Animal magic: brooches to brighten your day

These popular fashion accessories will add a touch of character to any outfit.

A cat brooch

A diamond, ruby, emerald and bouton pearl cat brooch on offer at Special Auction Services on January 13

Not so long ago brooches were viewed by many as dull and old-fashioned but now they are very much back in vogue. The right brooch can complement a top or a dress to create the perfect look.

You will find brooches to suit all tastes and budgets at many auctions on including specialty jewellery sales.

Here is a selection of brooches that use animal designs coming up at auction in the coming days.

Blue butterfly

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A silver and enamel butterfly brooch

This David Andersen sterling silver and enamel butterfly brooch measures 6cm x 3.9cm and has an estimate of £50-£80 in the Jewellery Auction at Special Auction Services of Newbury on January 21.

Watch the birdie

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A Georg Jensen silver bird brooch

At Colchester auction house Reeman Dansie this Georg Jensen silver bird brooch, dating from 1955, has an estimate of £100-£150 in a sale on January 12-13.

The ruby eyes have it

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A damselfly brooch.

This damselfly brooch has ruby eyes and is estimated at £50-£70 at McTear's in Glasgow on January 21.

Hot to trot

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A brilliant-cut diamond horse brooch

This brilliant-cut diamond horse brooch has an estimate of £280-£350 in the Silver & Costume Jewellery sale at Fellows in Birmingham on January 14.

That's a quacker

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A gold and enamelled duck bar brooch

You can bid on this gold and enamelled bar brooch, designed as a flying duck, in the sale at Toovey's in West Sussex on January 13. It has an estimate of £80-£120.

Treasure trove

The Jewellery, Silver and Watches auction at Elstob & Elstob in Ripon on January 16 has a number of animal brooches including the following lots:

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A ruby, sapphire, pearl and diamond butterfly brooch

This Victorian ruby, sapphire, pearl and diamond butterfly brooch measures 2.8cm by 4cm. It is estimated at £600-£800.


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A novelty lion brooch

This 1960s novelty lion brooch has round-cut ruby eyes and a round cabochon emerald nose. It measures 4.5cm by 5cm and comes with an estimate of £800-£1000 at the same Elstob & Elstob sale.

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Two turtle brooches

Not one but two brooches in this lot at Elstob & Elstob. This pair of pearl and diamond turtle brooches has an estimate of £1800-£2500.

Learn more

Our buying guide to brooches has more information to help you discover and buy at auction.

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