accessories is a pair of faux or real diamond stud earrings. If black and white is more to your taste, scroll down to see the same design in that color combination.
    USD$495.00
    USD$495.00
  • Vintage ruby brooch with flower atop sterling stem
    Close-up view of cushion-cut ruby flower
    USD$195.00

    Ruby & Sterling Flower Brooch by Hess-Appel

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    This vintage ruby brooch is a wonderful statement piece that’s just right for today’s style. A large, beautifully-faceted, cushion-cut ruby-glass flower stands tall with curled sterling silver leaves and stem. The size and gracefulness are hallmarks of the 1940s Retro Modern style. This piece by Hess-Appel is signed with their Jollé trademark (without the accent, which was used only in their advertisements). This tall jewel closes with a roll-over safety clasp. You can easily remove the age-appropriate patina if you wish.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Miriam Haskell brooch (clip) with ruby glass beads & rondelles
    Close-up view of Miriam Haskell brooch/clip
    USD$495.00

    Ruby Bead & Rondelle 1940s Miriam Haskell Brooch/Clip

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    This Miriam Haskell brooch, which is also a dress clip, has deep-red glass beads separated by rondelles and small flat beads in silver metal findings. A World War II-style dress clip is attached to a pierced plastic back. Frank Hess used this Machine Age-style in other designs. (Scroll down to see a similar pair of earrings.) I bought this piece from Haskell expert Cathy Gordon, who indicated that the pin stem was probably added to the dress clip at a later date. In addition to wearing this piece as a clip or brooch, you can wear it as a pendant on a black cord (shown in the last photo) or on a silver or white-gold chain. The 17" black cord shown is included with this purchase.
    USD$495.00
    USD$495.00
  • Pinwheel brooch of ruby-glass beads & diamante
    Close-up view of brooch front
    USD$225.00

    Ruby Bead & Rondelle French Pinwheel Brooch

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    This pinwheel brooch has ruby-glass beads wired in a spiral and adorned with channels of diamanté. A large ruby-glass bead sits on top. Frank Hess designed a nearly identical dress clip for Miriam Haskell circa 1940, but his had diamanté only on the front. This brooch has them on both sides and closes with a trombone clasp on a filigree back. Real or faux diamond ear studs are the perfect accompaniment for this charming French jewel.
    USD$225.00
    USD$225.00
  • Trifari bouquet brooch with enamel & ruby flowers
    Close-up view of ruby flowers with diamante
    USD$275.00

    Ruby, Diamanté & Enamel Bouquet 1940s Brooch by Trifari

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    This Trifari bouquet brooch has enamel leaves with faceted, oval ruby-red glass flowers surrounded by pavé petals. Long pavé leaves and a pavé ribbon that ties the bouquet complete this graceful Alfred Spaney design. This lovely and timeless 1940s brooch closes with a roll-over safety clasp.
    USD$275.00
    USD$275.00
  • Vintage circle pin in gold with ruby & diamanté accents
    Marcel Boucher gold pin w/embellishments
    USD$185.00

    Ruby, Diamanté & Gold Circle Pin & Earrings Set

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    This vintage circle pin is one of many designed by Marcel Boucher in the 1950s. This lovely example of his work comes with earrings. The gold-plated open-circle brooch is embellished with an arrow of pavé topped with ruby-glass baguettes. The closed-circle ear clips are embellished with the same stones in a leaf-like setting. Perhaps these pieces were not originally a set. (The brooch is unmarked; the earrings have no inventory number.) Even so, they look great together!
    USD$185.00
    USD$185.00
  • Coro Duette brooch & earrings set
    Coro-Craft Duette brooch
    USD$795.00

    Ruby, Diamanté & Rose Vermeil Sterling 1940s ‘Sparkling Peonies’ Duette & Earrings Set by Coro

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    This Coro Duette brooch has two rose-gold-plated sterling silver flowers edged in diamanté with ruby-glass-stone centers. It can be worn as a brooch or as separate dress clips, and has matching earrings. Made for the company's high-end line, this stunning set showcases one of Adolph Katz’s brilliant Retro Modern designs, from both an aesthetic and engineering point of view. For Duettes that were asymmetrical like this one, the brooch frame had to be customized to work with the particular pair of clips. Truly gorgeous pieces in remarkable condition! You can see the utility patent for the brooch mechanism here, shown below Coro's name. This design was advertised by the company as Sparkling Peonies.
    USD$795.00
    USD$795.00
  • Trifari brooch with ruby flowers in a sterling basket
    Close-up of ruby flowers
    USD$275.00

    Ruby, Diamanté & Sterling Flower Basket Trifari Brooch

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    This Trifari brooch from the 1940s is a flower basket design in the Victorian Revival style. It has faceted, oval ruby-glass flowers surrounded by diamanté leaves in a diamanté trimmed basket. The setting is rhodium-plated sterling silver; the pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. Two other brooches by this maker in this design are available: one has aquamarine flowers; the other, amethysts – scroll down to see them. All three are from my personal collection. You could wear one, two, or all together, creating unique looks each time!  
    USD$275.00
    USD$275.00