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Diamond Pins & Brooches

It is difficult to deny the allure of diamonds, especially when they are clustered brilliantly in a brooch or pin design. Diamond brooches are an enduring and elegant complement to a jewelry collection, and they share a bit of the rich history of the coveted gem.

In a chemical context, diamonds are composed of crystals derived from carbon. This carbon is compressed under incredibly high temperature and pressure deep within the mantle of the Earth to yield the radiant gemstones. While a seemingly gritty process, the result, when faceted, is the brilliant, crystalline diamond that sparkles with even the smallest catch of light.

First discovered in India around 1000 B.C., diamonds were immediately revered because of this luminosity. Even before finessed stone cutting techniques were available, these ancient cultures appreciated the marvelous shimmer of diamonds as a sign of their magical or talismanic powers.


Quick Facts

  • Though diamonds are mined around the world, less than a quarter of them are considered gemstone quality
  • Diamonds take on different colors based on the chemical components within the carbon that cause irregularities in the crystal lattice structure of the diamond itself
  • One of the most impressive diamond brooches features the Cullinan III and IV diamonds. Designed for England’s Queen Mary (the Cullinan III was used as the finial for Queen Mary’s crown), the two diamonds together total 157.4 carats

Recommended Items at Auction

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Hispano Suiza.
Dec 07, 2:00 PM CET
Hispano Suiza.
by Galerie Moderne
Est: €250- €350
€1806 Bids
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TIFFANY & CO. SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND BROOCH
Nov 27, 10:00 AM CST
TIFFANY & CO. SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND BROOCH
by J. Garrett Auctioneers
Est: $2,800- $3,000
$3256 Bids
14k Gold, Enameled Flower & Diamond Stick Pin
Dec 01, 10:00 AM EST
14k Gold, Enameled Flower & Diamond Stick Pin
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$315 Bids
RENE LALIQUE, ART NOUVEAU, YELLOW GOLD AND DIAMOND BROOCH  
Dec 13, 10:00 AM CST
RENE LALIQUE, ART NOUVEAU, YELLOW GOLD AND DIAMOND BROOCH  
by Hindman
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,0004 Bids
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18K YELLOW GOLD 1.27CTTW DIAMOND BEE PIN
Dec 18, 9:00 AM MST
18K YELLOW GOLD 1.27CTTW DIAMOND BEE PIN
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$2004 Bids
Collection of Five Gold Stick Pins
Dec 03, 11:00 AM EST
Collection of Five Gold Stick Pins
by Fontaine's Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $200
$2003 Bids
VAN CLEEF & ARPELS, YELLOW GOLD AND DIAMOND FLOWER BROOCH
Dec 13, 10:00 AM CST
VAN CLEEF & ARPELS, YELLOW GOLD AND DIAMOND FLOWER BROOCH
by Hindman
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$1,7003 Bids
Edwardian Platinum and Diamond Brooch, Circa 1910
Dec 09, 10:00 AM EST
Edwardian Platinum and Diamond Brooch, Circa 1910
by Weschler's
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$7502 Bids
Art Deco Diamond Bow Brooch
Dec 03, 9:00 AM EST
Art Deco Diamond Bow Brooch
by Leland Little Auctions
Est: $800- $1,600
$6002 Bids
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14K YELLOW GOLD DIAMOND CAMEO BROOCH
Dec 18, 9:00 AM MST
14K YELLOW GOLD DIAMOND CAMEO BROOCH
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$252 Bids
Platinum and Diamond Pendant Brooch
Dec 09, 10:00 AM EST
Platinum and Diamond Pendant Brooch
by Weschler's
Est: $5,000- $7,000
$2,6002 Bids
MODERNIST 18K GOLD PIN, SIGNED GRIMA.
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
MODERNIST 18K GOLD PIN, SIGNED GRIMA.
by William Smith Auctions
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5001 Bid
A Fine Platinum and Diamond Circle Brooch
Dec 03, 9:00 AM EST
A Fine Platinum and Diamond Circle Brooch
by Leland Little Auctions
Est: $15,000- $25,000
$7,5001 Bid
14K WHITE GOLD AND DIAMONDS DANGLE BROOCH PIN
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
14K WHITE GOLD AND DIAMONDS DANGLE BROOCH PIN
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$501 Bid
FRENCH, ANTIQUE, YELLOW GOLD AND DIAMOND EAGLE BROOCH
Dec 13, 10:00 AM CST
FRENCH, ANTIQUE, YELLOW GOLD AND DIAMOND EAGLE BROOCH
by Hindman
Est: $700- $900
$3501 Bid
Gold and Diamond Brooch, Peter Indorf
Dec 03, 9:00 AM EST
Gold and Diamond Brooch, Peter Indorf
by Leland Little Auctions
Est: $500- $1,000
$2501 Bid
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A diamond horse brooch
Dec 07, 10:00 AM PST
A diamond horse brooch
by John Moran Auctioneers
Est: $600- $800
$4501 Bid
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14K DIAMOND SNOWFLAKE PIN, 1.60CTW
Dec 01, 5:00 PM EST
14K DIAMOND SNOWFLAKE PIN, 1.60CTW
by Leighton Galleries
Est: $500- $600
$2501 Bid
FRENCH, BELLE EPOQUE, PLATINUM AND DIAMOND PENDANT/BROOCH
Dec 13, 10:00 AM CST
FRENCH, BELLE EPOQUE, PLATINUM AND DIAMOND PENDANT/BROOCH
by Hindman
Est: $800- $1,200
$4001 Bid
Art Deco Platinum and Diamond Brooch, Circa 1930
Dec 09, 10:00 AM EST
Art Deco Platinum and Diamond Brooch, Circa 1930
by Weschler's
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$7501 Bid
ART DECO DIAMOND DOUBLE CLIP BROOCH
Dec 04, 10:30 AM EST
ART DECO DIAMOND DOUBLE CLIP BROOCH
by Butterscotch Auction Gallery LLC
Est: $2,000- $4,000
$1,4001 Bid
Gold and Diamond Brooch, Cartier
Dec 03, 9:00 AM EST
Gold and Diamond Brooch, Cartier
by Leland Little Auctions
Est: $2,000- $4,000
$1,0001 Bid
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A diamond fringe necklace
Dec 07, 10:00 AM PST
A diamond fringe necklace
by John Moran Auctioneers
Est: $10,000- $15,000
$7,5001 Bid

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