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Antique Brooches from LoveAntiques

Antique & Vintage Brooches for Sale

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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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Gold, Amethyst & Pearl Brooch

£ 165

€185
$203
Gold, Amethyst & Pearl Brooch

Gold, Amethyst & Pearl Brooch

£ 165

€185
$203

Doubloon

Memento Mori Slide

Sunnyside Antiques

Memento Mori Slide

£ 4,450

€4,984
$5,476
Memento Mori Slide

Memento Mori Slide

£ 4,450

€4984
$5476

Sunnyside Antiques

Victorian Silver Bicycle Brooch

£ 100

€112
$123
Victorian Silver Bicycle Brooch

Victorian Silver Bicycle Brooch

£ 100

€112
$123

Doubloon

Gold & Pearl Moose Stickpin

£ 175

€196
$215
Gold & Pearl Moose Stickpin

Gold & Pearl Moose Stickpin

£ 175

€196
$215

Doubloon

Georg Jensen Silver Knotbrooch by Vivianna Torun

£ 560

€627
$689
Georg Jensen Silver Knotbrooch by Vivianna Torun

Georg Jensen Silver Knotbrooch by Vivianna Torun

£ 560

€627
$689

Antiques in Oxford

Edwardian Gold & Pearl Brooch

£ 265

€297
$326
Edwardian Gold & Pearl Brooch

Edwardian Gold & Pearl Brooch

£ 265

€297
$326

Doubloon

Edwardian Gold & Pearl Brooch

£ 275

€308
$338
Edwardian Gold & Pearl Brooch

Edwardian Gold & Pearl Brooch

£ 275

€308
$338

Doubloon

Antique Gold and Diamond Portrait Pendant

£ 980

€1,098
$1,206
Antique Gold and Diamond Portrait Pendant

Antique Gold and Diamond Portrait Pendant

£ 980

€1098
$1206

SW15Collectables

Art Nouveau Gold Brooch in Form of Insect

£ 345

€386
$425
Art Nouveau Gold Brooch in Form of Insect

Art Nouveau Gold Brooch in Form of Insect

£ 345

€386
$425

Antiques in Oxford

Costume Jewellery Brooches (Job Lot of 10)

£ 75

€84
$92
Costume Jewellery Brooches (Job Lot of 10)

Costume Jewellery Brooches (Job Lot of 10)

£ 75

€84
$92

Those Were The Days

Gold and Pearl Brooch

£ 485

€543
$597
Gold and Pearl Brooch

Gold and Pearl Brooch

£ 485

€543
$597

Doubloon

Gold Pearl And Turquoise Brooch

£ 295

€330
$363
Gold Pearl And Turquoise Brooch

Gold Pearl And Turquoise Brooch

£ 295

€330
$363

Doubloon

Very Rare Georg Jensen Brooch with Amber and Chrysoprase

£ 3,900

€4,368
$4,799
Very Rare Georg Jensen Brooch with Amber and Chrysoprase

Very Rare Georg Jensen Brooch with Amber and Chrysoprase

£ 3,900

€4368
$4799

Antiques in Oxford

Edwardian 15ct Gold Necklace  and Brooch with Pearls

£ 1,250

€1,400
$1,538
Edwardian 15ct Gold Necklace  and Brooch with Pearls

Edwardian 15ct Gold Necklace and Brooch with Pearls

£ 1,250

€1400
$1538

Antiques in Oxford

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.