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Gold Necklaces & Pendants

As one of the world’s oldest precious metals, gold is an essential component of jewelry, and gold necklaces are arguably the most central. Ranging from simple strands for suspending pendants to stand-alone statement pieces, vintage gold necklaces blend beauty and backstory.

Gold made its first documented appearance around the 5th century B.C. in present-day Eastern Europe, but its popularity soon spread across the ancient cultures of both Mesopotamia and the Mediterranean. The Sumerians refined metalworking to yield remarkably complex gold jewelry designs, and by 1200 B.C. the ancient Egyptians had added the technique of hammering gold into gold leaf.

It was during these ancient empires that gold began to be used as a means of currency as well, a tradition that continued throughout history. This reinforced the value of the metal as well as its role as a status symbol for those who wore it in jeweled adaptations. Kingdoms sent fleets to find gold around the globe, and wealthy rulers often draped themselves in gold chains as a sign of the wealth and power.


Quick Facts

  • The first gold coins used as currency were produced in the 6th century by the powerful kingdom of Lydia, once located in what is now Turkey
  • A testament to the desirability of gold was the California Gold Rush, which resulted in a population boom in California – from 1,000 to 100,000 in one year’s time – and the extraction of close to $2 billion of precious metals by its end
  • The largest recorded nugget of gold was known as the “Welcome Stranger” nugget and was discovered in southern Australia just below ground in 1869. Amassing just less than 160 pounds, this nugget was melted down shortly after its discovery, which was customary to facilitate its shipping

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14K Yellow Gold Fancy Link Necklace
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14K Yellow Gold Fancy Link Necklace
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Est: $0- $0
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14K Yellow Gold Rope Necklace
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Est: $0- $0
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14k Gold Necklace
Feb 22, 10:00 AM EST
14k Gold Necklace
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Est: $10- $1,000
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18K Yellow Gold Rope Chain Necklace
Feb 24, 10:00 AM MST
18K Yellow Gold Rope Chain Necklace
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$55010 Bids
14KT GOLD SNAKE CHAIN NECKLACE
Feb 25, 3:00 PM PST
14KT GOLD SNAKE CHAIN NECKLACE
by Midnight Sun Antique Auction
Est: $500- $600
$2259 Bids
14K Gold 37G Italian Herringbone 16" Necklace
Feb 22, 12:00 PM EST
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Est: $3,000- $5,000
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AN 18CT GOLD CURB CHAIN
Feb 22, 3:30 PM AEDT
AN 18CT GOLD CURB CHAIN
by Lawsons
Est: AUD150- AUD250
AUD1608 Bids
18ct yellow gold ladies rope twist chain
Feb 25, 12:00 PM AEDT
18ct yellow gold ladies rope twist chain
by Lugosi Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD800- AUD1,200
AUD1,6008 Bids
TWO FOURTEEN KARAT YELLOW GOLD CHAINS
Feb 27, 6:00 PM PST
TWO FOURTEEN KARAT YELLOW GOLD CHAINS
by O'Gallerie
Est: $200- $300
$1607 Bids
A 9CT GOLD BOSTON CHAIN NECKLACE; width 1mm, length 42cm, with bolt ring clasp, wt. 2.85g.
Feb 22, 3:30 PM AEDT
A 9CT GOLD BOSTON CHAIN NECKLACE; width 1mm, length 42cm, with bolt ring clasp, wt. 2.85g.
by Lawsons
Est: AUD100- AUD200
AUD907 Bids
18K Yellow Gold Pendant & Necklace
Feb 24, 10:00 AM MST
18K Yellow Gold Pendant & Necklace
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$5007 Bids
14K Gold Italian Anchor Rope Pendant Necklace 10gr
Feb 28, 12:00 PM EST
14K Gold Italian Anchor Rope Pendant Necklace 10gr
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$3756 Bids
14K Yellow Gold Rope Chain Necklace
Mar 03, 10:00 AM EST
14K Yellow Gold Rope Chain Necklace
by Paul Arsenault Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$356 Bids
14K Gold Rope Chain Necklace
Feb 24, 9:00 AM CST
14K Gold Rope Chain Necklace
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
$1106 Bids
FOURTEEN KARAT YELLOW GOLD CHAIN NECKLACE
Feb 27, 6:00 PM PST
FOURTEEN KARAT YELLOW GOLD CHAIN NECKLACE
by O'Gallerie
Est: $350- $450
$3256 Bids
9k Yellow Gold Flat Curb Link Neck Chain 70cm long
Feb 28, 6:00 PM AEST
9k Yellow Gold Flat Curb Link Neck Chain 70cm long
by Pfeffer's Auctions
Est: AUD800- AUD1,200
AUD1806 Bids
A British gold sovereign pendant, on a 10kt gold link chain.
Feb 21, 9:00 AM PST
A British gold sovereign pendant, on a 10kt gold link chain.
by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
Est: $600- $800
$7006 Bids
14K Yellow Gold Fancy Link Necklace
Feb 24, 10:00 AM MST
14K Yellow Gold Fancy Link Necklace
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$1106 Bids
14K Yellow Gold Herringbone Necklace
Feb 24, 10:00 AM MST
14K Yellow Gold Herringbone Necklace
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$5506 Bids
14k Gold Star Necklace
Feb 22, 10:00 AM EST
14k Gold Star Necklace
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$295 Bids
14K Gold Designer 6' Long Gold Chain Necklace 77gr
Feb 28, 12:00 PM EST
14K Gold Designer 6' Long Gold Chain Necklace 77gr
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$2754 Bids
14K Gold Herringbone Chain Necklace
Feb 24, 9:00 AM CST
14K Gold Herringbone Chain Necklace
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
$304 Bids
9K Yellow Gold Fancy Link Chain
Feb 28, 6:00 PM AEST
9K Yellow Gold Fancy Link Chain
by Pfeffer's Auctions
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD404 Bids
9K Yellow Gold Curb Link Necklace 55cm Long
Feb 28, 6:00 PM AEST
9K Yellow Gold Curb Link Necklace 55cm Long
by Pfeffer's Auctions
Est: AUD400- AUD600
AUD1204 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Gold Necklaces & Pendants


Hilda's Auction House

Hilda's Auction House

Henry's Auktionshaus

Henry's Auktionshaus

Goudwisselkantoor Veilingen

Goudwisselkantoor Veilingen

Veilinghuis Van Spengen

Veilinghuis Van Spengen