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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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2pc 14K Gold Rope Chains
Oct 31, 10:00 AM MST
2pc 14K Gold Rope Chains
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$1209 Bids
14K GOLD CHAIN NECKLACE
Nov 14, 11:00 AM EST
14K GOLD CHAIN NECKLACE
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $700- $900
$6507 Bids
4pc 14K Gold Chains
Oct 31, 10:00 AM MST
4pc 14K Gold Chains
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$905 Bids
14K Gold Gold Estate Necklace
Oct 31, 10:00 AM MST
14K Gold Gold Estate Necklace
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$505 Bids
14K gold necklace
Oct 28, 9:00 AM EDT
14K gold necklace
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $320- $380
$2504 Bids
A 14ct Yellow Gold Flat Serpentine Link Necklace
Nov 03, 6:00 PM AEDT
A 14ct Yellow Gold Flat Serpentine Link Necklace
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD40- AUD80
AUD654 Bids
Two 18K gold necklaces, 7.3dwt.
Oct 28, 9:00 AM EDT
Two 18K gold necklaces, 7.3dwt.
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $340- $360
$2804 Bids
14K gold necklace, 28.2dwt.
Oct 28, 9:00 AM EDT
14K gold necklace, 28.2dwt.
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $1,000- $1,100
$8204 Bids
18K gold necklace, 17.2dwt.
Oct 28, 9:00 AM EDT
18K gold necklace, 17.2dwt.
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $800- $840
$6404 Bids
MMA King Tut gold tone and blue disk necklace, 1976 1/4"W x 17 1/2"Long
Nov 01, 3:00 PM EDT
MMA King Tut gold tone and blue disk necklace, 1976 1/4"W x 17 1/2"Long
by Ripley Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$304 Bids
CARTIER 18K Gold Necklace
Nov 07, 11:00 AM EDT
CARTIER 18K Gold Necklace
by Grogan & Company
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,2003 Bids
18K Gold Necklace
Nov 07, 11:00 AM EDT
18K Gold Necklace
by Grogan & Company
Est: $3,500- $4,000
$2,5003 Bids
CARTIER 18K Bicolor Gold Necklace and Bracelet
Nov 07, 11:00 AM EDT
CARTIER 18K Bicolor Gold Necklace and Bracelet
by Grogan & Company
Est: $8,000- $12,000
$6,5003 Bids
An 18ct White Gold Snake Link Necklace, Italy
Oct 31, 11:00 AM AEDT
An 18ct White Gold Snake Link Necklace, Italy
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD100- AUD200
AUD1303 Bids
3pc 14K Gold Chains
Oct 31, 10:00 AM MST
3pc 14K Gold Chains
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$303 Bids
14K gold necklace, 19.7dwt.
Oct 28, 9:00 AM EDT
14K gold necklace, 19.7dwt.
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $700- $740
$6003 Bids
SHIPWRECK 4 REALE COIN AND 14KT PENDANT W NECKLACE
Nov 10, 9:00 AM EST
SHIPWRECK 4 REALE COIN AND 14KT PENDANT W NECKLACE
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $250- $400
$1003 Bids
Two Large Link 9ct Gold Chains - Unreserved!
Oct 30, 11:00 AM AEST
Two Large Link 9ct Gold Chains - Unreserved!
by Danielle Elizabeth Antique & Estate Auctioneers
Est: AUD300- AUD500
AUD1803 Bids
14K gold necklace, 5.9dwt.
Oct 28, 9:00 AM EDT
14K gold necklace, 5.9dwt.
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $180- $220
$1303 Bids
14K gold necklace, 6.4dwt.
Oct 28, 9:00 AM EDT
14K gold necklace, 6.4dwt.
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $220- $240
$2003 Bids
18K Gold and Enamel Animal Necklace
Nov 07, 11:00 AM EDT
18K Gold and Enamel Animal Necklace
by Grogan & Company
Est: $6,000- $8,000
$7,0003 Bids
An eighteen karat gold chain, Nicolis Cola Italy
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
An eighteen karat gold chain, Nicolis Cola Italy
by Freeman's
Est: $7,000- $9,000
$6,5003 Bids
An eighteen karat gold necklace
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
An eighteen karat gold necklace
by Freeman's
Est: $6,000- $8,000
$3,7503 Bids
Italian 18K Yellow Gold Convertible Necklace/Bracelet
Oct 30, 10:00 AM PDT
Italian 18K Yellow Gold Convertible Necklace/Bracelet
by GWS Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$3253 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Gold Necklaces & Pendants


Pook & Pook, Inc.

Pook & Pook, Inc.

Weatherham Estate Treasures

Weatherham Estate Treasures

Henry's Auktionshaus AG

Henry's Auktionshaus AG

Auction Partners

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