Antique & Vintage Necklaces

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Explore Gold & Diamond Necklaces

Antique and vintage necklaces come in an array of styles, from the elegant rivière, and the classic pearl necklace, to versatile vintage beads and beautiful antique sautoirs. Here at Berganza we have a range of antique necklaces to suit all tastes.

Throughout the periods, necklaces have remained one of the most popular of jewellery items. Among our collection we have extremely rare ancient Roman necklaces, intricate Georgian gold chains, and exquisite Victorian necklaces set in silver and gold. Whilst gold necklaces have been consistently popular across the centuries, the twentieth century saw some extremely fine vintage necklaces set into platinum, showing off gemstones and diamonds to their best effect. 

Antique necklaces can be set with a variety of gemstones from spectacular bright diamonds, to beautiful sapphires, aquamarines, coral, amethyst and pearls, to name a few. Some examples will show a multitude of colourful gemstones beautifully gracing the neck, and vintage diamond necklaces are particularly popular. 

Due to being handmade, each antique necklace will be slightly different. A popular aspect of antique necklaces is the elegance in their articulation. Craftsmen made use of articulated links to encourage movement. This enables the gemstones to react with light in a very beautiful way, and can make for very distinctive pieces.

The classic natural pearl necklace is perhaps the most timeless and versatile of all antique necklaces. Antique natural pearl necklaces are extremely rare today. We have a selection across different price ranges, all of which are original to the time period.

At Berganza we have a range of unique antique and vintage necklaces and even vintage chains of many styles and set with many different gemstones. Visit our Hatton Garden store to explore more dazzling antique and vintage diamond necklace designs.


Vintage necklaces can vary dramatically in value due to the maker (if known), the materials used and also whether it has any precious gemstones in it. It is always best to buy from a reputable jeweller.

Vintage jewellery can be cleaned in a range of different ways but it's extremely important to know what cleaning method is right for the materials in your jewellery. This is important because certain methods can damage some materials. If you are unsure, then you can always use a soft polishing cloth, as this won’t damage the piece in any way.

In jewellery, the term vintage describes the age being between 50 and 100 years old.

There are many tell-tale signs as to whether you have a piece of antique jewellery. If the piece is antique, it may not have a hallmark, as hallmarking pieces did not used to be a legal requirement. This is why it is best to use a trusted jeweller.

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