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Sterling Silver Pins & Brooches

Sterling silver brooches date back to 12th century. Though humankind has used silver since around 5000 B.C., the reference to “sterling” silver did not emerge until the 1100s in England.

When eastern German farmers would pay for their purchase of British cattle, they used a coinage that the Brits referred to as “Easterlings,” most likely in reference to their client’s geographical origins. Eventually the name was absorbed into common parlance and shortened to “sterling,” becoming a reference to the fine grade of silver it alludes to today.

The brilliant white sheen of a sterling brooch is unrivaled by any other precious metal, and the malleability of the material allows for sterling brooches to be replete with elaborate designs and motifs. From family insignias to fantastical flora, sterling brooches offer such an amazing range of designs that it is virtually impossible to not find one that captivates.


Quick Facts

  • Though harder than gold, sterling silver melts at a lower temperature
  • Official sterling silver requires that its content be at a minimum 92.5 percent pure silver. The remaining percentage can be made of any allow mixture, which is added to reinforce the metal (without this alloy, a pure silver piece would be very easily dinged or dented)
  • Slightly more pure is Britannia silver pieces, which includes at least 95.84 percent of the metal. Most examples will come stamped with a hallmark reading “958” and, in some cases, an additional mark of “Britannia”

Recommended Items at Auction

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Egyptian Pharaoh Sterling S Enamel Brooch, Mexico
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
Egyptian Pharaoh Sterling S Enamel Brooch, Mexico
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $50- $130
$1257 Bids
Sterling Silver Flower Broach
Dec 08, 10:00 AM EST
Sterling Silver Flower Broach
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$95 Bids
Tiffany & Co (American) Sterling Silver And Gold Teddy Bear Pin H 1.25''
Dec 15, 11:00 AM EST
Tiffany & Co (American) Sterling Silver And Gold Teddy Bear Pin H 1.25''
by DuMouchelles
Est: $75- $200
$352 Bids
Rare Trifari Sterling Jellybelly Bird Brooch
Dec 09, 8:00 AM EST
Rare Trifari Sterling Jellybelly Bird Brooch
by Keystone Auctions LLC
Est: $250- $500
$452 Bids
Lot of 2 Sterling Silver Pins
Dec 07, 11:00 AM EST
Lot of 2 Sterling Silver Pins
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $75- $150
$302 Bids
HATTIE CARNEGIE CHEETAH BROOCH
Dec 06, 11:00 AM EST
HATTIE CARNEGIE CHEETAH BROOCH
by Vintage Auctions Online
Est: $10- $30
$72 Bids
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Dec 11, 11:00 AM AEDT
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Est: AUD80- AUD150
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Alfred Phillippe Trifari Sterling Rare Brooch
Dec 09, 8:00 AM EST
Alfred Phillippe Trifari Sterling Rare Brooch
by Keystone Auctions LLC
Est: $100- $225
$452 Bids
Trifari Sterling Antique Peacock Brooch
Dec 09, 8:00 AM EST
Trifari Sterling Antique Peacock Brooch
by Keystone Auctions LLC
Est: $100- $225
$452 Bids
Sterling bee Mexico pin marked
Dec 28, 6:00 PM EST
Sterling bee Mexico pin marked
by Captain Ahab's Antiques
Est: $40- $70
$301 Bid
Lot of 4 Sterling Silver Pins
Dec 07, 11:00 AM EST
Lot of 4 Sterling Silver Pins
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$101 Bid
Lot of Sterling Pins
Dec 07, 11:00 AM EST
Lot of Sterling Pins
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $75- $150
$101 Bid
11.8 g of 800% silver brooch
Dec 14, 6:00 PM CST
11.8 g of 800% silver brooch
by Easterly Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Sterling silver Viking brooch door Norwegian designer David Andersen.
Dec 09, 11:00 AM CET
Sterling silver Viking brooch door Norwegian designer David Andersen.
by Veilinghuis de Ruiter
Est: €40- €60
€101 Bid
Lot of two silver design brooches and a ring.
Dec 09, 11:00 AM CET
Lot of two silver design brooches and a ring.
by Veilinghuis de Ruiter
Est: €50- €100
€301 Bid
William Spratling Sterling Silver Quetzalcoatl Pin
Dec 11, 10:00 AM CST
William Spratling Sterling Silver Quetzalcoatl Pin
by Leonard Auction
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
VINTAGE MODERNIST SIGNED BEAU STERLING PIN
Dec 19, 12:30 PM EST
VINTAGE MODERNIST SIGNED BEAU STERLING PIN
by Museum of Culture and Arts, Inc
Est: $80- $300
$121 Bid
Signed STERLING SILVER Enameled Horse Brooch
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
Signed STERLING SILVER Enameled Horse Brooch
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $30- $60
$11 Bid
Sterling Arts & Crafts VNGT Floral Brooch
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
Sterling Arts & Crafts VNGT Floral Brooch
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $50- $100
$11 Bid
Wild Byrde Silver Otter Brooch, Sgn Jewelry
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
Wild Byrde Silver Otter Brooch, Sgn Jewelry
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $20- $40
$11 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Sterling Silver Pins & Brooches


Greenwich Auction

Greenwich Auction

Berner's Auction Gallery

Berner's Auction Gallery

Vintage Auctions Online

Vintage Auctions Online

Omni Auction Corp

Omni Auction Corp