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Most Valuable Vintage Brooches

Are you looking for valuable vintage brooches? You have come to the right place, I have done much research to compile a list of the most collectible vintage brooches so you can invest in pieces that will hold their value. 

Most Collectable Luxury Designers 

These brands created high-end luxury costume jewelry, making their vintage pieces a good investment. Any of the following brands are always worth collecting:

vintage cameo brooch

A List of the Most Collectible Vintage Brooches 

Tips for Buying Vintage Brooches

  • Only buy costume jewelry that is in more or less mint condition.
  • Look at the back of the piece of jewelry, if there is green rust, it means the jewelry has already been damaged.
  • Look for signatures to verify authenticity.
  • Extremely worn plating, missing stones, missing parts, darkened or cloudy rhinestones, clasps that don't work properly, and chipped or scratched enamel all lower the value of a vintage piece.
  • Look for signs of quality such substantial weight, smooth plating and sparkling stones.
  • Avoid obvious repairs such as sloppy soldering and haphazard stone replacements.

Where to Buy Your Vintage Brooches

Did you know that Etsy has an extensive vintage community? I love shopping for vintage jewelry on Etsy. I like how easy it is to navigate and I love supporting small businesses! Etsy makes it simple to read reviews of each shop, so you can shop with confidence knowing other people have had positive shopping experiences. [See our favorite Etsy Shops]

I also really enjoy shopping on eBay for collectible vintage brooches. The selection is massive! 

Tips for Shopping for Vintage Jewelry Online

  • Make sure you search within the Vintage section or use vintage in your search terms. 
  • Look for shops with lots of positive reviews.
  • Read the shop's "Shipping and Policies" tab before making a purchase decision.  
  • Read reviews and buyers feedback, only buy from shops with consistently happy customers.
  • If you find a shop you like, add them to your favorites or bookmark them so you can find them again.
  • Be specific in your search keywords.


There you have a list of the most valuable vintage brooches, as you can see there is quite a lot of them! 

Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below! I always answer. 

Happy Hunting, 

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  1. I have a box full of brooches and necklaces that were given to me that are old I believe and I have no clue if any of them are worth anything or what to do with them. Any suggestions on finding out what I have?

    1. Hi Marie, first I would inspect them for markings on the back, do any of them have signatures or metal stamps? What are the materials? Are the stones made of plastic, glass, rhinestone, or precious stones? Is the jewelry real gold or gold-plated or neither? If they are marked with a signature and if they are made with precious stones and metals, they will have the highest value. Unmarked jewelry can be hard to value, as people are not only buying the jewelry, they are buying the brand name.

      You can read my article, “How to Know if Your Costume Jewelry is Worth Anything” and also do some research online about how to identify vintage jewelry. Also stay tuned, I am going to write more about this topic soon.

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