Bonhams in NYC has a wonderful auction on June 17th 2014, featuring lots of brooches and pins in the finest craftmenship.
I am not much of a brooch/pin person, but these pins are little works of art!
This turquoise diamond and garnet bird brooch is by Ruser, one of the most sought after jewelers in Hollywood in the 1950's and 1960's.
He later merged with Van Cleef and Arpels in 1969 where he began designing more classical jewelry.
Here is another pin by Ruser, just adorable, with its colored diamonds, white diamonds and turquoise.
Also, another Ruser pin featuring a gorgeous opal.
Look at the detail work on this cute gemstone and enamel fish brooch by E. Serafini. Note how delicate the tail is with the enamel work. I think I could find a place to wear this during the summer.
Having been a dancer, this is my favorite. A diamond, ruby and turquoise ballerina clip by Van Cleef and Arpels, 1943. "Clip Danseuse" brooch. The bidding price is $35,000 to $55,000, but it is so special and collectable, I think it could go for more. I love the fan and this is one of the more elegant ballerina pins by Van Cleef that I have seen. Designed by Maurice Duvalet by the request of Louis Arpels, who was an admirer of the ballet, it is very special. Makes me want to arabesque!