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A.Jeschel Vintage Ghau Box suspended from a 3 strand Pearl and Ruby Necklace
By Elaine Silverstein
Located in Miami, FL
One-of-a-Kind Exceptionally beautiful Ghau Box inlaid with Ruby, Emerald, and Pearls surround a beautiful Turquoise carved Buddha on the top of the box. Open the box to find a second...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Pearl Necklaces

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Pearl, Freshwater Pearl, Ruby, Turquoise, Vermeil

Vintage Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra Yellow Gold and Mother-of-Pearl Necklace
Located in New York, NY
This Van Cleef & Arpels 18K Yellow Gold Necklace features a cloverleaf crafted in Mother-of-pearl adorned with a border of golden beads. This chain length measures 17 inches and is...
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20th Century Contemporary Pearl Necklaces

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Pearl, Yellow Gold

Chanel pearl Sautoir by R. Goossens and Gripoix signed 1984
By Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel
Located in Stuttgart, DE
Here is one of my irreplaceable Chanel pearl sautoir with 2 metal works by Robert Goossens with Gripoix glass in green and red. The clasp, a hook, is hidden on one side, and the ring...
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1980s Artisan Vintage Pearl Necklaces

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Pearl, Brass, Gilt Metal

Damiani Diamond and Pearls Tiara
Located in Geneva, CH
Exceptional Tiara by Damiani. Diamonds, pearls Metal: white gold 18K (no rhodium plating). Diamonds weight: 41,50 carats color G-H clarity VVS-VS Japanese pearls: 9,60 grams. Total ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Baroque Pearl Necklaces

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, Gold, White Gold

Ella Gafter South Sea Pearl and Diamond Necklace
Located in New York, NY
The pearl and diamond necklace is a set made up of 2 separate necklaces nestling into each other. Each necklace features 9 detachable South Sea pearls of 13-14 mm diameter, and 3.25...
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21st Century and Contemporary Artist Pearl Necklaces

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Pearl, Diamond, White Diamond, South Sea Pearl, 18k Gold, White Gold

D&F 18 Karat White Gold Rubellite, Cultured Pearl and Diamond Drop Necklace
Located in Birmingham, West Midlands
DEAKIN & FRANCIS, Piccadilly Arcade, London This one of a kind 18ct white gold rubellite, cultured pearl and diamond drop necklace truly is special. Comprised of 9 rubellites, 4 cul...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Pearl Necklaces

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Diamond, Cultured Pearl, Rubelite, 18k Gold, White Gold

Yianni Creations Pearl Fine Silver Finished with Black Rhodium and Gold Pendant
Located in Astoria, NY
Yianni Creations presents exclusively the Eclyps Collection. This is a 100% Handmade Artisan Pendant crafted from Fine Silver and featuring around 7 mm Freshwater Pearl. The unique l...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Pearl Necklaces

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Pearl, Gold, 24k Gold, Gold Plate, Yellow Gold, Silver, Rhodium, Sterlin...

Stylish Necklace White Gold White & Black Diamonds Pearls Decorated Nanomosaic
Located in London, GB
White Gold 750‰ White Diamonds Black Diamonds Pearls For any questions please feel free to ask.
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Pearl Necklaces

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Black Diamond, White Diamond, Pearl, White Gold, 18k Gold

Edwardian Art Nouveau 15 Carat Gold Peridot and Seed Pearl Pendant
Located in St Helens, GB
A stunning Edwardian period pendant, circa 1905. Solid 15 carat yellow gold example. A flowing trefoil type shape. Set with five round peridot stones in fine grain bezel settings and...
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Early 20th Century Art Nouveau Pearl Necklaces

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Pearl, Peridot, Gold

Yvel 18KT Yellow Gold Diamond .47Ct Sapphires .42Ct Freshwater Pearl Necklace
By Yvel
Located in New York, NY
Rare organic pearls are Yvel's signature design. Cellini Jewelers NYC presents their 18 karat yellow gold necklace with 7 flat freshwater pearls. The 21" necklace is designed with a ...
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Early 2000s Modern Pearl Necklaces

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Diamond, Freshwater Pearl, Sapphire, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Art Deco Amethyst and Pearl 9 Carat Gold Pendant
Located in Chipping Campden, GB
The style of this pendant is so delicate with the fine metal work and is beautifully decorated with pearls and amethyst. The central round amethyst measures 2ct. Modelled in 9carat ...
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1910s Art Deco Vintage Pearl Necklaces

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Amethyst, Pearl, Gold

1950s 18 Karat White Gold Diamonds Clasp Falling Pearl Necklace
Located in Poitiers, FR
Cultured pearl necklace in fall, pinkish white orient. The clasp, in 18 karat white gold, is rectangular in shape, openwork at the ends and set in the center of a brilliant-cut diamo...
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1950s Retro Vintage Pearl Necklaces

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Diamond, White Diamond, Pearl, Cultured Pearl, Gold, 18k Gold, White Gold

Kent Raible's Flower Jewel 18K Pendant Necklace with Mandarin Garnets and Spinel
Located in Mossrock, WA
From the Kent Raible one of a kind 'Masterworks collection, we bring you the 'Flower Jewel' drop necklace. The flowing lines, depth of the piece and granulation, all Raible trademark...
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2010s Artisan Pearl Necklaces

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Garnet, Freshwater Pearl, Pink Sapphire, Spinel, 18k Gold, Gold

Antique Edwardian Platinum Pearl Diamond Heart Pendant
Located in New York, NY
Antique Edwardian diamond heart pendant with pearls, circa 1900. The heart is set with old European Cut diamonds weighing approximately 1.25 carats that are approximately E to F colo...
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Early 20th Century Edwardian Pearl Necklaces

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Diamond, Pearl, Platinum

Carrera Y Carrera 18 Karat Yellow Gold and Pearl Necklace in Original Hand Motif
Located in New York, NY
Carrera Y Carrera has built its its famous name on figurative designs, an obsession with surface finishes, and a compelling way of seeing beauty in art and nature. This pearl necklac...
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1990s Retro Pearl Necklaces

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Diamond, Cultured Pearl, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Lapis Lazuli Beaded Neackles, Baroque Pearl, with Bakelite Claps
Located in Vannes, FR
Discover this Lapis Lazuli Pearls, Bakelite Multi-Strand Necklace. Baroque Pearls Bakelite Claps Length 44 cm
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21st Century and Contemporary Artisan Pearl Necklaces

Materials

Lapis Lazuli, Natural Pearl

14k Yellow Gold Pearl and Diamond Pendant
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Designer: custom Material: 14k yellow gold Diamond: 3 round cut Color: G Clarity: SI1 Dimensions: the pendant measures 17.5mm in diameter Weight: 1.56 grams
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21st Century and Contemporary Pearl Necklaces

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Ella Gafter Japanese Akoya Strand Pearl Necklace
Located in New York, NY
The 88” Japanese Akoya pearl necklace consists of 270 homogeneous round pearls (Pinctada Fucata) of 7.5/8mm diameter. The pearls display a lovely nacre, lustre, and iridescence. The ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Artist Pearl Necklaces

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Pearl, White Diamond, Cultured Pearl, 18k Gold, White Gold

Akoya Pearl Necklace 14k Gold Certified
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Fine Quality Akoya Pearl Necklace 14k Gold 36" 8.5 mm Certified $4,950 116386 This is a Unique Custom Made Glamorous Piece of Jewelry! Nothing says, “I Love you” more than Diamonds...
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2010s Pearl Necklaces

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Pearl, Cultured Pearl, Gold, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Diamond Necklace with Natural Pearl and Burmese Jadeite GIA Certified Untreated
Located in Southbury, CT
This Art Deco pendant necklace —ablaze in old diamonds— features two of the rarest and most precious gems on earth: natural pearl and natural, untreated jadeite jade. The sleek and p...
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Early 20th Century Art Deco Pearl Necklaces

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Diamond, Jade, Natural Pearl, Platinum

Ella Gafter Japanese Pearl Necklace
Located in New York, NY
The 102” Japanese Akoya pearl necklace consists of 282 round pearls (Pinctada Fucata) of 8.5/9mm diameter. The pearls display a lovely nacre, lustre, and iridescence. The necklace is...
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21st Century and Contemporary Artist Pearl Necklaces

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Pearl, White Diamond, Cultured Pearl, 18k Gold, White Gold

Chick Australian Pearl White Diamond 18 Karat Gold Pendant Necklace
Located in Bussolengo, Verona
Chick Australian Pearl Diamond Yellow Red white 18 Kt Gold Pendant Necklace A very beautiful Australian pearl has been carefully crafted to make a chick. He has his two legs, two ey...
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2010s Contemporary Pearl Necklaces

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Diamond, Pearl, Oriental Pearl, White Diamond, Gold, 18k Gold

Cultured Akoya Pearl and 0.10ctw Diamond Pendant Necklace in 18K Yellow Gold
Located in Vienna, VA
Cultured Akoya Pearl and 0.10ctw Diamond Pendant Necklace in 18K Cultured Akoya Pearl and Diamond Pendant Necklace 18K Yellow Gold Pearl Size: Approx. 8.30 MM Diamonds Carat Weight:...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pearl Necklaces

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Diamond, Pearl, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Antique French Locket with Royal Insignia
Located in Litchfield, CT
Circa 1870s, 18k, France. This gorgeous antique French locket features neo-classical olive branch and, ribbon motifs, replete with fleur-de-lis and luminous pearls. Its diamond and...
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1870s Victorian Antique Pearl Necklaces

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White Diamond, Pearl, 18k Gold

Mikimoto Pearls in Motion Necklace PPL351DK11
Located in Wilmington, DE
One necklace, infinite looks. Place the pearls wherever you desire. The pearls will stay in place due to a unique mechanism. 7.7x7mm Akoya Cultured Pearl 0.2cttw diamonds 18K Yellow...
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2010s Pearl Necklaces

Materials

Pearl

Tiffany & Co. Essential Pearls Necklace
Located in Houston, TX
This classic pearl necklace features approximately 6.5-7 mm Akoya cultured pearls and an 18 karat white gold clasp and decorative tag inscribed with "Tiffany & Co." in script. 16" lo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pearl Necklaces

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Pearl, 18k Gold, White Gold

Antique 9ct Gold Pearl & Red Gem Locket
Located in London, GB
Antique 9ct gold Locket -snaps shuts securely Light Blue whole Oil Pearls surround a central bright red gem Fully Hallmarked on reverse Chester Hallmarks -makers AW Date letter P 18...
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1880s Late Victorian Antique Pearl Necklaces

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Pearl, Gold

Antique Edwardian Black Starr & Frost Gold Pearl Diamond Amethyst Heart Brooch
Located in New York, NY
An antique platinum topped 18k gold buff top amethyst heart pin with bail surrounded by rosecut diamonds and small pearls, circa 1900. The amethysts is a pretty purple hue, and is sm...
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Early 20th Century Edwardian Pearl Necklaces

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Amethyst, Diamond, Pearl, Gold, 18k Gold

18ct White Gold Mabe Pearl & Diamond Necklace and Earrings Set
Located in Cape Town, ZA
A vintage style Pearl & Diamond parure of jewellery, comprising a necklace, clip on earrings. This stunning necklace and earrings set - using Mabe Pearls & White Diamond, are all set...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pearl Necklaces

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, White Gold

Fei Liu Mother of Pearl Diamond Pearl 18 Karat White Gold Pendant Necklace
Located in Birmingham, GB
Description: Alyssum flower cluster pendant with 0.11ct diamond-set flowers, a flower shaped white mother of pearl and a round freshwater pearl. Set in 18ct white gold with a high po...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Pearl Necklaces

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Diamond, White Diamond, Pearl, Freshwater Pearl, Gold, 18k Gold, White Gold

18K Yellow Gold Akoya Beads Necklace with Clasp
Located in Vannes, FR
Akoya Pearl Necklace with 18k Yellow Gold Clasp Akoya Pearl Necklace 8.5/9 mm length 47 cm with a 18 karat Yellow Gold Lobster Clasp. AAA Quality
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21st Century and Contemporary Artisan Pearl Necklaces

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Cultured Pearl, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

18 Karat White Gold Pearl and Diamond Pendant Necklace
Located in Washington Depot, CT
18 Karat White Gold Pearl and Diamond Pendant Necklace- This stunning pendant features one 12 mm pearl and three round brilliant cut diamonds set in classic 14K white gold. Suspend...
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20th Century Pearl Necklaces

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, White Gold

Andreoli Emerald Zambian Drop Cabochon Ruby Burma Akoya Pearl Necklace Diamond
Located in New York, NY
Andreoli Emerald Zambian Drop Cabochon Ruby Burma Akoya Pearl Necklace Diamond. This necklace features 730.82 carats of Burmese Burma Ruby Rubies Cabochon Beads accented with 24.97 c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Pearl Necklaces

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Emerald, Pearl, Ruby, White Gold, Gold, 18k Gold

Antique 1930s 16.21 Carat Amethyst and Seed Pearl Yellow Gold Necklace
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
A fine and impressive antique 16.21 carat amethyst and seed pearl, 14 karat yellow gold necklace; part of our diverse antique jewelry and estate jewelry collections. This fine and i...
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20th Century Pearl Necklaces

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Amethyst, Pearl, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

18K Roberto Coin Square Mother of Pearl Necklace Yellow Gold
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Roberto Coin Square Mother of Pearl Necklace in 18K Yellow Gold. The Pendant measures 5/8 inch in length and width; 17-18 inch adjustable chain. 4.97 grams. Signed. Made in Italy.
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2010s Pearl Necklaces

Materials

Pearl, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Fine Diamond South Sea Pearl 14 Karat Necklace Certified
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Fine Quality South Sea Pearl Diamond Double Strand Necklace 14k Gold 12.80 mm 20" Certified $19,450 915961 This is a Unique Custom Made Glamorous Piece of Jewelry! Nothing says, “I...
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2010s Pearl Necklaces

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Diamond, Pearl, South Sea Pearl, White Gold, 14k Gold

18" Graduated Round Black South Seas Cultured Pearl Necklace
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Beautiful 18" necklace of 35 graduated round black south seas cultured Tahitian pearls measuring approximately 10.1 to 14.9 MM in diameter with medium dark grey colors with varying o...
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20th Century Pearl Necklaces

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Cultured Pearl, Pearl, 18k Gold

MIRIAM HASKELL necklace bookpiece 1950s
By Frank Hess for Miriam Haskell
Located in Stuttgart, DE
A very decorative and important necklace by Miriam Haskell, shown in "Miriam Haskell Jewelry" by Cathy Gordon & Sheila Pamfiloff page 110. It consists of 1.5 cm large yellow cut gla...
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1950s Artisan Vintage Pearl Necklaces

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Crystal, Pearl

.925 Sterling Silver Freshwater Pink Cultured Pearl Necklace 3-3.5mm
Located in New York, NY
This natural pink color Chinese Freshwater cultured pearl necklace features fine quality, high luster 3-3.5mm pearls. The necklace is strung to 18" length with a .925 Sterling Silver...
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2010s Contemporary Pearl Necklaces

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Pearl, Cultured Pearl, Freshwater Pearl, Sterling Silver

CINER Floral Rhinestone Encrusted Pearl Dog Collar Necklace
Located in New York, NY
**CINER is a made-to-order house, please allow 10 business days for our artisans to create your jewelry for you** A youthful piece with timeless appeal, this stunning vintage inspi...
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2010s Contemporary Pearl Necklaces

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Pearl, Gold Plate

Vintage Christian Dior necklace 1970-80 faux pearls
Located in Stuttgart, DE
Elegant and rare Christian Dior necklace circa 1970s-1980s signed twice. Consisting of a triple row of fine Gripoix pearls (0,8 cm diameter) adorned with emerald cabochons (2,5 cm x...
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1960s Artist Vintage Pearl Necklaces

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Pearl, Gold Plate

Baroque 13mm South Sea Pearl Pendant or Fob in 18 Karat Yellow Gold
Located in Sherman Oaks, CA
This large (13.5mm), lustrous white South Sea baroque pearl is set in a Byzantine-flavored, satiny 18 karat yellow gold pedant handmade in our shop by Eytan Brandes. Measurement...
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2010s Contemporary Pearl Necklaces

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Pearl, South Sea Pearl, Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Flexible Necklace with 3 Rows of 18 Karat White Gold and Fine Pearls
Located in Vannes, FR
18 Karat White Gold 3 Rows Necklace with Fine Pearls White Gold is found in different forms on this 3 Rows necklace. In rods delicately engraved by hand, in faceted ball and finally...
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21st Century and Contemporary Artisan Pearl Necklaces

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Pearl, White Gold

Tannler of Switzerland 18KT Gold, 8.50 Carat Diamond Hearts and Pearl Necklace
Located in New York, NY
Feel like a princess in this beautiful 18 karat white gold, diamond and pearl necklace created by Tannler of Switzerland. The necklace features 9 diamond hearts bead set with round b...
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1990s Contemporary Pearl Necklaces

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Pearl, Diamond, Cultured Pearl, 18k Gold, White Gold

South Sea Pearl Necklace 39" Long
Located in Southbury, CT
This impossibly luxurious 39" long necklace is composed of 66 undyed golden cultured South Sea pearls in a blend of round, off-round and baroque forms. The luminous, shimmering pearl...
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2010s Artisan Pearl Necklaces

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South Sea Pearl, 14k Gold

14K White Gold Freshwater Pink 2-2.5mm Cultured Pearl Necklace
Located in New York, NY
This natural pink color Chinese Freshwater cultured pearl necklace features fine quality, high luster 2-2.5mm pearls. The necklace is strung to 18 inch length with a 14K white gold l...
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2010s Contemporary Pearl Necklaces

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Pearl, Cultured Pearl, Freshwater Pearl, Gold, 14k Gold

Classic Gray Tahitian Pearl and Diamond 14 Karat White Gold Drop Necklace
Located in Tustin, CA
Lovely pendant is a round and lustrous gray Tahitian pearl, mounted in a 14 karat white gold cup which is embellished with fine millgrain details and a pave set diamond. Pearl is su...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Pearl Necklaces

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Pearl, White Diamond, 14k Gold, White Gold

Edwardian Pearl and 15 Carat Gold Star Brooch or Pendant
Located in Chipping Campden, GB
This stunning sun is adorned with pearls which are complimented perfectly by the bright yellow 15ct gold. On the back there is a pin which is very secure and a fold away loop to make...
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Early 1900s Edwardian Antique Pearl Necklaces

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Pearl, Gold

Diamond Tahitian Pearl Necklace 14k Gold Certified
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Fine Quality South Sea Pearl Diamond Necklace 18k Gold 11.60 mm Certified $14,950 910879 This is a Unique Custom Made Glamorous Piece of Jewelry! Nothing says, “I Love you” more th...
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2010s Modern Pearl Necklaces

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South Sea Pearl, Diamond, Pearl, 14k Gold, White Gold

Rocket Diamond Sapphire 18 Karat Gold Australian Pearl Charm or Pendant/Necklace
Located in Bussolengo, Verona
Missile Diamond Sapphire 18Kt Gold Australian Pearl Charm or Pendant/Necklace Handmade in Italy The particular shape of this pearl allowed me to make a nice rocket charm. I made it p...
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2010s Contemporary Pearl Necklaces

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Diamond, Pearl, Sapphire, Gold

Important Pearl and Diamond Tassel Necklace
Located in New York, NY
A fabulous piece! Pearl and diamond tassel hanging from a diamond by yard with pearl accents. 6.76 carats of F/G VS diamonds -- 18k white gold The bottom of the tassel also h...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pearl Necklaces

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White Diamond, Pearl, Diamond, 18k Gold

Faye Kim 18 Karat Gold South Sea Pearl and Diamond Necklace
Located in Westport, CT
Unique and hard to find, an oversized, baroque white south sea pearl is studded with round brilliant cut diamonds. Each diamond is bezel set and hangs on a triple strand cable chain...
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2010s Contemporary Pearl Necklaces

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Diamond, Cultured Pearl, South Sea Pearl, Gold, 18k Gold

South Sea Grey Baroque Pearl with Pink Gold Necklace
Located in Vannes, FR
South Sea Baroque Grey Pearl with Pink gold Necklace Baroque Pearl 15/16 mm Pink Gold 18 k 2 grams Bakelite Claps
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Pearl Necklaces

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Cultured Pearl, Freshwater Pearl, Natural Pearl, South Sea Pearl, Gold, ...

Handcraft Japan Pearls 18 Karat White Gold Strand Rope Necklace
Located in Marcianise, IT
For any problems related to some materials contained in the items that do not allow shipping and require specific documents that require a particular period, please contact the selle...
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1970s Artisan Vintage Pearl Necklaces

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Pearl, Ruby, 18k Gold, White Gold

A.Jeschel Tibetan "Two Golden Fish" pendant on Freshwater Pearl necklace.
By Elaine Silverstein
Located in Miami, FL
One-of-a-Kind Sparkling Freshwater Pearl long necklace. The Coin Pearls are spaced with assorted 10mm Gemstone beads. Featuring Sterling Silver pendant Tibetan Auspicious symbol "Tw...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Pearl Necklaces

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Lapis Lazuli, Multi-gemstone, Onyx, Freshwater Pearl, Amber, Citrine, La...

14k Yellow Gold Pink Freshwater Teardrop Shaped Pearl Drop Pendant
Located in New York, NY
This 14K Yellow Gold 9.5-10.5mm Natural Pink Freshwater Cultured Teardrop Shaped Pearl Drop Pendant on Adjustable Cable Chain 16", 17", 18" is the perfect compliment to your evening ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pearl Necklaces

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Pearl, Yellow Gold

Ella Gafter Sapphire Lavender Necklace
Located in New York, NY
The lavender sapphire and diamond necklace features a spray of marquise shape faceted sapphires spangled with a crown of round diamonds. The jewel suspends an intermediary South Sea ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Artist Pearl Necklaces

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White Diamond, Black Pearl, South Sea Pearl, Sapphire, Blue Diamond, Pea...

Gilin 18 Karat White Gold 1.11 Carat Golden South Sea Pearl Diamond Pendant
Located in Central, HK
Elegant Golden drop South sea pearl diamond pendant whit 18kw, some marquise flower on the top of pendant , dancing like beautiful butterflies. Height: 58.72 mm / Width: 14.52 mm / ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Pearl Necklaces

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Diamond, White Diamond, South Sea Pearl, Gold, 18k Gold, White Gold

Vintage and Antique Pearl Jewelry

The pearl has been synonymous with ladylike elegance since the Tudor period — learn what to look for when shopping for vintage and antique pearl jewelry as well as how to tell the origin of a pearl with our handy primer.

Every woman at some point in her life desires a simple strand of pearls. They are elegant, timeless, versatile — just ask Coco Chanel or Jacqueline Kennedy — and valuable. In 1917, Pierre Cartier famously traded a double-strand of natural pearls for a Fifth Avenue mansion, the Cartier brand’s flagship store ever since. And if you were born in the beginning of summer, pearl is the June birthstone.

It is possible to tell where a pearl originated from its appearance. Akoyas are usually round and white — the classic pearl, if you will. South Sea pearls are normally larger and vary in color; orangey yellow ones are not uncommon. Tahitian pearls are mostly black but can also be gray or brown, and between the Akoya and the South Sea varieties in size. Freshwater pearls, or Orientals, run the gamut in terms of color and size, but in shape, they tend to resemble Rice Krispies. Another important distinction is a round pearl versus a baroque pearl. A round pearl is self-explanatory, but there are two types of baroque pearls: symmetrical and asymmetrical. In general, the symmetrical variation commands a higher valuation. Within a strand of pearls, uniformity is prized — the more the individual pearls resemble one another, the more valuable the strand.

According to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), the earliest recorded mention of a pearl was in 2206 BC by a Chinese historian. Centuries later, Christopher Columbus made it a point to visit pearl fisheries during his 15th-century exploration of the Caribbean. Since the late-19th century, the Japanese have been at the forefront of cultivating pearls, when jeweler Kokichi Mikimoto successfully cultured the world’s first pearl in 1893.

On 1stDibs, find vintage and antique pearl necklaces, pearl earrings and other accessories.