Antique 50 inch Long Guard Chain Necklace in 18k Gold with Fancy Links

Banking is a relatively new idea. Before the 19th century most people wore their wealth. The original idea of the chain, for example, was that you could pay for something by taking a link off of your chain, be it gold or silver. Precious metal has always equalled money, it was a good idea then and it remains a good idea today. Now, I wouldn't recommend paying for your Moët with a link off of this gorgeous French chain, but I suppose you could if you had to! 

Honestly, everyone really needs to own one of these long gold chains. Preferable two or three, if you can swing it, but if you're limited to one, this one is a particularly good place to start. Intricate, glowing links with the feel of soft silk that only old gold seems to achieve. This chain is completely hand made of large fancy links with a round links between teardrop links framed with intermittent small plain links. Each link is individually hand soldered and the chain has a matching large round spring ring clasp which attaches to both ends and would originally have been used to hang a watch. The chain is 50 inches long and tests as 18 karat gold. This chain was likely made around 1900. The chain weighs 46.9 grams. 

These chains are getting harder and harder to come by as many were broken up into several shorter lengths over time. It's always a treat when I find an original old long guard like this one! 

I offer layaway on most items purchased for full retail price. In general my layaway terms are 1/3 down and 1/3 in 30 days and the last 1/3 in 60 days. I am flexible so if you are interested please ask me and we can work out a payment plan that suits you. Items ship when payment is complete and items purchased or payments made on layaway are eligible for store credit only. 

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 Item ID:CNC11710VA




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