Since Victorian times, people have worn decorative jewelry to show their excitement and affection for the Christmas season. Some wear brooches with trumpeting angels, while others favor pins sporting silver bells, red-nosed reindeer, or depictions of Saint Nick.

Since the 1940s, the most popular form of vintage Christmas costume jewelry in the U.S. and abroad has been the tree pin. Usually made of gilt metal with green and red rhinestones, tree pins wish everyone you meet a Merry Christmas, while also showing off your sense of style.

One of the most renowned designers of Christmas tree pins was Stanley Hagler, who began his career as a business advisor to Miriam Haskell before starting his own jewelry company in the late 1950s. Hagler Christmas tree pins ranged from squat, triangular pins dripping with Murano glass beads to trees made of mother-of-pearl and red-glass flowers.

Another former Haskell associate to excel in the art of Christmas tree pins was Larry Vrba. As with his non-Christmas jewelry, Vrba’s tree pins were wonderfully outrageous, resembling medals honoring yuletide achievements more than jeweled depictions of actual trees. Vrba’s pins were often studded with fat, teardrop cabochons or large aurora borealis stones, with rhinestones stars crowning their tops.

Trifari Christmas tree pins were more traditional, combining jade glass for branches with ruby rhinestones for ornaments. Some Trifari pins played up the tree itself, such as the tree-shaped pins made of brushed gold with a minimal number of faceted beads for decoration. One particularly nice Trifari pin shows an enameled partridge sitting in a gilt-pear tree.

Other costume jewelers who produced glorious Christmas tree pins included Hollycraft, whose pins sometimes featured polychrome rhinestones set within gilt-metal boughs. Eisenberg Ice captured the spirit of the season with pins that were sometimes covered with frosted white enamel and ruby and emerald rhinestones. And Cristobal of London was known for its "X-mas Collection" and use of 1940s and ’50s Austrian crystal beads, which the company’s designers used to create crisp outlines of trees with both straight and rounded sides.

Finally, those who love Christmas and the sterling silver jewelry of Taxco can combine their passions with a piece of vintage Christmas jewelry from Mexico’s famous silver-mining center. Examples of Taxco Christmas silver included a trio of working bells that dangled from a bow with three holly berries at its center; a solid silver tree with a brass star at the top; and a single bell than hung from four tooled silver holly leaves.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Papa Teds Place

Papa Teds Place

The late Theodore H. Althof, Jr's beautiful collection of vintage dimestore cardboard Christmas 'putz' village hous… [read review or visit site]

Researching Costume Jewelry

Researching Costume Jewelry

Jewelry lovers, venture through this amazing database of vintage jewelry articles, catalogs, and brochures, as well… [read review or visit site]

Antique Christmas Lights Museum

Antique Christmas Lights Museum

George Nelson's incredibly detailed chronicle of vintage Christmas tree lighting. Browsable by decade and special t… [read review or visit site]

Emerald City Vintage Costume Jewelry

Emerald City Vintage Costume Jewelry

It looks like we're not in Kansas anymore with Elizabeth Rowlands' site on vintage costume jewelry from the 1940s a… [read review or visit site]

Bohemian Christmas Decorations

Bohemian Christmas Decorations

This simple site showcases over 500 artistic Gablonz glass bead antique and vintage Christmas tree ornaments, made … [read review or visit site]

Morning Glory Antiques and Jewelry

Morning Glory Antiques and Jewelry

Jewelry collectors, feast your eyes on this internet gem! It's a goldmine of jewelry information featuring all styl… [read review or visit site]

Old Soviet Christmas Cards

Old Soviet Christmas Cards

This site showcases over 1000 old Soviet Christmas and New Years cards from 1950 to 1990. Browse through page after… [read review or visit site]

All About Jewels Dictionary

All About Jewels Dictionary

This incredible reference dictionary on jewelry, from Enchantedlearning.com, is both beautiful and comprehensive. S… [read review or visit site]

Cathy Gordon's Jewelry Gallery

Cathy Gordon's Jewelry Gallery

With its vast galleries featuring clear images of jewelry and style, this site really covers it all! Divided up by … [read review or visit site]



Clubs & Associations

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Vtg. Signed Lisner Lavender & Crystal Christmas Tree Brooch Pin9 Vtg Rhinestone Enamel Christmas Tree Brooch Pin Lot Avon Kc Kramer Snowman69 Vintage & Modern Christmas Brooch Lot Rhinestone Torino Lia Gerrys Ajmc JjVintage Estate Signed Weiss Green And Crystal Rhinestone Christmas Tree PinVintage Christmas Pin / Brooch Lot - 35 PinsVintage Signed Weiss Christmas Poinsettia Flower Pin BroochVintage-now 400+ Costume Brooch Pin Lot Christmas Elegant Whimsical Crafted+ Unique Rhinestone Handmade Christmas Tree Decoration *signed Bijoux Mg* B367Vintage Signed Weiss Christmas Poinsettia Pin BroochMarked Eisenberg Frosted Glass Christmas Tree Pin W/ Rhinestone Star *repair*Vintage Genuine Signed Hollycraft Rhinestone Encrusted Christmas Tree Pin BroochFabulous! Vntg Goldtone Cobalt Blue & Clear Rhinestone Christmas Tree Brooch!Vintage Estate Signed Weiss Royal Blue Christmas Tree Brooch PinVintage Red Bakelite Holly Berries And Leaves Fur Clip Super Rare! Christmas?Vintage Christmas Brooch Pin Lot Mylu Wreath Little Girl Candle Deer StockingVintage Rhinestone Christmas Tree Pin BroochEisenberg Ice Christmas Tree Brooch / Pin Rhinestones And SilverVintage Dachshund Dog In Santa Suit Christmas PinEisenberg Ice Christmas Tree Pin Brooch - Multi Colored StonesGrandmas Estate Beautiful Rhinestone Christmas Tree BroochAmazing Vintage Jewelry Czech Rhinestone Christmas Tree StandingVintage Christmas Tree Brooch Earrings Plus LotVtg. Signed Eisenberg Ice Christmas Tree PinVintage Hollycraft Christmas Tree Pin And Matching Clip-on Earring Set, SignedVintage Signed Weiss Christmas Poinsettia Pin BroochUnique Rhinestone Handmade Christmas Tree Decoration *signed Bijoux Mg* B370Amazing Vintage Jewelry Czech Rhinestone Christmas Tree Standing5 Vintage Brooches 2 Christmas Trees Running Greyhound Whale & Covered BridgeLucinda Woman Pin Christmas With Scotty Dog Christmas Tree & Lots Of SparkleChristmas Jewelry Lot -9lbs Wear Harvest Repurpose Resale Craft Repair HolidaysGrandmas Estate Beautiful Christmas Tree Rhinestone Brooch8 Piece Christmas Tree Pins Set With Beautiful Swarovski Crystals (ron)Vintage Christmas Signed Weiss Sleigh Sled Brooch Enamel RhinestonesEisenberg Christmas Tree Brooch Pin Vintage Jewelry SignedVtg. Signed Eisenberg Ice Pink Christmas Tree PinUnique Vintage Rhinestone Handmade Brooch Pin Christmas Tree *signed&mark* X40Christmas Tree Pin Brooch With Red Green Prong Set Stones Signed J.j.Vintage Avon Christmas Goldtone Bells & Red Ornaments Dangle Pierced EarringsVintage 'west Germany' Father Christmas BroochDangling Christmas Lantern Light Faux Rhinestone Fashion Pin 1.25" L BroochDesigner Ajc Christmas Mouse In Pj's Hold On To Candy Cane Pin 2.5" Vtg Brooch Grandmas Estate Beautiful Rhinestone Christmas Tree BroochUnique Enamel Pin With Caroling Cats Great Brooch With Beautiful Color ChristmasVintage Pasadena Jewelry Cute Gold Tone Metal Enamel Christmas Candle Brooch 6 Vintage Rhinestone Christmas Tree Pins Tancer Ii, Dodd's, Art, Hollycraft NrChristmas Rhinestone Pin Silver And Gold Brooch Vintage Estate Lot Of 2Vintage Mylu Christmas Tree Pin Brooch Rhinestones Green Red Star TopperVintage Avon 1st Annual Christmas Tree Pin Signed 2004 MibChristopher Radko Christmas Tree Pin-repair Or Wear-signed Christopher RadkoDesigner Kc Kenneth Cole Red Mesh Pin Christmas Poinsettia Vtg 2 1/8" D BroochVintage Christmas Pin Brooch 2 2/16" Tall UnbrandedVintage Pasadena Jewelry Gold Tone Metal Enamel Christmas Candle Brooch PinVintage Art Signed Rhinestone Christmas Tree Brooch Candles Earrings Set 7963Rhinestone Vintage Brooch *christmas Tree*combine Postage *signed & Mark* B284Rhinestone Vintage Brooch *christmas Tree*combine Postage *signed & Mark* B285Rhinestone Vintage Brooch *christmas Tree*combine Postage *signed & Mark* B286Rhinestone Vintage Brooch *christmas Tree*combine Postage *signed & Mark* B288Rhinestone Vintage Brooch *christmas Tree*combine Postage *signed & Mark* B289Rhinestone Vintage Brooch *christmas Tree* Best Glass *signed*bijoux Mg* B342Rhinestone Vintage Brooch *christmas Tree* Best Glass *signed*bijoux Mg* B343