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Diamond Chain Necklace
Located in Geneva, CH
Necklace chain in 18K white gold holding a central motif set with round and 8/8-cut diamonds. Total
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Early 20th Century Art Nouveau Antique Chains And Necklaces

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Diamond, White Gold

Art Deco Diamond and Platinum Chain Necklace
Located in Chipping Campden, GB
An elegant Art Deco chain necklace set with diamonds and modelled in platinum. Each diamond is sat
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Early 20th Century Unknown Art Deco Antique Chains And Necklaces

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Diamond, Platinum

Antique Long and Heavy Gold Chain Necklace
Located in Chicago, IL
This elaborate Victorian era yellow gold chain necklace was made in the 19th century, circa 1850s
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19th Century Antique Chains And Necklaces

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Gold, Yellow Gold

Antique Long and Heavy Gold Chain Necklace
Antique Long and Heavy Gold Chain Necklace
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Antique Russian Gold Chain Necklace
Located in Cairo, EG
Antique imperial russian era 1907s 14k gold chain necklace in open work style made in moscow 1907s
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Early 1900s Antique Chains And Necklaces

Antique Amethyst and Gold Long Chain Necklace, Circa 1920
Located in London, GB
An antique amethyst and gold long chain necklace, with oval faceted amethysts in spectacle settings
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1920s British Antique Chains And Necklaces

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Amethyst, Gold, 15k Gold

Art Deco Diamond and Natural Pearl Platinum Chain Necklace
Located in Chipping Campden, GB
An elegant Art Deco chain necklace set with alternating diamonds and natural pearls, and modelled
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Early 20th Century Unknown Art Deco Antique Chains And Necklaces

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Diamond, Natural Pearl, Platinum

Antique Victorian gilt metal longuard chain necklace, muff chain
Located in NEWARK, GB
A gorgeous antique, Victorian era longuard chain necklace. This chain has a chunky tight
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19th Century British Victorian Antique Chains And Necklaces

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Gilt Metal

Art Deco 9 Carat Gold Medal and Chain Necklace
Located in Chipping Campden, GB
A superb art deco medal and chain. The medal has the initials 'W.W' engraved on the front and there
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1920s British Art Deco Antique Chains And Necklaces

Materials

9k Gold, Gold

Antique Victorian Silver Longuard Chain Necklace, Victorian, Muff Chain
Located in NEWARK, GB
A gorgeous antique silver longuard chain or muff chain necklace. This is a lovely long length
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19th Century British Victorian Antique Chains And Necklaces

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Silver

Antique 6.76 Carat Opal and Yellow Chain Necklace, Circa 1900
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
A stunning, fine and impressive antique 6.76 carat opal and 9 karat yellow gold chain necklace
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Early 1900s Unknown Antique Chains And Necklaces

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Opal, 9k Gold, Yellow Gold

Antique Georgian Long Gold Chain, Necklace and Bracelets, Circa 1820
Located in London, GB
A Georgian long gold chain, of belcher links with a repeat zig-zag pattern. This chain has three
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1820s British George IV Antique Chains And Necklaces

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Gold

50 Inch Diamond Platinum Chain Necklace
Located in Solvang, CA
Antique 50 inch diamond platinum chain necklace, circa 1920. This hand made platinum chain features
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1920s Antique Chains And Necklaces

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Diamond, Platinum

Antique Sterling silver Albert chain, watch chain necklace, Shield fob
Located in NEWARK, GB
You can't help but fall in love with this handsome antique Albert chain. It is a dream of an
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19th Century British Victorian Antique Chains And Necklaces

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Sterling Silver

Antique 9k gold double Albert chain, watch chain necklace, Heavy
Located in NEWARK, GB
necklace. This chain has been previously polished so is a high shine gold and is truly a beautiful piece
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Early 20th Century British Edwardian Antique Chains And Necklaces

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9k Gold

Victorian Yellow Gold Column and Heart Motif Book Chain Necklace
Located in Narberth, PA
A fabulous gold book chain from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This amazing handmade piece is crafted
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1880s Unknown Victorian Antique Chains And Necklaces

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15k Gold, Yellow Gold

1900s Chiseled Silver Long Chain Necklace
Located in Poitiers, FR
Necklace in silver. Long antique silver necklace, it consists of an alternating mesh chased in two
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Early 1900s French Belle Époque Antique Chains And Necklaces

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Silver, Sterling Silver

Georgian Long Chain 18K Gold Necklace
Located in New York, NY
Made around the end of the Georgian period in 1830, this long chain necklace is formed of 18K gold
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Mid-19th Century Georgian Antique Chains And Necklaces

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Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

20th Century Silver Long Chain Necklace
Located in Poitiers, FR
Antique chain in silver, ram's head hallmark. Long silver chain, it consists of a flattened mesh
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Early 1900s French Belle Époque Antique Chains And Necklaces

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Silver, Sterling Silver

Gold Fancy Link Long Chain Necklace
Located in New York, NY
Composed of gold, this French Art Nouveau long chain necklace was created around 1900. The fancy
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Early 1900s Art Nouveau Antique Chains And Necklaces

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Gold, 18k Gold

"Knitted" Victorian 18K Gold Chain Necklace
Located in New York, NY
This 18K gold "knitted" chain was created circa the 1860s-1880s, in the Victorian period. The broad
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Late 19th Century Victorian Antique Chains And Necklaces

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Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Silver and Gold Chain Necklace with Aquamarine, Blue Topaz, Citrine & Opal
By Amy Glaswand
Located in New York, NY
A fashionable and colorful version of a chain necklace. The oxidized silver chain is interspersed
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Early 20th Century American Contemporary Antique Chains And Necklaces

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Aquamarine, Citrine, Opal, Topaz, Blue Topaz, Gold, Silver

Austrian Gold and Enamel Long Chain Necklace Cherry Decoration Austrian 1910
Located in London, GB
An antique gold and enamel long chain necklace c.1910, the necklace measuring 45” in length and
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Early 20th Century Austrian Antique Chains And Necklaces

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18k Gold

Vintage 9k gold open curb Albert chain, watch chain necklace, Fob
Located in NEWARK, GB
showcasing your favourite antique pocket or fob watch or wearing as a necklace. This chain has been
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Early 20th Century British Art Deco Antique Chains And Necklaces

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Carnelian, 9k Gold

Art Deco Diamond and Sapphire 18 Carat White Gold Chain Necklace
Located in Chipping Campden, GB
An elegant Art Deco chain necklace set with diamonds and sapphires and modelled in 18carat white
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Early 20th Century Unknown Art Deco Antique Chains And Necklaces

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Diamond, Sapphire, White Gold

14Kt Pink and White Gold Necklace, Bracelet or Pocket Watch Chain
Located in Long Beach, CA
: 15 Inches in Length This is a great looking hand made necklace or bracelet, pocket watch chain. Each
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1920s American Art Deco Antique Chains And Necklaces

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14k Gold, White Gold

Antique Art Deco 14k Yellow and White Gold Intricate Chain Necklace
Located in Great Neck, NY
Beautiful Antique Art Deco 14K Yellow and White Gold Intricate Chain Necklace. This gorgeous chain
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1920s Unknown Art Deco Antique Chains And Necklaces

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14k Gold, White Gold, Yellow Gold

30 Inch 14K Gold Chain Figaro Necklace
Located in Solvang, CA
Antique 30 inch 14K gold chain figaro necklace, circa 1900. This chain necklace is crafted in 14
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Early 20th Century Antique Chains And Necklaces

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14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Edwardian Mixed Metals Curb Link Watch Chain and Toggle Bar Necklace
Located in Narberth, PA
A lovely mixed metals watch chain from the Edwardian (ca1910) era! This beautiful curb link chain
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1910s Unknown Edwardian Antique Chains And Necklaces

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Platinum, 14k Gold, Rose Gold

Victorian 9 Carat Gold Belcher Chain Necklace
Located in Chipping Campden, GB
This lovely necklace is simple and the belcher style chain gives the necklace a fine look. Length
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1880s British Victorian Antique Chains And Necklaces

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Gold, 9k Gold

Edwardian Silver Albert or Necklace Chain with T-Bar and Fob
Located in Chipping Campden, GB
This delightful silver chain holds a fob set with bloodstone and carnelian. The chain has a dog
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Early 1900s British Edwardian Antique Chains And Necklaces

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Silver

Antique 9 Karat Solid Watch Chain Necklace
Located in New York, NY
Antique 9 Karat Solid Watch Chain Necklace with dog clip, hook and tassel charm L 37.4 cm / 14.7
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Late 19th Century Late Victorian Antique Chains And Necklaces

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9k Gold, Yellow Gold

Antique Victorian Longuard Chain, 10k Gold, Muff Chain Necklace, Fancy Link
Located in NEWARK, GB
An impeccable rare antique, Victorian 10 karat yellow gold longuard chain. We love a good longuard
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19th Century British Victorian Antique Chains And Necklaces

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10k Gold, 9k Gold, Yellow Gold

Chain Link Necklace with Gold and Enamel Plates, Early 19th Century
Located in Paris, FR
Exceptional gold and enamel necklace called plated or esclavage. The necklace is composed of three
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Early 1800s Swiss Antique Chains And Necklaces

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Gold, Enamel

Antique Victorian Serpent Link Chain Necklace Watch Chain 9 Karat Gold
Located in Munich, Bavaria
This sturdy and timeless victorian 9 carat watch chain has the perfect length for wearing.
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1860s Victorian Antique Chains And Necklaces

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Gold

Antique Handmade Yellow Gold Long Chain Necklace
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Antique handmade yellow gold long chain circa 1900. * ABOUT THIS ITEM: #N-DJ715G. Scroll down for
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Early 1900s Victorian Antique Chains And Necklaces

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18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Yellow Gold 14 Carat Curb Chain Necklace
Located in Marcianise, IT
Grumetta necklace of the eighteenth century made in the seventies completely worked by hand by
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1890s Italian Artisan Antique Chains And Necklaces

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14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Yellow Gold 14 Carat Curb Chain Necklace
Yellow Gold 14 Carat Curb Chain Necklace
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W 0.56 in L 16.54 in
Antique Victorian 14k Yellow Gold Chain Necklace
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Whimsical antique chain necklace made of 14 karat yellow gold. Has unique, both textured and
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Early 1900s Unknown Antique Chains And Necklaces

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Yellow Gold, 14k Gold

Antique 9k gold longuard chain necklace, Victorian
Located in NEWARK, GB
A stunning antique, Victorian 9kt yellow gold longuard chain. We love a good longuard chain here
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19th Century British Victorian Antique Chains And Necklaces

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9k Gold, Yellow Gold

Late Victorian Watch Chain Link Necklace in Yellow and Rose Gold Engraved
Located in Berkeley, CA
Transforming you to a different place and time this stunning necklace is both regal and substantial
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1860s English Late Victorian Antique Chains And Necklaces

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18k Gold, 9k Gold, Rose Gold, Yellow Gold

GIA Certified 18k Carved White Jade, Jade and Diamond Pendant and Chain Necklace
Located in New York, NY
18 & 14 kt., one carved white jade ap. 44.88 x 22.55 x 7.85 mm., one cabochon jade, round & marquise-shaped diamonds ap. .40 ct. With GIA report no. 5182480861, no indications of i...
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Early 20th Century Contemporary Antique Chains And Necklaces

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Diamond, Jade, White Gold

Antique 15k Yellow Gold Chain Necklace Circa 1870
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An exceptional, fine and impressive antique 15 karat yellow gold chain necklace; part of our
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1870s Antique Chains And Necklaces

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Yellow Gold

Vintage Albert Chain Necklace in 9k Rose Gold
Located in London, GB
An extremely stylish vintage Albert chain necklace set in 9k rose gold. The Albert chain is an
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Early 1900s Victorian Antique Chains And Necklaces

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9k Gold, Rose Gold

Antique Victorian silver longuard chain necklace, 900 silver
Located in NEWARK, GB
This gorgeous antique silver long chain or longuard chain necklace is everything you could hope for
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19th Century British Victorian Antique Chains And Necklaces

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Silver

Antique Victorian 14K Gold Belcher Tassel Chain Necklace
Located in Rotterdam, NL
This is an antique Victorian gold link belcher chain necklace set with two dangling tassel pendants
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Late 19th Century Dutch Victorian Antique Chains And Necklaces

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Gold, 14k Gold

A Victorian 9ct Yellow Gold Albert Chain Necklace
Located in Firenze, IT
The Albert chain is said to have been named after Prince Albert Queen Victoria's consort. The T-bar
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1890s British Victorian Antique Chains And Necklaces

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Yellow Gold

Vintage 14 Karat Gold Choker Woven Chain Necklace
Located in Rotterdam, NL
A timeless vintage woven choker chain necklace created in 14 karat gold. The chain of the necklace
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Early 20th Century Dutch Antique Chains And Necklaces

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Gold, 14k Gold

Antique Victorian Vulcanite chain necklace, chunky mariner link
Located in NEWARK, GB
An attractive and unusual antique Victorian Vulcanite chain necklace. The necklace features large
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19th Century British Victorian Antique Chains And Necklaces

Victorian 14kt Watch Chain Necklace with 18kt Extension
Located in Narberth, PA
A stunning watch chain necklace from the Victorian (ca1880s) era! Crafted in 14kt yellow gold, the
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1880s Unknown Victorian Antique Chains And Necklaces

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14k Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Victorian Sterling Silver Book Chain Necklace with Locket
Located in Stamford, CT
A treat of a Silver Book Chain and locket necklace that has the beautiful engraving of the
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1870s British Victorian Antique Chains And Necklaces

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Sterling Silver

Antique 9ct Yellow Gold Double Albert Chain Necklace
Located in Chipping Campden, GB
Antique 9ct Yellow Gold Double Albert Chain classic and charming TBar chain The item comes
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Early 1900s British Edwardian Antique Chains And Necklaces

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Yellow Gold

Antique Chunky Starlink 9 Carat Gold Chain Necklace
Located in Chipping Campden, GB
Antique Chunky Starlink 9ct Gold Chain Necklace with Tbar and Spinning Fob Seal Pendant wonderful
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Early 1900s European Edwardian Antique Chains And Necklaces

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Gold

Antique Victorian Yellow Gold Long Fob Chain Necklace
Located in New York, NY
Antique Victorian 18k gold chain necklace, with attachment for a fob. Necklace is 61" long and 6mm
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19th Century Victorian Antique Chains And Necklaces

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Yellow Gold

French Antique Yellow Gold Filigree Watch Chain Necklace
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
An amazing extra long French antique chain necklace. Made of 18k yellow gold. Features filigree
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Early 1900s French Victorian Antique Chains And Necklaces

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18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Edwardian 14kt Swiss Enamel Open Link Chain Necklace
Located in Narberth, PA
the largest links at the center. Condition: The overall condition of the chain necklace is excellent
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1910s Unknown Edwardian Antique Chains And Necklaces

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14k Gold

Antique 9 Kt Yellow Gold Fancy Link Long Chain Necklace, Guard Chain, Victorian
Located in NEWARK, GB
This stunning antique, Victorian 9kt yellow gold, fancy link longuard chain is sure to turn some
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19th Century British Victorian Antique Chains And Necklaces

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9k Gold, Yellow Gold

Late Victorian French Yellow Gold Link Chain Necklace
Located in Narberth, PA
form a flowing necklace, which can be easily doubled or tripled when worn. The chain does not have a
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Early 1900s French Late Victorian Antique Chains And Necklaces

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18k Gold, Yellow Gold

McTeigue 8 Bow Rose Gold Chain Pendant Necklace
By McTeigue
Located in Stamford, CT
McTeigue 1940's Retro Art Deco 14k rose gold 8 folded bow design 8 piece necklace. Chain length 18
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Early 20th Century Antique Chains And Necklaces

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Gold, 14k Gold, Rose Gold

Antique Victorian Tassel Fob Gold Adjustable Chain Necklace
Located in Miami, FL
This exquisite jewelry piece hails from the Victorian era, originally a watch chain transformed
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1890s Victorian Antique Chains And Necklaces

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Gold

Antique 9k Yellow Gold Longuard Chain Necklace, Victorian
Located in NEWARK, GB
We love a good longuard chain here, such a versatile and wearable piece of jewellery, this antique
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19th Century British Victorian Antique Chains And Necklaces

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9k Gold, Yellow Gold

Victorian Ornate Gold Etruscan Link Book Chain Necklace
Located in Narberth, PA
This gold book chain from the Victorian era (ca1880) is quite an outstanding piece! English in
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1880s English Victorian Antique Chains And Necklaces

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15k Gold

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Antique Chains And Necklaces For Sale on 1stDibs

Find an expansive variety of antique chains and necklaces available on 1stDibs. Frequently made of Gold, Yellow Gold and 18k Gold, these items were constructed with great care. Our selection of items includes 80 vintage examples as well as 5 contemporary versions. Our collection, which features older pieces for sale from the 18th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century, has proven very popular over the years. Victorian and Georgian are consistently popular styles when it comes to antique chains and necklaces. Glorious Antique Jewelry Collection, Coomi and Erin Mac Jewelry each produced beautiful examples of these items that are worth considering. Lovers of these pieces agree that it’s a versatile accessory, but a selection from our variety of 21 Diamond versions can add an especially stylish touch. Today, if you’re looking for antique cushion cut antique chains and necklaces and are unable to find the perfect match, our selection also includes round cut and old european cut alternatives. Most of our antique chains and necklaces for sale are for women, but there are 25 pieces available to browse for men.

How Much are Antique Chains And Necklaces?

Prices for antique chains and necklaces can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, these accessories begin at $235 and can go as high as $49,500, while antique chains and necklaces, on average, fetch $2,938.

Finding the Right necklaces for You

We are fortunate to know much of the world’s long and dazzling history of necklaces, as this type of jewelry was so treasured that it was frequently buried with its owners.

Lapis lazuli beads adorned necklaces unearthed from the royal graves at the ancient Iraqi civilization of Sumer, while the excavation of King Tut’s burial chamber revealed a sense of style that led to a frenzy of Art Deco designs, with artisans of the 1920s seeking to emulate the elegant work crafted by Ancient Egypt’s goldsmiths and jewelry makers. 

In ancient times, pendant necklaces worn by royalty and nobles conferred wealth and prestige. Today, wearing jewelry is about personal expression: Luxury diamond necklaces exude confidence and can symbolize the celebratory nature of a deep romantic relationship, while paper-clip chain-link necklaces designed by the likes of goldsmith Faye Kim are firmly planted in the past as well as the present. Kim works exclusively with eco-friendly gold, and these fashionable, fun accessories owe to the design of 19th-century watch fobs. 

For some, necklaces are thought of as being a solely feminine piece, but this widely loved accessory has been gender-neutral for eons. In fact, just as women rarely took to wearing a single necklace during the Renaissance, men of the era layered chains and valuable pendants atop their bejeweled clothing. In modern times, the free-spirited hippie and counterculture movements of the 1960s saw costume-jewelry designers celebrating self-expression through colorful multistrand necklaces and no shortage of beads, which were worn by anyone and everyone. 

Even after all of these years, the necklace remains an irrefutable staple of any complete outfit. Although new trends in jewelry are constantly emerging, the glamour and beauty of the past continue to inform modern styles and designs. In a way, the cyclical history of the necklace differs little from its familiar looped form: The celebrated French jewelry house Van Cleef & Arpels found much inspiration in King Tut, and, now, their Alhambra collection is a go-to for modern royals. Vintage necklaces designed by David Webb — whose work landed him on the cover of Vogue in 1950, two years after opening his Manhattan shop — were likely inspired by the ornamental styles of ancient Greece, Mesopotamia and Egypt

On 1stDibs, browse top designers like Cartier, Tiffany & Co. and Bulgari, or shop by your favorite style, from eye-catching choker necklaces to understated links to pearl necklaces and more. 

Questions About Antique Chains And Necklaces
  • It is a type of gold necklace made with cuban links. They are mostly made in gold but can be set with diamonds. It is a very popular style nowadays.
  • 1stDibs ExpertOctober 12, 2021
    A curb chain necklace is composed of round links that are slightly twisted, flattened, interlocked and looped together to form a chain. Curb chain necklaces are popular in very fine formations as well as much chunkier variations. They are ideal for creating statement necklaces. Shop various designs of curb chain necklaces on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertNovember 1, 2023
    Chain necklaces are always in fashion. Jewelry trends are frequently changing but a dazzling chain necklace is a jewelry box essential. Fashionable chain necklaces include curb link chains, snake chains and ball chains. The best way to discover your perfect fit is to zero in on a particular name and type of link. Designers have tweaked a few styles repeatedly over the years, changing their scale and proportion. Find antique and vintage chain necklaces on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertNovember 21, 2023
    The most popular chain necklace at any given moment can vary based on trends. However, some styles have a long history of wear and remain in fashion despite changing trends. These include the oval link, the paper clip, the curb link, the rope and the herringbone. Find a wide variety of chain necklaces on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertNovember 1, 2023
    What the most popular necklace chain is at any given time has a lot to do with jewelry trends, which are constantly shifting, as well as personal taste. There are all kinds of stylish necklace chains out there, so there is no need to limit yourself to what is trending! In fact, finding just the right gold chain necklace is surprisingly complicated. Googling that phrase generates results ranging from bold hip-hop pieces to demure oval links. Narrow down your search to "gold chain necklace" on 1stDibs, and you still get more than 2,000 jewels. Some of the most popular chain necklaces include oval chain links, paper clip chains, curb link chains, snake chains and ball chains. Find your next chain necklace on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertOctober 5, 2021
    An anchor chain is an unusual jewelry chain that can be fairly heavy and is a nice choice for men. You may also find that this is called a mariner chain. These chain links are often rounded, like a cable chain, or flattened so all the links lie the same way, like a cable chain. 1stDibs has a wide variety of anchor chains on sale.
  • 1stDibs ExpertNovember 21, 2023
    The necklaces with a chain hanging down from them are usually called lariats. Some people refer to them as Y-shaped necklaces. Lariat necklaces first became popular during the age of Art Deco. Pieces from the era usually feature platinum metal and are set with pearls, diamonds and other gemstones. On 1stDibs, find a selection of lariat necklaces.
  • 1stDibs ExpertNovember 21, 2023
    The most popular necklace chain length is arguably 18 inches. Called the princess length, the 18-inch chain works well on its own or with pendants. However, many people do prefer necklaces in other lengths. Shorter collar and choker necklaces can work well with strapless tops or for visually shortening a long neck, while longer necklaces can elongate the neck and are a great pick for layering. Shop a large selection of chain necklaces on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertNovember 6, 2023
    What a long chain necklace is called depends on its length. Opera chains are 26 to 36 inches long and typically hang below the chest. At 37 inches and longer, rope chains are the longest styles and can be worn loose, layered, wrapped or knotted. On 1stDibs, shop a variety of chain necklaces.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    A flat chain necklace is called a curb chain. These are made of round or oval links that are twisted so they lay flat when worn. This style of chain is versatile and strong. Shop a variety of curb chain jewelry from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertAugust 17, 2021
    The strongest style of chain for a necklace is a thick link chain. Link chains are the strongest type of chain because these chains do not have a bending point, and therefore can twist and be folded a number of ways without damaging the chain. There are many different types of link chains, including wheat chains, figaro chains, cable link chains, mariner link chains and curb link chains. When searching for a durable chain, avoid hollow chains and opt for independently soldered links that will never pull apart. Shop different styles of necklace chains and other jewelry on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertDecember 4, 2023
    To tell if a necklace is antique, first look for hallmarks that indicate the maker. If you locate them, you can consult trusted online resources to find out when the company or artisan was active. To qualify as an antique, a necklace must be at least 100 years old. The presence of materials that are no longer commonly used to produce jewelry, like bakelite, camphor glass, foil opals and paste, can be good indicators that a piece is an antique. Antique jewelry is also more likely to have European- and rose-cut gemstones than modern cuts like the brilliant round. Because it can be difficult to date jewelry on your own, you may wish to consult an expert, like a certified appraiser or experienced dealer, for assistance. On 1stDibs, shop a large collection of antique necklaces.