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Pearl Pins & Brooches

As if just plucked from the sea, a cluster of pearls on a brooch offers a refreshing update to an ensemble. Along with this beauty, however, comes with a rich heritage of one of the most celebrated jewels in history.

Unique in that it is the only “gem” derived from a living organism, the pearl has dazzled humankind for millennia. From the days of its earliest discovery, the pearl has been surrounded by fantastical origin myths as well as a cache of adorers, all of whom were entranced by the alluring lustre for which the pearl is known.

Since these early days, the understanding and expertise in handling of pearls has accelerated, which has allowed increasingly elaborate brooch designs to come to market. Adding such a brooch to your collection is undoubtedly a worthy investment, as its timeless taste is infinite.


Quick Facts

  • The demand for pearls over the years contributed to the development of the cultivated pearl industry. This process, known as “periculture,” allows pearls to be grown in controlled environments
  • The largest natural pearl on record is known as “La Peregrina,” a massive orb comparable in size to a pigeon’s egg. Discovered on an island in the Gulf of Panama, it was first acquired by King Phillip I of Spain
  • The pearl is the “birthstone” for those celebrating birthdays in June

Recommended Items at Auction

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14k Gold Brooch With Pearls & Green Stones
Dec 01, 10:00 AM EST
14k Gold Brooch With Pearls & Green Stones
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$2312 Bids
TRIFARI CROWN BROOCH
Nov 29, 11:00 AM EST
TRIFARI CROWN BROOCH
by Vintage Auctions Online
Est: $20- $200
$206 Bids
A Max Boinet for Elsa Schiaparelli enamelled brooch, circa 1938,
Dec 06, 9:30 AM GMT
A Max Boinet for Elsa Schiaparelli enamelled brooch, circa 1938,
by Kerry Taylor Auctions
Est: £800- £1,200
£6003 Bids
Industria Argentin Sterling Silver Fan Brooch
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
Industria Argentin Sterling Silver Fan Brooch
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $40- $80
$33 Bids
ANTIQUE? BOWS RIBBONS BROOCH
Nov 29, 11:00 AM EST
ANTIQUE? BOWS RIBBONS BROOCH
by Vintage Auctions Online
Est: $20- $200
$213 Bids
Christian Dior, A Christian Dior paste and imitation pearl brooch
Nov 29, 11:00 AM GMT
Christian Dior, A Christian Dior paste and imitation pearl brooch
by Roseberys
Est: £80- £120
£503 Bids
18K Gold French Flying Crane Bird Brooch w/ Pearl
Nov 30, 11:00 AM EST
18K Gold French Flying Crane Bird Brooch w/ Pearl
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$1002 Bids
Vtg Open Metalwork Pearlescent Brooch, GERMANY
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
Vtg Open Metalwork Pearlescent Brooch, GERMANY
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $20- $60
$22 Bids
2 BUTTERFLY BROOCH
Nov 29, 11:00 AM EST
2 BUTTERFLY BROOCH
by Vintage Auctions Online
Est: $20- $200
$51 Bid
LISA SIGNED BROOCH
Nov 29, 11:00 AM EST
LISA SIGNED BROOCH
by Vintage Auctions Online
Est: $20- $200
$51 Bid
10K YELLOW GOLD Vintage Bird Motif Brooch, Jewelry
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
10K YELLOW GOLD Vintage Bird Motif Brooch, Jewelry
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $50- $100
$11 Bid
18K Buccellati Baroque Pearl Diamond Brooch
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
18K Buccellati Baroque Pearl Diamond Brooch
by Concept Art Gallery
Est: $1,500- $3,000
$8001 Bid
An Edwardian gold split pearl star brooch/pendant,
Nov 30, 10:00 AM GMT
An Edwardian gold split pearl star brooch/pendant,
by Sworders
Est: £100- £150
£801 Bid
Biedermeier brooch, 1st half of the 19th century, gilded, oval onyx in the centre, small seed pearl
Dec 03, 1:00 PM CET
Biedermeier brooch, 1st half of the 19th century, gilded, oval onyx in the centre, small seed pearl
by Auktionshaus am See
Est: €0- €0
€301 Bid
Art Nouveau Pearlescent & Crystal Brooch
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
Art Nouveau Pearlescent & Crystal Brooch
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $30- $80
$11 Bid
A tested 14kt yellow gold brooch
Dec 07, 9:00 AM PST
A tested 14kt yellow gold brooch
by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
Est: $300- $500
$2001 Bid
VICTORIAN SWORD PIN
Nov 28, 4:00 PM GMT
VICTORIAN SWORD PIN
by Auction Zero
Est: £400- £800
£4001 Bid
Lot of 3 14K Gold Stick Pins
Dec 08, 11:00 AM EST
Lot of 3 14K Gold Stick Pins
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $150- $300
$101 Bid
3 SILVER TONE BROOCHES
Dec 06, 11:00 AM EST
3 SILVER TONE BROOCHES
by Vintage Auctions Online
Est: $10- $30
$51 Bid
Lot of 3 Joan Rivers Classics Collection Pins
Dec 06, 11:00 AM EST
Lot of 3 Joan Rivers Classics Collection Pins
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $75- $150
$101 Bid
A Victorian pearl and diamond star brooch
Dec 07, 10:00 AM GMT
A Victorian pearl and diamond star brooch
by Lyon & Turnbull
Est: £300- £500
£1501 Bid
A SILVER AND MOTHER-OF-PEARL BROOCH, marked 'Wager'. Weight 11.8g. Length 5cm.
Nov 28, 10:00 AM AEDT
A SILVER AND MOTHER-OF-PEARL BROOCH, marked 'Wager'. Weight 11.8g. Length 5cm.
by Raffan Kelaher & Thomas
Est: AUD150- AUD300
AUD1501 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Pearl Pins & Brooches


Weatherham Estate Treasures

Weatherham Estate Treasures

Vintage Auctions Online

Vintage Auctions Online

Raffan Kelaher & Thomas

Raffan Kelaher & Thomas

Sworders

Sworders