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Stickpin Gold and Pearl
Located in Orimattila, FI
Stickpin Gold and Pearl Needle Silver. Moon of gold, no stamps. Small Beads I doubt 14 karat gold. The needle is a little crooked, see picture.
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Early 20th Century Early Victorian Pearl Brooches

Materials

Pearl, Gold

Antique 18K Yellow Gold Photo Holder Pendant with Rubies and Fine Pearls
Located in Vannes, FR
Antique 18K Yellow Gold Photo Holder Pendant with Rubies and Fine Pearls 18 karat yellow gold handmade decorations on the front and back. In the front are positioned 5 Rubies, in th...
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20th Century Artisan Pearl Brooches

Materials

Pearl, Ruby, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Estate Seaman-Schepps Diamond, Pearl, and Color Stone Cluster Brooch
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful estate Seaman Schepps highly sought after and exclusive brooch. It showcases multicolor gem stones, pearls, and white good quality diamonds. Handmade in 14k yellow gold. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pearl Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Antique Opal Pearl Peridot Yellow Gold Dragonfly Brooch, Circa 1895
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
A fine and impressive 0.20 Carat opal and seed pearl, 0.02 Carat peridot and 15 Carat yellow gold brooch in the form of a dragonfly; part of our diverse antique jewellery collections...
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1890s Antique Pearl Brooches

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Opal, Pearl, Peridot, Yellow Gold

Certified Natural Pearl and Diamond Brooch in Platinum, ca. 1925
Located in Lucerne, CH
Gorgeous oval shaped Art Déco brooch in exquisite condition. Center set in a fine mille griffe with a 0.60 ct old European-cut diamond of G/H-vs quality. Flanked by two slightly but...
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1920s Art Deco Vintage Pearl Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Natural Pearl, Platinum

Cabuchon Aquamarine with Ruby and Pearl Crab Brooch Set in 18K Gold Settings
Located in Bangkok, TH
Cabuchon Aquamarine 32.54 carats, Cabuchon Ruby 0.53 carat, Pearl Brooch set in 18 Karat Gold Settings Width: 6.5 cm Length: 5.4 cm "Since we first opened doors in 1980 our store...
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2010s Modern Pearl Brooches

Materials

Aquamarine, Pearl, Ruby, Gold, 18k Gold

Fresh Water Pearl with Brown Diamond Frog Brooch Set in 18 Karat Gold Settings
Located in Bangkok, TH
Fresh Water Pearl with Brown Diamond 3.16 carats Brooch set in 18 Karat Gold Settings Width: 3.5 cm Length: 3.9 cm "Since we first opened doors in 1980 our store was then situat...
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2010s Pearl Brooches

Materials

Brown Diamond, Pearl, Gold, 18k Gold

South Sea Pearl with Cabochon Emerald and Diamond Frog Brooch Set in 18K Gold
Located in Bangkok, TH
South Sea Pearl with Cabochon Emerald 0.10 carat and Diamond 0.25 carat Brooch set in 18 Karat Gold Settings Width: 2.2 cm Length: 3.0 cm Total Weight: 12.54 grams "We first open...
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2010s Contemporary Pearl Brooches

Materials

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

South Sea Pearl, Tsavorite, Diamond, Ruby, Blue Sapphire Mantis Brooch in 18 K
Located in Bangkok, TH
South Sea Pearl, Tsavorite 0.60 carat, Diamond 0.97 carat, Cabuchon Ruby 0.74 carat with Cabuchon Blue Sapphire 0.12 carat Brooch set in 18 Karat White Gold Settings Width: 3.9 cm L...
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2010s Pearl Brooches

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Diamond, South Sea Pearl, Ruby, Blue Sapphire, Tsavorite, 18k Gold, Whit...

South Sea Pearl, Blue Sapphire, Diamond, Ruby Bee Brooch Set in 18 Karat
Located in Bangkok, TH
For all Bee lovers, you are staring at a South Sea Pearl, Blue Sapphire 10.96 carats, Diamond 3.44 carats with Cabuchon Ruby 0.22 carat Brooch set in 18 Karat White Gold Settings Wi...
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2010s Pearl Brooches

Materials

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

Fresh Water Pearl with Brown Diamond Flower Brooch Set in 18 Karat Gold
Located in Bangkok, TH
Fresh Water Pearl with Brown Diamond 6.13 carats Brooch set in 18 Karat Gold Settings Width: 6.0 cm Length: 6.0 cm "Since we first opened doors in 1980 our store was then situate...
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2010s Pearl Brooches

Materials

Brown Diamond, Pearl, Gold, 18k Gold

South Sea Pearl with Grey and Brown Diamond Swan Brooch 18 Karat White Gold
Located in Bangkok, TH
South Sea Pearl with Gray Diamond 5.48 carats and Brown Diamond 0.07 carat Brooch set in 18 Karat White Gold Settings Width: 6.0 cm Length: 6.2 cm Total Weight: 29.79 grams "We f...
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2010s Pearl Brooches

Materials

Brown Diamond, South Sea Pearl, 18k Gold, White Gold

Gold Diamond Pearl Clover Brooch
Located in New York, NY
14k gold clover brooch, with 3 pearls, and approx. 3.20ctw in diamonds. Brooch measures 40mm x 37mm. Tested 14k. Weight - 17.2 grams.
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20th Century Pearl Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, Gold

18 Karat Gold Stickpin and Pearl
Located in Orimattila, FI
18 Karat Gold Stickpin and Pearl Made in Sweden. Stamp GVH, O9, 18K, Three Crowns
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Mid-20th Century Modern Pearl Brooches

Materials

Pearl, Gold

H.A. Kirby Pearl 14 Karat Gold Serpent Dragon Stickpin
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Designed as a highly rendered serpent-like dragon With whiplash detailing and feathered wings Accented by a 2.0 mm pearl with cream body color and very good luster Stamped 14K for...
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1910s Edwardian Vintage Pearl Brooches

Materials

Pearl, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold, Gold

French Art Nouveau Pearl 18 Karat Gold Sea Serpent Stickpin
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Designed as a coiling sea serpent with a fish-like face and a whiplash tail Featuring a 2.2 mm pearl in its mouth - white with strong silver overtones and excellent luster Complete...
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Early 1900s Art Nouveau Antique Pearl Brooches

Materials

Pearl, Gold, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Butterly Mother-of-Pearl and Diamond Pin
Located in New York, NY
Authentic Van Cleef & Arpels pin crafted in 18 karat yellow gold comprised of diamonds and mother-of-pearl. Inspired by butterflies this pin evokes the beauty of nature in movement a...
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2010s Pearl Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Art Nouveau Diamond Dogtooth Pearl 14 Karat Gold Goddess Brooch
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Brooch is designed as a highly rendered depiction of a female face With scrolling and stylized whiplash hair topped by an old European cut diamond Bezel set and weighing approximat...
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Early 1900s Art Nouveau Antique Pearl Brooches

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

French Art Nouveau Pearl 18 Karat Gold Foliate Ivy Brooch Circa 1905
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Circular brooch is comprised of a winding stem an three dynamically rendered ivy leaves Accented by 2.5 mm white pearls with moderate to strong iridescence Completed by a pin stem ...
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Early 1900s Art Nouveau Antique Pearl Brooches

Materials

Pearl, Gold, Yellow Gold, 18k Gold

Antique 4.25 Carat Amethyst and Pearl 15k Yellow Gold Four-Leaf Clover Brooch
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
A stunning, fine and impressive 4.25 carat amethyst and natural pearl, 15 karat yellow gold four leaf clover brooch; part of our diverse vintage jewellery and estate jewelry collecti...
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1880s Antique Pearl Brooches

Materials

Amethyst, Pearl, Yellow Gold

Platinum Pink Coral Core Pearl and Akoya Pearl Brooch with Diamonds
Located in Tokyo, JP
Our original coral core pearl were made in Japan. We named "Corallo Pearl". My father produced those pearls in 30 years ago with full of passion. Those pearls could make at our comp...
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Late 20th Century Pearl Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, Platinum

Platinum Pink Coral Core Pearl and White Akoya Pearl Brooch with Diamonds
Located in Tokyo, JP
Our original coral core pearl were made in Japan. We named "Corallo Pearl". My father produced those pearls in 30 years ago with full of passion. Those pearls could make our company...
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Late 20th Century Pearl Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, Platinum

Gold Pearl Diamond Ruby Sapphire Sombrero Brooch
Located in New York, NY
14k gold brooch, depicting a man in sombrero hat, with 28mm blister pearl, rubies, sapphires and diamonds (1 is missing). Brooch measures 65mm x 30mm. Tested 14k. Weight - 31.8 grams.
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20th Century Pearl Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, Ruby, Sapphire, Gold

Antique French Gold Enamel Pearl Brooch
Located in New York, NY
Antique French made 18k gold brooch, with enamel (chips are present) and 5.8mm pearl. Brooch is 60mm x 20mm. Marked with French eagle head mark on the stem. Weight - 9.3 grams.
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19th Century Antique Pearl Brooches

Materials

Pearl, Gold, Enamel

Antique Sapphire Pearl Gold Open Circle Brooch
Located in New York, NY
Antique 14k gold open circle brooch, with blue sapphires and pearls. Brooch is 25mm in diameter. Marked 14k on stem clasp. Weight - 3.6 grams.
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20th Century Pearl Brooches

Materials

Pearl, Sapphire, Gold

Victorian Silver-Gilt Diamond, Sapphire, Ruby and Pearl Butterfly Brooch
Located in Westport, CT
Silver Gilt Victorian butterfly brooch. Crafted with beautiful gem-set wings and body. Colorful and delightful, the butterfly brooch is set with sapphires, rubies, rose-cut diamonds...
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1890s Victorian Antique Pearl Brooches

Materials

Ruby, Sapphire, Diamond, Pearl, Gold, Silver

Elizabeth Locke Labradorite Pearl Sapphire Brooch
Located in Cincinnati, OH
Elizabeth Locke 19 karat yellow gold Oval labradorite approximately 18mm x 10mm Two south sea black pearls, approximately 9.5-10.0mm Six round blue sapphires, approximately 2.5mm eac...
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Late 20th Century Pearl Brooches

Materials

Labradorite, Black Pearl, Blue Sapphire

14 Karat Pearl Tree Brooch
Located in Cincinnati, OH
This adorable brooch can be worn with any outfit! 14 karat yellow gold 28 round white pearls of varying sizes Approximately 33mm tall and 26mm wide Stick pin with safety Stamped "14K"
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21st Century and Contemporary Pearl Brooches

Materials

Pearl, 14k Gold

1890s Belle Époque Natural Pearl Diamonds 18 Karat Gold Platinum Brooch
Located in Poitiers, FR
Brooch in 18 karat white gold and platinum. Quadrilobed shaped, this sumptuous antique brooch is made of gold and platinum threads on which are placed 12 natural pearls and an antiqu...
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1890s Belle Époque Antique Pearl Brooches

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Diamond, White Diamond, Pearl, Natural Pearl, 18k Gold, White Gold, Plat...

Pearl and 9 Karat Yellow Gold, Platinum Set Brooch, Antique, circa 1920
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
A fine and impressive antique seed pearl and 9 karat yellow gold, platinum set brooch; part of our diverse antique jewelry and estate jewelry collections This fine and impressive an...
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1920s Vintage Pearl Brooches

Materials

Pearl, 9k Gold, Yellow Gold, Platinum

Antique Victorian 1890s Ruby Diamond Pearl Yellow Gold Crescent Bar Brooch
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
A stunning 2.38 carat ruby and 0.30 carat diamond, pearl and 14 karat yellow gold, 14k white gold set 'Crescent' bar brooch; part of our diverse antique jewelry collections. This st...
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1890s Victorian Antique Pearl Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, Ruby, 14k Gold, White Gold, Yellow Gold

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

Floral Mother of Pearl White Gold Diamonds and Sapphire Brooche
Located in Bilbao, ES
Fine and classic white 18kt gold brooche with 26 of 0.03ct diamonds total 0.78ct and mother of pearl flower with sapphire cabouchon center 6 diamonds of 0.03ct total 0.18ct and 12 ...
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Mid-20th Century Art Nouveau Pearl Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, Sapphire, 18k Gold, White Gold

Cultivated Multi-Color Pearl Symphony Pendant in 18 Karat Gold and Diamonds
Located in Bilbao, ES
Beautiful Multicolor cultivated pearls in 18kt white gold and diamonds pendant in a variation of measures from 9mm to 11mm, Tahiti, gold, rose, and white pavé of diamonds total 0.2...
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Late 20th Century Neoclassical Pearl Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Cultured Pearl, Gold, 18k Gold

Gold, Turquoise, Ruby & Pearl Ballerina Brooch Made for Spritzer & Fuhrmann
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This lovely 18k yellow gold Ballerina brooch was produced for Spritzer & Fuhrmann Jewelers during the mid-20th century. It's delicate, a bit whimsical and has the feeling of actually...
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Mid-20th Century Pearl Brooches

Materials

Pearl, Ruby, Turquoise, 18k Gold

Certified Imperial Jade, Pearl, Diamond Pendant / Brooch, Wear 5 Different Ways
Located in Hong Kong, HK
Please check out the HD video. This imperial jadeite jade brooch / pendant is spectacular! You can wear this fine piece of jewelry 5 different ways. This brooch / pendant certified b...
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2010s Pearl Brooches

Materials

Diamond, White Diamond, Jade, Pearl, 18k Gold, White Gold, Yellow Gold, ...

Carved Black Chalcedony and Pearl 18 Karat Pendant and Brooch with Granulation
Located in Logan, UT
This brooch features an exquisite sculpture, carved by lapidary artist Steve Walters. As with all his carvings, this black chalcedony is elegance personified. The stone folds and und...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Pearl Brooches

Materials

Pearl, Chalcedony, Diamond, 18k Gold, Platinum

Vintage 14kt Mabe Pearl, Diamonds & Emeralds Enhancer Pendant/Brooch
Located in Miami, FL
Offered here is a gorgeous 4.25 ct vintage enhancer pendant/brooch. Emeralds: 6 natural brilliant pear cut emeralds with an estimated total weight of 4 ct. Diamonds: 5 natural roun...
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1970s Vintage Pearl Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Emerald, Pearl, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Napoleon III Natural Pearl Enamel Agate Gold Cameo Brooch
Located in Poitiers, FR
Brooch in 14 carat yellow gold. This brooch is set with a cameo on agate displaying the profile of a woman with her hair up surrounded by fine pearls set in an inlay of fine blue en...
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19th Century Napoleon III Antique Pearl Brooches

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Agate, Pearl, Natural Pearl, 14k Gold, Enamel, 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

Seed Pearl Peacock Rose Gold Pin
Located in Solvang, CA
Antique seed pearl peacock rose gold pin, circa 1915. This antique rose gold pin in a peacock design features seed pearls on the wings, tail, and body, with a natural ruby for the ey...
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1910s Vintage Pearl Brooches

Materials

Pearl, Rose Gold

Carved Chalcedony Sculpture with a Pearl in an 18 Karat Pendant and Brooch
Located in Logan, UT
The effortless style and wearable size will make this your new favorite piece of jewelry! This beautiful Steve Walters natural black chalcedony sculpture features contrasting polishi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Pearl Brooches

Materials

Chalcedony, Freshwater Pearl, 18k Gold

Antique Belle Epoque 14K Yellow Gold Silver Plated Diamond Lavalier Brooch
Located in Vilnius, LT
This is a lovely Belle Epoque lavalier brooch in 14K yellow gold, adorned with 925 silver. It features 35 old cut diamonds of 1,00ct total weight, color RW-STW, clarity VS-SI2. Ther...
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19th Century Belle Époque Antique Pearl Brooches

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Diamond, Pearl, Yellow Gold, Silver Plate

Antique Pearl Rose Cut Diamond Victorian 14K Gold Brooch
Located in Vilnius, LT
Antique pearl diamond brooch. End of XIX century, Victorian era. 14K gold and 925 silver. Rose cut diamonds (47pieces). Cultured pearls (28pieces). Size: 5,5x3cm.
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Late 19th Century Victorian Antique Pearl Brooches

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Diamond, Pearl, Silver, 14k Gold

Antique Brooch / Pin, Demantoid Garnet, Pearl and Enamel, 14 Karat Yellow Gold
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This beautiful 14k yellow gold Art Nouveau inspired pin features a very rare demantoid garnet, the rarest of all garnets. Displaying its characteristic green hue and brilliant fire, ...
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20th Century Art Nouveau Pearl Brooches

Materials

Pearl, Multi-gemstone, Garnet, Gold, Yellow Gold, 14k Gold, Enamel

Antique Pearl Sapphire Ruby and Diamond Yellow Gold Butterfly Pendant/Brooch
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
A stunning, fine and impressive antique 3.82 carat natural ruby and sapphire, 0.60 carat diamond and natural pearl, 9 karat yellow gold and silver set brooch; part of our antique jew...
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1880s Victorian Antique Pearl Brooches

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Diamond, Pearl, Ruby, Sapphire, Yellow Gold

18 Karat Gold Brooch and Pendant Set with Carved Black Chalcedony and Pearl
Located in Logan, UT
This brooch and pendant/enhancer works gorgeously however you want to wear it. The simplicity and the scale transition this piece of jewelry easily from daytime wear to evening. Thi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Pearl Brooches

Materials

South Sea Pearl, Chalcedony, 18k Gold

Carved Chalcedony Sculpture in 18kt Pendant and Brooch with Pearl and Diamond
Located in Logan, UT
The drama in this piece of jewelry can not be overstated; the large scale of the exquisite chalcedony and the gorgeous flow of the carving combine for an exceptional piece of wearabl...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Pearl Brooches

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Chalcedony, Diamond, Pearl, 18k Gold, Platinum

Carved Chalcedony Sculpture with a Pearl in an 18 Karat Pendant and Brooch
Located in Logan, UT
The flow of this elegant sculpture is an absolute joy to behold. The natural black chalcedony sculpture (carved by acclaimed lapidary artist Steve Walters) has such litheness and mov...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Pearl Brooches

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Chalcedony, Diamond, Freshwater Pearl, 18k Gold, Platinum

Carved Carnelian, Chrome Diopside and Tahitian Pearl in 18kt Pendant and Brooch
Located in Logan, UT
This is a high impact piece of jewelry which will leave an impression whenever and however you wear it. The variegated color of this exquisite carnelian was perfectly incorporated in...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Pearl Brooches

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Diamond, Carnelian, Pearl, Platinum, Yellow Gold, 18k Gold

Amethyst Seed Pearl Gold Brooch, circa 1890
Located in St. Catharines, ON
A beautiful Victorian brooch set with an oval-cut light violet amethyst surrounded by a border of seed pearls and several gold ropetwist bands. 19th century. 1 x 7/8 in. (2.5 x 2...
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1890s Victorian Antique Pearl Brooches

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Amethyst, Pearl, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold, Gold

Hera Cameo Sardonyx, Natural Pearl and Gold Brooch, Circa 1890
Located in London, GB
A cameo brooch, depicting Hera, the ancient Greek goddess of women, marriage and childbirth, on a sardonyx hardstone cameo, with a dark brown background, mounted in yellow gold surro...
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Late 19th Century Late Victorian Antique Pearl Brooches

Materials

Agate, Pearl, Enamel, 18k Gold

Impressive 14ct Gold Pearl and Rose Cut Diamond Flower Brooch
Located in St Helens, GB
A superb flower shaped brooch. Solid 14 carat yellow gold stem and oxidised silver petals. Large free form pearl to centre with three petals set with a total of 42 natural diamonds. ...
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20th Century Victorian Pearl Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, Gold

Tiffany & Co. Edwardian Pearl Diamond Platinum Brooch
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Circular brooch features a pierced trellis design and centers a 4.5 mm button pearl Surrounded by a halo of 2.5 mm pearls - all are white to cream in color with very good luster Ac...
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1910s Edwardian Vintage Pearl Brooches

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Diamond, White Diamond, Pearl, Gold, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold, Platinum

Pearl and Ruby Gold Cat Pin
Located in New York, NY
Finely crafted in 18K yellow gold featuring a ruby eye and pearl ball.
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20th Century Pearl Brooches

Materials

Pearl, Ruby, Gold

Cartier Natural White Oval Pearl Platinum Vintage Stick Pin GIA Certified
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Rare vintage natural pearl stick pin by Cartier. The oval white natural pearl measures 10.7 x 9.0 mm and is certified by the GIA. The platinum stick pin measures 3.0 inches in length...
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Mid-20th Century Contemporary Pearl Brooches

Materials

Pearl, Natural Pearl, Platinum

Victorian Agate Pearl Garnet Yellow Gold Cameo Brooch
Located in Herzelia, IL
Antique Victorian Agate and Pearl Seeds, Garnet Yellow Gold Cameo Brooch 1860 Extremely delicate and fine work depicting a high society lady, with pearls and silk dress. The brooch ...
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1860s Victorian Antique Pearl Brooches

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Agate, Garnet, Pearl, Yellow Gold

Antique 18 Karat Green and White Enamel Pearl Diamond Heart Pin Pendant
Located in New York, NY
A bright antique 18k gold green and white enamel heart pin/pendant set with rosecut diamonds and pearls. The front of the pin has two pearls surrounded by diamonds in a double heart ...
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1880s High Victorian Antique Pearl Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, Enamel

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.