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Antique 1880s Trefoil Diamond Russian Gold Brooch
Located in Cairo, EG
Antique 14k gold imperial russian era 1880s brooch in trefoil designe centered with old mine cut
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Antique 1880s Brooches

Antique Enamel and 22k Yellow Gold Miniature Brooch
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
gold indicates the high quality of the piece. Condition This antique 1880s brooch is exceptional
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Antique 1880s Unknown Brooches

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Gold, 22k Gold, Yellow Gold, Enamel

Victorian 1.20 Carat Diamond Yellow Gold Brooch
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
fastening with the additional security of a fine link safety chain. This antique 1880's brooch is supplied
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Antique 1880s Unknown Victorian Brooches

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Diamond, 9k Gold, Yellow Gold, Silver

  • Victorian 1.20 Carat Diamond Yellow Gold Brooch
  • Victorian 1.20 Carat Diamond Yellow Gold Brooch
  • Victorian 1.20 Carat Diamond Yellow Gold Brooch
  • Victorian 1.20 Carat Diamond Yellow Gold Brooch
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H 0.15 in W 0.4 in L 1.1 in
Antique Victorian 3.36 Carat Sapphire and Diamond Yellow Gold Brooch
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
brooch. Condition This impressive antique 1880's brooch is excellent quality, set with high colour
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Antique 1880s Unknown Victorian Brooches

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Diamond, Sapphire, Yellow Gold

Antique Diamond and Enamel 15K Yellow Gold Floral Gate Brooch
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
antique 1880s brooch is excellent quality, set with hot enamel decoration and fine Dutch cut diamonds
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Antique 19th Century Victorian Brooches

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Diamond, 15k Gold, Yellow Gold, Enamel

  • Antique Diamond and Enamel 15K Yellow Gold Floral Gate Brooch
  • Antique Diamond and Enamel 15K Yellow Gold Floral Gate Brooch
  • Antique Diamond and Enamel 15K Yellow Gold Floral Gate Brooch
  • Antique Diamond and Enamel 15K Yellow Gold Floral Gate Brooch
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H 0.13 in W 0.82 in L 1.42 in
Antique Victorian Agate Pearl Yellow Gold Brooch / Locket
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
applied quatrefoil bead motifs. The rim of this exceptional original 1880s brooch is ornamented with
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Antique 1880s British Victorian Brooches

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Agate, Pearl, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Antique Victorian 2.82 Carat Diamond and Yellow Gold Bar Brooch
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
. This 1880s brooch has been independently tested using state of the art technology (Niton XL2 Analyzer
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Antique 1880s Unknown Victorian Brooches

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Diamond, 9k Gold, Yellow Gold

Antique Victorian Paste Cabochon Foil and 15K Yellow Gold Brooch
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
clip. This 1880’s brooch is supplied with an independent diamond grading report card. This impressive
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Antique 1880s Unknown Victorian Brooches

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15k Gold, Yellow Gold

Antique 1880s Repousse Citrine Brooch
Located in Towson, MD
Fabulous Antique brooch with repoussé setting and scroll work in the 10kt yellow gold. This brooch
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Antique 1880s Victorian Brooches

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Citrine, 10k Gold, Yellow Gold

  • Antique 1880s Repousse Citrine Brooch
  • Antique 1880s Repousse Citrine Brooch
  • Antique 1880s Repousse Citrine Brooch
  • Antique 1880s Repousse Citrine Brooch
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W 1.13 in L 1.25 in
Antique Victorian Synthetic Ruby and 3.11 Carat Diamond Gold Insect Brooch
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
, silver set brooch in the form of a winged insect; part of our antique jewellery collections. This
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Antique 1880s Unknown Victorian Brooches

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Diamond, Ruby, Gold, 15k Gold, Yellow Gold

Victorian Gold Diamond Bow Brooch Pendant, 1880s
Located in Idar-Oberstein, DE
A bow shaped diamond brooch/pendant from the Victorian era, ca. 1880s. It is studded with old
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Antique 1880s British Victorian Brooches

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Diamond, Gold, Silver

  • Victorian Gold Diamond Bow Brooch Pendant, 1880s
  • Victorian Gold Diamond Bow Brooch Pendant, 1880s
  • Victorian Gold Diamond Bow Brooch Pendant, 1880s
  • Victorian Gold Diamond Bow Brooch Pendant, 1880s
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H 2.37 in W 1.58 in
Antique 1880s Knot Brooch
Located in PARIS, FR
18K rose gold and old-cut 0.15 carat diamond knot brooch. Semi-articulated ribbons with rose and
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Antique 1880s French Belle Époque Brooches

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Rose Gold, Silver

  • Antique 1880s Knot Brooch
  • Antique 1880s Knot Brooch
  • Antique 1880s Knot Brooch
  • Antique 1880s Knot Brooch
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H 1.42 in L 1.26 in
Victorian Cherub Brooch, 1880s
Located in New York, NY
Charming Victorian brooch from the late 19th Century. A cherub perched in the clouds is transfer
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Antique Late 19th Century American Victorian Brooches

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14k Gold

Antique 1880s Crescent Rose Cut Diamond Russian Brooch
Located in Cairo, EG
brooch was made in st petersburg 1880s hall marked 56 imperial russian gold standard for 14k gold and old
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Antique 1870s Brooches

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14k Gold

Victorian 2.60ct Diamond Spray Brooch, c.1880s
Located in London, GB
This gorgeous floral spray brooch was hand made in the 1880s. The precious flower is set with a
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Antique 1880s Unknown Victorian Brooches

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Diamond, 15k Gold, Silver

Diamond Crescent and Flower Brooch, Victorian, ca. 1880s
Located in Idar-Oberstein, DE
A Victorian diamond crescent and flower brooch in silver and gold, ca. 1880s. The crescent has a
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Antique 19th Century Victorian Brooches

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Diamond, Gold, Silver

Antique Enamel Pendant Pin Brooch Gold Victorian French Original 1880's-1890's
Located in Dearborn, MI
Brooch Completely Hand Painted Over 120 Years Ago Solid 10K Yellow Gold Circa 1880's-1890's The
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Antique 1880s French Brooches

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10k Gold, Yellow Gold, Enamel

Victorian 3.00ct Diamond Crescent Moon Brooch, circa 1880s
Located in London, GB
This Gorgeous Crescent Moon Brooch from the 1880s is a truly unique piece. A total of 3.00 carat
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Antique 1880s Unknown Victorian Brooches

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Diamond, 15k Gold, Silver

Victorian Stunning Antique Diamond Sun Burst Brooch Circa 1880s
Located in London, GB
A stunning Victorian diamond sunburst brooch c.1880s, centred with an old cut diamond in cut down
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Antique 1880s English Brooches

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Diamond, Gold, Silver

Victorian 1.78 Carat Diamond Scroll Brooch, circa 1880s
Located in London, GB
This glittering diamond brooch takes the form of interlocking scrolls. Forty six old cut diamonds
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Antique 1880s Unknown Victorian Brooches

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Diamond, 15k Gold, Silver

Victorian Coral and Diamond Pin Brooch, circa 1880s
Located in London, GB
This beautiful little brooch features a peach coloured coral stone on the top. It measures 6.3mm
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Antique 1880s Unknown Victorian Brooches

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Coral, Diamond, 18k Gold, Platinum

Victorian 1.25 Carat Ruby and Diamond Brooch, circa 1880s
Located in London, GB
Five rubies are surrounded by rose cut diamonds in this Victorian brooch. The rubies are old cut
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Antique 1880s Unknown Victorian Brooches

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Diamond, Ruby, 15k Gold, Silver

Victorian Pearl and Diamond Daisy Cluster Brooch, circa 1880s
Located in London, GB
A handmade brooch dating back to the 1880s. This delicate piece of jewellery consists of old cut
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Antique 1880s Unknown Victorian Brooches

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Diamond, Natural Pearl, 15k Gold, Silver

Victorian 8.00ct Diamond, Sapphire and Emerald Butterfly Brooch, c.1880s
Located in London, GB
This one of a kind brooch from the 1880s is encrusted with a colourful collection of diamonds
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Antique 1880s Unknown Victorian Brooches

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Diamond, Emerald, Sapphire, 18k Gold, Silver

Antique 1880s Diamond Trimplant Russian Gold Brooch
Located in Cairo, EG
Antique imperial russian era old mine cut diamond 14k gold brooch in trimplant designe brooch with
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Antique 1880s Brooches

Victorian Sapphire, Diamond, Ruby and Emerald Flower Brooch, circa 1880s
Located in London, GB
Dating to the 1880s, this brooch is beautifully handmade into the floral pattern. It is a mix of
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Antique 1880s Unknown Victorian Brooches

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Diamond, Emerald, Ruby, Sapphire, 15k Gold, Silver

Antique 1880s Rose Cut Diamond Gold Brooch
Located in Cairo, EG
Pair of antique rose cut diamond brooch with an estimate weight of 2 carats back foild technique in
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Antique 1850s Brooches

Antique 1880s Siberian Amethyst Russian Gold Brooch
Located in Cairo, EG
Antique russian brooch centered with 1 oval siberian russian amethyest with a diameter of 10.50mm
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Antique 1890s Brooches

Victorian 0.34 Carat Diamond, Ruby and Sapphire Clover Brooch, circa 1880s
Located in London, GB
This pretty Victorian brooch features diamonds, ruby and sapphire forming a three-leaf clover. The
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Antique 1880s Unknown Victorian Brooches

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Diamond, Ruby, Sapphire, 18k Gold

Victorian Sterling Silver Memorial Brooch Earring Set Original Box Circa 1880s
Located in Mona Vale, NSW
. The brooch hides a secret photo frame on the reverse which can hold your loved one close to your heart
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Antique 1880s British Brooches

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Sterling Silver

Victorian Diamond, Demantoid Garnet, Ruby and Pearl Bug Brooch, circa 1880s
Located in London, GB
This delicate little brooch dates back to the 1880s and is a fabulous piece of Victorian jewellery
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Antique 1880s Unknown Victorian Brooches

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Diamond, Garnet, Ruby, 15k Gold, Silver

Victorian 0.15 Carat Sapphire, Pearl and Diamond Bug Brooch, circa 1880s
Located in London, GB
This charming gem set fly brooch was created in the Victorian era. The thorax of the fly is made of
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Antique 1880s Unknown Victorian Brooches

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Diamond, Pearl, Sapphire, 15k Gold, Silver

Antique 1880s Rose Cut Diamond Russian Gold Brooch
Located in Cairo, EG
Antique 14k russian imperial era 1880.c brooch centered with 1 old mine cut diamond flanked with
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Antique 1880s Brooches

Antique 1880s Victorian Old Mine Cut Diamond Brooch
Located in Cairo, EG
Antique victorian era 1850.c brooch in a circular designe centered with old mine cut diamonds
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Antique 1850s Brooches

Antique 1880s Rose Cut Diamond Russian Gold Brooch
Located in Cairo, EG
Antique 14k gold Russian rose cut diamond brooch in crescent design centered with pear shape rose
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Antique 1880s Brooches

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Diamond, 14k Gold

Victorian 6.00 Carat Diamond, Pearl and Ruby Oyster Shell Brooch, circa 1880s
Located in London, GB
enamelling that alternate with the rose cut diamonds. The brooch dates back to the Victorian era, c.1880s and
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Antique 1880s Unknown Victorian Brooches

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Diamond, Pearl, Ruby, 18k Gold

Antique 1880s Old Mine Cut Diamond Russian Gold Brooch
Located in Cairo, EG
Antique 1880s imperial russian era brooch with old mine cut diamonds estimate weight of 2 carats H
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Antique 1880s Brooches

Antique 1880s Essex Crystal and Yellow Gold Pin Brooch
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An exceptional, fine and impressive antique Essex crystal and 18 karat yellow gold fox pin brooch
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Antique 1880s Unknown Brooches

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Crystal, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

1880's Victorian 2.75 Carats Sapphire Diamond 18 Karat Rose Gold Antique Brooch
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Brooch is designed as a stylized stag beetle with long and highly polished pinchers. Thorax is set
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Antique 1880s Victorian Brooches

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Diamond, White Diamond, Sapphire, Blue Sapphire, 18k Gold, Rose Gold

1880s Antique Victorian Hardstone Pietra Dura Yellow Gold Brooch
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
A stunning antique Victorian hardstone pietra dura and 18 karat yellow gold locket brooch; part of
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Antique 1880s Unknown Victorian Brooches

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18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Antique 1880s Old Mine Cut Diamond Russian Gold Brooch
Located in Cairo, EG
Antique 14k gold brooch on tremblant designe with old mine cut diamonds H colour white vs clearity
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Antique 1890s Brooches

Antique 1880s Old Mine Cut Diamond Russian Gold Brooch
Located in Cairo, EG
Antique 14k russian brooch centered with 3 old mine cut diamonds with estimate weight of 0.30
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Antique 1870s Brooches

Antique 1880s Old Mine Cut Diamond Russian Gold Brooch
Located in Cairo, EG
Antique 14k Gold Russian old mine cut diamonds converted brooch with an estimate diamond weight of
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Antique 1880s Russian Brooches

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Diamond, 14k Gold

Antique 7 Ct Old Mine Cut Diamond Flower Brooch 1880s
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 1880s – 1890s This Victorian era flower head brooch is finely crafted in silver topped 18K
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Antique 1880s Victorian Brooches

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Diamond, White Diamond, Gold, 18k Gold, Silver

Antique 1880s French 2.80 Carat Diamond and Yellow Gold Brooch
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
brooch; part of our diverse antique jewelry and estate jewelry collections. This stunning antique
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Antique 1880s French Brooches

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Diamond, Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

  • Antique 1880s French 2.80 Carat Diamond and Yellow Gold Brooch
  • Antique 1880s French 2.80 Carat Diamond and Yellow Gold Brooch
  • Antique 1880s French 2.80 Carat Diamond and Yellow Gold Brooch
  • Antique 1880s French 2.80 Carat Diamond and Yellow Gold Brooch
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H 0.09 in W 1.38 in D 0.4 in Dm 0.4 in L 2.01 in
Antique Victorian 1880s Diamond Ruby and Sapphire Yellow Gold Bar Brooch
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
of the actual color and showcases each stone. Condition This impressive antique 1880s bar brooch is
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Antique 19th Century Unknown Victorian Brooches

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Diamond, Ruby, Sapphire, Blue Sapphire, 9k Gold, Yellow Gold, Silver

Antique, Victorian Etruscan Revival 1880s Micro Mosaic Gold Swan Brooch/Tie Pin
Located in London, GB
Exceptional Victorian Etruscan Revival Micro Mosaic Swan Brooch Depiction of two playful swans
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Antique 1880s British Victorian Brooches

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Agate, Chalcedony, Lapis Lazuli, Gold, 15k Gold

Victorian Low Karat Gold Brooch Swallow in Flight Seed Pearls Ruby Diamond 1880s
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Victorian Low Karat Gold Brooch Swallow in Flight Seed Pearls Ruby Diamond 1880s American In Good
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Antique Late 19th Century American Victorian Brooches

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Diamond, Pearl, Ruby, Gold

Antique 1880s Lily of the Valley Old Mine Cut Diamond Russian Gold Brooch
Located in Cairo, EG
Antique 14k gold lily of the valley old mine cut diamond brooch with 5 dangling old mine cut
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Antique Early 1900s Brooches

Antique 1880s Lily of the Valley Old Mine Cut Diamond Russian Gold Brooch
Located in Cairo, EG
Antique Russian lily of the valley brooch with old mine cut diamonds with an estimate diamond
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Antique 1890s Russian Brooches

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Diamond, 14k Gold

Victorian 0.45 Carat Diamond Horseshoe Stick Pin, circa 1880s
Located in London, GB
A delicate horseshoe sparkles with diamonds in this Victorian stick pin brooch. Nine old cut
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Antique Early 1800s Unknown Victorian Brooches

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Diamond, 18k Gold

Antique Citrine and Diamond Brooch
Located in Cairo, EG
stone brownish orange color in open work style brooch was made in europe 1880s
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Antique 1880s Brooches

Victorian Gold Anchor Brooch
Located in New York, NY
Unusual "anchor" themed brooch from the late 19th Century. Made of 15ct pink gold, Gucci style
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Antique Late 19th Century British Victorian Brooches

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15k Gold

  • Victorian Gold Anchor Brooch
  • Victorian Gold Anchor Brooch
  • Victorian Gold Anchor Brooch
  • Victorian Gold Anchor Brooch
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W 2 in L 3.5 in
Antique Russian Gold Novelty Brooch
Located in Chicago, IL
St. Petersburg 1880s. Rose and green 14K gold, glossy enamel, designed as scissors and a pair of
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Antique Late 19th Century Russian Victorian Brooches

1880's Victorian Reverse Carved Rock Crystal Quartz 14 Karat Gold Pheasant Essex
Located in Philadelphia, PA
iridescence Tested as 14 karat gold Circa: 1880s Head measures: 7/16 inch Total length: 2 3/8 inches
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Antique 1880s Victorian Brooches

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Crystal, Quartz, Rock Crystal, Gold, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Victorian Natural Pearl Diamond Swan Brooch
Located in Idar-Oberstein, DE
A very unique and rare antique brooch from the 1880s. Set with an important natural saltwater pearl
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Antique Late 19th Century Unknown Victorian Brooches

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Diamond, Natural Pearl, Gold Plate

  • Victorian Natural Pearl Diamond Swan Brooch
  • Victorian Natural Pearl Diamond Swan Brooch
  • Victorian Natural Pearl Diamond Swan Brooch
  • Victorian Natural Pearl Diamond Swan Brooch
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H 1.3 in D 0.4 in L 1.89 in
Victorian 15k Amethyst Pearl Gold Brooch
Located in Boston, Lincolnshire
A Spectacular Victorian c.1880 15 Carat Gold, large 22.9 Carat Amethyst and split seed Pearl brooch
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Antique Late 19th Century British Victorian Brooches

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Amethyst, Pearl, 15k Gold, Gold

  • Victorian 15k Amethyst Pearl Gold Brooch
  • Victorian 15k Amethyst Pearl Gold Brooch
  • Victorian 15k Amethyst Pearl Gold Brooch
  • Victorian 15k Amethyst Pearl Gold Brooch
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H 0.91 in W 1.11 in
Victorian Silver Scottish Agate Large Brooch
Located in Boston, Lincolnshire
A Stunning Victorian c.1880 high polished Scottish Bloodstone agate and Bloody Agate brooch in
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Antique Late 19th Century British Victorian Brooches

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Agate, Sterling Silver, Silver

Victorian Pearl Enamel Gold Brooch
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
An antique from the Victorian era, circa 1880, featuring a pearl in the center with an enameled
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Antique Late 19th Century American Brooches

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Pearl, Gold, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold, Enamel

Victorian Large Etruscan Revival Gold and Lapis Brooch
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 1880s Etruscan Revival Brooch, 14K Yellow Gold and measuring 1 3/4 inches in diameter and 3/4
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Antique 1880s Unknown Etruscan Revival Brooches

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Lapis Lazuli, 14k Gold

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1880s Brooch For Sale on 1stDibs

On 1stDibs, you can find the most appropriate 1880s brooch for your needs in our varied inventory. Each design created in this style — which was crafted with great care and often made from Gold, Silver and Yellow Gold — can elevate any look. Making the right choice when shopping for a 1880s brooch may mean carefully reviewing examples of this item dating from different eras — you can find an early iteration of this piece from the 19th Century and a newer version made as recently as the 20th Century, both of which have proven very popular over the years. Finding an appealing 1880s brooch — no matter the origin — is easy, but Bailey, Banks & Biddle, Carl Bacher and Cartier each produced a popular version that is worth a look. Take a look at a 1880s brooch featuring Diamond from our inventory today to add the perfect touch to your look. See these pages for an old mine cut iteration of this accessory, while there are also round cut cut and old european cut cut versions available here, too. If you’re browsing our inventory for a 1880s brooch, you’ll find that many are available today for women, but there are still pieces to choose from for unisex and men.

How Much is a 1880s Brooch?

The price for a 1880s brooch starts at $164 and tops out at $103,670 with these brooches, on average, selling for $2,380.

Finding the Right brooches for You

Antique and vintage brooches, which are decorative jewels traditionally pinned to garments and used to fasten pieces of clothing together where needed, have seen increasing popularity in recent years.

Given their long history, brooches have expectedly taken on a variety of different shapes and forms over time, with jewelers turning to assorted methods of ornamentation for these accessories, including enameling and the integration of pearls and gemstones.

Cameo brooches that originated during the Victorian age are characterized by a shell carved in raised relief that feature portraits of a woman’s profile, while 19th-century micromosaic brooches, comprising innumerable individually placed glass fragments, sometimes feature miniature depictions of a pastoral scene in daily Roman life.

At one time, brooches were symbols of wealth, made primarily from the finest metals and showcasing exquisite precious gemstones. Today, these jewels are inclusive and universal, and you don’t have to travel very far to find an admirer of brooches. They can be richly geometric in form, such as the ornate diamond pins dating from the Art Deco era, or designer-specific, such as the celebrated naturalistic works created by Tiffany & Co., the milk glass and gold confections crafted by Trifari or handmade vintage Chanel brooches of silk or laminated sheer fabric.

Brooches are versatile and adaptable. These decorative accessories can be worn in your hair, on hats, scarves and on the lower point of V-neck clothing. Pin a dazzling brooch to the lapel of your blazer-and-tee combo or add a cluster of smaller pins to your overcoat. And while brooches have their place in “mourning jewelry,” in that a mourning brooch is representative of your connection to a lost loved one, they’re widely seen as romantic and symbolic of love, so much so that a hardcore brooch enthusiast might advocate for brooches to be worn over the heart.

Today, find a wide variety of antique and vintage brooches on 1stDibs, including gold brooches, sapphire brooches and more.

Questions About 1880s Brooch
  • 1stDibs ExpertOctober 12, 2021
    Brooch pins are beautiful pieces of jewelry with a sharpened metal wire on the reverse that adheres to garments. Traditionally, people wore pins and brooches on clothing such as skirts, sweaters, jackets, shirts, and hats. Brooches were used to hold garments together in the past. On 1stDibs, find a variety of antique and vintage brooch pins.
  • 1stDibs ExpertOctober 12, 2021
    A bar brooch is a type of pin brooch. It is horizontal and elongated and comes in all shapes and sizes. Bar brooches are popular due to their ease of fastening. The pin of the brooch hooks through a looped fastening, once the brooch is attached to the wearer's lapel. Find a collection of antique and vintage brooches on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertOctober 12, 2021
    A golden brooch is a decorative piece of jewelry designed with a hinged pin and catch that is fastened to clothing. It is a piece of ornament usually made of metal, often silver or gold. On 1stDibs, find a variety of antique and vintage brooches.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 3, 2023
    A navette brooch is a brooch that features a gemstone in a Marquise cut. Its sides gently curve and meet at points on either end. Shop a variety of gemstone brooches from some of the world's top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Brooches are used as fastenings to secure a cloak, shawl or scarf. Decorative brooches also let wearers accessorize and personalize their ensemble. Shop a range of vintage and contemporary brooches from some of the top boutiques around the world on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertSeptember 28, 2021
    A paste brooch will feature hand-cut polished glass. The paste glass is usually polished with metal until it is smooth and shines like a gemstone. A paste brooch is made of such glass and became popular as a cheaper alternative to diamonds. Find a variety of paste brooches on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    You can authenticate a Chanel brooch by checking the back for a little oval stamp or embossed mark. It should be noted that some of the oldest jewelry pieces were not marked, but these pieces are extremely rare and do not often come up for sale. Most of the Chanel jewelry and brooches you will find are from the 1980s or later and will include an oval tag, plate, or stamp. Shop expertly vetted Chanel jewelry from some of the world’s top reputable boutiques on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 17, 2023
    To tell if a brooch is vintage, take a look at its fastener. Pieces made during the first half of the 20th century often had a long thin fastener that you push to open or close. This style of hardware is commonly known as a trombone clasp. Locking safety clasps emerged during the 1930s, and jewelers used them throughout the rest of the 20th century. You can also check brooches for a date stamp or research the maker's mark to determine who produced it. Then, consult trusted online resources to determine the age. Alternatively, you can have a certified appraiser or professional jeweler examine the piece. On 1stDibs, find a variety of brooches from some of the world's top sellers.
  • 1stDibs ExpertOctober 12, 2021
    As the name suggests, mourning jewelry represents connection to a deceased individual or loved one. In the Victorian era, people were expected to wear mourning clothing and accessories following the death of a loved one. As brooches were popular during the Victorian period, they became a favorite for those who wanted to memorialize the dead. Find a collection of vintage and antique brooches on 1stDibs today.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Brooch pins are usually called brooches or pins. The practice of wearing pins dates back to the Bronze Age. At the time, people referred to a pin as a fibula. Its purpose was to fasten clothing. Shop a range of brooch pins on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 13, 2023
    Old brooches may be made of a variety of materials. Silver and gold are the most commonly used, but some may be fashioned out of brass, nickel and other metals. On 1stDibs, shop a collection of vintage and modern brooches.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    “En tremblant” is an old French phrase meaning “trembling”, which in jewelry refers to the feature of the piece. En tremblant brooches are crafted with gems and generally feature a floral motif, but can also branch out to birds and other designs. You’ll find a variety of en tremblant brooches from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    To authenticate a Chanel brooch, look for the Chanel marking on the back. These markings can be easy to fake so it’s important to buy your luxury goods from reputable sources. Shop a collection of vintage and new Chanel jewelry, bags and clothing from some of the world’s top boutiques on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    To tell how old a cameo brooch is for certain, you usually need to consult a licensed jewelry appraiser. This is because many authentic pieces do not have marks, and there are many modern reproductions that resemble the antique jewelry. Find a selection of expertly vetted antique cameo brooches on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMay 5, 2023
    The main difference between pins and brooches is style. Both items slide through fabrics and secure in the back with some type of fastener. Brooches are always decorative, but some pins are made only to secure materials together or to hold a garment in place. All brooches are pins, but not all pins are brooches. On 1stDibs, shop a collection of brooches.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Jewelry makers mostly used C clasps on brooches during the 1890s and early 1900s. However, some designers continued to use them up until the 1930s. The clasp resembles a simple hook. Find a selection of antique and vintage brooches on 1stDibs.