Early Victorian 15k Gold Chain 20 inches Circa 1840

The gold chain dates back to about 2,500 years ago. It can be credited to the ancient Egyptians, who linked together gold and wore it as a necklace for good luck. In ancient Greece, delicate gold-wired chains, adorned in repousse details of flowers and nature, were worn. The Greeks also made use of pendants, cameos, and perfume containers that would hang from long gold chains. The Victorian era saw low necklines of court gowns and, of course, the jewelry world followed suit. Link chain necklaces were made to fill the space of the décolletage. During the Romantic period, ancient designs became fashionable once again and cameos on long gold chains came back into vogue. The Victorians were well aware that a gold chain didn’t necessarily need any embellishment. A well-crafted chain could handle its own, just like this one. 

This antique early Victorian gold chain was handcrafted in England around 1840. This versatile link chain measures 6 mm in diameter and 20 inches in length. The jump ring is 18 karat gold while the chain is 15 karat gold. This piece bears a crown hallmark and has been acid tested. It weighs 37.3 grams. This wonderfully soft chain feels fabulous in the hand and on the neck.

Nothing says timeless like this structured gold chain, it’s a classic piece meant to dazzle and awe, and it certainly does the trick.

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Item ID: CNA22959VA



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