An antique necklace is timeless, it can be elegant, striking, delicate, stunning or a statement accessory, it can add a twist to an outfit, dressing it up and catching ones eye. There are many styles of antique and vintage necklaces; classic styles include the bayadere necklace, the bib necklace, the choker necklace and the lavalier necklace. An investment piece, an antique necklace is associated with glamour, class and beauty.
Necklaces are one of the oldest forms of jewellery; the first necklaces would have been strings of shells, rocks, garnet and lapis lazuli. Gold may have been transformed into beads to be strung. Necklaces as an item of jewellery have been an integral part of fashion throughout the ages, dating back to ancient civilisations. Thought to have been worn first around 40,000 years ago during the Stone Ages, necklaces have remained not only as pieces worn prettily to adorn the body but have also signified and represented cultural and religious beliefs as items of dress.
There are a huge array of antique necklaces on the market, including drop pendants, diamond tassel bow pendants, precious gems and stones, pearl necklaces, silver and gold necklaces and chains.
Antique pearl necklaces evoke thoughts of glamorous, sultry actresses; a classic piece a pearl necklace is timeless and stylish. It is possible to purchase a pre 1920’s Victorian, Edwardian, Art Nouveau and Art Deco antique pearl necklace although they are very rare and extremely desirable, mainly due to the fact that pearls used on necklaces from these eras were natural not cultured pearls, as this technique did not become mainstream until 1917. Considerations when buying an investment piece such as an antique or vintage pearl necklace, is its value, age, size and style of pearls. The size of the pearl will affect the antique necklaces value; natural pearls are normally between 3 and 6 mm but they can grow to 15mm.
An antique diamond necklace will never lose its beauty, a classic statement piece it will dazzle alongside any outfit. Considerations when purchasing an antique diamond necklace are the cut, colour, carat and clarity of the diamonds. Antique diamond necklaces will often have imperfections, the shape of the diamonds may be round, and pear or square, and the whiter the diamond the more valuable it is considered. Dependent on your personal style will determine what size or shape diamond necklace you choose and the length of the chain. A timeless piece, an antique diamond necklace would make the perfect gift for a loved one or simply yourself.
An antique gemstone necklace is one of a kind, a bold statement piece it can have a dramatic effect on an outfit. Victorian gemstone necklaces draw influence from Rome and Greece often with a large central gem, during Queen Victoria’s process of mourning for Prince Albert there was a shift in Victorian gemstone necklaces, with namely black onyx and red garnet becoming more popular, indicating her darker mood.
Art Nouveau antique gemstone necklace designs draw inspiration from nature, during this period there is also indicators of Japanese and Asian influences, during the Art Nouveau period there was a move away from diamonds towards semi-precious gemstones and opals. An iconic piece of Art Nouveau jewellery is the ‘dragonfly’, which features frequently at this time.
Edwardian antique necklaces were more feminine and delicate with lighter gemstones. Art Deco antique necklaces incorporated geometric shapes, emeralds, rubies and sapphires, which reflected the use of bright colours from this period, turquoise and coral antique and vintage necklaces are also available.
From the 1940’s onwards-vintage necklaces were reflective of the glamour of Hollywood at the time, extravagant and opulent, vintage pearl necklaces were one of the iconic jewellery pieces of the time.
An antique necklaces can not only be a stunning addition to your jewellery collection but a solid investment. Shop with confidence on LoveAntiques.com as all our items are advertised by trusted antique dealers.
Scroll to see all 70 items.
An Edwardian 9ct gold pendantset with 6 seed pearlsand a vibrant aquamarine Marked 9ct on the plaque on the chainOrigin UKThe chain is approx 16 inchesand the approx length of
DescriptionA beautiful engraved Edwardian sterling silver stamp case pendant Suspended on a later sterling silver chain It has foliate engraving back and front and is in the style of an
This is a large antique sterling silver picture looks locket and chain from the early Edwardian era it is a circular shape mostly smooth with a slim engraved circular border
This is a highly collectable Marius Hammer silver gilt enamel necklace with a seed pearl to the centre The necklace has a barrel clasp with a a twist and lock
A 9ct gold turquoise necklace all the turquoise is original and there are no replacement piecesPlease do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions
A late Victorian antique rose gold and carnelian oval bead necklacePlease do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions
Offered for sale is this amethyst faceted bead with a silver barrel claspPlease do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions
This is a vintage silver 925 very long curb link neck chain Bright traditional curb links - all have a lovely fluid feel them reflecting the light beautifullyGood secure lobster
A gorgeous chunky Victorian aesthetic era sterling silver locket and later silver chain The locket is large and has an all over engraving to the front of fern type leaves
The most grand and tremendous Georgian cut steel necklace this is an absolute showstopper of incredible proportions The craftsmanship that went into these pieces is unbelievable and they would never
This is a very pretty early Victorian moonstone pendant on a fine 9ct gold chain The moonstones are large and arranged in the shape of a flower in the form
This is an absolutely stunning vintage shining and sparkly pave set diamond crucifix pendant The pendant is set on a sterling silver chain unmarked but tests as 925 with a
This is a beautiful antique late Georgian era picture pendant featuring the Holy Mother the Virgin Mary It has been expertly hand crafted in 18ct 18kt yellow gold in
An attractive Art Deco silver necklacenot marked but tested by usset with marcasites and a jade plaque The length of the chain is 16 inches Supplied in a modern presentation
A stunning platinum diamond rock crystal necklace The pendant is faceted rock crystal which has a rose cut diamond and onyx band there are further rose cut diamond in the
This is a beautiful Art Deco 9ct gold and blue crystal necklace not markedbut tested by us as 9ct gold Supplied in a modern presentation box The approx length is
This is a stunning antique 24 carat aquamarine and 217 carat diamond platinum necklace part of our diverse antique jewellery and estate jewelry collectionsThis stunning fine and impressive antique aquamarine
This lovely necklace is a very good quality piece It is solid silver with a fabulous early Art Deco design delineated with milgrain engraving It set with white paste stones
This lovely delicate necklace and earring set features guilloche enamel sections and small bead rings set on a silver chain It has matching earrings and there is also an additional
This is a stunning original Art Nouveau antique diamond lavaliere necklace these are stunning stonesHALLMARKS-Not Hallmarked but throughout tested as platinumMEASUREMENTS-Large old cut natural Diamonds 4- 45mm 4
This is a stunning original Art Nouveau antique diamond lavaliere necklace these are stunning stonesHALLMARKS-Not Hallmarked but throughout tested as platinumMEASUREMENTS-Central Diamond drop 45mm Stunning VS1 and G in
Sign upfor email alerts -Get all the latest antiquessent directly to you