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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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Sterling Marcasite & Enameled Dragonfly Pin
Oct 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Sterling Marcasite & Enameled Dragonfly Pin
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$2110 Bids
GEORG JENSEN DANISH STERLING SILVER BROOCH
Oct 25, 6:00 PM PDT
GEORG JENSEN DANISH STERLING SILVER BROOCH
by O'Gallerie
Est: $200- $300
$2257 Bids
FOURTEEN ARTICLES OF VINTAGE SILVER JEWELRY
Oct 25, 6:00 PM PDT
FOURTEEN ARTICLES OF VINTAGE SILVER JEWELRY
by O'Gallerie
Est: $150- $200
$1306 Bids
HOPI LOMAVENTEMA STERLING BROOCH / PENDANT
Oct 24, 3:00 PM PDT
HOPI LOMAVENTEMA STERLING BROOCH / PENDANT
by Midnight Sun Antique Auction
Est: $300- $400
$1304 Bids
Grouping of 6 Silver Accessories
Oct 21, 12:00 PM EDT
Grouping of 6 Silver Accessories
by Willow Auction House
Est: $80- $100
$503 Bids
Zuni Sterling Silver Silver Turquoise Pin Brooch
Oct 23, 10:00 AM MST
Zuni Sterling Silver Silver Turquoise Pin Brooch
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$253 Bids
Sterling Silver Moose Brooch
Oct 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Sterling Silver Moose Brooch
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$53 Bids
Mexico Silver Owl Pin
Oct 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Mexico Silver Owl Pin
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$113 Bids
Sterling Silver Grape Vine Leaf Brooch
Oct 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Sterling Silver Grape Vine Leaf Brooch
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$22 Bids
10K Gold & Sterling Filigree Bracelet & Brooches
Oct 23, 10:00 AM MST
10K Gold & Sterling Filigree Bracelet & Brooches
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
Brooch, 20th century, 925 silver
Oct 22, 6:00 PM CEST
Brooch, 20th century, 925 silver
by Auktionshaus Rheine
Est: €40- €80
€301 Bid
Danish Sterling Georg Jensen Bird Brooch
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Danish Sterling Georg Jensen Bird Brooch
by C Biddle Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$101 Bid
STERLING SILVER ACORN & LEAF BROOCH
Oct 24, 2:00 PM EDT
STERLING SILVER ACORN & LEAF BROOCH
by Lakelands Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Sterling Silver Filigree Star In With Green Stone
Oct 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Sterling Silver Filigree Star In With Green Stone
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$11 Bid
D'or Sterling Silver Brooch
Oct 21, 10:00 AM EDT
D'or Sterling Silver Brooch
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$11 Bid
Tiffany and Co. Sterling Silver and Fabric Pin
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Tiffany and Co. Sterling Silver and Fabric Pin
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $20- $200
$201 Bid
600 Silver Double Headed Eagle Pin
Oct 24, 12:00 PM EDT
600 Silver Double Headed Eagle Pin
by Greenwich Auction
Est: $20- $30
$201 Bid
VINTAGE IRISH STERLING CONNEMARA MARBLE PIN
Nov 01, 12:30 PM EDT
VINTAGE IRISH STERLING CONNEMARA MARBLE PIN
by Museum of Culture and Arts, Inc
Est: $80- $350
$131 Bid
~22" STERLING SILVER KOKINA DANCER PENDANT-BROOCH
Oct 24, 2:00 PM EDT
~22" STERLING SILVER KOKINA DANCER PENDANT-BROOCH
by Lakelands Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$151 Bid
METALES MEXICO STERLING AZTEC MOTIF BROOCH-PENDANT
Oct 24, 2:00 PM EDT
METALES MEXICO STERLING AZTEC MOTIF BROOCH-PENDANT
by Lakelands Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Sterling Silver Antique Painted Royal Portrait Pin
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Sterling Silver Antique Painted Royal Portrait Pin
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$500 Bids
2 Luna Parc Ricky Boscarino Silver & Bronze Pins
Oct 21, 12:00 PM EDT
2 Luna Parc Ricky Boscarino Silver & Bronze Pins
by Willow Auction House
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
Vintage Sterling Silver Brooch-Floral Design
Oct 30, 9:00 AM CDT
Vintage Sterling Silver Brooch-Floral Design
by Old Stuff For You
Est: $20- $35
$200 Bids

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