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.
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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 is an attractive sterling silver ornate chain necklace that would be ideal worn on its own or with a delicate pendant Original piece of jewellery from Art Nouveau period
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
This is a stunning Art Nouveau antique natural green tourmaline and ruby necklace set in 15ct yellow gold A very high quality piece which are increasingly difficult to findHALLMARKS-Hallmarked for
This is a very beautiful 1920s Art Deco silver marcasite pendant necklace It is beautifully hand crafted in solid silver the pierced filigree design has intricate detail To the centre
This is a beautiful unique Long Art Deco glass bead necklace This necklace has lovely glass beads that have a rich golden glow to them and remind me of tigers
This is a lovely 1920s Art Deco Silver Crystal necklace The square open back setting and links are all sterling silver They are prong set with square facet cut amber
This is a striking original Czech Art Deco era necklace c1920s It is chromed metal with faux lapis glass beads and stones in the style of Neiger Brothers with lovely
This is a pretty antique necklace from the Art Deco era The square open back setting and links are all sterling silver They are prong set with square facet cut
A really delightful Vintage Art Deco silver marcasite necklace Wonderful as a unique heirloom bridal necklace or special birthday gift It is all silver and the pretty ribbon and bow
This is a Victorian antique Vulcanite huge chain mourning necklace Cameo Pendant and hook clasp authentic 19th Century necklaceAttractive stunning necklace dark brown colour
The antique necklet has a flower designto the centre with s shaped arms to either side This neckletsection contains 28 pearls of graduated sizes The neck chain is a fine
Antique Gorgeous Victorian Gold NecklacePendant Brooch chain with barrel fastenerPendant with seed pearls Turquoise flower shape design
Antique 19th Century Victorian 15ct gold necklace with Turquoise beads marked 15ct gold on the fastener Tested as 15 ct goldLength 40cm OR 15 34 inches Weight 6g7 x
This is an amazing Antique Chinese necklace with carved carnelian beads antique Chinese carved Hetian nephrite jade beads and cloisonne beads with a silver filigree clasp it has mark
This is an attractive Vintage silver 925 box link neck chain with beautiful silver and cubic zirconia Christian crosscrucifix Good secure bolt ring which is stamped with the silver purity
This attractive gold pendant is crafted from 9ct yellow gold The pendant is oval in shape with three facet cut rubies made into a flower design The pendant is unbacked
19th Century Amber NecklaceFaceted graduating beads with its own glowLength 47cm
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