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Antique Brooches from LoveAntiques

Antique & Vintage Brooches for Sale

Compared to most items of jewellery which are purely ornamental, the humble brooch was first created thousands of years ago as a practical item to hold a person’s clothes together. Since that time it has been designed into an endless array of forms and materials, some more novel than others. Although brooches today have largely lost their practical purpose, they remain small statements worn on our chest which can add a splash of colour or character to the wearer. Antique and Vintage brooches remind us of a time when these small pieces of jewellery were crucial to our everyday wear. As such one finds not only fun novelty pieces, but extremely fine examples in gold and silver. Often these better-quality items will be accented with diamonds or pearls which showed off the skill of the maker.


As items which can be worn and admired on a daily basis, antique and vintage brooches are a great addition to any jewellery collection. At LoveAntiques we have a fine selection of quality Antique and Vintage brooches. 

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8.13ct Diamond & Platinum Brooch - Art Deco c.1935

£ 11,950

€13,682
$13,566
6.24ct Diamond & 10ct Yellow Gold Brooch / Pendant

£ 11,950

€13,682
$13,566
Antique Silver Arts & Craft Brooch

£ 140

€160
$159
Antique Silver Arts & Craft Brooch

Antique Silver Arts & Craft Brooch

£ 140

€160
$159

The Silver Cabinet

Victorian Swallow 9ct Locket with Victorian Paste

£ 250

€286
$284
Victorian Swallow 9ct Locket with Victorian Paste

Victorian Swallow 9ct Locket with Victorian Paste

£ 250

€286
$284

Walton House Antiques Ltd

Art Deco Sapphire And Diamond Brooch

£ 265

€303
$301
Art Deco Sapphire And Diamond Brooch

Art Deco Sapphire And Diamond Brooch

£ 265

€303
$301

Doubloon

Gold & Pearl Brooch

£ 245

€281
$278
Gold & Pearl Brooch

Gold & Pearl Brooch

£ 245

€281
$278

Doubloon

Stickpin Gold, Opal & Rock Crystal

£ 135

€155
$153
Stickpin Gold, Opal & Rock Crystal

Stickpin Gold, Opal & Rock Crystal

£ 135

€155
$153

Doubloon

Double Shakudo Fan Brooch c.1950

£ 58

€66
$66
Double Shakudo Fan Brooch c.1950

Double Shakudo Fan Brooch c.1950

£ 58

€66
$66

Jo Brayshaw

Dachshund Gold Brooch

£ 345

€395
$392
Dachshund Gold Brooch

Dachshund Gold Brooch

£ 345

€395
$392

Doubloon

Victorian Game Bird Stickpin

£ 195

€223
$221
Victorian Game Bird Stickpin

Victorian Game Bird Stickpin

£ 195

€223
$221

Doubloon

Victorian Gold Brooch with Cannetille Work

£ 450

€515
$511
Victorian Gold Brooch with Cannetille Work

Victorian Gold Brooch with Cannetille Work

£ 450

€515
$511

Antiques in Oxford

Vintage Silver Cameo Brooch / Pendant - Boxed

£ 60

€69
$68
Vintage Silver Cameo Brooch / Pendant - Boxed

Vintage Silver Cameo Brooch / Pendant - Boxed

£ 60

€69
$68

Antiques et Cetera

Enamel Butterfly

Bridport Antiques

Enamel Butterfly

£ 110

€126
$125
Enamel Butterfly

Enamel Butterfly

£ 110

€126
$125

Bridport Antiques

Rare Antique Gold Star Brooch

Marple Antiques & Collectables

Rare Antique Gold Star Brooch

£ 1,065

€1,219
$1,209
Rare Antique Gold Star Brooch

Rare Antique Gold Star Brooch

£ 1,065

€1219
$1209

Marple Antiques & Collectables

Antique & Rare Vintage Brooches FAQs


When were brooches invented?

As a practical way to hold your clothes together brooches have been around since at least the Bronze Age and possibly earlier. Prominently on display, such items quickly became a way to impart social wealth and stature through the choice of materials and design. Often Bronze, Silver or Gold was used as the main material as well as precious and semi-precious stones. As fashions changed so too did the look and style of the brooches. Today we no longer need such items for very practical purposes, but still enjoy them for their aesthetic appeal.


How do I know if my brooch is vintage?

When examining the authenticity of vintage brooches, you’ll want to look at the small details for clues of manufacturing date. Closely examining the clasps and hinges of antique and vintage brooches will help identify what specific period in time they were most popular in. If they were by a quality maker or made of solid Silver or Gold then there may be hallmarks present as well. Different eras have different styles of jewellery and stone cuts.


Are vintage brooches worth anything?

Vintage brooches can be valuable if either they were made of precious metal and stones or if they were made by famous designers. Indeed even vintage costume jewellery by the big name Couturiers such as Dior or Yves Saint Laurent can be worth considerable sums now. Because makers do not have to hallmark smaller pieces of gold or silver jewellery below 8 grams it is common for there to be no marks so it is worth taking your brooch to a jeweller to get checked. While most vintage costume jewellery was cheaper when new and remains cheap today, much still has a value for people who just enjoy wearing these fun designs from the past.