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Gemstone: Sapphire
Unique Sapphire Ruby Emerald Diamond Duck Pin
Located in New York, NY
A whimsical and unique piece to add to any collection. The pin is just under 2 inches in height and approximately 1.25 inches in width. Please contact us for more information regar...
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Late 20th Century Sapphire Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Emerald, Ruby, Blue Sapphire, 18k Gold

Sapphire Ruby and Diamond Gold Bee Brooch Pin
Located in Montreal, QC
Simply Beautiful! Finely detailed Bee Fly Wasp Brooch. Hand set with 2.68 Carat Sapphire, 0.82 Carat Ruby and Diamonds, weighing approx. 0.13tcw. Approx. size: 0.88” l x 0.99” w x 0....
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Late 20th Century Contemporary Sapphire Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Ruby, Sapphire, Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

René Boivin "Etoile de Mer" Sapphire and Touramline brooches
Located in Boston, MA
One of the most well-known jewels in the world, René Boivin’s original 1937 starfish brooch was purchased by legendary actress Claudette Colbert and now resides in the collection of ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Sapphire Brooches

Materials

Sapphire, Tourmaline, 18k Gold, White Gold

Quartz with Tsavorite, Yellow Sapphire and Diamond Brooch Set in 14 Karat Gold
Located in Bangkok, TH
Quartz with Tsavorite 0.24 carat, Yellow Sapphire 0.18 carat and Diamond 0.98 carat Brooch set in 14 Karat Gold Settings Width: 4.0 cm Length:7.9 cm Total Weight: 36.96 grams "We ...
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2010s Contemporary Sapphire Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Quartz, Yellow Sapphire, Tsavorite, Gold, 14k Gold

Diamond Sapphire Gold Violin Pendant Brooch
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
A precious violin made in 18k yellow gold! It features 0.74 carats of round brilliant-cut diamonds along with a row of square-shape blue sapphire under the strings weighing 0.55 cara...
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21st Century and Contemporary Sapphire Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Sapphire, Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Tiffany & Co. Edwardian Platinum/14kt, Diamond + Sapphire Circle Pin
Located in Narberth, PA
A timeless diamond and sapphire pin by famed maker Tiffany & Co.! Crafted in platinum, this gorgeous pin features 2ctw of glittering Single Cut diamonds and 1ctw of gorgeous French C...
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20th Century Contemporary Sapphire Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Sapphire, 14k Gold, Platinum

Imperial Romanov Crest Brooch
Located in Litchfield, CT
Circa 1910s, 14k, Russia. Decorated with the Romanov Imperial double eagle, brooches like this one could only be made for members of the Royal family. This fine example is set wit...
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1910s Vintage Sapphire Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Blue Sapphire, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Marilyn Cooperman Peridot Slice Pins Set
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
Marilyn Cooperman (1936-2020) was an exclusive New York based designer, whose work was coveted and collected by true jewelry connoisseurs. Pieces of hers are in the permanent collect...
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Early 2000s Modern Sapphire Brooches

Materials

Brown Diamond, Peridot, Sapphire, Tsavorite, 18k Gold, Silver

George Lederman 18kt Yellow Gold Owl Brooch with Blue Sapphire Eyes & Diamond
Located in New York, NY
A beautifully sculpted 18 karat yellow gold owl brooch. The sandblasted gold owl sits on a high polished branch tipped with a round diamond. His large eyes are set with round blue sa...
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1990s Contemporary Sapphire Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Blue Sapphire, Yellow Gold, 18k Gold

18 Karat Yellow Gold Brooch with DSEF Cert. Heart Cut Blue Sapphire and Diamonds
Located in Berlin, DE
This contemporary 18 karat yellow gold brooch is encrusted with 3 natural round diamonds, VS, F-G, and detachable natural untreated DSEF certified (Germany) blue sapphire, 6,08 carat...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Sapphire Brooches

Materials

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

Vintage 14 Karat Yellow Gold Sapphire and Pearl Wheat Brooch/Pin
Located in Washington Depot, CT
Vintage 14 Karat Yellow Gold Sapphire and Pearl Wheat Brooch- This lovely brooch features a spray of wheat accented with eight white pearls and six blue sapphires set in beautifully...
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20th Century Sapphire Brooches

Materials

Pearl, Sapphire, Yellow Gold

French Blue Sapphire Yellow Gold Whimsical Bull Brooch Clip
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage French blue sapphire set eyes and 18 karat yellow gold whimsical bull clip brooch circa 1970. Love it because it caught your eye and we are here to connect you with beautifu...
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1970s Modern Vintage Sapphire Brooches

Materials

Blue Sapphire, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Blue Sapphire with Diamond Brooch/Pendant Set in 18 Karat Gold Settings
Located in Bangkok, TH
Blue Sapphire 8.61 carats with Diamond 1.31 carats Brooch/Pendant set in 18 Karat Gold Settings (chain not included) Width: 4.0 cm Length: 5.4 cm Total Weight: 12.63 grams "We fi...
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2010s Edwardian Sapphire Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Blue Sapphire, Gold, 18k Gold

1950s Sapphire and Ruby Diamond 18K Yellow Gold Matador Brooch
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An impressive vintage 0.15 carat sapphire and 0.22 carat ruby, 0.51 carat diamond and 18k gold 'matador' brooch; part of our diverse gemstone jewelry collections. This fine and impr...
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1950s Vintage Sapphire Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Ruby, Sapphire, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Damiani Diamond Brooch Convertible Pendant / Brooch / Bracelet
Located in Geneva, CH
Bracelet / brooch / pendant Metal: white gold / silver Icy diamonds ct tot 7,25 Diamonds ct tot 0,49 Sapphires ct tot 0,27 Gold gr tot 22 Silver gr tot 25 Total weight gr 94,6
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Sapphire Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Sapphire, Silver, Gold, White Gold

Yellow Gold Diamond and Sapphire Flower Brooch
Located in London, GB
An 18k yellow gold diamond and sapphire brooch. The brooch is designed as a flower with round brilliant cut diamonds and square cut sapphires set in the petals and cabochon cut sapph...
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21st Century and Contemporary Sapphire Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Sapphire, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Edwardian 3.40 Carats Diamond Purple Sapphire Platinum Cameo Stickpin
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Featuring an oval sapphire weighing approximately 3.00 carats Medium light purple in color Finely carved to depict the cameo of a proud Grecian woman with wavy hair and hairpiece ...
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1910s Edwardian Vintage Sapphire Brooches

Materials

Diamond, White Diamond, Sapphire, Purple Sapphire, Platinum

8.17 Carats Total Sapphire and Diamond Open Circle Wreath Brooch in Platinum
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Exquisite blue sapphire and diamond brooch bursting with sparkle. Pair on a scarf, sweater, jacket or bag for an undeniably glamorous touch. This gorgeous brooch features 18 round cu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Sapphire Brooches

Materials

Sapphire, Diamond, Platinum

1980's Hammerman Brothers Diamond Ruby 18K Gold Frog Brooch Pin
Located in Miami, FL
This textured 1980's frog motif brooch pin is excellent for nature lovers, Crafted in solid 18K yellow gold by Hammerman Brothers, topped by (11) round cut diamonds, pave set, wei...
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1980s Retro Vintage Sapphire Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Ruby, Sapphire, 18k Gold

Jean Vitau 18 Karat Yellow Gold Ladybug Brooch with Blue and Yellow Sapphires
Located in New York, NY
Designed by the famed French designer Jean Vitau for Gemveto. Jean Vitau was a pioneer jewelry designer . He was known for patenting the Gemlok setting ,a secure and snag proof way o...
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1990s Contemporary Sapphire Brooches

Materials

Onyx, Blue Sapphire, Yellow Sapphire, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Suzanne Belperron Blue Chalcedony “Tonneau” Brooch
Located in New York, NY
This magic and Modernist chalcedony "Tonneau" brooch by modernist jeweler Suzanne Belperron dates from the exciting period when she successfully established her own business, at last...
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1930s Modernist Vintage Sapphire Brooches

Materials

Sapphire, Chalcedony, Emerald, Ruby, Blue Sapphire, 18k Gold

Retro Pink Sapphire and Diamond Bow Brooch by Regner Paris
By Regner
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful retro white gold bow brooch with 4.48 carats of pink sapphires and 23 carats of diamonds by Regner Paris. Made in France, circa 1935.
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1930s Retro Vintage Sapphire Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Pink Sapphire, White Gold

Sapphire, Diamond and Green Tsavorite 18 Karat Large Flower Brooch
Located in Aspen, CO
Sapphires displaying a bight lively blue are pave set in the petals of this flower. Green tsavorite garnets are set throughout the stem and leaves, and finally we have very white di...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Sapphire Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Sapphire, Tsavorite, 18k Gold

Antique Victorian 14K Yellow Gold Silver Top Rose Cut Diamond and Sapphire Pin
Located in Great Neck, NY
Gorgeous Antique Victorian 14K Yellow Gold Silver Top Rose Cut Diamond and Sapphire Pin. This beautiful pin has 5 deep bright blue sapphires surrounded by rose cuts in a beautiful tw...
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1890s Victorian Antique Sapphire Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Sapphire, Yellow Gold, Silver

Vintage Sapphire and Rose Cut Diamond French Poodle Brooch Set in 9k Yellow Gold
Located in London, GB
A delightful yellow gold poodle brooch This useful brooch is exquisitely hand crafted in 9K yellow gold and features textured gold fur, a sparkling collar studded with rose cut diam...
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1980s Retro Vintage Sapphire Brooches

Materials

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

14 Karat White Gold Sapphire and Diamond Flower Brooch TCW = 9.81 Carat
Located in Sherman Oaks, CA
Gorgeous Flower Brooch Features Pave-Set Round Diamonds and Prong-Set Oval Sapphires Total Diamond Weight = Appx 0.85 Cts Average Color = I Average Clarity = I1 Total Sapphire Weight...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Sapphire Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Sapphire, 14k Gold, White Gold

3.89 Carat Yellow Sapphire and Diamond Van Cleef & Arpels Clip 18 Karat Yellow
Located in Charleston, SC
Van Cleef & Arpels Clip in 18 Karat Yellow Gold and Platinum. Signed Piece. Holds 3.69 Carats of Yellow Sapphires and 0.20 Carats of Diamonds in the Platinum band that pinches the ...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Sapphire Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Yellow Sapphire, 18k Gold, Platinum

Diamonds, Sapphires, Tsavorite, 14 Karat Rose Gold and Silver Brooch
Located in Marcianise, Marcianise (CE)
SHIPPING POLICY: No additional costs will be added to this order. Shipping costs will be totally covered by the seller (customs duties included). For any inquiries,please contact th...
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1970s Retro Vintage Sapphire Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Sapphire, Tsavorite, Gold, 14k Gold, Rose Gold, Silver

14 Carat Gold Sapphire Emerald Opal Diamond Brooch
Located in St Helens, GB
A stunning 14 carat gold brooch. Unusually shaped, perhaps an arrow, or even a fish. Set with many round cut rows of alternating green emeralds and blue sapphires to the main body....
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Sapphire Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Emerald, Opal, Sapphire, Gold

Antique Edwardian Belle Époque Sapphire Diamond Platinum Pendant Brooch
Located in London, GB
An exquisite diamond and sapphire Belle Époque pendant brooch set in platinum c.1910. The openwork oval brooch is set to the centre with an old cut diamond weighing 0.50ct, surround...
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1910s Vintage Sapphire Brooches

Materials

Blue Sapphire, Diamond, Platinum

Very Fine Sapphire Ruby and Diamond American Flag Cufflinks Patriotic
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
If your heart is true to the red, white and blue, these American Flag Cuff Links can add a "sparkling" patriotic touch to your attire! The jewels are set in 18k white gold. Represent...
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21st Century and Contemporary Sapphire Brooches

Materials

Sapphire, Blue Diamond, Black Diamond, Ruby, 18k Gold, White Gold

Antique Victorian Sapphire and Pearl Diamond and Yellow Gold Bar Brooch
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
A stunning antique Victorian 0.95 carat sapphire and seed pearl, 0.82 carat diamond and 14 karat yellow gold bar brooch; part of our diverse antique jewelry collections. This stunni...
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1890s Antique Sapphire Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Sapphire, Pearl, Blue Sapphire, Gold, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Gold Crystal and Gem Set Large French Giardinetto Flower Brooch
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 1970 18K Yellow and White Gold Giardinetto Brooch, measuring 2 5/8 inches in length and 1 1/2 inches wide. The Rock Crystal vase portion is set in White Gold and has diamond mo...
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1970s Vintage Sapphire Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Emerald, Sapphire, 18k Gold

Sapphire and Diamond Brooch in 18 Karat White Gold
Located in Lucerne, CH
This stylized bird or wave brooch is set with 8 intensely colored oval shaped sapphires, total weight approximately 3.60 carats. Origine of the sapphires is Cambodia. Accented by 35 ...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Sapphire Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Sapphire, 18k Gold, White Gold

Cartier Jockey Horse Race Brooch Pin Gold and Platinum, Diamonds and Sapphires
Located in Miami, FL
Designer: Cartier Metal: Yellow Gold, Platinum (horse saddle) Metal Purity: 18k, 950 (saddle) Style: Brooch / Pin Era: Vintage Stones: Sapphire, Diamonds Hallmark: Cartier...
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21st Century and Contemporary Sapphire Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Sapphire, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Platinum

Camila Blue Sapphire Diamond Brooch
Located in Hoffman Estate, IL
Cast in 18K gold and sterling silver. A stunning brooch hand set in 3.78 carats blue sapphire and 2.46 carats of sparkling diamonds. FOLLOW MEGHNA JEWELS storefront to view the lat...
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21st Century and Contemporary Artisan Sapphire Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Sapphire, 18k Gold, Sterling Silver

Cellini 18kt White Gold 2.50ct Blue Sapphire & 1.80ct Diamond Snail Brooch
Located in New York, NY
Cellini Jewelers NYC, Lovely snail brooch ,artistically designed in 18 karat white gold. The body is set with 1.80 carats of round brilliant diamonds, and the shell is set with 2.50 ...
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Early 2000s Modern Sapphire Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Blue Sapphire, 18k Gold, White Gold

14 Karat Yellow Gold with Sapphire Center Stone Filigree Brooch
Located in Stamford, CT
14 Karat Yellow Gold With Sapphire Center Stone Filigree Brooch 7 grams total weight.
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2010s Contemporary Sapphire Brooches

Materials

Blue Sapphire, 14k Gold

Gold Gemset Golf Club Bag Pin
Located in New York, NY
Figural "golf club bag with clubs" pin. 14K textured and shiny gold. Set with two sapphires, a ruby, an emerald and a diamond. 1 1/2" long x 1/2" wide. Cheerful and fun to wear....
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1960s Vintage Sapphire Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Emerald, Ruby, Sapphire, Gold, 14k Gold

Antique Sapphire Diamond Platinum Circle Bow Pin
Located in New York, NY
Feminine and graceful antique diamond circle pin. Set in platinum with applied square cut sapphire bow. Brilliant white diamonds weighing approx. 1.25 cts and 1ct of sapphires. Clas...
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Late 19th Century Art Nouveau Antique Sapphire Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Sapphire, Platinum

Art Deco Diamond Sapphire Ruby Platinum Butterfly Brooch
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
A stunning Art Deco pin brooch from the 1930’s that is impressively made with extreme quality, as seen in the settings work on the back and front of the brooch. It features 4.40 cara...
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1930s Art Deco Vintage Sapphire Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Ruby, Blue Sapphire, Platinum

1963 Georges Braque Sapphire and Gold Lampetia Brooch
Located in Paris, FR
Express Shipping insured during the Lockdown Georges Braque and Heger de Loewenfeld Lampetia, 1963 Brooch, 18K Gold and Roundcut Sapphire Signed "G Braque", numbered 52/75, but thi...
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1960s Modern Vintage Sapphire Brooches

Materials

Blue Sapphire, 18k Gold

1950s Vintage 18 Karat Yellow Gold E.W&CO Brooch with Diamonds and Sapphires
Located in Hicksville, NY
1950s Vintage E.W &CO Brooch Crafted in 18 Karat Yellow Gold Weight: 5.3 grams Diamond Details: Shape: Round Brilliant Cut Carat Weight: .25 carat, total weight Color: F Color Clar...
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1950s Vintage Sapphire Brooches

Materials

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

Vintage Tiffany & Co. Sapphire and Diamond Open Flower Brooch 18 Karat Gold
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
This exquisite vintage sapphire and diamond chestnut brooch by Tiffany & Co. is a true work of art. Featuring an intricate botanical design, incredible attention to detail and a "sur...
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Mid-20th Century Sapphire Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Sapphire, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Gold

Vintage 1.57 Carat Sapphire and 1.89 Carat Diamond 18k White Gold Brooch
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
A stunning, fine and impressive vintage 1.57 carat sapphire and 1.89 carat diamond, 18 karat white gold and 14 carat white gold set spray brooch; part of our diverse antique jeweller...
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1950s Vintage Sapphire Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Sapphire, 18k Gold, White Gold

Diamond with Yellow Sapphire Brooch/Pendant Set in 18 Karat White Gold Settings
Located in Bangkok, TH
Diamond 1.28 carats with Yellow Sapphire 1.78 carats Brooch/Pendant set in 18 Karat White Gold Settings (chain not included) Width: 3.2 cm Length: 6.0 cm Total Weight: 9.59 grams ...
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2010s Art Deco Sapphire Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Yellow Sapphire, 18k Gold, White Gold

Raymond Yard Gemstone Brooch
Located in Austin, TX
A large and beautiful hand crafted yellow and white 14K gold brooch with total approximately 45 carats of moonstones, 14 carats of sapphires, 1.04 carats of rubies, 1.1 carats of dia...
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1950s Retro Vintage Sapphire Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Moonstone, Pearl, Ruby, Sapphire, 14k Gold

1940s Oscar Heyman Sapphire Ruby Diamond Gold Brooch
Located in New York, NY
A 1941 yellow sapphire, ruby, and diamond brooch designed as a naturalist floral spray, the central flower enhanced by calf's-head-cut yellow sapphire petals, accented by square-cut ...
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1940s Retro Vintage Sapphire Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Ruby, Yellow Sapphire, 18k Gold, Platinum

Sapphire and Diamond Yellow Gold Ballerina Brooch
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An impressive vintage 0.75 carat sapphire and 0.22 carat diamond, 18 karat yellow and white gold 'ballerina' brooch; part of our diverse antique jewelry and estate jewelry collection...
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1990s Sapphire Brooches

Materials

Sapphire, Diamond, Blue Sapphire, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Vintage Diamond Blue Pink Sapphire 18K Gold Song Bird Brooch Pin
Located in Miami, FL
This stunning Vintage songbird pin is crafted in solid 18K yellow and white gold. Its crest is elaborated with 53 genuine pave set round fancy natural diamonds approx. 0.50 carats, ...
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1980s Vintage Sapphire Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Pink Sapphire, 18k Gold

Cellini 18 Karat Gold Bee Brooch with Diamonds, Gem Stones and South Sea Pearl
Located in New York, NY
A beautifully designed 18 karat yellow gold bee brooch. The bee's wings are set with round brilliant diamonds and cabochon rubies. The body is set with a 12 x 8.5 mm South Sea Pearl ...
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1990s Contemporary Sapphire Brooches

Materials

Blue Sapphire, Diamond, Emerald, South Sea Pearl, Ruby, 18k Gold, Yellow...

Sapphires Diamonds Onyx Platinum Swiss Brooch Watch Published, 1920
Located in Herzelia, Tel Aviv
Sapphires and Diamonds with Onyx Platinum Swiss Watch Brooch, Pin. Fine and highly collectable item. The watch is hanging upside down from the pin. So the lady could see the time whe...
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Early 20th Century Sapphire Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Onyx, Sapphire, Platinum

Platinum Diamond and Blue Sapphire Dragon Fly Brooch
Located in Webster, NY
Vintage diamond and blue sapphire dragon fly brooch crafted in platinum. Gemstone: Diamond and Blue Sapphires Gemstone Carat Weight: 76 Approximately 1.5mm Blue Sapphires Diamond Cu...
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20th Century Sapphire Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Blue Sapphire, Platinum

18K White Gold Blue Sapphire Wedding Brooch with Diamonds
Located in Boston, MA
Blue Sapphire Brooch in 18K Gold with oval and square cut sapphires to add a dash of class and to update your outfit made with beautiful intricate details. This is a handmade piece w...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Sapphire Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Blue Sapphire, White Gold

18 Karat Gold Frog Brooch, Invisibly Set Pink Sapphires, Diamonds and Emerald
Located in New York, NY
18 karat yellow gold frog brooch beautifully set with 6.12 carats of invisibly set square pink sapphires and 0.70 carats of round diamonds. The eyes are cabochon emeralds. The frog ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Sapphire Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Emerald, Pink Sapphire, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Lambert-Bros Art Deco Diamond Sapphire Platinum Brooch
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
An original Art Deco antique, circa 1920’s, by Lambert Bros. The lovely brooch features approximately 3 carats of fine bright white European-cut diamonds along with blue sapphire acc...
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1920s Art Deco Vintage Sapphire Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Sapphire, Platinum

18K White Gold Vintage Panther Brooch with Pave Diamond and Pink Sapphires
Located in New York, NY
Vintage walking panther brooch finely crafted in 18 karat white gold with 123 round brilliant cut pave set diamonds weighing approximately 2.50 carats total weight, F-G Color VS-VVS ...
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Late 20th Century Contemporary Sapphire Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Pink Sapphire, White Gold

Sapphire, Diamond and Green Tsavorite 18 Karat Large Flower Brooch
Located in Aspen, CO
Sapphires displaying a bight lively blue are pave set in the petals of this flower. Green tsavorite garnets are set throughout the stem and leaves, and finally we have very white di...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Sapphire Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Sapphire, Tsavorite, 18k Gold

Vintage and Antique Sapphire Jewelry

The stone of choice for Napoleon, Princess Diana and Elizabeth Taylor has been a favorite of aristocrats and the well-to-do since the time of the Ancient Greeks. Learn how to shop for the bright blue gems that star in vintage and antique sapphire jewelry, and why it's chemically impossible for a sapphire to turn red.

Picture a sapphire. If the stone you conjure is a deep cornflower blue, you’re seeing only part of the picture. Although blue Kashmirs are considered the most valuable, sapphires come in every color except red. No matter the hue, this very special gem is rich in history and beloved by royals (FYI, Princess Diana and Kate Middleton share an 11-carat sapphire engagement ring), so September babies are in very noble company.

America’s version of royalty — old money and celebrities — have also shown a predilection for the blue stones. In 1940, John D. Rockefeller Jr. had Cartier mount a 62-carat sapphire he had bought from an Indian maharajah in a brooch for his first wife, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller; in 2001, the piece sold for a then-record of $3,031,000 at Christie’s New York. The grand dame of jewelry, Elizabeth Taylor had a passion for the gems that her lovers were happy to indulge. Second husband Michael Wilding gave her an engagement ring set with a cabochon sapphire, while Richard Burton famously presented her with a Bvlgari sautoir set with diamonds and sapphires, including at its center a cabochon Burmese weighing 52.72 carats. One of the star lots in the sale of Taylor’s jewels at the Christie’s New York in 2011, it sold for $5,906,500.

You don’t have to have blue blood or a bulging bank account, however, to get an eyeful of this much-coveted gem. A number of outstanding examples reside in public collections. The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History owns the 423-carat Logan sapphire, a gift from the Guggenheim family, and the Hall sapphire and diamond necklace, designed by Harry Winston and featuring 36 fine, well-matched cushion-cut Sri Lankan sapphires weighing a combined 195 carats. Also in the collection is the Bismarck sapphire necklace, designed by Cartier and sporting a central sapphire weighing 98.6 carats, which Mona Von Bismarck donated to the museum.

Sapphires are composed of corundum. Their color derives from trace elements, such as iron, titanium, chromium, copper or magnesium. When the trace element produces a ruby hue, the stone is called, what else, a ruby. (which is, as mentioned above, why sapphires cannot be red by definition).

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