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Gemstone Pins & Brooches

From family heirlooms to historical legacies, gemstone pins add an air of luxury as well as history. Pins and brooches in general first emerged out of practicality in the ancient world, as early cultures needed a means to fasten draped fabrics into capes, loincloths, or other clothing.

Over time, the design of these pins became increasingly elaborate, incorporating ruler’s crests or symbols and, eventually, inlaid enamel and gems. Soon these precious materials transformed from accent to focal point, with the brilliance of the gems accentuated by ever more hidden settings such that the stones appeared to simply levitate on the lapel of the wearer.


Quick Facts

  • Famed 19th-century Polish opera singer Ganna Walska owned a stunning diamond brooch designed by Van Cleef & Arpels. Featuring an emerald, sapphire, and diamond encrusted phoenix that dangles a 96.62-carat briolette yellow diamond from its beak, the brooch sold in 2013 for just over $10 million
  • One of the stars of the Russian Diamond Fund of Moscow is the Maria Alexandrovna Sapphire Brooch. It features a magnificent sapphire totaling just over 260 carats that was acquired by Emperor Alexander II at the Great London Exhibition of 1862
  • Tiffany & Co. can also boast one of the world’s most impressive brooches: the Hooker Emerald Brooch. Designed around a 75 carat Colombian emerald that Tiffany purchased in 1911, it has been suggested that the stone was mined as early as the 16th century

Recommended Items at Auction

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Garnet And Gold Filled Floral Brooch
Oct 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Garnet And Gold Filled Floral Brooch
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$16032 Bids
Garnet Gold Filled Star Brooch
Oct 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Garnet Gold Filled Star Brooch
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$20028 Bids
Gold Filled Garnet Brooch
Oct 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Gold Filled Garnet Brooch
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$20025 Bids
Czechoslovakia Garnet Gold Filled Basket Brooch
Oct 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Czechoslovakia Garnet Gold Filled Basket Brooch
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$4717 Bids
14kt yellow gold sapphire bee pin
Oct 23, 11:00 AM EDT
14kt yellow gold sapphire bee pin
by Gulfcoast Coin and Jewelry
Est: $300- $350
$15114 Bids
Sterling Silver Filigree Pin With Green Stone
Oct 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Sterling Silver Filigree Pin With Green Stone
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$113 Bids
Garnet Gold Filled Butterfly Brooch / Pendant
Oct 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Garnet Gold Filled Butterfly Brooch / Pendant
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$3611 Bids
Derek Wilson, a carved silver and abalone brooch / pendant, 1 15/16 x 1 15/16 in. (4.9 x 4.9 cm)
Oct 27, 9:00 AM PDT
Derek Wilson, a carved silver and abalone brooch / pendant, 1 15/16 x 1 15/16 in. (4.9 x 4.9 cm)
by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
Est: $100- $150
$22010 Bids
A diamond, carved sapphire, and platinum brooch, J. E. Caldwell & Co.
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
A diamond, carved sapphire, and platinum brooch, J. E. Caldwell & Co.
by Freeman's
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$2,0004 Bids
Rhinestone Brooch
Oct 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Rhinestone Brooch
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$74 Bids
Weiss Enameled & Rhinestone Brooch
Oct 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Weiss Enameled & Rhinestone Brooch
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$73 Bids
14K Yellow Gold Rough Emerald Pendant
Nov 03, 10:00 AM CDT
14K Yellow Gold Rough Emerald Pendant
by Revere Auctions
Est: $2,000- $4,000
$1203 Bids
Vintage 14K Gold Designer Jewelry Pin
Oct 26, 6:00 PM EDT
Vintage 14K Gold Designer Jewelry Pin
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$113 Bids
Gold Filled Garnet Crown Brooch
Oct 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Gold Filled Garnet Crown Brooch
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$113 Bids
14KT Y GOLD DIAMOND AND GEMSTONE BUTTERFLY PIN
Oct 21, 1:00 PM EDT
14KT Y GOLD DIAMOND AND GEMSTONE BUTTERFLY PIN
by Elite Auctioneers, LLC
Est: $100- $500
$1003 Bids
Joseff of Hollywood dimensional brooch with huge 1 3/4"W purple crystal 2"H x 3"W
Nov 01, 3:00 PM EDT
Joseff of Hollywood dimensional brooch with huge 1 3/4"W purple crystal 2"H x 3"W
by Ripley Auctions
Est: $160- $300
$403 Bids
Marcasite And Green Stone Bug Pin
Oct 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Marcasite And Green Stone Bug Pin
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$113 Bids
Sterling Silver Mother Of Pearl Butterfly Brooch
Oct 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Sterling Silver Mother Of Pearl Butterfly Brooch
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$43 Bids
CAROL CHANNING RED ORCHID RHINESTONE BROOCH
Oct 21, 9:00 AM PDT
CAROL CHANNING RED ORCHID RHINESTONE BROOCH
by Abell Auction
Est: $25- $50
$503 Bids
CARTIER Platinum, Ruby, and Diamond Dress Clip
Nov 07, 11:00 AM EDT
CARTIER Platinum, Ruby, and Diamond Dress Clip
by Grogan & Company
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$8002 Bids
-NO RESERVE- EMERALD AND DIAMOND CRESCENT BROOCH
Oct 22, 2:00 PM BST
-NO RESERVE- EMERALD AND DIAMOND CRESCENT BROOCH
by Auction Zero
Est: £100- £200
£802 Bids
800 Silver Filigree Floral Brooch
Oct 21, 10:00 AM EDT
800 Silver Filigree Floral Brooch
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$12 Bids
BROOCH
Oct 22, 6:00 PM CEST
BROOCH
by Auktionshaus Rheine
Est: €25- €40
€202 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Gemstone Pins & Brooches


Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Ripley Auctions

Ripley Auctions

Auktionshaus Wendl

Auktionshaus Wendl

Auktionshaus Plückbaum

Auktionshaus Plückbaum