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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RUBY PEARL NECKLACE Burma Rubies with Japanese Pearls Large 9ct Gold Fastener Approx 20 inches Length
PLATINUM DIAMOND NECKLACE CHAIN140 Brilliant Cut Fine Quality Diamonds 58cms Long Heavy 484gms Platinum 8mm Diameter Balls10 Diamonds Set in Each All Unique Hand Made Platinum
CULTURED PEARLS 2 ROW Japanese Cultured Pearls 25mm Diameter Gold Diamond Fastener Immaculate Condition Length 40cms
NATURAL PEARL PENDANT 28mm X 26mm 18ct Gold 2 Diamonds Excellent Condition 18 inch Chain
LAVA STONE PENDANT 9ct Gold Frame Chain 24mm X 20mm
LARGE DIAMOND PENDANT 18ct White Gold Mount 18ct White Gold Chain 18 inch chain length Approx 160ct Diamonds Colour G Diamonds Purity VS2 to SI2
DIAMOND CROSS LARGE 6cts Baguette Brilliant Cut South African Diamonds 18ctWhite Gold 18 inches White 18ct Gold Chain 60mm X 40mm
SOUTH SEA CULTURED PEARLS 12mm Diameter Diamond Gold Fastener 44cms Long Excellent Condition
GREEN PINK TOURMALINE NECKLACE Gold Diamond Fastener 46cms long Circa 1970s Excellent Condition
18ct WHITE GOLD DIAMOND PENDANT CHAIN Large 18ct White Gold Approx 15cts Diamonds 18 Stones Brilliant Cut 11gms 8ctGold Size 23mm X 18mm
CULTURED PEARLS WITH TOPAZ CITRINES South Sea Cultured Pearls Fully Facetted Topaz Citrines Solid Gold Fastener 40cms Long Immaculate Condition
FINE CULTURED PEARLS Solid 9ct Gold Fastener 115mm Diameter Pearls 43cms Long Each Pearl String Knotted Very Fine Surface Lustre
FINE CULTURED PEARL COLLAR 9ct Gold Fittings Adjustable Length 40cms to 57cms 75mm 45mm Pearls
CULTURED PEARLS 3 ROW South Sea Japanese Pearls Three Rows 5mm Diameter Diamond Gold Fastener 36 cms Long Immaculate Condition
CALIFORNIAN PINK CULTURED PEARLSTwo Rows 65mm DiaPearlLength 35cms Short9ct Gold FastenerEach Pearl Knotted
AMETHYST DIAMOND NECKLACE Natural Amethyst 165mm Diameter Beads White Gold Fastener Diamond Set Spacers Length 45cms
105cts Fine Diamonds 34mm X 22mm 18 inch White Gold Chain Hallmarked 18ct Gold
Cultured Pearls 42cms Long Approx Large 10mm Diameter Circa 1980s Diamond Gold Fastener Each Pearl Knotted Immaculate Condition Price £1400
18ct Gold Pendant Chain South African Diamonds Approx Carat 30mm X 20mm Vintage Circa 1950 £750
This is a beautiful example of a quality hand made gold and pearl necklace
Lovely Italian Art Deco 18ct gold Peridot set jewellery suite Consists of clip on earrings with square peridots in a square gold setting with matching pendant The rope chain is
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