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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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Antique Collection Enameled Seed Pearl 14k Gold Pins
Jun 26, 6:00 PM EDT
Antique Collection Enameled Seed Pearl 14k Gold Pins
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$465 Bids
AN 18CT GOLD ENAMELLED PEARL BROOCH
Jun 27, 3:30 PM AEST
AN 18CT GOLD ENAMELLED PEARL BROOCH
by Lawsons
Est: AUD800- AUD1,000
AUD2405 Bids
Mourning Brooch Assortment
Jun 23, 10:00 AM CDT
Mourning Brooch Assortment
by Leonard Auction
Est: $400- $600
$2754 Bids
Three 14-Karat Yellow-Gold and Pearl Bar Pins 6.8 dwt
Jun 25, 10:00 AM EDT
Three 14-Karat Yellow-Gold and Pearl Bar Pins 6.8 dwt
by Weschler's
Est: $200- $300
$1753 Bids
19C French 18K Gold Diamond Pearl Cameo Brooch Pin
Jun 26, 12:00 PM EDT
19C French 18K Gold Diamond Pearl Cameo Brooch Pin
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$1503 Bids
Cute Fish Brooch Hallmarked “Nolan Miller”
Jun 27, 9:00 AM EDT
Cute Fish Brooch Hallmarked “Nolan Miller”
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
15mm Pearl, 0.60ctw Diamond and 18K Bee Brooch
Jun 29, 7:00 AM PDT
15mm Pearl, 0.60ctw Diamond and 18K Bee Brooch
by GWS Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$2602 Bids
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Lalaounis 18Kt Pearl & Precious Stone Brooch
Jun 26, 6:00 PM EDT
Lalaounis 18Kt Pearl & Precious Stone Brooch
by Market Auctions
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$8001 Bid
Two Antique 14K Gold Turquoise & Seed Pearl Pins
Jul 03, 12:00 PM EDT
Two Antique 14K Gold Turquoise & Seed Pearl Pins
by Old Kinderhook Auction Company
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
An Edwardian circlet brooch with five pearls on yellow metal knife-edge mount, set with eight rose
Jun 25, 9:30 AM BST
An Edwardian circlet brooch with five pearls on yellow metal knife-edge mount, set with eight rose
by Andrew Smith & Son
Est: £150- £200
£1501 Bid
Boucher Violets Brooch
Jun 27, 9:00 AM EDT
Boucher Violets Brooch
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
AN ANTIQUE AUSTRALIAN 15CT GOLD TURQUOISE AND PEARL WREATH BROOCH
Jun 27, 3:30 PM AEST
AN ANTIQUE AUSTRALIAN 15CT GOLD TURQUOISE AND PEARL WREATH BROOCH
by Lawsons
Est: AUD160- AUD260
AUD201 Bid
4 Antique 14K Gold & Pearl Stickpins
Jul 03, 12:00 PM EDT
4 Antique 14K Gold & Pearl Stickpins
by Old Kinderhook Auction Company
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
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JEWELRY. 14kt Gold, Pearl and Diamond Brooch.
Jun 30, 10:00 AM EDT
JEWELRY. 14kt Gold, Pearl and Diamond Brooch.
by Clarke Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
ANNÉES 1880
Jun 27, 3:00 PM CEST
ANNÉES 1880
by Tajan
Est: €3,000- €4,000
€2,4001 Bid
Antique 10K Gold Iris & Seed Pearl Crescent Moon Pin / Brooch
Jun 24, 6:00 PM EDT
Antique 10K Gold Iris & Seed Pearl Crescent Moon Pin / Brooch
by One Source Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$251 Bid
A Belle Époque pearl and diamond brooch
Jun 25, 10:00 AM BST
A Belle Époque pearl and diamond brooch
by Roseberys
Est: £300- £500
£2001 Bid
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JEWELRY. Italian 18kt Gold, Enamel, Pearl and
Jun 30, 10:00 AM EDT
JEWELRY. Italian 18kt Gold, Enamel, Pearl and
by Clarke Auction Gallery
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,0001 Bid
A late Victorian bird bar brooch and a floral spray brooch,
Jun 27, 10:00 AM BST
A late Victorian bird bar brooch and a floral spray brooch,
by Sworders
Est: £100- £200
£801 Bid
14k Gold & Pearl Golf Figural Brooch
Jul 10, 10:00 AM EDT
14k Gold & Pearl Golf Figural Brooch
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $50- $200
$11 Bid
A VICTORIAN GOLD PEARL LOCKET BROOCH
Jun 27, 3:30 PM AEST
A VICTORIAN GOLD PEARL LOCKET BROOCH
by Lawsons
Est: AUD260- AUD350
AUD201 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Pearl Pins & Brooches


Weatherham Estate Treasures

Weatherham Estate Treasures

Old Kinderhook Auction Company

Old Kinderhook Auction Company

Henry's Auktionshaus

Henry's Auktionshaus

Chiswick Auctions

Chiswick Auctions