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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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  • Umbrella brooch with seed beads by Ornella
    Close-up view of seed beads
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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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    Gold & Diamanté ‘Merry Whirl’ 1940s Duette & ‘Gay Swirl’ Earrings by Coro

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    This double clip brooch and earrings were sold to me as a set, but my research uncovered a different story. The diamanté-embellished gold-tone Coro Duette is named Merry Whirl, while the gold-tone and diamanté earrings are 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. The earrings are screw-backs. Both pieces 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$165.00
    USD$165.00
  • 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.
    USD$175.00
    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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    Gold Leaf 1950s Brooch & Earrings Set by Elsa Schiaparelli

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    Three trios of textured leaves are layered on this 1950s brooch by Elsa Schiaparelli. The matching ear clips each have a single leaf.  The finish is a warm (but not bright) gold-tone. Although I have a bracelet with the same design, that piece has a silver-tone finish. Scroll down to see the bracelet.
    USD$250.00
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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.
    USD$225.00
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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.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Vintage Galalith brooch with diamante
    Close-up view of brooch front
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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!
    USD$185.00
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  • Grey pearl flower brooch by Miriam Haskell
    Miriam Haskell 1950s grey pearl flower brooch
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    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$225.00
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    Jade Art Glass, Gemstone & Pearl 1950s Brooch & Earrings Set by Hobé

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    Large jade-art-glass nuggets set in gold-plated metal are the focal point of this 1950s brooch and earrings set by Hobé. 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 look.
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    USD$245.00
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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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    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.
    USD$475.00
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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
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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.
    USD$275.00
    USD$275.00
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    Pearl, Diamanté & Gold Flower 1950s Brooch/Pendant & Earrings Set by Marcel Boucher

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    The brooch in this 1950s set by Marcel Boucher features a trio of heart-shaped blossoms. Their gold-plated fretwork has swirled pavé edges that embrace champagne-colored faux pearls. The ear clips are single hearts. The brooch, which closes with a roll-over safety clasp, can be worn as a pendant by inserting the pin stem through the loops attached to the snake chain. Pretty clever, eh! While the pendant appears slightly off-center on the chain, its position was fixed at manufacture, as the loops are attached to the chain. Please note that this necklace (which measures 14 3/8") was made for a slim neck, but you could easily add a chain extender.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • 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.
    USD$185.00
    USD$185.00
  • Bogoff brooch with pink tourmaline & diamanté
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    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$165.00
    USD$165.00