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Antique Neo-Renaissance Enamel Pearl Amethyst Diamond Gold Necklace
Located in New York, NY
An English Antique 15 karat gold necklace with amethyst, diamond and natural pearl. The necklace has an oval cut amethyst approximately 9.50 carats, 30 old mine-cut diamonds with an ...
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Antique 1870s Renaissance Revival More Necklaces

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Amethyst, Diamond, Natural Pearl, 15k Gold

1910s Antique Art Nouveau 18 Karat Gold Mother Locket Pendant
Located in Miami, FL
This antique art nouveau locket pendant* of highly ornate aesthetic is crafted in a combination of 18 karat yellow gold, weighing 7.2 grams and measuring 30mm long (Including bale) a...
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Vintage 1910s Art Nouveau Pendant Necklaces

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18k Gold

Antique Georgian Vivid Garnet Necklace
By Glorious Antique Jewelry
Located in Stamford, CT
Blooming forms of red Georgian garnets lay smoothly on the neck and fall in a two and a half inch arrangement of flowers on the chest. The beauty and ease of wear can be seen on the ...
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Antique 1820s George III More Necklaces

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Garnet, 10k Gold

Antique Edwardian Diamond Gold Pendant Necklace
By Glorious Antique Jewelry Collection
Located in Stamford, CT
Grace and beauty abound in this Edwardian Platinum Cornucopia of Diamonds. The necklace appears to be a bouquet gathered and tied with a ribbon. Magnificent on the neck, it has prese...
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Antique Early 1900s Edwardian More Necklaces

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Diamond, Platinum

Antique Necklace Gold Citrine Beads
Located in Munich, Bavaria
This stylish necklace is made of facetted citrin beads alternating with gold beads. The beads are made out of 14kt gold and are decorated with applied goldwire. They have been thread...
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Antique Late 19th Century Beaded Necklaces

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Citrine, 14k Gold

Victorian Gem Gold Necklace
By Glorious Antique Jewelry Collection
Located in Stamford, CT
Warm color radiates from this graceful gem necklace, of English origin, The stones, set in 15kt gold are radiant garnets, white sapphires and natural smoky green zirconia. The beauty...
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Antique Late 19th Century Victorian Drop Necklaces

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Garnet, Sapphire, Zircon, 15k Gold

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L 3 in.
Victorian Scottish Agate Necklace
By Glorious Antique Jewelry Collection
Located in Stamford, CT
Carved and ridged banded agate and carnelian is set in engraved sterling then linked and interspersed with agate hearts. The original clasp on this necklace is intact as is the flora...
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Antique 1870s Victorian Link Necklaces

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Agate, Sterling Silver

18 kt Gold Sapphire and Diamond Line Necklace
By Glorious Antique Jewelry
Located in Stamford, CT
The classic beauty of a natural sapphire and brilliant cut diamond necklace speaks of elegance and quality. This necklace contains 12.25 cts of genuine sapphires and 8 cts of fine di...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary More Necklaces

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Diamond, Sapphire, 18k Gold

Victorian 18 Karat Yellow Gold Link Antique Necklace
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Victorian link necklace fashioned in 18 karat yellow gold. The lightweight antique necklace features open handcarved links and measures 16.5 inches in length.
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Antique Late 19th Century Victorian Link Necklaces

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18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Antique Gold Necklace
Located in Poitiers, FR
18 carat yellow gold necklace, 750 thousandths, rhinoceros head hallmark. This superb gold necklace features a design formed of curved openwork gold fan shapes edged with gold braid...
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Vintage 1960s Retro Choker Necklaces

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18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Gold

Antique necklace made of coral beads angel skin
Located in Berlin, DE
Antique necklace made of coral beads angel skin White to pale pink are the colours of the pearls of this graceful coral necklace. The beads are synchronous and finely cut. The time ...
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Vintage 1930s Art Deco Beaded Necklaces

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Coral, Silver

Brilliant Georgian Garnet Necklace, circa 1820
By Glorious Antique Jewelry Collection
Located in Stamford, CT
The rich red color of these foiled garnets is perfect and lustrous and must be seen to be appreciated. Photographs, with their flat image, cannot do justice to a fine antique jewel i...
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Antique Early 19th Century Georgian Link Necklaces

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Garnet, 15k Gold

Antique Amber Necklace
Located in Tel Aviv, IL
Antique Amber Necklace Gorgeous Amber necklace with stunning bright colors of orange, red, brown and yellow. The necklace was made in Russia in the 1890s. Total weight: 330 grams.
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Antique 1890s Beaded Necklaces

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Amber

Dazzling Antique Georgian Almondine Garnet Pansy Necklace, circa 1800
Located in Baltimore, MD
Flat cut almandine garnets were the most popular gemstone of the Georgian period shown here in a rarely found naturalistic floral and leaf design necklace set in 18K gold. The pansy ...
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Antique Early 1800s Georgian Link Necklaces

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Garnet, 18k Gold

Antique Garnet Necklace
Located in London, GB
A Victorian garnet necklace, with ten clusters with cabochon garnet centres, surrounded by round and pear shape rose-cut garnets, with cabochon garnet spacers in rub over settings, c...
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Antique 1870s Victorian Link Necklaces

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Garnet

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L 13.78 in.
Phenomenal Berlin Iron Necklace, circa 1820-1830
By Glorious Antique Jewelry Collection
Located in Stamford, CT
We study the intricacy of this rare Berlin Iron necklace from the early 19th century in thrill and awe. Orderly tangles of iron vines dance in circles reminiscent of Matisse's painti...
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Berlin Iron

Gold and 11.80 Carat Diamonds French Antique Necklace
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Gold and 11.80 Carats Diamonds French Antique Necklace Very beautiful necklace, made in France circa 1910. The two pincipal diamonds weights 1 and 1.10 carats. 11.80 carats total ...
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Vintage 1910s Pendant Necklaces

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Diamond, Gold

Victorian Sterling Silver and Citrine Filigree Antique Necklace
Located in Berkeley, CA
This handmade sterling silver filigree necklace is adorned with four large warm lemon colored citrine semi-precious stones and is absolutely stunning. Intricately detailed the spiral...
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Vintage 1910s Victorian Pendant Necklaces

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Citrine, Sterling Silver

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H 2 in. W 1.25 in. D .38 in. L 17 in.
Sunrise-Sunset Color in a Victorian r Agate Necklace and Earrings
By Glorious Antique Jewelry Collection
Located in Stamford, CT
Set in 15kt gold, the warmth of the earth and sky come across in this earring and necklace of natural agate. In the mid 19th century when these jewels were made, the Victorians were ...
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Antique Late 19th Century Victorian Link Necklaces

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Agate, 15k Gold

Art Nouveau Lion Necklace with Diamond and Rubies
By Glorious Antique Jewelry Collection
Located in Stamford, CT
Our Queen of the Beasts makes a roaring statement with her ruby eyes, hand engraved deep detail and a lion's taste for diamonds. Her feline eyes, and mouth are fearsome and strong, t...
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Antique Early 1900s Art Nouveau More Necklaces

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Diamond, Ruby, 14k Gold

Antique Scottish Agate Necklace
Located in Firenze, IT
Antique Necklace 18kt Gold and Agate. Made in Scotland circa 1820-60's. Measurements: Length 17.12 inches; Size of largest central stone is 1.92 inch (48mm) long x 1.6 inch (40mm) ...
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Antique 1850s Victorian Drop Necklaces

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Agate, 18k Gold

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W 16.54 in.
Antique 1920's Moonstone Necklace
Located in St. Louis Park, MN
This fabulous antique 1920's Moonstone necklace is drop-dead gorgeous. It contains 30 Moonstones. There 14 round Moonstones which have an oval shaped Moonstone linked to them to cr...
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Vintage 1920s Drop Necklaces

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Moonstone

Antique Coral Beads Necklace
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
This beautiful long strand features 250 soft and dark salmon color Coral beads. The recently re-strong 1930's strands measures 38 inch long, making it easy to be worn nestled into t...
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Mid-20th Century Romantic Beaded Necklaces

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Coral, 14k Gold

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W 0.17 in. L 0.31 in.
Long Necklace Antique Jade
By Giulia Colussi
Located in Milan, IT
Long necklace linked in bronze antique cinese jade carved snuff bottle, antique Chinese murrina beads. Total length 80cm. All Giulia Colussi jewelry is new and has never been previo...
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2010s Artisan Chain Necklaces

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Jade, Bronze

Antique Bohemian Garnet Necklace
Located in New York, NY
Antique base metal rose tone necklace with Bohemian garnets (multiple stones are chipped). Necklace is 16.5" long, pendant (center point) is 58mm wide. Weight - 103.8 grams.
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Antique 19th Century More Necklaces

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Garnet

Antique Diamond Fringe Necklace
Located in London, GB
An antique French diamond fringe necklace, collet set rose cut diamond necklace, alternatively set with a graduated old cut diamond drop, estimated total diamond weight 12.00ct, the ...
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Antique 1890s Victorian More Necklaces

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Diamond, 18k Gold

Antique French Gold Necklace
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Very beautiful French victorian necklace. Gold 18K. Made in 19th century. The weight is 43 grams. The design is original
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Antique 1860s Chain Necklaces

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Gold, 18k Gold

Necklace, Antique, Garnet, Gold
Located in EL Waalre, NL
Antique Garnet necklace with 14 carat Gold lock. This composed necklace with antique garnets, facetted. The bigger garnet beads are dark and in well combination with the more red Py...
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Antique 1880s Victorian Beaded Necklaces

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Garnet, Yellow Gold, Gold

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L 16.93 in.
Antique Coral Gold Necklace
Located in New York, NY
Moguldiam Inc Antique Coral Gold Necklace. Coral Measurements : 18mm-18mm-15mm Necklace length : 11 1/4 inches with pendant 10 1/2 inches without pendant
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Vintage 1920s Pendant Necklaces

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Coral, Gold

Antique Moonstone Gold Necklace
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
This wonderful necklace is an extraordinary example of delicacy and superior workmanship. Each of the 57 cabochon moonstones has been expertly set and attached to the necklace- seem...
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Early 20th Century Art Nouveau More Necklaces

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Moonstone, 14k Gold

Antique Gold Collar Necklace
Located in London, GB
A Victorian 15ct gold collar necklace, comprised of brick style links, with a matt finish, circa 1870. Length approximately 420mm, width approximately 18mm.
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Antique 1870s Victorian Choker Necklaces

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Gold, 15k Gold, Yellow Gold

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L 16.54 in.
Antique Diamond Cluster Necklace
Located in London, GB
A Victorian cluster necklace, mounted in silver-upon-gold, set with approximately 27.00ct of old-cut diamonds. This adaptable necklace has clasps which allow it to break into three p...
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Antique 1880s Victorian Link Necklaces

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Diamond, Gold, Silver

Large Natural Coral and Diamond Antique Necklace, circa 1910-1920
Located in Aspen, CO
Coral Necklace with 47 natural large coral, ranging in size from 7.7 mm up to 18.2 mm. This antique necklace, recently restrung, terminates with a diamond and gold clasp. This neck...
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Early 20th Century Late Victorian More Necklaces

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Coral, Diamond, 18k Gold

Antique Gold Dog Necklace
Located in Firenze, IT
Designed as a brick link chain with a sides engraved cartouche containing a dog shaped plaque suspending two lines of the same design of the chain joined by a scroll engraved eleme...
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Antique Late 19th Century Victorian Drop Necklaces

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Yellow Gold, Gold

Antique Berlin Iron Necklace
Located in Munich, Bavaria
Delicate cast Berlin Iron necklace. This exquisite fine cast has been designed and executed in 1820-1830 ca. either by a Berlin or a Gleiwitz foundry.
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Antique 1820s More Necklaces

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Berlin Iron

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W 3.15 in. L 15.95 in.
Antique Cut Steel Necklace
Located in Baltimore, MD
A fine example of an ornate cut steel necklace with two sizes of rosettes, including along the collar as well as the clasp, with tassels dripping from the five central rosettes. The ...
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Antique 1840s High Victorian Pendant Necklaces

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Cut Steel

Antique Shakudo Elements Necklace
Located in Dallas, TX
Spectacular, one-of-a-kind Shakudo Elements Necklace, 17.5". Each shakudo element has retained all of its original qualities. The base metal on this necklace is made of steel, and in...
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20th Century Link Necklaces

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Base Metal, Yellow Gold, Stainless Steel, 18k Gold

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W 1 in. Dm 6.75 in. L 17.5 in.
Elegant Antique Gold Necklace
Located in New York, NY
Intricately scrolled filaments of handworked gold form beautiful curlicues to surround the wearer's face. Crafted in 18 karat yellow gold, the necklace measures 15.75 inches.
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Antique Late 19th Century Choker Necklaces

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18k Gold

Antique Coral Drop Necklace
Located in Banbury, GB
This is a classic design in coral jewellery. The focus of this necklace is the three elongated teardrops that hang beautifully below the chain. In the very centre of the necklace is ...
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Antique 19th Century Drop Necklaces

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Coral, Yellow Gold

Antique Gutta Percha Necklace
Located in Baltimore, MD
Smart and tailored gutta percha necklace or collar, tie it on and walk away. Gutta percha is a black or brown hard rubber like material made from the sap of a Malayan tree. In the la...
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Antique Late 19th Century Victorian Drop Necklaces

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W 1.25 in.
Antique Moonstone Necklace Gold
Located in Baltimore, MD
Lovely Edwardian moonstone necklace set in 15K gold. Moonstones became popular during the Art Nouveau period in the late 19th and early 20th century. As a talisman for fertility, lo...
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Antique Early 1900s Edwardian Drop Necklaces

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Moonstone, 15k Gold

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L 16.5 in.
Antique Moonstone Silver Necklace
Located in Baltimore, MD
Wonderful Edwardian moonstone necklace set in silver. It is said if your lover gives you a moonstone necklace when the moon is full you will always have a passion for each other. Mo...
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Vintage 1910s Edwardian Drop Necklaces

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Moonstone, Silver

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L 15.75 in.
Necklace, Sapphire, Gold, Antique Dutch
Located in EL Waalre, NL
Antique necklace, 14 karat yellow gold clasp with 3 rows of sapphire beads. It dates from the period 1880-1890. The openwork closure and the style of the decoration refer to Dutch or...
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Antique 1880s Victorian Beaded Necklaces

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Sapphire, Gold, Yellow Gold

Antique Cut Steel Necklace
Located in Baltimore, MD
Floral rondelles, the five central ones with tassels, comprise this lovely cut steel necklace. Multi-faceted cut steel jewelry was popular during the 18th and mid 19th century. The ...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Victorian Drop Necklaces

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Steel

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H 1.75 in. L 15.50 in.
Antique Long Silver Necklace
Located in Litchfield, CT
Circa 1890s, silver. This beautiful silver necklace is an elegant example of nineteenth-century jewelry. The mixed textures give it stylistic strength. At 55 inches long, it can be ...
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Antique 1890s Victorian Chain Necklaces

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Silver

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L 55.0 in.
Antique Garnet Rivière Necklace
Located in London, GB
This is a glorious and regal antique garnet rivière necklace mounted in 18 karat yellow gold, comprising a single row of thirty-one graduated flat oval cut garnets, accented by beade...
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Antique 19th Century Link Necklaces

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Garnet, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

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L 14.97 in.
Antique Necklace Rock Crystal Diamonds Heart Enamel Hearts Enamel Lockets
Located in Munich, Bavaria
Wonderful necklace made out of four hearts and three round enamelled lockets. All the pendants are suspended from a victorian watch chain, a so called Albert. At the centre of the ne...
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Antique 1870s Victorian Pendant Necklaces

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Diamond, Rock Crystal, Enamel

Antique 1.51 Carat Cushion Cut Diamond 14 Karat Gold Paperclip Link Necklace
By Jack Weir and Sons
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Looking to update or add to your collection? This year, chic, gold and stylish pieces are in the lead of all fashion trends. Consider this Jack Weir and Sons original 1.51 carat Anti...
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2010s Chain Necklaces

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Diamond, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Antique Gold Albert Chain Necklace
Located in London, GB
An antique gold Albert chain, with three dimensional long oval and barrel shaped links. This can be converted to a necklace, Circa 1870.
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Antique 1870s Victorian Chain Necklaces

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Gold

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W 0.44 in. L 16.54 in.
Necklace, Antique, Silver, Rhinestone, 1850
Located in EL Waalre, NL
Silver Necklace, set with rose cut Rhinestones, 27 links, integrated lock. This antique necklace consists of 26 rosette-shaped links set with rose-cut rock crystals. The closure is ...
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Quartz, Silver

Antique Style Diamond Drop Necklace
Located in Montgomery, AL
This beautiful diamond necklace is a contemporary piece, crafted in an Art Deco antique style. The 14K white gold pendant features a trinity drop style with extensive engravings, mil...
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Mid-20th Century Art Deco Pendant Necklaces

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Diamond, 14k Gold, White Gold

Dramatic Antique Bohemian Garnet Necklace
Located in Aspen, CO
Late 19th century, this piece consisted of milgrained and bezel set rose cut natural garnets in a yellow base metal necklace. There are 87 deep red natural rose cut garnets - weighi...
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Antique Late 19th Century Late Victorian Drop Necklaces

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Garnet, Base Metal

Antique French Filigree Chain Necklace
Located in Litchfield, CT
Circa 1890s, 18k, France. This 60-inch-long antique French necklace features elegant handmade filigree elements. Stylishly versatile, it can be worn long, wrapped once, or layered w...
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Antique 1890s Chain Necklaces

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Yellow Gold, 18k Gold

Edwardian Antique Diamond Gold Necklace
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
An original piece from the late Edwardian period, circa 1910. It features a large round European cut diamond weighing approximately 1 carat with a millgrain finish around the setting...
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Early 20th Century Pendant Necklaces

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Diamond, White Gold, Silver, Gold, 14k Gold

Antique French Filigree Gold Necklace
Located in Litchfield, CT
Circa 1890s, 18k, French. Featuring fine detail and superb construction, this antique French necklace has a stylish town and country look. The oval elements are handmade scrolled fi...
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Antique 1890s Victorian Chain Necklaces

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18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Antique Coral Bead Multi-Strand Necklace
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful antique necklace comprised of several strands of coral beads. Made in Italy, circa nineteenth century.
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Antique 19th Century Beaded Necklaces

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Coral, Yellow Gold

Antique French Filigree Gold Necklace
Located in Litchfield, CT
Circa 1890, 18k, France. This 62-inch-long 18k yellow gold filigree necklace is a charming and unusually profuse example of this type of nineteenth-century French jewelry. Whether w...
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Antique 1890s Link Necklaces

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18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Antique Victorian 19th Century Garnet Fringe Necklace in Yellow Gold
Located in London, GB
Antique timeless classic necklace, a Late 19th century 9 ct yellow gold and garnet fringe necklace. The necklace itself consists of a simple yellow gold chain but the magic is these ...
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Antique Late 19th Century Late Victorian Drop Necklaces

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Garnet, 9k Gold, Yellow Gold

Antique Carved Coral Gold Necklace
Located in New York, NY
Antique 14k gold clasp necklace with carved corals. Necklace s 17" long, elements are 25mm to 56mm (longest center one). Tested 14k. Weight - 47.5 grams.
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Coral, Gold

Antique Gold Coral Bead Necklace
Located in New York, NY
18k gold necklace clasp. Coral beads - 5.1mm to 11.3mm. Measures - 19" long. Marked/Tested on safety clasp 12kt, 18k (necklace clasp). Weight 31.8 grams.
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Antique Necklace For Sale on 1stDibs

Surely you’ll find the exact antique necklace you’re seeking on 1stDibs — we’ve got a vast assortment for sale. Frequently made of Gold, Yellow Gold and 18k Gold, this item was constructed with great care. Find an antique version now, or shop for 1247 vintage or 163 modern creation for a more contemporary example of these cherished accessories. Finding the perfect antique necklace may mean sifting through those created during different time periods — you can find an early version that dates to the 18th Century and a newer variation that were made as recently as the 21st Century. As it relates to this specific piece, our collection includes designs that are universally popular, but .5 Carat and 1 Carat carat weights, specifically, are sought with frequency. There have been many well-made iterations of the classic antique necklace over the years, but those made by Giulia Colussi, Natkina and Glorious Antique Jewelry Collection are often thought to be among the most beautiful. Take a look at an antique necklace featuring Diamond from our inventory today to add the perfect touch to your look. See these pages for a round cut iteration of this accessory, while there are also antique cushion cut cut and old european cut cut versions available here, too. Most of our antique necklace for sale are for women, but there are 449 pieces available to browse for men.

How Much is a Antique Necklace?

Prices for an antique necklace can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, these accessories begin at $120 and can go as high as $120, while this accessory, on average, fetches $4,497.

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 universally beloved 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.