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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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  • Glass beaded brooch with diamante
    Close-up view of blown-glass beads & diamante
    USD$395.00

    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!
    USD$395.00
    USD$395.00
  • Trifari leaf brooch & earrings set
    'Jeweleaf' brooch
    USD$245.00

    Sapphire & Diamanté ‘Jeweleaf’ Trifari Brooch & Earrings Set

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    This Trifari leaf brooch and ear clips set was named Jeweleaf. Designed by Alfred Philippe in 1951, it features diamanté-paved maple leaves outlined with sapphire-glass baguettes. The setting is rhodium-plated base metal. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. An all-diamanté version, described as “platinum-toned … paved with stones” and “one of two charming variations on a Spring theme”, was advertised in the February 1, 1952 issue of Vogue. The brooch was $17.50, and the earrings were $15.00, for a total of $32.50. (In 1950, the average U.S. family’s income was $81.50 per week.) Note that the photo of the brooch alone shows it in the position indicated in the design patent (last photo), but you can wear the jewel in any position you wish.
    USD$245.00
    USD$245.00
  • Pennino brooch with sapphires & diamante in 2-layered bow
    Close-up view of brooch center
    USD$295.00

    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.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Gold vermeil brooch w/sapphires & diamanté
    Sapphire center of bow
    USD$275.00

    Sapphire & Pavé Vermeil Brooch by Marcel Boucher

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    This gold vermeil brooch shaped like a bow 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 type of design – graceful, cut-out metal adorned with gems – was inspired by fine jewelers of the era. This piece closes with a roll-over safety clasp. Scroll down to see the same design with emeralds.
    USD$275.00
    USD$275.00
  • Sapphire costume jewelry set of sterling brooch & earrings
    Bow brooch w/flowers, buds, leaves
    USD$195.00

    Sapphire & Sterling Bow Brooch & Earrings Set by Hobé

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    This sapphire costume jewelry set in sterling silver by Hobé is a bit smaller and more restrained than others in the collection, but it is just as beautiful. A deep-blue glass stone is the center of the flower that sits atop the six-loop bow that forms the brooch. The ribbons are adorned with applied leaves and buds. The pin has a roll-over safety clasp. The screw-back earrings are bow-shaped, with sapphire centers. A wonderful combination for those who wear cool colors.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Hattie Carnegie pin with sapphire beads & gold wire
    Close-up view of bar pin front
    USD$195.00

    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.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Sapphire brooch with diamanté in curved-links
    Close-up view of Art Deco bar brooch
    USD$195.00

    Sapphire Brooch with Diamanté by Schreiber & Hiller

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    This sapphire brooch has three curved links of diamanté between each one with blue-glass stones. At 3” long, this wonderful Art Deco piece is a quarter-inch-high half-dome backed by a flat metal plate. This lovely 1930s bar brooch closes with a roll-over safety clasp. Scroll down to see a tank-track bracelet in the same colors, also by Schreiber & Hiller.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Schiaparelli brooch with sapphire lava rocks
    Schiaparelli lava rock brooch in vertical position
    USD$445.00

    Sapphire Lava Rock & Amethyst 1950s Brooch by Elsa Schiaparelli

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    This Schiaparelli brooch is one of those pieces that should come with instructions for how to wear it. So I’m showing this exquisite 1950s creation in three different positions, hoping that at least one of them will appeal to you. Or you may think of a better one! This incredible brooch has two large sapphire-blue lava rocks in dog-tooth prongs embellished with sapphires and amethysts. The complementary glass stones are round and navette in shape. The lava rocks have an incredible iridescence (like a fire within), and the color combination is delicious. The setting is silver-tone metal with a roll-over safety clasp. This gorgeous statement piece is Schiaparelli at her best!
    USD$445.00
    USD$445.00
  • Boucher flower brooch in gold w/sapphires & diamanté
    Close-up view of metal work
    USD$275.00

    Sapphire, Diamanté & Gold Boucher Flower Brooch

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    This Boucher flower brooch exemplifies the flowing motifs and textured metals of the period. Sapphire-glass stones and diamanté set in gold-tone form a beautiful bouquet with furled outside petals and a raised center. The pavé ribbon that ties the stems speaks to the maker’s attention to detail and design genius. This lovely jewel closes with a roll-over safety clasp. Just add faux or real diamond studs to complete your look.
    USD$275.00
    USD$275.00
  • Reinad brooch & earrings with sapphires & diamante
    Rose vermeil sterling brooch w/sapphires & diamante
    USD$375.00

    Sapphire, Diamanté & Rose Vermeil Sterling 1940s Reinad Brooch & Earrings

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    This Reinad brooch with matching earrings feature rose-gold-washed sterling silver set with large, faceted, triangular sapphire-glass stones and diamanté accents. This set is a wonderful example of the Retro Modern style of the 1940s. I couldn’t decide if the brooch should be worn horizontally or vertically until I saw Anne Baxter wearing one like it in the 1946 movie Angel on my Shoulder. Hers was perfectly placed in the vertical position at the base of her V-neckline. She even wore the matching earrings. The pin has a roll-over safety clasp, and the earrings are screw-backs. I’ve included a photo of the brooch in the horizontal position, so you can decide if you prefer it that way. A similar piece was shown in a 1945 wholesaler’s catalog. The page was entitled “New Pink Gold Finish on Sterling Silver — Styled by Master Craftsmen” (who were not named). The brooch was $28.50 retail, and the earrings were $13.50, or $42.00 for the set. (While I don’t have income statistics for the mid-1940s, to put these prices in perspective, the U.S. government reported that by 1950, the average American household’s weekly income was about $81.)
    USD$375.00
    USD$375.00
  • Silver bow brooch with diamante & sapphires
    Close-up view of flower layer
    USD$225.00

    Sapphire, Diamanté & Silver Bow Brooch by Mazer Bros.

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    This rhodium-plated silver bow brooch has a base formed by five loops and seven tails encrusted with diamanté. A flower with sapphire-glass-baguette petals and diamanté center, cupped in the same metal, sits on top. This piece was made by Mazer Bros. after World War II. As with all of their jewels from this period, this one is well-constructed from the finest materials. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. The colors of this piece make it perfect for a woman who looks best in cool colors. Scroll down to see another version in warm hues.
    USD$225.00
    USD$225.00
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    Sapphire, Diamanté & Sterling 1940s Bouquet Brooch by Trifari

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    Floral bouquets were a popular theme for Trifari and other costume jewelry makers during WWII. This design is horizontal in format, with faceted, oval sapphire-glass flowers, diamanté leaves, and silver stems. The setting is rhodium-plated sterling silver. The roll-over safety clasp has been replaced by my expert jeweler. Pieces like this one are easy to wear with modern jewelry – just add simple diamond (faux or real) studs or hoops to complete your jeweled accessories.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Oval Brooch with flowers and leave by Hobé
    Close-up view of brooch front
    USD$175.00

    Sterling 1940s Floral Oval Brooch by Hobé

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    This 1940s oval brooch has flowers and leaves in sterling silver applied to an oval base. The result is a piece with lovely textures and depth. Even the back shows the meticulous workmanship that went into the crafting of this jewel. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. This design is similar to two others the maker patented in the early 1940s. Scroll down to see a Hobé bracelet with a floral motif.
    USD$175.00
    USD$175.00
  • Hobé sterling jewelry set w/floral motif
    Richly-detailed sterling silver brooch
    USD$295.00

    Sterling Floral Brooch & Earrings Set by Hobé

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    This Hobé sterling jewelry set illustrates the unsurpassed quality of this maker’s flowers. The brooch has richly-detailed, textured layers of buds and leaves that emanate from the multi-layered center flower. The earrings replicate the brooch center. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp; the earrings have screw-backs. This set is one of this maker's more complex and unusual designs from the 1940s and doesn’t need any colored stones to make it sparkle. Scroll down to see a flower bracelet by Hobé that coordinates with this amazing set.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Hobé sterling silver brooch with flowers & leaves
    Close-up view of flowers & leaves
    USD$175.00

    Sterling Flower & Leaf Brooch by Hobé

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    This Hobé sterling silver brooch is petite (by Hobé standards), but it has the same level of detail and quality workmanship as its larger sisters. The intricate buds on either side of the central flower are particularly lovely. From the 1940s, this three-dimensional piece has a roll-over safety clasp. Scroll down to see a bracelet by Hobé that also has a floral motif.
    USD$175.00
    USD$175.00
  • Coro flower brooch – sterling silver bouquet
    Close-up view of flower
    USD$175.00

    Sterling Flower Bouquet 1940s Brooch by Coro

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    This 1940s Coro flower brooch has five sterling silver stems tied in a bouquet. From Coro-Craft, the company's high-end line, this piece bears hints of the Retro Modern style of that decade – the slightly curved, stylized flowers and the 3 ¾” length. This piece has a roll-over safety clasp.
    USD$175.00
    USD$175.00
  • Large vintage flower pin in sterling silver
    Close-up view of pin front
    USD$195.00

    Sterling Flower Bouquet Brooch

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    This vintage flower pin in sterling silver has wonderful detail and an unusual design. A cluster of petals defines the flower, which sits atop a pair of veined leaves. The fourth stem ends in a spiral. This lovely piece is very three-dimensional, well-made and somewhat whimsical. Because of its size and motif, I’m guessing it dates to the 1940s. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. I only wish I could find information about the maker (which is definitely not Rafael Canada)!
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Sterling silver rose brooch by Hobé
    Close-up view of rose
    USD$225.00

    Sterling Silver Rose Brooch by Hobé

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    This sterling silver rose brooch is just one of numerous floral pieces designed by this extraordinary maker. In my opinion, Hobé made the best sterling flowers in the 1940s. On this pin, the large blossom at the center with surrounding buds illustrate his exceptional design talent and the company’s high-level of craftsmanship. Their pieces were all hand-made at this time. The unusual design of this brooch is similar to one that was patented in 1940. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. Scroll down to see a sterling bracelet by the same maker.
    USD$225.00
    USD$225.00
  • Boucher pin of silver leaves with turquoise buds
    Close-up view of pin front
    USD$225.00

    Turquoise & Silver Leaf Marcel Boucher Pin

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    This Boucher pin has richly-textured silver-tone metal leaves paired with turquoise-glass buds. The blue stones have the gold-tone flecks and veins usually seen in the real gemstone. This tailored and elegant 1950s piece has a rhodium-plated back with a roll-over safety clasp. A great addition to the jewelry wardrobe of those who look best in cool colors.
    USD$225.00
    USD$225.00
  • Turquoise brooch with flowers & silver nasturtium leaves
    Close-up view of pate de verre
    USD$395.00

    Turquoise Brooch with Pate de Verre Flowers

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    This turquoise brooch has pate de verre flowers mounted on a base of two large, textured, silver-tone lily leaves. Additional silver-tone beads and textured elements embellish the intricate design. The closure is a simple C-clasp. The design is by Frank Hess, and the materials and construction are Haskell all the way. This beautiful jewel is from my personal collection. Scroll down to see a lovely bracelet by the same maker to wear with this piece.
    USD$395.00
    USD$395.00
  • Vintage gold brooch with turquoise & diamanté accents
    Close-up view of layered, jeweled brooch
    USD$245.00

    Turquoise, Diamanté & Gold Brooch by Hattie Carnegie

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    This vintage gold brooch is a graceful and elegant 1950s jewel by Hattie Carnegie. The bottom layer is a furled leaf made from openwork, gold-tone metal. Tiny turquoise-glass beads decorate the flower layer on top. Both layers are pavé-embellished. The detail is superb, especially on the back, as one would expect from this fashion house. This piece closes with a roll-over safety clasp. Just add your own gold hoop or diamond stud earrings.
    USD$245.00
    USD$245.00