Never under-estimate the value of good vintage brooch or antique pin in your jewellery collection and with our choice of brooches, which available to buy both online and instore, we make it a pleasure to buy.
Brooches and pins are your unsung jewellery heroes and can be worn in many ways; not just for jazzing up your best jacket, ring the changes and wear to secure a vintage silk scarf, thread a chain or ribbon through and wear as a unique style pendant - and who's going to have one exactly the same? Just make sure the pin is fastened and thread a ribbon or chain through the back. In fact, it might be worth checking to see if we can add a gold or silver loop to the brooch clasp specially for this. And the wrap-over dress - give it a new look and hold the wrap in place with a vintage diamond bar brooch.
The Nicholson's choice of brooches is immense. We pride ourselves on offering a delightful selection of brooch pins from silver to old gold. Silver brooches include those from the Victorian and Edwardian eras, often with a sentimental theme or embossed with names from those eras and which may be popular babies' names today. Later vintage silver brooches are represented by the Scottish jewellery designes such as Robert Allison.
Gold brooches hallmarked in the UK assay offices as 9ct, 15ct or 18ct gold with those from the Victorian era especially being highly decorative and set with diamonds, pearls or, additionally, precious gemstones. Ofter the gold decoration is in the Etruscan style which, just like antique cameo brooches, reflect the Grand Tour. Many antique brooches are often also fitted with a loop to the top enabling them to be worn as pendants.
Mourning brooches created traditionally in dark-coloured gemstones such as onyx or banded agate are further decorated with pearls. The defining feature, of course, is the crystal locket on the reverse for the lock of hair. Many examples are also enamelled in black (or white for the death of a younger person). Many mourning brooches are fancy gold frames holding two pieces of crystal between which there is hair arranged in the Prince of Wales Feathers design.