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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

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14K YELLOW GOLD BEZEL RUSSIAN .999 PALLADIUM BALLERINA 5 RUBLE PENDANT
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14K YELLOW GOLD BEZEL RUSSIAN .999 PALLADIUM BALLERINA 5 RUBLE PENDANT
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Est: $0- $0
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18K MEDICAL PENDANT, WEIGHT 2.95G
Jun 20, 9:00 AM AEST
18K MEDICAL PENDANT, WEIGHT 2.95G
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Est: AUD10- AUD40
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Vintage 1/10 Ounce $5 Gold Eagle in 14K Gold Bezel
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Vintage 1/10 Ounce $5 Gold Eagle in 14K Gold Bezel
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Est: $10- $1,000
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9K GOLD RAZOR PENDANT, WEIGHT 3.3G
Jun 20, 9:00 AM AEST
9K GOLD RAZOR PENDANT, WEIGHT 3.3G
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Est: AUD10- AUD40
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CREDIT SUISSE 5 GRAM FINE GOLD BAR PENDANT
Jun 22, 1:00 PM EDT
CREDIT SUISSE 5 GRAM FINE GOLD BAR PENDANT
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Est: $450- $10,000
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1881 P HALF EAGLE CORONET HEAD PENDANT
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1881 P HALF EAGLE CORONET HEAD PENDANT
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CREDIT SUISSE 5 GRAM FINE GOLD BAR PENDANT
Jun 22, 1:00 PM EDT
CREDIT SUISSE 5 GRAM FINE GOLD BAR PENDANT
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$1705 Bids
14K Yellow Gold Cherub Pendant Necklace
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14K Yellow Gold Cherub Pendant Necklace
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Est: $0- $0
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CARTIER TRINITY KEYRING PENDANT
Jun 25, 9:30 AM CEST
CARTIER TRINITY KEYRING PENDANT
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Antique 18K Catholic Jewelry Pendant
Jun 26, 6:00 PM EDT
Antique 18K Catholic Jewelry Pendant
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Est: $10- $10,000
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1928 $20 Gold Coin in 14k Yellow Gold Bail
Jun 23, 10:00 AM CDT
1928 $20 Gold Coin in 14k Yellow Gold Bail
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Est: $1,500- $2,000
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14K Yellow Gold Cherub Pendant
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Est: $0- $0
$1404 Bids
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14K YELLOW GOLD HOURGLASS 2000 PENDANT
Jun 22, 1:00 PM EDT
14K YELLOW GOLD HOURGLASS 2000 PENDANT
by Florida Estate Sales Inc.
Est: $160- $10,000
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Jun 20, 10:00 AM EDT
14k Gold Ship Pendant
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$554 Bids
14K Yellow Gold Antique Stanhopes
Jun 22, 10:00 AM MST
14K Yellow Gold Antique Stanhopes
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$453 Bids
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Jun 20, 10:00 AM EDT
14k Gold Religious Pendant
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$433 Bids
Victorian pendant made of 14K gold adorned with a lion figure.
Jun 30, 7:00 PM IDT
Victorian pendant made of 14K gold adorned with a lion figure.
by Alma
Est: $200- $300
$2503 Bids
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Jun 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Victorian Gold Filled Pendant
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Est: $10- $1,000
$63 Bids
10K Yellow Gold Cluster Pendant Necklace
Jun 23, 10:00 AM EDT
10K Yellow Gold Cluster Pendant Necklace
by Paul Arsenault Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$153 Bids
14K Yellow Gold Pendant
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14K Yellow Gold Pendant
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$402 Bids
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GEORGIAN ROLLED GOLD MOURNING PENDANT
Jun 20, 9:00 AM AEST
GEORGIAN ROLLED GOLD MOURNING PENDANT
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD152 Bids
8ct Yellow Gold Monogram Charm Pendant
Jun 22, 10:00 AM MST
8ct Yellow Gold Monogram Charm Pendant
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$252 Bids
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10K YELLOW GOLD DOLPHIN LADIES PENDANT
Jun 22, 1:00 PM EDT
10K YELLOW GOLD DOLPHIN LADIES PENDANT
by Florida Estate Sales Inc.
Est: $125- $10,000
$552 Bids
A Russian 1848 5 Rubles Gold Coin, in Gold Pendant Frame
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A Russian 1848 5 Rubles Gold Coin, in Gold Pendant Frame
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Est: AUD700- AUD900
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