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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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
This is a beautiful and highly collectable pendant by the Anglo-German company Murrle Bennett Co who operated operated from 1896 through to 1914 - the founders Ernst Murrle and
Immaculate unisex hallmarked sterling silver chain measuring 16 inches in lengthCarries a London import 1979 hallmarkDATE 1979MAKER or SPONSOR MARK ASSAY OFFICE London Import MarksWEIGHT Grammes
This is a delightful Art Deco blue bead necklace in Wedding Cake design
Attractive Vintage silver 925 Ladies box link neck chain with beautiful silver and cubic zirconia Christian cross crucifixGood secure bolt ring which is stamped with the silver purity 925
This is a stunning 18ct yellow gold natural coral and cultured pearl necklaceHALLMARKS-Hallmarked 750 on the clasoMEASUREMENTS-Cultured pearls 3mmCoral pieces- vary in size but approx 10 x 5mm Necklace length
This is a stunning original Art Deco diamond lavaliere necklace these are stunning stonesHALLMARKS-Not Hallmarked but throughout tested as platinumTHIS IS AN EXCEPTIONAL PIECEMEASUREMENTS-A multitude of diamond encrusting this necklace
Offered for sale is this beautiful antique rose 9CT gold guard chain
DIAMOND SAPPHIRE EARRINGS PENDANT 18ct White Gold Chain Settings earrings 160cts Kashmir Sapphires 075cts Brilliant Cut DiamondsPENDANT 100ct Kashmire Sapphires 075cts Brilliant Cut Diamonds
This is beautiful piece of original 1920s Scottish Iona jewellery - the piece doesnt carry standard UK hallmarks but instead has an early Alexander Ritchie conjoined AR mark along with
ANTIQUE ART NOUVEAU sterling SILVER NECKLACE ENAMEL Agate DRAGONFLYAn antique sterling silver Art Nuveau necklace hand made with translucent enameled Dragonfly in purples shades with Agate stone bodyATTENTON catcher
This is a beautiful and very wearable pendant from the late 19th or early 20th century The pendant is manufactured from 835 grade silver and is typical of the style
This is a stunning antique 369 carat diamond and 065 carat sapphire 10 carat yellow gold and silver set necklace with a platinum chain part of our diverse antique jewellery
JAPANESE CULTURED PEARLS Two Rows Diamond Gold Fastener Each Pearl Knotted 115mm Pearls
JAPANESE THREE ROW CULTURED PEARLS Large 9ct Gold Fastener 47cms Long Approx 10mm DiaPearls
RUBY PEARL NECKLACE Burma Rubies with Japanese Pearls Large 9ct Gold Fastener Approx 20 inches Length
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