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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

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14KT GOLD DIAMOND EMERALD & OPAL BROOCH
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14KT GOLD DIAMOND EMERALD & OPAL BROOCH
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MOIRA DIAMOND RUBELLITE PLIQUE-A-JOUR BEE PIN
Nov 27, 10:00 AM CST
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Nov 30, 10:00 AM GMT
A 9ct gold garnet, ruby and split pearl set bee brooch,
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Est: £70- £90
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A 9ct gold amethyst, ruby and split pearl set bee brooch,
Nov 30, 10:00 AM GMT
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5 BROOCH W STONES
Nov 29, 11:00 AM EST
5 BROOCH W STONES
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Est: $20- $200
$136 Bids
Tiffany & Co. 18K Yellow Gold & Ruby Thistle Brooch
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$2506 Bids
CHRISTOPHER RADKO Bejeweled Enamel Holiday Brooch
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
CHRISTOPHER RADKO Bejeweled Enamel Holiday Brooch
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $20- $40
$156 Bids
14k Gold And Blue Sapphire Brooch
Dec 01, 10:00 AM EST
14k Gold And Blue Sapphire Brooch
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Est: $10- $1,000
$1405 Bids
Lot of 3 Joan Rivers Classics Collection Bee Pins
Dec 06, 11:00 AM EST
Lot of 3 Joan Rivers Classics Collection Bee Pins
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Est: $75- $150
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STUNNING BROOCH FOR CHRISTMAS !!! LOOK!!!
Dec 13, 11:00 AM EST
STUNNING BROOCH FOR CHRISTMAS !!! LOOK!!!
by Vintage Auctions Online
Est: $25- $100
$195 Bids
KRAMER BROOCH RED & PINK RHINESTONES
Dec 06, 11:00 AM EST
KRAMER BROOCH RED & PINK RHINESTONES
by Vintage Auctions Online
Est: $10- $30
$134 Bids
Tolio Midcentury 18k Gold Enamel Diamond Ruby Eyed Winged Dragon Pin Brooch 38.6gr
Dec 03, 12:00 PM EST
Tolio Midcentury 18k Gold Enamel Diamond Ruby Eyed Winged Dragon Pin Brooch 38.6gr
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Est: $2,200- $5,500
$2254 Bids
YVES SAINT LAURENT PARIS YSL CRYSTAL BROOCH**
Dec 06, 11:00 AM EST
YVES SAINT LAURENT PARIS YSL CRYSTAL BROOCH**
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Est: $100- $200
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14K YELLOW GOLD 1.25CTTW WHITE OPAL & DIAMOND BROOCH PENDANT
Dec 18, 9:00 AM MST
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by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$1304 Bids
WEISS RHINESTONE/ AURORA BOREALIS BROOCHL
Dec 06, 11:00 AM EST
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Est: $10- $30
$133 Bids
SKY BLUE BROOCH TRIO
Nov 29, 11:00 AM EST
SKY BLUE BROOCH TRIO
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Est: $20- $200
$233 Bids
LARGE STONE BROOCH
Nov 29, 11:00 AM EST
LARGE STONE BROOCH
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Est: $20- $200
$163 Bids
American, Sapphire and gold pendant brooch
Nov 29, 11:00 AM EST
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Est: $400- $600
$1003 Bids
Oversized Crystal Rhinestone Starfish Brooch
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
Oversized Crystal Rhinestone Starfish Brooch
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $20- $80
$303 Bids
4 RHINESTONE BROOCHES-BLUES AND PINK
Dec 06, 11:00 AM EST
4 RHINESTONE BROOCHES-BLUES AND PINK
by Vintage Auctions Online
Est: $10- $30
$303 Bids
Kenneth Jay Lane Windswept Floral/Galaxy Brooch Pin
Dec 06, 11:00 AM EST
Kenneth Jay Lane Windswept Floral/Galaxy Brooch Pin
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $100- $200
$253 Bids
Lot of 4 Joan Rivers Classics Collection Bee Pins
Dec 06, 11:00 AM EST
Lot of 4 Joan Rivers Classics Collection Bee Pins
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $75- $150
$303 Bids
Lot of 2 Joan Rivers Bee Pins
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Est: $100- $200
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Sellers Who Sell Gemstone Pins & Brooches


Vintage Auctions Online

Vintage Auctions Online

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Weatherham Estate Treasures

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Bonhams

Il Ponte Auction House

Il Ponte Auction House