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Gemstone: Pearl
Antique Enamel and Seed Pearl Victorian Gold Sword Jabot Brooch Pin
Located in Montreal, QC
Awesome Antique Victorian Enamel and Seed Pearls Sword 14K Yellow Gold Jabot Pin. Beautifully Hand crafted in 14K yellow Gold. Measuring approx. size 5” Long. More Beautiful in real ...
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Late 19th Century Victorian Antique Pearl Brooches

Materials

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

Cellini 18K White Gold Baroque Pearl Ski Bunny Brooch with Diamonds and Rubies
Located in New York, NY
This adorable 18 karat white gold brooch is whimsically designed as a bunny. A 17mm baroque pearl is the body, with pave diamond ears and cabochon ruby eyes. The brooch measures appr...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Pearl Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, Ruby, 18k Gold, White Gold

Circa 1900s 14K Yellow Gold Pearl & Old Miner Diamond Bar Pin
Located in Hicksville, NY
Year: 1900s Item Details: Metal Type: 14K Yellow Gold [Hallmarked, and Tested] Weight: 4.7 grams Diamond Details: Weight: .90ct, total weight Cut: Old Mine Brilliant Color: H-I C...
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Early 1900s Edwardian Antique Pearl Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

White Gold Pearl & Diamond Convertible Pindant
Located in Coral Gables, FL
14 Karat White Gold Convertible Pin & Slide Pendant Featuring 63 Round Brilliant Cut Diamonds Of VS Clarity & G/H Color Totaling Approximately 1.00 Carat & 2 Cultured Drop Pearls. 2....
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1990s Pearl Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, 14k Gold, White Gold

Antique 18k Gold Platinum 1.50ct European Diamond Pearl Circle Wreath Pin Brooch
Located in Montclair, NJ
This absolutely gorgeous antique brooch was crafted during the Edwardian era from solid 18k yellow gold and platinum. It features an incredible circle of pearls and diamonds that alt...
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1910s Edwardian Vintage Pearl Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, 18k Gold, Platinum

Victorian Garnet, Pearl and Diamond Pendant
Located in London, GB
A Victorian garnet, pearl and diamond brooch/pendant, set to the centre with four triangular cabochon-cut garnets between rose-cut diamond-set cross and natural pearl surround, with ...
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1860s Victorian Antique Pearl Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Garnet, Pearl, Natural Pearl, Yellow Gold, Gold, 18k Gold, 9k Gold

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 Pearl Brooches

Materials

Pearl, Sapphire, Yellow Gold

Antique Art Nouveau Aquamarine and Pearl Yellow Gold Brooch
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
A stunning, fine and impressive 0.85 carat aquamarine and pearl, 12 karat yellow gold and platinum Art Nouveau brooch; part of our diverse antique jewelry and estate jewelry collecti...
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1920s Art Nouveau Vintage Pearl Brooches

Materials

Aquamarine, Pearl, Gold, Yellow Gold, Platinum

Antique 12.50 Carat Amethyst and Seed Pearl Yellow Gold Brooch, Circa 1890
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An exceptional, fine and impressive antique Victorian 12.50 carat amethyst, seed pearl and 15 karat yellow gold brooch; part of our diverse antique jewelry and estate jewelry collect...
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1890s Victorian Antique Pearl Brooches

Materials

Amethyst, Pearl, Yellow Gold

Yellow Gold Seed Pearl Art Deco Bar Brooch, 14k Vintage Milgrain Filigree Pin
Located in Greensboro, NC
Era: Art Deco Date: 1920s - 1930s Metal Content: 14k Yellow Gold & 14k White Gold Stone Information Genuine Seed Pearls Style: Bar Brooch Fastening Type: Hinged Pin and Locking ...
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Late 20th Century Pearl Brooches

Materials

Pearl, Yellow Gold

Vintage Bow and Cultured Pearl 14K Gold Brooch
Located in Rotterdam, NL
A classic vintage bow brooch crafted in 14 karat gold. The brooch is set with a clear round cultured pearl in the center. A timeless intricately designed and crafted ribbon bow. The ...
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Mid-20th Century Pearl Brooches

Materials

Cultured Pearl, Pearl, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

White Gold, Diamond, & Tahitian Pearl Drop Bar Pin
Located in Coral Gables, FL
18 Karat White Gold Bar Pin Featuring A 10mm Gray Pearl Accented By 86 Round Diamonds Of VS/SI Clarity & G/H Color Totaling 1.00 Carat. 2 Inch Width. Finished Weight Is 9.2 Grams.
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1990s Pearl Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, 18k Gold, White Gold

Yellow Gold Mother of Pearl, Ruby, & Diamond Bicycle Brooch 18k .28ctw Bike Pin
Located in Greensboro, NC
Metal Content: 18k Yellow Gold Stone Information: Genuine Mother of Pearl Color: White Genuine Rubies Treatment: Heating Carats: .17ctw Cut: Round Cabochon Color: Pinkish Red ...
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Late 20th Century Pearl Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, Ruby, Yellow Gold

Victorian Gold & Enamel Mourning Hair Locket Brooch Seed Pearls
Located in Wallkill, NY
Wonderful VICTORIAN 14K GOLD Mourning Pin Locket. This has a glass back that would have housed a lock of hair or a picture of your loved one that had passed on. Looks like it has not...
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Late 19th Century Victorian Antique Pearl Brooches

Materials

Onyx, Cultured Pearl, Pearl, Gold, 14k Gold, Enamel

Antique Diamond and Pearl White Gold Bar Brooch
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An impressive antique pearl and 0.39Ct diamond, 14k white gold bar brooch; part of our diverse antique jewelry and estate jewelry collections. This fine and impressive pearl and dia...
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1920s Vintage Pearl Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, 14k Gold, White Gold

Antique Pearl and Diamond Yellow Gold and Silver Set Brooch
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An impressive antique pearl and 0.75 carat diamond, 9 karat yellow gold and silver set bar brooch; part of our diverse antique jewelry and estate jewelry collections. This fine and ...
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Early 1900s Antique Pearl Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, 9k Gold, Yellow Gold, Silver

Ella Gafter Diamond Pearl Bow Brooch
Located in New York, NY
This diamond and South Sea Pearl bow brooch features a symmetrical geometric yellow gold design set with uncommonly large custom cut baguette diamonds for a total weight of 5.60 cara...
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21st Century and Contemporary Artist Pearl Brooches

Materials

Diamond, White Diamond, South Sea Pearl, Pearl, 18k Gold, White Gold, Ye...

Citrine, Natural Pearls and Black Diamonds 18k Sunflower Brooch
Located in Manama, BH
Identical citrine stones double as sunflower petals in this one of its kind 18k yellow gold brooch. The center pearl is surrounded by black diamonds . Gold Weight: 16.9 g 5 Pearls W...
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Early 2000s Pearl Brooches

Materials

Natural Pearl, Citrine, Black Diamond, 18k Gold

Ella Gafter Ruby Pearl Diamond Bow Brooch Pin
Located in New York, NY
The bow pin features a drop shape faceted ruby of pigeon blood color for the weight of 6.10 carats. The ruby is surrounded by a geometric arrangement of large calibrated custom cut d...
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21st Century and Contemporary Artist Pearl Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, White Diamond, South Sea Pearl, Ruby, 18k Gold, White Go...

Edwardian Turquoise and Pearl 15 Carat Gold Pendant Brooch
Located in Chipping Campden, GB
This gorgeous pendant/brooch holds five glossy turquoise stones and 19 sweet pearls. The design of the piece includes delicate scrolls and there is also a free hanging drop which hol...
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Early 1900s Edwardian Antique Pearl Brooches

Materials

Pearl, Turquoise, Gold

Gold Cobalt Blue Enamel Brooch Pendant Pearl Necklace with Diamond Accents
Located in Mount Kisco, NY
Antique style estate piece of 10 karat Rose Gold and Cobalt Blue Enamel Pin Pendant with Pearl and Diamond Accents. This celestial brooch sits on a thirty inch strand of natural 5-1/...
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1950s Vintage Pearl Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, 10k Gold, Rose Gold

Antique Victorian Pendant Brooch Seed Pearl Enamel Leaves 14 Karat Gold Vintage
Located in Torrance, CA
Finely detailed antique Victorian circular pendant or brooch (circa 1880s to 1900s), crafted in 14 karat rose gold. Seed pearls ranging in size from 1mm to 2.5mm. The pearls appear...
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Late 19th Century Victorian Antique Pearl Brooches

Materials

Pearl, 14k Gold, Rose Gold

Pearl and Diamond Yellow Gold Flower Brooch Clasp
Located in Miami Beach, FL
Beautifully made three dimensional 14k yellow gold flower brooch (with fitting so it can also be used as a clasp for a single strand of pearls or other beads). The flower is shiny an...
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Mid-20th Century Pearl Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, Cultured Pearl, Gold, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Midcentury Arthur King Biwa Pearl and Diamond Brooch / Pendant
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
This exceptional freeform brooch designed by famed jewelry designer Arthur King artfully combines beautiful and lustrous Japanese Biwa pearls set in 18 karat yellow gold and diamonds...
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19th Century Antique Pearl Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

K. Brunini 18K Gold Orchid Brooch in Carved Bone, Diamonds and South Sea Pearl
Located in Solana Beach, CA
From the tropical garden of K. Brunini's Objects Organique collection comes this large orchid brooch blooming on an 18K gold twig. Each petal, made of polished and refined bone, gath...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Pearl Brooches

Materials

Diamond, South Sea Pearl, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

14 Karat Yellow Gold Freeform Brooch with Twenty Cultured Pearls
Located in Stamford, CT
14 Karat Yellow Gold Free Form Brooch With Twenty Cultured Pearls 6.28 grams total weight.
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2010s Modern Pearl Brooches

Materials

Pearl, 14k Gold

Multi Colour Enamel "Coq" Brooch in 18 Karat Gold, a Baroque Pearl and Diamonds
Located in Crema, Cremona
This brooch from the fifties, is a wonderful representation of a rooster thanks to a wondeful use of different techniques and materials. The baroque tahitian pearl is the body, whil...
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Mid-20th Century Art Nouveau Pearl Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, Gold, 18k Gold, Enamel

Sun Moon and Star Turquoise and Pearl Stick Pin HM 1902, 9 Karat Gold
Located in Baltimore, MD
Stickpins, also known as tie pins, have been collected since the 18th century when neckwear for men came into fashion. They were made in all manner of styles well into the 20th centu...
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Early 1900s Edwardian Antique Pearl Brooches

Materials

Pearl, Turquoise, 9k Gold

Shimmering Spray of Pearls, Leaves and Diamonds 14 Karat Yellow Gold Brooch Pin
Located in Tustin, CA
Very flowing, three dimensional, cluster of lustrous ivory tone pearls with leaves design vintage estate brooch pin is depicted in 14 karat yellow gold. It is accented with rows of w...
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20th Century Pearl Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Victorian Coral 14 Karat Gold Earrings Brooch Flower Leaf Motif, circa 1870
Located in New York, NY
A rare pair of museum quality Etruscan Revival Victorian Coral Earrings and Brooch. The parure with hand carved three dimensional flowers of natural coral. The carving of the flowe...
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Late 19th Century Victorian Antique Pearl Brooches

Materials

Coral, Pearl, Gold, Yellow Gold, 14k Gold

14 Karat Yellow Gold and Pearl Bar Pin
Located in Washington Depot, CT
Vintage 14 Karat Yellow Gold and Seed Pearl Bar Pin This elegant bar pin features 15 seed pearls set in classic 14K yellow gold. Size: 41 mm x 3.5 mm Weight: 2.1 dwt. / 3.4 gr. S...
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20th Century Pearl Brooches

Materials

Pearl, Yellow Gold

KT 2,44 Diamond,Australian Pearl Onyx Ribbon Brooch Gold Pendant
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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Late 20th Century Retro Pearl Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Onyx, Pearl, 14k Gold, White Gold

Antique 1910s Art Nouveau Peridot and Seed Pearl Yellow Gold Pendant / Brooch
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An impressive antique Art Nouveau 1.01 carat peridot and seed pearl, 18 karat yellow gold pendant / brooch; part of our diverse antique jewelry collections. This fine and impressive...
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Early 20th Century Art Nouveau Pearl Brooches

Materials

Pearl, Peridot, Yellow Gold, 18k Gold

14 Karat Yellow Gold and Seed Pearl Brooch or Pin
Located in Washington Depot, CT
Vintage 14 Karat Yellow Gold and Seed Pearl Brooch/Pin- This lovely pin features three tiny seed pearls set in stunning matte finish 14K yellow gold. Matching pins: RL-0003713 RL-0...
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20th Century Pearl Brooches

Materials

Pearl, Yellow Gold

Diamond Enamel Antique Eagle Brooch
Located in New York, NY
Eagle pins were popular French jewels, and this 18K gold eagle was originally sold in France. It is 3-3/8" long at the widest wing span, the wings made of enamel on gold and set with...
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1890s Antique Pearl Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, 18k Gold, Platinum

Antique Victorian 14 Karat Gold Silver Plate Pearl Crescent Moon Pin Brooch
Located in Vilnius, LT
It is a delicate Victorian crescent moon pin brooch crafted in 14K yellow gold and adorned with silver. It features 21 seed pearls. Weight: 2.04g Size: 2.3x2.4cm ——— If you have a...
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Late 19th Century Victorian Antique Pearl Brooches

Materials

Pearl, 14k Gold, Silver Plate

Victorian Bird Brooch with Rose Cut Diamonds Set in Silver-Topped Gold
Located in Coral Gables, FL
Victorian bird brooch with rose cut diamonds, one split pearl and one round pearl.
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Late 19th Century Victorian Antique Pearl Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, 18k Gold, Silver

Victorian 18k Gold Clover Clip Pin Brooch Amethyst Diamond Enamel Signed WM
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Antique clover pin made of 18 karat yellow gold, enamel, amethyst and accented with a pearl and rose cut diamonds. The amethysts are pear cut, approximately 8.50 carats total weight....
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Early 1900s Antique Pearl Brooches

Materials

Amethyst, Diamond, Pearl, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Tiffany & Co. Vintage Flower Freshwater Pearl Brooch in 18 Karat Yellow Gold
Located in New York, NY
Tiffany & Co. Vintage Flower Brooch finely crafted in Italian 18 karat yellow gold with a 7-7.5mm Freshwater rose pearl , with very nice pinkish hue luster. A combination of detailed...
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1970s Retro Vintage Pearl Brooches

Materials

Freshwater Pearl, Yellow Gold

Hutton Wilkinson Coral Enamel Faux Pearl, Rhinestone Gold Plated Brooch /Pin
Located in North Miami, FL
This stunning and rare signed and hallmarked Hutton Wilkinson pin and or brooch is a seashell of the gorgeous combination of coral enamel faux pearl, gold plate and rhinestone. It is...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Pearl Brooches

Materials

Coral, Pearl, Gold Plate, Enamel

C1820 Brooch of Mother of Pearl Carving of Gentleman and His Loyal Dog
Located in Baltimore, MD
Enchanting brooch of cut steel and mother of pearl with a carving of a faithful dog accompanying a jaunty man fishing under the shade of a tree. The scene is carved from Mother of Pe...
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1820s Victorian Antique Pearl Brooches

Materials

Pearl, Cut Steel

Chi Phi Badge, 14k Gold Turquoise Brown University Secret Order Fraternity Pin
Located in Greensboro, NC
Fraternity Founded in 1824 (Princeton). The Secret Order sect was founded in 1860 (Hobart - Merged with Northern Order 1867) The Kappa Chapter was founded in 1872 at Brown University...
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Late 20th Century Pearl Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Garnet, Pearl, Turquoise, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

1920s Antique 3.19 Carat Emerald 4.38 Carat Diamond and Pearl Gold Brooch
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
A stunning, fine and impressive antique 3.19 carat natural emerald, 4.38 carat diamond and pearl brooch in 18 carat white gold; part of our diverse emerald jewelry/jewelry collection...
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1920s Unknown Vintage Pearl Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Emerald, Pearl, Gold, 18k Gold, White Gold

Antique Victorian Silver Gold South Sea Pearl Diamond Large Brooch
Located in New York, NY
Antique Victorian silver and gold back large brooch, adorned with one South Sea Baroque pearl - approx. 13.6mm x 16.5mm, and mix of old mine, transitional to rose cut diamonds. Tot...
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19th Century Victorian Antique Pearl Brooches

Materials

Diamond, South Sea Pearl, Gold, Silver

South Sea Pearl with Blue Sapphire Brooch/Pendant Set in 18 Karat White Gold
Located in Bangkok, TH
South Sea Pearl with Blue Sapphire 24.10 carats Brooch/Pendant set in 18 Karat White Gold Settings Width: 5.2 cm Length: 5.2 cm Total Weight: 24.99 grams "We first opened doors in...
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2010s Thai Contemporary Pearl Brooches

Materials

South Sea Pearl, Blue Sapphire, 18k Gold, White Gold

Antique Edwardian Diamond Pearl Brooch 5ct of Diamond
Located in Kendal, GB
A stunning antique Edwardian brooch from the early 1900s decorated with a dazzling array of diamonds and a large pearl at the bottom, dotted with a hidden pearl underneath. The di...
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Early 1900s British Edwardian Antique Pearl Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, Silver, Gold, 18k Gold

Krementz Art Nouveau 1900 Clover Enameled Brooch in 18Kt Gold with Natural Pearl
Located in Miami, FL
Edwardian Enameled four leaves clover pin created by Krementz & Co. Fabulous little beauty, created in America during the transition of the Edwardian and Art Nouveau period back in ...
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Early 1900s American Edwardian Antique Pearl Brooches

Materials

Natural Pearl, 14k Gold, Gold, Enamel

Art Deco 1915 Convertible Necklace 18kt Gold and Platinum with 2.43 Cts Diamonds
Located in Miami, FL
Art Deco convertible necklace-brooch. Beautiful convertible necklace-brooch, created in America during the transition of the late Edwardian and the early art-deco periods, circa 191...
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1910s American Art Deco Vintage Pearl Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, Gold, 18k Gold, Platinum

Antique Diamond and Ruby Pearl and Yellow Gold Insect Bar Brooch
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An impressive antique 0.15 carat diamond and 0.02 carat ruby, 12 karat yellow gold and platinum 'insect' bar brooch; part of our diverse antique jewelry and estate jewelry collection...
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1890s Antique Pearl Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, Ruby, Yellow Gold

Elizabeth Locke Rhodolite Garnet Tourmaline Iolite 18 Karat Gold Maltese Cross
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Pendant brooch is designed as a puffed form maltese cross with a strongly hammered finish. Centering a sugarloaf cabochon rhodolite garnet measuring approximately 10.5 x 10.5 mm - ey...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Pearl Brooches

Materials

Pearl, Tourmaline, Rhodolite, Garnet, Iolite, Yellow Gold, Gold, 18k Gold

Antique Pearl and 1.01 Carat Diamond 15k White Gold Bar Brooch, Circa 1915
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
A fine and impressive pearl and 1.01 carat diamond, 15 karat white gold bar brooch; part of our diverse range of antique gemstone jewelry/jewelry. This fine and impressive antique p...
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1910s Vintage Pearl Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, 15k Gold, White Gold

Diamond and Pearl Brooch / Pearl Enhancer 14 Karat White Gold
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Lovely vintage diamond and pearl brooch / enhancer with delicate milgrain detailing. Metal: 14 White Gold Pearls: 4 Natural Diamonds: .40 ctw Diamond cut: Round brilliant Diamond c...
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20th Century Contemporary Pearl Brooches

Materials

Pearl, Diamond, Gold, 14k Gold, White Gold

Tiffany & Co. Yellow Gold Pearl Brooch
Located in Stamford, CT
Tiffany & Co. 1960's 14k yellow brooch, set with 12 Akoya cultured pearls in a woven design. Made in Italy. 12 Japanese Akoya cultured pearls 2-2.5mm Top to bottom: 35.39mm or 1.39...
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Mid-20th Century Pearl Brooches

Materials

Pearl, Cultured Pearl, Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

14 Karat Yellow Gold Vintage Circle Pearl Pin
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Designer: custom Material: 14K yellow gold Dimensions: pin is approximately 35 X 35mm Weight: 5.1 grams
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21st Century and Contemporary Pearl Brooches

Materials

Pearl, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

.14ctw Round Cut Sapphire, Diamond, & Seed Pearl Vintage Brooch 10k Yellow Gold
Located in Greensboro, NC
Era: Vintage Metal Content: Guaranteed 10k Gold as stamped Stone Information: Genuine Sapphires Treatment: Heating Color: Blue Cut: Round Carats: 0.10ctw Natural Diamond Clar...
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Late 20th Century Pearl Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, Sapphire, Yellow Gold

Victorian Diamond Pearl Gold Starburst Brooch Pendant
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Victorian diamond pearl and yellow gold starburst brooch pendant circa 1890. SPECIFICATIONS: DIAMOND: one round diamond weighing approximately 0.20 carat, approximately VS clarit...
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1890s Victorian Antique Pearl Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, Gold, 14k Gold

Art Nouveau 2.3 Carat Diamonds and Pearls Platinum Pendant-Brooch
Located in Pamplona, Navarra
Belle epoque Art Nouveau diamonds and pearls Platinum pendant-brooch. Probably France. Condition: Good. Old European and old mine cut diamonds. Total approximate diamond carat weigh...
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1930s Art Nouveau Vintage Pearl Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, 18k Gold, Platinum

Elizabeth Locke Baroque Pearl Black Venetian Glass 18 Karat Yellow Brooch
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Brooch centers a Venetian glass intaglio - opaque black in color with gloss finish. Depicting the Greek goddess Nyx carrying her two children Hypnos and Thanatos. With flowing gown, ...
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1980s Contemporary Vintage Pearl Brooches

Materials

Pearl, Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Vintage and Antique Pearl Jewelry

The pearl has been synonymous with ladylike elegance since the Tudor period — learn what to look for when shopping for vintage and antique pearl jewelry as well as how to tell the origin of a pearl with our handy primer.

Every woman at some point in her life desires a simple strand of pearls. They are elegant, timeless, versatile — just ask Coco Chanel or Jacqueline Kennedy — and valuable. In 1917, Pierre Cartier famously traded a double-strand of natural pearls for a Fifth Avenue mansion, the Cartier brand’s flagship store ever since. And if you were born in the beginning of summer, pearl is the June birthstone.

It is possible to tell where a pearl originated from its appearance. Akoyas are usually round and white — the classic pearl, if you will. South Sea pearls are normally larger and vary in color; orangey yellow ones are not uncommon. Tahitian pearls are mostly black but can also be gray or brown, and between the Akoya and the South Sea varieties in size. Freshwater pearls, or Orientals, run the gamut in terms of color and size, but in shape, they tend to resemble Rice Krispies. Another important distinction is a round pearl versus a baroque pearl. A round pearl is self-explanatory, but there are two types of baroque pearls: symmetrical and asymmetrical. In general, the symmetrical variation commands a higher valuation. Within a strand of pearls, uniformity is prized — the more the individual pearls resemble one another, the more valuable the strand.

According to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), the earliest recorded mention of a pearl was in 2206 BC by a Chinese historian. Centuries later, Christopher Columbus made it a point to visit pearl fisheries during his 15th-century exploration of the Caribbean. Since the late-19th century, the Japanese have been at the forefront of cultivating pearls, when jeweler Kokichi Mikimoto successfully cultured the world’s first pearl in 1893.

On 1stDibs, find vintage and antique pearl necklaces, pearl earrings and other accessories.

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