Gone are the days when glamourous brooches were reserved exclusively for grandmothers and ladies who lunch. This season, the bolder the better when it comes to your jewellery, with playful embellished pieces making their way down runways and the red carpet.

Why not make your own daring fashion statement with a sophisticated brooch? Perhaps paired with a great-fitting suit à la Beyoncé, or worn as a cute but practical way to keep your shawl in place. The options are limitless for these versatile accessories.

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How to wear a brooch

Lot 12 June 2019

Bedazzle your blazer

Transport your basic black blazer from the office to an evening out by simply adding a colourful brooch to the lapel. It also works as a fancy topper for a button-up blouse.

Lot 12 

A Gem-Set and Gold Clip Brooch, Mauboussin, circa 1974

With overlapping curved rows of diamond, ruby, emerald and sapphire-set leaves, mounted in 18k gold, signed Mauboussin and numbered 33248, French assay marks
Estimate: $1,800-2,200



Lot 138 June 2019

Pretty up your pant suit

Add some feminine flair to your favourite power pant suit with a delicate brooch and embrace the best of both worlds.

Lot 138

A Mother-of-Pearl, Black Jade and Gold Brooch, Tiffany & Co.

The crescent form depicting the profile of the man-in-the-moon, composed of a mother-of-pearl panel and a black nephrite jade eye, mounted in 18k gold, signed Tiffany & Co.
Estimate: $1,400-1,800




Lot 205 June 2019

Something old, something bold

Looking for the perfect addition to your wedding day wardrobe? You can never go wrong with a timeless vintage brooch.

Lot 205

A Diamond and Platinum Brooch/Pendant, Primavesi & Kaufmann

The large floral and ribbon spray decorated with a round diamond and a pair of pear-shaped diamonds together weighing approximately 1.55 carats, further accented by round, marquise and baguette-cut diamonds weighing approximately 5.75 carats, mounted in platinum
Estimate: $3,000-4,000


Lot 296 June 2019

Old is new again

Vintage brooches work with more than just wedding gowns: pair with more modern bold prints or colours to refine a contemporary style.

Lot 296

An Art Deco Diamond and Platinum Brooch, circa 1930

The large pierced geometric plaque centering an Asscher-cut diamond weighing approximately 1.25 carats, decorated throughout with round, old European and baguette-cut diamonds weighing approximately 10.80 carats, mounted in platinum
Estimate: $6,000-9,000


Lot 353 June 2019

Pin it just right

A basic rule of thumb is to keep your brooch positioned over the bust on either side (sometimes both!), or even at the centre of the neckline for a perfectly streamlined look.

Lot 353

A Diamond, Ruby, Platinum and Gold Clip Brooch, Cartier

Centering a round diamond weighing approximately 1.05 carats, surrounded by radiating baguette-cut diamonds, amid trios of pear-shaped ruby florets weighing approximately 5.00 carats, alternating with pavé-set diamond leaves, mounted in platinum and 18k yellow gold, signed Cartier, Paris and numbered 013422, French assay marks
Estimate: $12,000-15,000



Lot 221 June 2019

Bling out your bag

Fastening your favourite brooch to a clutch or bag is a great way to add some pizzazz to even the plainest purse.

Lot 221

An Antique Diamond, Silver and Gold Brooch/Pendant, circa 1875

The starburst design centering an old mine-cut diamond weighing approximately 0.80 carat, surrounded by twenty undulating rays set with old mine and rose-cut diamonds weighing approximately 6.50 carats, mounted in silver and 14k gold, with fitted box
Estimate: $6,000-8,000



Lot 234 June 2019

Secure your scarf

When travelling, create a totally new look by draping a lightweight colourful square of silk or a ubiquitous Pashmina shawl, making it so much easier to comply with mandatory weight restrictions.

Lot 234

A Diamond, Platinum and Gold Clip Brooch, Schlumberger, Tiffany & Co.

The highly bombé curved form with graduated tiered rows of curled leaves, decorated by round diamonds and ropetwist details, mounted in platinum and 18k gold, signed Tiffany & Co., Schlumberger
Estimate: $8,000-10,000



Lot 167 June 2019

Cuffs qualify

Extend your jewellery reach with two or three petite forms highlighting the sleeve of a jacket or cashmere cardie, a short sleeved dress or Tee-shirt. Don’t forget the pockets, also prime territory for something pretty.

Lot 167

A Diamond and Platinum Bow Brooch

The asymmetrical ribbon bow and sashes fashioned with scrolls, loops and lines decorated by pavé-set and baguette-cut diamonds, mounted in platinum
Estimate: $4,000-5,000



Lot 219 June 2019

Adorn your hair

Add a certain je ne sais quoi to your bobby pins to elevate an up-do or a casual ponytail.

Lot 219

An Egyptian Revival Turquoise, Diamond, Platinum and Gold Bar Brooch, Cartier, circa 1925

Centering an oval bezel-set turquoise carved as a scarab, flanked by elongated wings of pierced motif and decorated by rose-cut diamonds, mounted in platinum and 14k gold, signed Cartier
Estimate: $6,500-8,500



Lot 312 June 2019

Choose a theme

Already own a floral pin? Create a charming cluster with a petite bee, a butterfly and a leaf. And a bouquet style can always be naturally grown with complementary flower motifs.

Lot 312

A Gem-Set and White Gold Butterfly Brooch

The butterfly decorated with round and baguette-cut diamonds, emeralds and sapphires and a navette-shaped ruby, featuring en tremblant antennae and a wing, mounted in 14k white gold
Estimate: $2,400-3,400




Lot 265 June 2019

Monochrome or contrast

Mix it up or keep it strictly one tone of precious metal or gemstone, depending on the mood and the occasion.

Lot 265

A Pair of Diamond, Onyx and Platinum Brooches

Of spotted animal-print inspiration, the pair of bombé penannular brooches pavé-set with round diamonds weighing approximately 8.00 carats, sprinkled with onyx, mounted in platinum
Estimate: $6,000-8,000





Lot 361 June 2019

Whimsy works

Jewellery designers, just like the internet, love cute baby animals: puppies, kittens, teddy bears and lion cubs. And hummingbirds, swans and ducklings, too.

Lot 361

An Enamel, Diamond, Ruby and Gold Clip Brooch, Frascarolo

Whimsically designed as a large duck with a prominent beak and webbed feet, decorated with black, yellow and orange enamel, with a ruby and diamond eye, mounted in textured 18k gold
Estimate: $2,600-2,800



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