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Gemstone: Diamond
Lauren Harper Rainbow Moonstone Egg White Diamond Double Links Long Necklace
Located in Dallas, TX
Long Drop Necklace handcrafted by award-winning jewelry designer Lauren Harper showcasing a spectacular large rainbow moonstone egg set with signature-finished 18k yellow gold vines ...
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2010s Artisan Diamond Drop Necklaces

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Diamond, White Diamond, Rainbow Moonstone, Moonstone, Multi-gemstone, Go...

Emeralds Maravellous 18.76ct Certified Colombian Emerald Diamond Platinum Pend/B
Located in Brunswick, ME
An exquisite statement Brooch/Pendant necklace featuring an oval cut natural Colombian emerald weighing 16.16 carats set in a ribbon motif brooch. The ribbon is set with tapered bagu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Art Deco Diamond Drop Necklaces

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Diamond, White Diamond, Emerald, Platinum

Belle Époque Antique Diamond Platinum Locket Necklace
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 1910 This superbly crafted fifth anniversary necklace is made entirely in platinum. The front of the pendant is designed as stylized floral petals arranged in concentric circle...
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Early 20th Century Belle Époque Diamond Drop Necklaces

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Diamond, Platinum

Antique 19th Century Burma Ruby 7 Carat Diamond Pendant
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 1870 A very fine example of high Victorian era jewelry, this silver topped 14K gold (front- silver, back – gold) pendant is designed as a flower head centered with a natural un...
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Late 19th Century Victorian Antique Diamond Drop Necklaces

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Diamond, Ruby, 14k Gold, Silver

Chopard So Happy Diamonds Heart 18k Yellow Gold Pendant Necklace with Box
Located in Birmingham, GB
Chopard So Happy Diamonds 18k White Gold Heart Pendant Necklace. Inspired by drops of water, Chopard's Happy Diamonds Icons collection features diamonds that are free to swirl grace...
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21st Century and Contemporary Diamond Drop Necklaces

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Diamond, White Diamond, Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Yellow Diamond Necklace
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful and important yellow diamond necklace with yellow diamond drop. 31.86 carats of yellow diamonds and 68.35 carats of white diamonds set in 18k yellow gold and plati...
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21st Century and Contemporary Diamond Drop Necklaces

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Diamond, White Diamond, Yellow Diamond, 18k Gold, Platinum

Blue Sapphire and Diamond Drop Necklace
Located in New York, NY
A GRAND piece. 77.40 carats of fine Ceylon Blue Sapphires 36.01 carats of white round brilliant cut diamonds. 18k white gold 2.5 inch long center drop, 16.5 inch length that c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Diamond Drop Necklaces

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Diamond, White Diamond, Blue Sapphire

Emerald and Diamond Necklace
Located in New York, NY
A grand emerald and diamond necklace. 39.09 carats of fine green emerald, 48.47 carats of white round and pear shaped diamonds. Set in platinum The necklace measures 16.5 inches...
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21st Century and Contemporary Diamond Drop Necklaces

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White Diamond, Emerald, Platinum

Alexander 2.99ct Emerald with Pave Diamond 18k White Gold Pendant Necklace
Located in BEVERLY HILLS, CA
Beautiful modern emerald and diamond pendant 1 pear shape emerald, 2.99 carats. Complimented by round brilliant diamonds, 0.78 carats. Approximately G/H color and SI clarity. 18k whi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Diamond Drop Necklaces

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Diamond, Emerald, 18k Gold, White Gold

Ruby and Diamond Tassel
Located in New York, NY
An important Ruby and Diamond Tassel Necklace 175 carats of fine Ruby and 8.38 carats of white round brilliant diamonds. 30 inch removable diamond by yard chain, set in white gol...
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21st Century and Contemporary Diamond Drop Necklaces

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Diamond, Ruby

Diamond Snake Necklace, Yellow Gold, Serpent Pendant Necklace, 7 Diamond Snake
Located in Austin, TX
Snakes have long been a popular item for fine jewelry! This snake shows well with its diamond head and solid 14 karat yellow gold. This necklace includes the chain! The details for t...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Diamond Drop Necklaces

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Diamond, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Alexander 1.78ct Oval Emerald with Diamond Halo 18k White Gold Pendant Necklace
Located in BEVERLY HILLS, CA
Stunning emerald pendant of superb color, with double diamond halo and diamond by the yard chain. Simple yet modern. Created by Alexander Beverly Hills. 3.27 carats total gemstone we...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Diamond Drop Necklaces

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Diamond, Emerald, 18k Gold, White Gold

Antique Late 19th Century Diamond Brooch Necklace
Located in Chicago, IL
1890s This convertible brooch / pendant of intricate floral design has a detachable bail and pin. The brooch / pendant is crafted in silver-topped 14K gold (front – silver, back – go...
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Late 19th Century Victorian Antique Diamond Drop Necklaces

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Diamond, 14k Gold, Silver

Victorian Sapphire and Diamond Necklace
Located in New York, NY
A one of a kind necklace from the late 1800s with cabochon sapphires of stunning quality surrounded by old mine diamonds. Depicted in full page spread in the "The History of Jewelry...
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Late 18th Century Victorian Antique Diamond Drop Necklaces

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Diamond, Blue Sapphire

2.20ct Diamond Peace Sign Pendant 18k Yellow Gold
Located in BEVERLY HILLS, CA
Modern peace sign diamond pendant. 146 round brilliant diamonds, 2.20 carats. Approximately H/I color and SI clarity. 18-karat yellow gold. Accommodated with an up to date appraisal ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Diamond Drop Necklaces

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Diamond, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

7 Ct Ethiopian Opal & Diamond Pendant / Necklace 14 Karat + 14 Kt Gold Chain
Located in New York, NY
Approximately 7 Carat Ethiopian Opal & Diamond Pendant / Necklace 14 Karat + 14 Kt Gold Chain This spectacular Pendant Necklace consisting of a single Ethiopian Opal Approximately ...
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2010s Diamond Drop Necklaces

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Opal, Diamond, Yellow Gold, Gold, 14k Gold

Eighteen Karat White and Yellow Kunzite and Diamond Pendant Necklace
Located in New York, NY
18 karats white and yellow gold necklace pendant with large kunzite and diamond Genuine intense oval kunzite weighing 30.85 carats Diamonds weighing 0.65 carats Pendant measuring 1 i...
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2010s Contemporary Diamond Drop Necklaces

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Diamond, Kunzite, Gold, 18k Gold, White Gold, Yellow Gold

Edwardian Diamond Platinum Pearl Pendant Necklace Victorian, circa 1900
Located in New York, NY
An extraordinary museum quality Edwardian - Victorian Pendant Necklace with 21 Old European Cut Diamonds of incredible G color totaling 1.1 Carat. The brilliantly white diamonds are...
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Early 20th Century Edwardian Diamond Drop Necklaces

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Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, 18k Gold

Carrera Y Carrera Hand Pendant Necklace 18K Yellow Gold and White Diamonds
Located in North Miami Beach, FL
18K Yellow Gold 10.59 gm White Diamonds 0.15cttw Necklace Made In Spain Retail $5,200.00
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Early 2000s Diamond Drop Necklaces

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White Diamond, Yellow Gold, 18k Gold

PANIM Mille Etoiles Necklace with 5 Dancing Briolettes Diamonds in 18Kwhite Gold
Located in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
PANIM Mille Etoiles Necklace with 5 Dancing Briolettes Diamonds in 18K White Gold This necklace feature 5 white diamond full drops cut as "Briolettes". They have been pierced and ha...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Diamond Drop Necklaces

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Diamond, White Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

18 Karat Yellow Gold Three Drop Necklace with Uncut Diamonds
Located in Singapore, SG
This stunning necklace is festooned with 3 Polki Diamonds (Uncut Diamonds) pendants set in 18 Karat Yellow Gold, adding shine to your eternal sparkle! Size: Adjustable. 16in - 18in. ...
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2010s Contemporary Diamond Drop Necklaces

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Diamond, Yellow Gold, 18k Gold

Emerald and Diamond Tassel Necklace
Located in New York, NY
An important Emerald and Diamond Tassel Necklace 118 carats of fine Emerald and 8.33 carats of white round brilliant diamonds. 30 inch removable diamond by yard chain, set in whit...
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21st Century and Contemporary Diamond Drop Necklaces

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Diamond, Emerald

Joke Quick Fancy Pink Green Blue Diamond 18 Karat White Gold Pendant
Located in Antwerp, BE
One of a Kind Pendant handmade in Belgium the traditional way ( no casting or printing envolved) by jewellery designer Joke Quick, in 18K white gold 12g and Mosaic pave set with Fanc...
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2010s Contemporary Diamond Drop Necklaces

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Diamond, Blue Diamond, Yellow Diamond, Pink Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

Dalben 1.5 Carat Pear Shape Diamond White Gold Necklace
Located in Como, IT
Dalben design One of a Kind 18k white gold necklace with one light brown pear shape rose cut diamond weight 1,5 carat and a floral motif with rose cut diamonds weigh 0,21 carat. T...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Diamond Drop Necklaces

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Diamond, White Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

Fourteen Karat White Gold Diamond Luck Hand Charm Yellow Gold Necklace Pendant
Located in New York, NY
Fourteen karat yellow chain 16" long Fourteen karat white gold diamond hand charm weighing 0.28 carat Hand Charm measuring 0.25-0.35 inches Cable chain necklace with a spring lock Ne...
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2010s Contemporary Diamond Drop Necklaces

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Diamond, Gold, 14k Gold, White Gold, Yellow Gold

Michael Kneebone Viking Bronze Cross Pearl Diamond 18k Gold Pendant
Located in Austin, TX
An antique Viking cross is featured in this elegantly fashioned pendant. The artifact is estimated to date from 10-13th century. The cross has been carefully sculpted and then cast...
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2010s Contemporary Diamond Drop Necklaces

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Pearl, Diamond, 18k Gold, Bronze

Antique 4.21 Carat Diamond and Yellow Gold Pendant and Brooch
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
A stunning antique Art Nouveau 4.21 carat diamond and 18 karat yellow gold, silver set pendant / brooch; part of our diverse antique jewelry and estate jewelry collections. This stu...
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Early 1900s Antique Diamond Drop Necklaces

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Contemporary Diamond and Platinum Solitaire Pendant
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
A fine 0.27 carat diamond and platinum solitaire pendant; part of our contemporary jewelry and estate jewelry collections. This impressive diamond solitaire pendant has been crafted...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Diamond Drop Necklaces

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Diamond, Platinum

Playful Spinning Flowers Sapphire Diamond 18 Karat Yellow Gold Pendant on Chain
Located in Tustin, CA
Elegant and stylized estate 18 karat yellow gold pendant on chain features two spinning flowers with prong set round brilliant diamond centers and 6 prong set, marquise cut blue sapp...
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Late 20th Century Contemporary Diamond Drop Necklaces

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Diamond, Sapphire, White Diamond, Blue Sapphire, Yellow Gold, 18k Gold

5.66 Carat Aquamarine and 1 Carat Diamond Pendant / Necklace 14 Karat White Gold
Located in New York, NY
5.66 Carat Aquamarine and 1 Carat Diamond Pendant / Necklace 14 Karat White Gold This spectacular Pendant Necklace consisting of a single round Shape Aquamarine exactly 5.66 Carat. T...
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2010s Diamond Drop Necklaces

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Aquamarine, Diamond, White Gold, 14k Gold

Vintage 1980s Diamond and White Gold Heart Pendant
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
A fine and impressive vintage 0.55 carat diamond and 18 karat white gold heart shaped pendant; part of our vintage jewelry and estate jewelry collections. This fine and impressive v...
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1980s Vintage Diamond Drop Necklaces

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Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

18K Yellow Gold Moon Necklace in Blue Topaz and Diamond
Located in Boston, MA
Blue Topaz Necklace in 18K Gold studded with oval cut topaz pieces and diamonds. Accessorize your look with this elegant blue topaz drop necklace. This stunning piece of jewelry inst...
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2010s Modern Diamond Drop Necklaces

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Blue Topaz, Diamond, Yellow Gold

Handcraft Coral 18 Karat Yellow Gold Labradorite Diamonds Pendant Necklace
Located in Marcianise, IT
The Scala Gioielli & Figli is pleased to announce to all its customers who purchase outside the European Community an additional 10% discount from the list price on all its items. Th...
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21st Century and Contemporary Artisan Diamond Drop Necklaces

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Labradorite, Agate, Onyx, Peridot, Coral, Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold,...

Ruby and Diamond Pendant in White Gold on White Gold Chain
Located in Yorkshire, West Yorkshire
Four marquise cut rubies are set in a white claw setting to a centrally set, round brilliant cut diamond approx 0.10ct to a circular, 18ct white gold pendant mount with polished whit...
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20th Century Modern Diamond Drop Necklaces

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Diamond, Ruby, White Gold

Unique Amethyst Pink Topaz Diamonds White Gold 14K Necklace for Her
Located in Montreux, CH
Necklace White Gold 14K (Matching Ring Available) Weight 5,38 grams Size 50 sm Amethyst 1-RND-0,43 2/2A Pink topaz 32-RND-0,87 Т(2)/2A Diamonds 10-RND57-0,09-4/6 With a heritage...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Diamond Drop Necklaces

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Diamond, Amethyst, Topaz, Gold, White Gold

Half Carat Sized White Sapphire and Yellow Diamond Halo Pendant
Located in Whippany, NJ
38M01437-YL Sterling silver pendant featuring a 5mm simulated white sapphire round weighing .56 carats. Accented by 14 natural yellow diamonds weighing .06 carats. 18-inch chain incl...
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2010s Modern Diamond Drop Necklaces

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Yellow Diamond, Sapphire, Yellow Gold, Sterling Silver

New 0.20ctw Cluster and Bezel Set Diamond Station Drop Necklace in 14K Rose Gold
Located in Vienna, VA
New 0.20ctw Cluster and Bezel Set Diamond Station Drop Necklace in 14K Cluster and Bezel Set Diamond Station Drop Necklace 14K Rose Gold Diamonds Carat Weight: Approx. 0.20ctw Neckl...
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21st Century and Contemporary Diamond Drop Necklaces

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Diamond, Rose Gold, 14k Gold

Alex Jona Sterling Silver Cat Pendant Necklace
Located in Torino, IT
Alex Jona design collection, hand crafted in Italy, black rhodium plated sterling silver cat pendant and chain. Also available in 18 karat white gold with white diamonds (see edited ...
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2010s Diamond Drop Necklaces

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Diamond, White Diamond, Sterling Silver

Diamond Emerald Necklace 18k Gold 1.95T CW Italy Certified
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Natural Finely Faceted Quality Emerald Diamond Necklace 18k Gold 1.95 TCW Italy Certified $3,950 920739 This is a Unique Custom Made Glamorous Piece of Jewelry! MADE IN ITALY Noth...
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2010s Modern Diamond Drop Necklaces

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Diamond, Emerald, White Gold, 18k Gold

Vintage 1970s 1.59 Carat Sapphire Diamond Yellow Gold Pendant
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An impressive vintage 1970s 1.59 carat sapphire and 0.32 carat diamond, 18 karat yellow gold pendant; part of our diverse gemstone jewelry collections. This fine and impressive sapp...
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1970s Vintage Diamond Drop Necklaces

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Diamond, Sapphire, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Chopard Happy Diamond Puff Heart 18k Gold Necklace
Located in Miami, FL
Adore this delightful and artistic Diamond Authentic Chopard Happy Diamond necklace pendant, set with the finest Chopard round brilliant cut diamonds in its original Chopard Box. Th...
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1990s Modern Diamond Drop Necklaces

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Diamond, 18k Gold

Roman Malakov, Five-Stone Round Diamond Constellation Drop Pendant Necklace
Located in New York, NY
A simple pendant necklace showcasing five graduating round diamonds, set in a constellation style drop in 14 karat white gold. Diamonds weigh 1.54 carats total. Suspended on a yellow...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Diamond Drop Necklaces

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Diamond, 14k Gold

Vintage Belgian 1950s Diamond and Yellow Gold Necklace
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
A stunning vintage Belgian 1950s 0.54 carat diamond and 18 karat yellow gold necklace; part of our diverse vintage jewelry and estate jewelry collections. This stunning, fine and im...
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1950s Vintage Diamond Drop Necklaces

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

DiamondTown 1.75 Carat Vivid Blue Sapphire and Diamond Clover Pendant
Located in New York, NY
(DiamondTown) This beautiful pendant features a clover design made of four oval cut and one princess cut vivid blue sapphires (total weight 1.75 carats), surrounded by a halo of roun...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Diamond Drop Necklaces

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Diamond, Sapphire, Blue Sapphire, 18k Gold, White Gold

Lightning Bolt with Natural Brown Diamond Rose Gold Sterling Silver Pendant
Located in Whippany, NJ
30M01438-RG Sterling silver pendant featuring 26 natural brown diamonds weighing around .12 carats. Set in a electrifying two tone design. 18-inch chain included. This is a perfect g...
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2010s Modern Diamond Drop Necklaces

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Brown Diamond, Rose Gold, Sterling Silver

Blue Topaz Diamond Necklace with a Twist, 6 Carat Cushion Blue Topaz Pendant
Located in Austin, TX
This blue topaz is very classy and stylish with its 5.80 carat cushion shaped blue topaz and its .20 carats of diamonds. The necklace is an amazing statement of a well cut gemstone w...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Diamond Drop Necklaces

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Topaz, Blue Topaz, Diamond, 14k Gold, White Gold

Natural White Diamond Interlocking Circle Pendant 1.25cts TW
Located in New York, NY
Beautiful and classic drop pendant with white diamonds in an interlocking circle form. 50 1.25cts white diamonds 14K White Gold Do not forget to view our entire 1st Dibs inventory!
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Diamond Drop Necklaces

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

Vintage 9.08 Carat Topaz Diamond and 18k Yellow Gold Pendant, Circa 1970
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
A stunning, fine and impressive 9.08 carat topaz, 0.03 carat diamond and 18 karat yellow gold pendant; part of our diverse vintage jewellery and estate jewelry collections. This stu...
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1970s Vintage Diamond Drop Necklaces

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Diamond, Topaz, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Le Vian Rose Gold Pink Sapphire & Diamond Pave Dangle Drop Necklace
Located in Baltimore, MD
Le Vian Rose Gold Pink Sapphire & Diamond Dangle Drop Necklace Metal: 14k rose gold Weight: 7.20 grams Diamonds: .25 CTW G VS (marked D025) Sapphires: 1.50 CTW (marked S150) Chain le...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Diamond Drop Necklaces

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Diamond, Pink Sapphire, Rose Gold

Reversible Libra Carving Cameo Zodiac Diamond 14 Karat Gold Pendant Necklace
Located in Jaipur, Rajasthan
Reversible pendant necklace featuring libra sun sign carving cameo zodiac diamond in 14 karat gold. Introducing our signature libra sun-sign zodiac carving cameo reversible pendant ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Diamond Drop Necklaces

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Agate, Chalcedony, Diamond, Gold, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Reversible Sagittarius Cameo Zodiac Diamond 14 Karat Gold Pendant Necklace
Located in Jaipur, Rajasthan
Reversible pendant necklace featuring sagittarius sun sign carving cameo zodiac diamond in 14 karat gold. Introducing our signature sagittarius sun-sign zodiac carving cameo reversi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Diamond Drop Necklaces

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Agate, Chalcedony, Diamond, Gold, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Ruby and Diamond White Gold Pendant, Circa 2000
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
A fine and impressive contemporary 0.78 carat ruby and 0.28 carat diamond, 18 karat white gold pendant; part of our diverse contemporary jewelry collection. This impressive contempo...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Diamond Drop Necklaces

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Diamond, Ruby, 18k Gold, White Gold

Crystal Opal and Diamond Necklace on Handmade 18k Gold Chain
Located in Santa Monica, CA
This 1.88ct Australian Crystal Opal Necklace is bezel set with .25ct vs quality bezel set Round and Marquis Diamonds. The 18k Matte Yellow Gold chain is all handmade in my studio i...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Diamond Drop Necklaces

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Diamond, Opal, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Harakh GIA Certified Multi-Layer Natural Pink and Colorless Diamond Necklace
Located in New York, NY
Inspired by the Glamorous Indian Haveli (royal abode), this diamond necklace is studded with 38 colorless brilliant round, 428 round Argyle pink diamonds, 46 pear shape full cut, 22 ...
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2010s Contemporary Diamond Drop Necklaces

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Diamond, Pink Diamond, 18k Gold, Rose Gold

Opal Diamond Art Nouveau Flower Pendant Necklace 14 Karat Gold, circa 1910
Located in New York, NY
AN ART NOUVEAU PENDANT IN THE FORM OF A FLOWER SET WITH A SPARKLING ROUND DIAMOND IN THE CENTER OF THE FLOWER WITH A PEAR SHAPED OPAL HANGING PENDANT ALL IN 14 KARAT GOLD. THE WONDE...
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Early 20th Century Art Nouveau Diamond Drop Necklaces

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Diamond, Pearl, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold, Gold

Diamond Yellow Gold "Zipper" Necklace
Located in Berlin, DE
Extravagant necklace made of 750/0 yellow gold and 37 diamonds with a total of 1.15 carats, FW G-vs. The necklace is 88 cm / 34.65 inches long and weighs 135,9 grams / 4.79 ounces. T...
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1970s Modern Vintage Diamond Drop Necklaces

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Diamond, Yellow Gold

Roman Malakov Cluster Diamond Illusion Pendant Necklace
Located in New York, NY
Showcasing a cluster of marquise and princess cut diamonds illusion-set in a round mounting. The illusion setting makes it look like one large diamond. Diamonds weigh 0.62 carats tot...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Diamond Drop Necklaces

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Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

Fully Loaded Diamond Set Cross Pendant with 236 Diamonds 3.00 Carats
Located in London, GB
A fully loaded diamond set cross in 18k white gold. The openwork cross is made up of 236 round brilliant cut diamonds, set to the centre with a princess cut diamond. The central prin...
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21st Century and Contemporary Diamond Drop Necklaces

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Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

Antique and Vintage Diamond Jewelry and Watches

Diamonds and antique diamond jewelry are primarily associated with storybook engagements and red-carpet grand entrances — indeed, this ultra-cherished gemstone has a dramatic history on its hands.

From “A Diamond Is Forever” to “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend,” pop culture has ingrained in our minds that diamonds are the most desired, the most lasting and the most valuable gemstone. But what makes the diamond so special? Each stone — whether it’s rubies, sapphires or another stone — is unique and important in its own right. April babies might claim the stone for themselves, but just about everyone wants this kind of sparkle in their lives!

There are several factors that set diamonds apart from other stones, and these points are important to our gem education. Diamonds are minerals. They are made up of almost entirely of carbon (carbon comprises 99.95 percent; the remainder consists of various trace elements). Diamonds are the hardest gemstones, ranking number 10 on the Mohs Hardness Scale. Even its name, diamond, is rooted in the Greek adamas, or unconquerable. The only object that can scratch a diamond is another diamond. Diamonds are formed deep within the earth at very high temperatures (1,652–2,372 degrees Fahrenheit at depths between 90 and 120 miles beneath earth’s surface) and are carried up by volcanic activity. Diamonds are quite rare, according to the Gemological Institute of America, and only 30 percent of all the diamonds mined in the world are gem quality.

In the 1950s, the Gemological Institute of America developed the 4Cs grading system to classify diamonds: clarity, color, cut and carat weight. Not all diamonds are created equal (there are diamonds, and then there are diamonds). The value of the diamond depends on the clarity (flawless diamonds are very rare but a diamonds value decreases if there are many blemishes or inclusions), color (the less color the higher the grade, cut (how the diamond’s facets catch the light, certain cuts of diamonds show off the stone better than others) and carat weight (the bigger, the better). When you start shopping for a diamond engagement ring, always prioritize the cut, which plays the largest role in the diamond's beauty.

Shop antique and vintage diamond rings, diamond necklaces and other extraordinary diamond jewelry on 1stDibs.

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