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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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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
$52015 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
$70010 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
$1,3007 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
$1,4006 Bids
18K YELLOW GOLD AND RUBY BEE BROOCH
Apr 26, 10:00 AM EDT
18K YELLOW GOLD AND RUBY BEE BROOCH
by Potomack Company
Est: $200- $400
$4256 Bids
AN ANTIQUE SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND PENDANT BROOCH
Apr 26, 3:30 PM AEST
AN ANTIQUE SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND PENDANT BROOCH
by Lawsons
Est: AUD700- AUD900
AUD2006 Bids
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Swarovski Gold Tone Cherub Brooch Angel Figural Pin Crystals Wings
Apr 23, 6:00 PM EDT
Swarovski Gold Tone Cherub Brooch Angel Figural Pin Crystals Wings
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$126 Bids
18K YELLOW GOLD, DIAMOND AND MULTI-STONE GRIFFIN BROOCH
Apr 26, 10:00 AM EDT
18K YELLOW GOLD, DIAMOND AND MULTI-STONE GRIFFIN BROOCH
by Potomack Company
Est: $300- $500
$3756 Bids
Cameo, WRF Gold Filled & More Brooches
Apr 26, 8:30 AM EDT
Cameo, WRF Gold Filled & More Brooches
by Keystone Auctions LLC
Est: $50- $150
$505 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
TWO 18K YELLOW GOLD, DIAMOND, EMERALD AND ENAMEL BEE BROOCHES
Apr 26, 10:00 AM EDT
TWO 18K YELLOW GOLD, DIAMOND, EMERALD AND ENAMEL BEE BROOCHES
by Potomack Company
Est: $500- $700
$4505 Bids
A Victorian mosaic brooch,
Apr 25, 10:00 AM BST
A Victorian mosaic brooch,
by Cheffins
Est: £200- £400
£3205 Bids
Tiffany & Co. 18k Gold Bee Pin
Apr 25, 10:00 AM EDT
Tiffany & Co. 18k Gold Bee Pin
by STAIR
Est: $300- $500
$3505 Bids
SEAMAN SCHEPPS 18K Gold, Platinum, Carved Coral, and Diamond Brooch
May 05, 11:00 AM EDT
SEAMAN SCHEPPS 18K Gold, Platinum, Carved Coral, and Diamond Brooch
by Grogan & Company
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$1,9005 Bids
AN 18CT GOLD TIGERS' EYE BROOCH
Apr 26, 3:30 PM AEST
AN 18CT GOLD TIGERS' EYE BROOCH
by Lawsons
Est: AUD300- AUD400
AUD705 Bids
Modern Unmarked Silver and Stone Pin and a Silver Mounted Amber Pin
Apr 23, 10:00 AM EDT
Modern Unmarked Silver and Stone Pin and a Silver Mounted Amber Pin
by Weschler's
Est: $30- $50
$354 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
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
18K YELLOW GOLD LIZARD STICK PIN
Apr 26, 10:00 AM EDT
18K YELLOW GOLD LIZARD STICK PIN
by Potomack Company
Est: $250- $350
$2253 Bids
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14KYG CITRINE & RUBY BIRD BROOCH
Apr 24, 10:00 AM EDT
14KYG CITRINE & RUBY BIRD BROOCH
by Gallery 63
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$2003 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
14K YELLOW GOLD, DIAMOND AND EMERALD GRIFFIN BROOCH
Apr 26, 10:00 AM EDT
14K YELLOW GOLD, DIAMOND AND EMERALD GRIFFIN BROOCH
by Potomack Company
Est: $600- $800
$3753 Bids
14K Yellow and White Gold Brooch, mounted with opals and diamonds, height 2 1/8 inches, 10 grams
Apr 27, 10:00 AM EDT
14K Yellow and White Gold Brooch, mounted with opals and diamonds, height 2 1/8 inches, 10 grams
by Nadeau's Auction Gallery
Est: $400- $800
$2252 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Gemstone Pins & Brooches


Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Weatherham Estate Treasures

Weatherham Estate Treasures

Intervendue

Intervendue

Omni Auction Corp

Omni Auction Corp