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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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    Milk Glass Bead 1950s Bow Brooch by Miriam Haskell

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    Two rows of milk glass beads outline a silver-tone metal filigree bow in this charming 1950s brooch by Miriam Haskell. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. You can wear this dainty brooch with some of my other milk glass pieces, including earrings by Miriam Haskell — scroll down to see them.
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    Onyx & Crystal 1920s Bar Brooch

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    Faceted, rectangular onyx-glass and crystal stones form the body of this Art Deco bar brooch. 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!
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    Onyx & Diamanté 1950s Brooch by Elsa Schiaparelli

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    This stunning three-dimensional 1950s brooch by Elsa Schiaparelli features clusters of onyx crystal beads atop clear aurora borealis (AB) and onyx rhinestones. The AB navettes reflect spectacular colors and give this piece so much life, which is hard to capture in photos. The setting is silver-tone metal with a roll-over safety clasp. If red is your color, scroll down to see the same brooch in fiery red.
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    Onyx, Diamanté & Sterling 1920s Bar Brooch by Fishel, Nessler

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    This 1920s Fishel, Nessler sterling silver bar brooch has the black-and-white color combination and geometric motif that are characteristics of the Art Deco style. This timeless piece 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.
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  • Boucher brooch with diamanté & opal art glass
    Close-up view of opal art glass
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    Opal & Diamanté Leaf 1950s Brooch by Marcel Boucher

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    This Boucher brooch from 1950 looks like fine jewelry, with its fiery-opal art-glass center surrounded by sparkling diamanté. The setting is rhodium-plated metal with 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 a bridal gown!
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    Pearl & Diamanté 1950s Bar Pin by Hattie Carnegie

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    This tapered 1950s bar pin by Hattie Carnegie features tiny faux pearls and diamanté wound in alternating layers. It is finished with a rhodium-plated back and a roll-over safety clasp. Scroll down to see another brooch by the same maker and in the same style – it has tiny deep-sapphire-blue glass beads alternating with gold wire. The style of these brooches is perfect for a jacket lapel. You could even wear them together.
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    Pearl & Emerald Glass Bead French 1950s Brooch

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    Glass pearls and emerald-green-blown-glass beads are hand-wired onto gilt metal in this 1950s French brooch 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 on a wedding gown? Scroll down to see French earrings from the same period and probably the same maker.
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    USD$275.00
  • Vintage gold flower brooch with pearl & diamante
    Center of 'Day to Night' flower
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    Pearl, Diamanté & Gold Flower Brooch by Marcel Boucher

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    This vintage gold flower brooch from the late-1940s is one of several versions Marcel Boucher created with petals that open and close. This design is often referred to as Day to Night. With its gold-tone petals and stem, and a faux pearl adorned with diamanté in the center, this brooch closes with a roll-over safety clasp. Note that the bright areas on the petals are only camera reflections. This piece is charming! A perfect adornment for women who look best in warm colors.
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  • Bogoff brooch with pink tourmaline & diamanté
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    Pink Tourmaline & Diamanté Snowflake 1950s Brooch by Bogoff

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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.
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  • Hobe brooches with pink tourmaline
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    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. 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.
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    Pink Tourmaline, Sapphire, Peridot & Sterling Bouquet 1940s Brooch by Hobé

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    A bouquet of sterling silver flowers, stems, and leaves 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 sterling silver pieces Hobé is known for. I particularly love the vertical orientation of this piece. Scroll down to see one of this maker's bracelets with a floral motif that coordinate well with this brooch.
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    Red & White Bead French 1920s Brooch

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    This 1920s brooch has red and white glass beads set in a circle and topped with 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 make me think this Art Deco jewel is from France. What a lovely brooch!
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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 earrings, which are by Bengel, to wear with this fashionable and fun brooch.
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    Ruby & Diamanté 1950s Brooch by Elsa Schiaparelli

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    This stunning 1950s three-dimensional brooch by Elsa Schiaparelli features clusters of ruby-crystal beads atop ruby and aurora borealis (AB) rhinestones. In person, this piece looks like a display of fireworks – the iridescence of the AB navettes is hard to capture in photos. The setting 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 genuine diamond stud earrings. If black and white is more to your taste, scroll down to see the same design in that combination.
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    Ruby & Sterling Flower 1940s Brooch by Hess-Appel

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    A large, beautifully-faceted, cushion-cut ruby glass flower stands tall with curled sterling silver leaves and stem in this graceful 1940s Retro Modern brooch by Hess-Appel. This piece is signed with their Jollé trademark (without the accent, which was used only in their advertisements). This tall brooch closes with a roll-over safety clasp. You can easily remove the age-appropriate patina if you wish.
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  • Miriam Haskell brooch (clip) with ruby glass beads & rondelles
    Close-up view of Miriam Haskell brooch/clip
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    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.
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  • Pinwheel brooch of ruby-glass beads & diamante
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    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.
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  • Trifari bouquet brooch with enamel & ruby flowers
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    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.
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    Ruby, Diamanté & Sterling 1920s Bar Brooch

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    This Art Deco bar brooch has large, faceted, square-cut ruby-glass stones divided by pairs of round diamanté. This well-made, sterling silver piece is finished with engraved edges and an older-style clasp. The 935 mark, which refers to a higher silver content than the American sterling standard of 925 parts per 1000, makes me think this lovely piece is European in origin. Bar brooches never go out of style, and this one is exceptional! The deep-red stones are perfect for a woman who looks best in cool colors. Just add your own real or faux diamond stud earrings to complete the look.
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  • Trifari brooch with ruby flowers in a sterling basket
    Close-up of ruby flowers
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    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!  
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    USD$225.00
  • Glass beaded brooch with diamante
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    Ruby, Emerald & Diamanté Layered Brooch

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    This glass beaded brooch has foil-backed, pear-shaped diamanté set in silver-tone frames that form the base. On top are layers of ruby- and emerald-blown-glass beads and additional pear-shaped stones. The components are wired onto a silver-tone filigree back with a trombone clasp. Probably made in France in the late-1950s to early-1960s, this substantial piece is nearly one-inch high! Two stones have darkened a bit, but they are much brighter than the photos indicate. This jewel still has plenty of sparkle!
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    USD$395.00
  • Pennino brooch with sapphires & diamante in 2-layered bow
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    Sapphire & Diamanté 1940s Bow Pennino Brooch

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    The design and construction of this Pennino brooch from the late-1940s is so fine that I bought it for myself. Now I’m reluctantly offering it to a new home. The top layer features a pavé ribbon of rhodium-plated metal that’s edged with faceted, oval sapphire-glass stones topped with tiny diamanté, and cinched in the center with two tones of metal. The bottom layer is a rhodium-plated larger bow. It’s edged with thin rays ending with collet-set, tiny sapphire stones. The two layers are connected with a tiny screw, and the pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. Pennino pieces are always exceptional, and this one is superb. Its quality rivals that of fine jewelry, but this one is available for a fraction of the cost! Scroll down to see a variation of this design in rose-gold with amethysts.
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    Sapphire & Pavé Vermeil Bow 1950s Brooch by Marcel Boucher

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    This 1950s bow brooch set in gold-plated metal is another outstanding example of Boucher's work. The pavé curls, open-work sides and square-cut, faceted sapphire-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 emeralds.
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  • Hattie Carnegie pin with sapphire beads & gold wire
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    Sapphire Bead & Gold Wire 1950s Hattie Carnegie Pin

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    This tapered 1950s Hattie Carnegie pin features tiny deep-sapphire-blue glass beads and gold-tone wire wound in alternating rows. It is finished with a gold-tone back and roll-over safety clasp. Scroll down to another brooch in the same style, also by this maker, with tiny faux pearls and diamanté in a silver-tone setting. Both are great adornments for a jacket lapel.
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