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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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18k Gold 24in Chain Necklace
Jun 23, 3:00 PM MST
18k Gold 24in Chain Necklace
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Est: $0- $0
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Jun 23, 10:00 AM EDT
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Est: $0- $0
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14k Gold Rope Necklace 24in Long
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14k Gold Rope Necklace 24in Long
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Est: $0- $0
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10K Gold Necklace & 14K St. Christopher Pendant
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10K Gold Necklace & 14K St. Christopher Pendant
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
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14K Yellow Gold Serpentine Chain Link Necklace
Jun 15, 10:00 AM MST
14K Yellow Gold Serpentine Chain Link Necklace
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Est: $0- $0
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14k Gold Flat Link Necklace 20in
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Est: $0- $0
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10K YELLOW GOLD ROPE CHAIN
Jun 15, 10:00 AM EDT
10K YELLOW GOLD ROPE CHAIN
by Appalachian Trading Post & Auction Company
Est: $10- $5,000
$604 Bids
14K YG Heavy Flat Oval Link Chain Necklace
Jun 16, 11:00 AM PDT
14K YG Heavy Flat Oval Link Chain Necklace
by Treasureseeker Auctions LLC
Est: $1,200- $1,500
$8003 Bids
14K GOLD SNAKE CHAIN NECKLACE
Jun 30, 11:00 AM EDT
14K GOLD SNAKE CHAIN NECKLACE
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $700- $900
$4003 Bids
Tested 10-Karat Yellow-Gold Necklace 22.63 dwt; 16-1/4 in
Jun 18, 10:00 AM EDT
Tested 10-Karat Yellow-Gold Necklace 22.63 dwt; 16-1/4 in
by Weschler's
Est: $700- $1,000
$6003 Bids
14K Yellow Gold Herringbone Chain Necklace
Jun 23, 10:00 AM EDT
14K Yellow Gold Herringbone Chain Necklace
by Paul Arsenault Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$153 Bids
14K Yellow Gold Flat Chain Necklace
Jun 23, 10:00 AM EDT
14K Yellow Gold Flat Chain Necklace
by Paul Arsenault Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$153 Bids
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9K GOLD FANCY CURB LINK NECKLACE WITH SWIVE CLIP CLASP, MARKED TO CHAIN AND CLASP, WEIGHT 64.5G, LENGTH APPROX. 50CM
Jun 20, 9:00 AM AEST
9K GOLD FANCY CURB LINK NECKLACE WITH SWIVE CLIP CLASP, MARKED TO CHAIN AND CLASP, WEIGHT 64.5G, LENGTH APPROX. 50CM
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD2,1003 Bids
Large 14K Gold Womens Christian Temperance Union 1898 Antique Suffragette Locket Pendant
Jun 15, 12:00 PM EDT
Large 14K Gold Womens Christian Temperance Union 1898 Antique Suffragette Locket Pendant
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Est: $800- $1,200
$602 Bids
14K YG Link Necklace
Jun 16, 11:00 AM PDT
14K YG Link Necklace
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Est: $200- $300
$2002 Bids
18K Yellow Gold Fancy Link Multi Strand Necklace
Jun 15, 10:00 AM MST
18K Yellow Gold Fancy Link Multi Strand Necklace
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$5502 Bids
14K YG Braided Weave Chain Necklace
Jun 16, 11:00 AM PDT
14K YG Braided Weave Chain Necklace
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Est: $800- $1,200
$5502 Bids
18K YELLOW GOLD BOX LINK CHAIN NECKLACE 23 INCH
Jun 25, 9:00 AM EDT
18K YELLOW GOLD BOX LINK CHAIN NECKLACE 23 INCH
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $370- $450
$1102 Bids
24K YELLOW GOLD SQUARE LINK CHAIN
Jun 15, 10:00 AM EDT
24K YELLOW GOLD SQUARE LINK CHAIN
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $600- $800
$3252 Bids
14K GOLD GRADUATED OMEGA NECKLACE 24g
Jun 17, 4:00 PM EDT
14K GOLD GRADUATED OMEGA NECKLACE 24g
by DejaVu Estate Sales & Auctions
Est: $975- $1,200
$2252 Bids
An 18K Yellow Gold Rope Chain Necklace
Jun 30, 7:00 PM IDT
An 18K Yellow Gold Rope Chain Necklace
by Alma
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$8001 Bid
18CT GOLD NECKLACE
Jun 24, 6:00 PM AEST
18CT GOLD NECKLACE
by Leonard Joel
Est: AUD2,500- AUD3,500
AUD2,2001 Bid
GOLD LINK NECKLACE
Jun 30, 11:00 AM EDT
GOLD LINK NECKLACE
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Est: $600- $800
$3001 Bid
Italian 9ct yellow gold collar necklace
Jun 23, 12:00 PM AEST
Italian 9ct yellow gold collar necklace
by Lugosi Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD270- AUD360
AUD2701 Bid

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