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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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9ct Yellow Gold, Touraline and Crystal Brooch with a small leaf detail on either side. L:5cm
Apr 21, 8:00 PM AEST
9ct Yellow Gold, Touraline and Crystal Brooch with a small leaf detail on either side. L:5cm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD250- AUD350
AUD13012 Bids
Antique 10k Gold, Diamond & Ruby Lion Pin
Apr 18, 10:00 AM EDT
Antique 10k Gold, Diamond & Ruby Lion Pin
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$358 Bids
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BUCCELLATI 18K YELLOW GOLD STAR SAPPHIRE, PEARL, & DIAMOND FLOWER BROOCH
May 19, 9:00 AM MST
BUCCELLATI 18K YELLOW GOLD STAR SAPPHIRE, PEARL, & DIAMOND FLOWER BROOCH
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$1908 Bids
Alfinete de gravata francês em ouro de 750 milésimos e coral mediterrânio, papagaio, P. 3,96 g.
Apr 22, 7:00 PM WEST
Alfinete de gravata francês em ouro de 750 milésimos e coral mediterrânio, papagaio, P. 3,96 g.
by Palácio do Correio Velho
Est: €80- €160
€1807 Bids
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14KYG VICTORIAN ARTICULATED DIAMOND BUTTERFLY PIN
Apr 24, 10:00 AM EDT
14KYG VICTORIAN ARTICULATED DIAMOND BUTTERFLY PIN
by Gallery 63
Est: $8,000- $10,000
$4007 Bids
AN ANTIQUE 9CT GOLD AMETHYST AND PEARL TRIPLE BAR BROOCH
Apr 18, 3:30 PM AEST
AN ANTIQUE 9CT GOLD AMETHYST AND PEARL TRIPLE BAR BROOCH
by Lawsons
Est: AUD300- AUD400
AUD1007 Bids
A VINTAGE 18CT WHITE GOLD OPAL AND SAPPHIRE BROOCH
Apr 18, 3:30 PM AEST
A VINTAGE 18CT WHITE GOLD OPAL AND SAPPHIRE BROOCH
by Lawsons
Est: AUD450- AUD650
AUD1705 Bids
Pair of Platinum, Gemset, and Diamond Brooches
May 05, 11:00 AM EDT
Pair of Platinum, Gemset, and Diamond Brooches
by Grogan & Company
Est: $800- $1,200
$1,0005 Bids
18K Yellow Gold Strawberry Coral Brooch
Apr 24, 10:00 AM EDT
18K Yellow Gold Strawberry Coral Brooch
by Nye & Company
Est: $1,200- $1,500
$1,1004 Bids
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White Gold Sapphire and Diamond Butterfly Brooch, total weight 2.4 grams
Apr 18, 2:00 PM AEST
White Gold Sapphire and Diamond Butterfly Brooch, total weight 2.4 grams
by Shapiro Auctioneers
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD3204 Bids
Veilchenbrosche
Apr 17, 5:00 PM CEST
Veilchenbrosche
by Peege Auktionshaus
Est: €200- €0
€5004 Bids
18K Gold, Sapphire, and Diamond Butterfly Brooch/Pendant
May 05, 11:00 AM EDT
18K Gold, Sapphire, and Diamond Butterfly Brooch/Pendant
by Grogan & Company
Est: $4,000- $6,000
$2,5003 Bids
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ANTIQUE 9K YELLOW GOLD AMETHYST & PEARL BROOCH
Apr 20, 1:00 PM EDT
ANTIQUE 9K YELLOW GOLD AMETHYST & PEARL BROOCH
by Florida Estate Sales Inc.
Est: $150- $10,000
$253 Bids
TIFFANY & CO. Platinum, Diamond, and Emerald Brooch
May 05, 11:00 AM EDT
TIFFANY & CO. Platinum, Diamond, and Emerald Brooch
by Grogan & Company
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$9003 Bids
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Emerald And Diamond Brooch, Platinum
May 04, 10:00 AM CDT
Emerald And Diamond Brooch, Platinum
by J. Garrett Auctioneers
Est: $5,000- $6,000
$1003 Bids
A 9CT GOLD STONE SET BROOCH
Apr 18, 3:30 PM AEST
A 9CT GOLD STONE SET BROOCH
by Lawsons
Est: AUD60- AUD80
AUD303 Bids
Brooches and Pins
Apr 20, 9:00 AM EDT
Brooches and Pins
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$153 Bids
Victorian 10k Gold, Diamond, Ruby and Opal Pin
Apr 18, 12:00 PM EDT
Victorian 10k Gold, Diamond, Ruby and Opal Pin
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $50- $500
$503 Bids
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Gold and Gemstone Brooch, length 5.5cm, total weight 22 grams
Apr 18, 2:00 PM AEST
Gold and Gemstone Brooch, length 5.5cm, total weight 22 grams
by Shapiro Auctioneers
Est: AUD400- AUD600
AUD4203 Bids
SCOTTISH 10K YELLOW GOLD GEMSTONE & AGATE KILT PIN
Apr 26, 10:00 AM EDT
SCOTTISH 10K YELLOW GOLD GEMSTONE & AGATE KILT PIN
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $300- $500
$1503 Bids
A SCOTTISH ANTIQUE SILVER STONE SET BROOCH; size 65.5 x 35.6mm
Apr 18, 3:30 PM AEST
A SCOTTISH ANTIQUE SILVER STONE SET BROOCH; size 65.5 x 35.6mm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD70- AUD100
AUD503 Bids
Alfinete de gravata em ouro de 800 milésimos, rubis sintécticos e diamantes, P. 2,8 g.
Apr 22, 7:00 PM WEST
Alfinete de gravata em ouro de 800 milésimos, rubis sintécticos e diamantes, P. 2,8 g.
by Palácio do Correio Velho
Est: €100- €200
€1202 Bids

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