Gold Pendant Necklaces

From hammered amulets to brilliantly encrusted dangles, gold pendant necklaces offer a remarkable range of luxury. While some reflect refinement, others tell their own story, revealing something of history of both the vintage pendant necklace and its wearer.

The earliest pendant necklaces include some of the oldest known jewels. From elegant baubles to talismanic charms, our world’s ancient cultures incorporated pendants into their adornment, with gold accents included only for the wealthiest members of society. As jewelry making became more refined, pendants took on more complex designs, giving way to the rich variety of pendants available today.

Adding to the rich variety of gold pendant necklaces was the innovative development of white gold. Originally invented in the 19th century as an alloy with palladium, white gold catapulted to popularity in the 1920s, in part because it offered the crisp look of platinum without the hefty price tag. Today’s white gold is more commonly made from an alloy of copper, zinc, and either nickel or a less allergy-prone substitute.


Quick Facts

  • The carat measurement of gold refers to the purity of the gold. Gold, for example, that is 24 karat is 100 percent gold, while 18 karat is 75 percent pure
  • The ancient Babylonians were the first to test the purity of gold using fire assay, which involved heating a combination of gold, lead, salt, and grains in a sealed vessel over several days to separate the gold from other ores
  • The discovery of gold in the United States first dates to 1799, when a 17-pound gold nugget was unearthed in North Carolina

Recommended Items at Auction

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SILVER STATER COIN PENDANT 350-300BC
Oct 17, 11:00 AM EDT
SILVER STATER COIN PENDANT 350-300BC
by Confiscated Assets Auctioneers
Est: $3,500- $4,000
$22511 Bids
14K GOLD STAR OF DAVID & 10 COMMANDMENTS PENDANT
Oct 17, 11:00 AM EDT
14K GOLD STAR OF DAVID & 10 COMMANDMENTS PENDANT
by Confiscated Assets Auctioneers
Est: $400- $500
$804 Bids
A gold coin pendant
Oct 17, 9:30 AM PDT
A gold coin pendant
by Clars Auction Gallery
Est: $200- $400
$1503 Bids
14K YELLOW GOLD TRILLIANT CUT CITRINE PENDANT
Oct 17, 11:00 AM EDT
14K YELLOW GOLD TRILLIANT CUT CITRINE PENDANT
by Confiscated Assets Auctioneers
Est: $750- $900
$302 Bids
18k yellow gold flat round Religious charm / pendant
Oct 19, 7:00 PM EDT
18k yellow gold flat round Religious charm / pendant
by Omni Auction Corp
Est: $300- $450
$1401 Bid
A garnet inlaid gold filigree pendant or dress ornament, Golden Horde, 13-1
Oct 26, 10:30 AM BST
A garnet inlaid gold filigree pendant or dress ornament, Golden Horde, 13-1
by Roseberys
Est: £2,000- £4,000
£1,4000 Bids
PENDANT
Oct 20, 10:00 AM CEST
PENDANT
by International Art Sale Italy
Est: €400- €600
€2000 Bids
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(4) PIECE GOLD STICKPIN & PENDANT GROUP
Oct 21, 5:00 PM EDT
(4) PIECE GOLD STICKPIN & PENDANT GROUP
by Leighton Galleries
Est: $400- $500
$2000 Bids
Bulgari, Enamel scarecrow pendant
Oct 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Bulgari, Enamel scarecrow pendant
by Rago Arts and Auction Center
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$8000 Bids
Gold pendant necklace
Oct 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Gold pendant necklace
by Rago Arts and Auction Center
Est: $800- $1,200
$5500 Bids
HENRI MATISSE - FOUR (4) ORIGINAL VERVE LITHOGRAPHS - SUITE # 2 - 1958
Oct 24, 1:30 PM CDT
HENRI MATISSE - FOUR (4) ORIGINAL VERVE LITHOGRAPHS - SUITE # 2 - 1958
by Beowulf Art and Books
Est: $550- $650
$4000 Bids
PENDANT - 14 ct yellow gold
Oct 22, 6:00 PM CEST
PENDANT - 14 ct yellow gold
by Auktionshaus Rheine
Est: €120- €150
€900 Bids
BRONE with 14 ct yellow gold pendant
Oct 22, 6:00 PM CEST
BRONE with 14 ct yellow gold pendant
by Auktionshaus Rheine
Est: €150- €180
€1200 Bids
24 CARAT GOLD LEAF PENDANT ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Oct 21, 1:00 PM CDT
24 CARAT GOLD LEAF PENDANT ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$100 Bids
18K gold pendant with diamonds
Oct 20, 7:00 PM EDT
18K gold pendant with diamonds
by Champagne Auctions
Est: $2,400- $5,000
$2,4000 Bids
Vintage 18K Yellow & Rose Gold Filigree Pendant
Nov 07, 12:00 PM EDT
Vintage 18K Yellow & Rose Gold Filigree Pendant
by Showplace
Est: $1,400- $1,800
$9000 Bids
Estate 18K Yellow Gold & 1ctw Slide Pendant
Oct 20, 6:00 PM EDT
Estate 18K Yellow Gold & 1ctw Slide Pendant
by Napoleon's Fine Art
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,5000 Bids
PENDANT
Oct 22, 6:00 PM CEST
PENDANT
by Auktionshaus Rheine
Est: €220- €300
€1800 Bids
(2 Pc) 14k Gold Heart Charm Pendants
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
(2 Pc) 14k Gold Heart Charm Pendants
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $20- $200
$200 Bids
Pendant with "Queen Victoria" Gold Pound, 1852
Oct 25, 7:00 PM WEST
Pendant with "Queen Victoria" Gold Pound, 1852
by Leiloeira Santo Eloy
Est: €310- €320
€3000 Bids
VINTAGE 14K YELLOW GOLD 3D WHISTLE PENDANT CHARM
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
VINTAGE 14K YELLOW GOLD 3D WHISTLE PENDANT CHARM
by Kotler Galleries & Auctioneers
Est: $159- $208
$1200 Bids
Diamonique 14K Yellow Gold & CZ Earrings & Pendant
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Diamonique 14K Yellow Gold & CZ Earrings & Pendant
by Showplace
Est: $200- $400
$750 Bids
14K Yellow Gold Open Heart Pendant On 10K Chain
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
14K Yellow Gold Open Heart Pendant On 10K Chain
by Showplace
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
14K Yellow Gold Graduation Cap Pendant
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
14K Yellow Gold Graduation Cap Pendant
by Showplace
Est: $100- $200
$750 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Gold Pendant Necklaces


Omni Auction Corp

Omni Auction Corp

Henry's Auktionshaus AG

Henry's Auktionshaus AG

Cadmore Auctions

Cadmore Auctions

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