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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

Recommended Items at Auction

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WOW!! VICTORIAN FILIGREE 14K GOLD NECKLACE LOT 329
Dec 04, 5:00 PM EST
WOW!! VICTORIAN FILIGREE 14K GOLD NECKLACE LOT 329
by Jones Auction House LLC
Est: $750- $1,500
$16019 Bids
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RARE! ZOLOTAS 18K YELLOW GOLD GREEK REVIVAL ARTICULATED TASSEL MASTERPIECE NECKLACE
Dec 18, 9:00 AM MST
RARE! ZOLOTAS 18K YELLOW GOLD GREEK REVIVAL ARTICULATED TASSEL MASTERPIECE NECKLACE
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$2,65011 Bids
GOLD LACE ROPE CHAIN NECKLACE
Dec 05, 6:00 PM PST
GOLD LACE ROPE CHAIN NECKLACE
by O'Gallerie
Est: $450- $650
$3758 Bids
Gold Necklace, Italy
Dec 03, 9:00 AM EST
Gold Necklace, Italy
by Leland Little Auctions
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$1,1008 Bids
14K Yellow Gold Rope Chain Necklace
Dec 08, 11:00 AM EST
14K Yellow Gold Rope Chain Necklace
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $200- $300
$1307 Bids
14K Anchor Link Chain Necklace
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
14K Anchor Link Chain Necklace
by Concept Art Gallery
Est: $100- $200
$2506 Bids
Two 14K Chain Necklaces
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
Two 14K Chain Necklaces
by Concept Art Gallery
Est: $150- $300
$2256 Bids
14k White Gold Pendant Necklace
Dec 01, 10:00 AM EST
14k White Gold Pendant Necklace
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$1106 Bids
10k Yellow Gold Ring Chains Charms Necklaces 14.9 g TW
Dec 02, 5:00 PM EST
10k Yellow Gold Ring Chains Charms Necklaces 14.9 g TW
by Plain City Auction
Est: $5- $100
$2106 Bids
14k gold fishbone necklace
Dec 03, 12:00 PM EST
14k gold fishbone necklace
by South Bay Auctions Inc
Est: $800- $1,200
$8505 Bids
14K Yellow Gold Round Chain
Dec 08, 11:00 AM EST
14K Yellow Gold Round Chain
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $100- $200
$505 Bids
Gold Byzantine Necklace, Mori & Pasquini
Dec 03, 9:00 AM EST
Gold Byzantine Necklace, Mori & Pasquini
by Leland Little Auctions
Est: $3,000- $4,000
$2,1005 Bids
GOOSSENS PARIS Signed Gold Tn Chain Necklace
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
GOOSSENS PARIS Signed Gold Tn Chain Necklace
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $100- $300
$1504 Bids
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(5) 14K GOLD CHAIN NECKLACES
Dec 01, 5:00 PM EST
(5) 14K GOLD CHAIN NECKLACES
by Leighton Galleries
Est: $850- $950
$8004 Bids
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14K YELLOW GOLD ITALIAN OVAL LINK NECKLACE
Dec 18, 9:00 AM MST
14K YELLOW GOLD ITALIAN OVAL LINK NECKLACE
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$5004 Bids
.999 KT HALF OZ GOLD COIN PENDANT NECKLACE (26.10 G)
Dec 04, 1:00 PM EST
.999 KT HALF OZ GOLD COIN PENDANT NECKLACE (26.10 G)
by Charleston Estate Auctions
Est: $2,500- $3,000
$1104 Bids
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18K QUADRI GOLD MESH LINK NECKLACE
Dec 01, 5:00 PM EST
18K QUADRI GOLD MESH LINK NECKLACE
by Leighton Galleries
Est: $1,400- $1,500
$1,4004 Bids
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A gold collar necklace
Dec 07, 10:00 AM PST
A gold collar necklace
by John Moran Auctioneers
Est: $1,200- $1,800
$1,2003 Bids
10K GOLD LITTLE CHAIN LOT 329
Dec 04, 5:00 PM EST
10K GOLD LITTLE CHAIN LOT 329
by Jones Auction House LLC
Est: $0- $0
$163 Bids
14k gold tassel lariat necklace
Dec 03, 12:00 PM EST
14k gold tassel lariat necklace
by South Bay Auctions Inc
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$1,1002 Bids
NECKLACE in 18k yellow gold with fancy mesh.
Dec 03, 2:00 PM CET
NECKLACE in 18k yellow gold with fancy mesh.
by FW Auction
Est: €40- €50
€452 Bids
Estate Middle Eastern 22k Yellow Gold Handmade Swag Necklace
Dec 12, 7:00 PM EST
Estate Middle Eastern 22k Yellow Gold Handmade Swag Necklace
by Kensington Estate Auctions
Est: $600- $1,200
$3252 Bids
Gold Necklace, Italy
Dec 03, 9:00 AM EST
Gold Necklace, Italy
by Leland Little Auctions
Est: $2,800- $3,800
$1,4002 Bids
Faux Gold Coin Necklace
Dec 01, 10:00 AM EST
Faux Gold Coin Necklace
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$32 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Gold Necklaces & Pendants


Weatherham Estate Treasures

Weatherham Estate Treasures

Henry's Auktionshaus

Henry's Auktionshaus

Freeman's

Freeman's

Venduehuis der Notarissen

Venduehuis der Notarissen