Antique and vintage citrine brooches



2015-06-26 11:14:38

Antique and vintage citrine brooches are highly desirable pieces of jewellery which contain the citrine gemstone, a yellow form of quartz.

Antique or vintage?

Citrine brooches produced more than 100 years ago are classed as “antique” according to the 1930 Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act’s definition.

“Vintage” refers to pieces manufactured within the last 100 years and can include items made as recently as the 1980s.


Citrine is a form of quartz. Its colour can range from brown to yellow.

It is most commonly found in Spain, although examples have been unearthed in France, Hungary and Scotland. Natural state citrine is extremely rare to find.

Citrine is the November birthstone.

Value and notable sales of antique and vintage citrine necklaces

Due to the rarity of citrine, brooches containing the gemstone can sell for sizable amounts at auction.

  • A citrine and diamond brooch/pendant, made by Van Cleef & Arpels in 1960, achieved $49,300 at Sotheby’s Geneva in May 2006.

  • A citrine, onyx and diamond sailboat brooch, made by Cartier, achieved $7,300 at a Sotheby’s Hong Kong auction in October 2001.

  • A citrine, smoky quartz and diamond flower brooch, made by Cartier in 1950, sold for $11,000 at Sotheby’s Hong Kong in October 2003.

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