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How to Get Creative with Vintage Brooches

Updated on November 24, 2014

Vintage Brooch

Ways to Display Your Vintage Brooch Collection

A beautiful vintage brooch is a must-have piece of fine jewelry that you will surely treasure wearing, displaying, gifting, or collecting. Vintage brooches are works of art that you can do many things with besides pinning them on your chest! I've been collecting them for over 20 years and actually have obtained so very many that I had to look for ways to make use of them. I'll share with you some creative and fascinating ways of displaying your vintage brooch collection, as well as, where to find great deals on vintage jewelry! You can obviously wear a vintage brooch as an accessory to an evening gown, with a casual outfit, or to the office to add a little splash of elegance to your look. But let's try something different and get creative with vintage costume jewelry!

Vintage Costume Jewelry - Pins

Considered true works of art in the world of costume jewelry, vintage brooches are large pins that are heavily decorated with gemstones, jewels, or pearls and are highly collectible, attention-grabbing pieces of jewelry. Brooches that were worn during the 30s through the 60s are sought after by many, including myself.

I've been collecting vintage brooches for the last twenty years and can tell you anything you need to know about them. Signed antique brooches, Victorian vintage brooches, Ciner, Weiss, Eisenberg, Hobe, Miriam Haskell, Schiaparelli, Schreiner, Kramer, Lisner, Trifari, Monet, Renoir, Hattie Carnegie, Carolee, Corocraft, Pennino, Vogue, Art Deco, and Bakelite are all prized pieces in my vintage brooch collection.

Scroll down to shop for vintage brooches and collectible pins, as well as, learn what you do with them aside from pinning them on yourself.

Vintage Cameo Brooches

Cameo Pins

Vintage Cameo Brooches were popular during the Victorian Era and are still enjoyed by women today! They usually display a Victorian lady on them.

Victorian Antique Brooch

Antique Brooch

This Victorian Day Night Shell Pearl 14k Brooch Pendant is a beautiful example of a very popular Victorian motif, Day and Night. This elaborate Victorian brooch features “Day” with the suns rays behind her head and an out stretched eagle while “Night” has poppies in her hair (sleep), a quarter moon and an owl. A stunning example of a fine antique Victorian brooch that has a very elaborate frame of leaves set with lovely seed pearls.

Heart Brooch

Heart Jewelry

Heart jewelry will never go out of style! Use a brooch to accessorize your favorite outfit or spice up apparel that just needs some extra kick. It also makes a stunning gift for the one you love. What better way can you show it than with a stunning heart shaped pin like the one featured.

This exquisitely detailed heart brooch is by Pugster. A great piece of jewelry to wear for an anniversary party, wedding, cocktail party, or any special occasion. Pin it on your dress or fasten it in your hair with bobby pins and wala instant glam!

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Heart Brooch

When it comes to heart jewelry, I guess you could say I'm easy and like every one. The most prized heart pin that I own is encrusted with red rhinestones (which are hard to find), but any colored stones are really beautiful in this shape.

Vintage Flower Pins

Displaying Vintage Pins

Display your vintage brooches and pins on canvas or in a shadow box for real attention grabbing art! You can use black felt or velvet to pin them on if you prefer a dark background. The dark background tends to show even more attention to each piece. Hang this beautiful artwork in any room to add a unique and interesting element.

Shadow Box

Melrose Soft Ivory Distressed Wood Shadow Boxes, 15-1/2 Square Inch by 4-Inch, Set of 2
Melrose Soft Ivory Distressed Wood Shadow Boxes, 15-1/2 Square Inch by 4-Inch, Set of 2

This is a beautiful pair of shadowboxes and would be a great way to display your collection of vintage pins, vintage brooches and other treasures.


Miriam Haskell Vintage Brooch

Considered as upscale estate jewelry, Miriam Haskell jewelry can be quite pricey.

Vintage Brooch Hand Painted

How fascinating is a vintage brooch that was actually hand painted?!!

Vintage Brooch Headband

Pinning a vintage brooch to a headband is great way to glam up your entire look! Use any color band with your favorite brooch and wow! you've got the unique look that won't ever be seen on anyone but you!

Display Your Collection on a Pillow

What a cool way to display your collectible vintage brooches, on a pillow!

Vintage Brooch Hair Pin

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Costume Jewelry Art

Displaying Vintage Jewelry

An interesting way to display your vintage brooch collection, on a dress form! I assure you that no-one else will ever have this artwork displayed in their home. Visitors are sure to admire every piece and ask about their favorites, so be sure and know the names of the signed brooches that you are displaying.

Vintage Brooch Lots

Buying lots of vintage jewelry on ebay is how I obtained many of my most prized vintage brooches. It's surprising how so many sellers have no clue as what is valuable to collectors and even the most knowledgeable sellers often sell cheap!

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    • JJNW profile image

      JJNW 4 years ago from USA

      I do! I love mixing them and wearing them together.

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      I accidently collect a huge amount of vintage broaches. I bought a vintage jewelry box on ebay and it came filled with vintage broaches what a lucky day that was for me.

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      I love these Collectible Vintage Brooches

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      I am a nut case for vintage brooches and do indeed have quite a few. I lost a very beautiful jewel encrusted double heart though years ago so no longer wear them for fear of losing another. I should have had the pin on it checked as I knew that it was loose. I keep my collection handy though so that I can go through it whenever the urge strikes. I like your brooch display ideas. I may have to try that.

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      victoriahaneveer 5 years ago

      I've never been a fan of cameo brooches but I adore the flower, animal and heart pins. The Christmas tree pin is gorgeous too.

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      blue22d 5 years ago

      Beautiful lens and great display ideas. I've crochet an oval shape small runner and use it to display some of my favorite brooches.

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      Linda Pogue 5 years ago from Missouri

      Nicely done! I have some of my grandmother's vintage brooches, and I love them! Blessings!

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      Anahid LM 5 years ago

      Hi nice lens i have a set of Cameo brooch and ring . Very beautiful all the best. Anna

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      I LOVE vintage brooches and have loads of cameos! (I collect them!) Blessed :)

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      curious0927 6 years ago

      I love your display ideas! I have a few of my Mom's saved and treasure them so much! I like the one on the headband, really classy. Blessed!

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      nicevintage2 6 years ago

      great vintage brooches

      thanks for your lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Lovely lens, beautiful brooches.

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      APackageAtTheDoor 6 years ago

      Beautiful brooches! One of the vintage flower pins reminds me of a pin I got when shopping with a cousin years ago. I had forgotten all about it.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Lovely lens! I have quite a few "faux" vintage brooches, but not enough to be a collection. I do love wearing them on the lapel of a long coat, or on a plain black dress or a scarf. Love the idea of the brooch on the headband.

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      alicabacon 6 years ago

      beautiful brooches

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      alicabacon 6 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this lovely vintage brooches...

      These brooches are really like vintage get real vintage look you need a vintage dress, vintage accessory, and vintage make up...

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      Wanda Fitzgerald 7 years ago from Central Florida

      I love this lens. You've shown some creative ways to accessorize with vintage brooches. Blessed by the Fashion Jewelry Squidoo Angel.

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      Derrystephenson 7 years ago

      Fabulous selection of vintage brooches. I love cameos and the heart design brooch.

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      blue22d 7 years ago

      I love your lens. I have several pieces I would like to display and got some great ideas.

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      marsha32 7 years ago

      I see lots of awesome throughout the whole lens

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      These vintage brooches are beautiful.

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      kimbesa 7 years ago from USA


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      tandemonimom lm 7 years ago

      These are gorgeous!

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      Sensitive Fern 7 years ago

      So many pretties, so little time!

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      KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

      The Griffith Park Observatory has a huge display of vintage brooches along a long hallway called the Cosmic Connection. I've never seen so many beautiful vintage pieces on one place!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      What a lovely showcase of vintage brooches! These are just so much more appealing than the new stuff out there today. Blessed by an Angel this evening.

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      Superwife 8 years ago

      oh such pretty stuff!

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      Snowrose LM 8 years ago

      Great Jewelry Lens! Thank You! Beautiful!

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      Ruth Coffee 8 years ago from Zionsville, Indiana

      Pretty, pretty stuff. The Christmas ones are sooo festive!

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      mrgvintage 8 years ago

      Enjoyed all your photos. There's nothing like a great brooch to complete a look. Do drop my newly posted lens on vintage costume jewelry...would welcome a visit.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Fantastic lens, love the vintage brooches, so much sparkle and charm! I've added you to my shopping lens, The Perfect Gift, and gave you 5 stars.

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      robertkoger123 8 years ago

      Beautiful lens.

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      FashionBoulevard 9 years ago

      I have a great little collection of vintage rhinestones that were my grandmothers. Love wearing them and always get tons of compliments. Clip-on earrings can also be cliped over a saftety pin and worn for smaller bling.

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      CollectorsCottage 9 years ago

      Vintage brooches are just gorgeous, there's nothing like them. 5 star lens. Welcome to the Collector Clubs group!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Some beautiful brooches here! This is a welcomed addition to the group, "Everything Vintage!"