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Discussion in 'Jewelry' started by Pearly, Jun 24, 2021.

  1. Pearly

    Pearly New Member

    I will be up front and let everyone know that I joined this forum for a selfish reason, I am not a person that collects antiques, well.... not seriously anyway. However, I do have an appreciation of antiques and own a few random pieces of nostalgia such as a salesman's sample of a grandfather clock from way back when salesmen had such things

    The reason I joined is to see if anyone is able to provide information on a 18K gold retro necklace that my husband bought me about 40 years ago at auction. We may have been given some sort of paperwork on it but that wouldn't really help me in finding out the worth of this piece. It has no markings on it at all, no clue as to where it was made other than one I have found on the internet that is exactly like the one I have. It was difficult to find this one particular necklace on the internet, many are similar although costume, but none were exact until I located one from the website 'Worth Point',

    I took it to a jeweler yesterday to have it tested and it's 18K. I am not positive what the jeweler said the weight was, I am pretty sure the jeweler weighed it and said '80' grams. I have searched and found a necklace online that's exactly like it but unfortunately I cannot view the value on this website without buying a subscription. I'm posting a photo from the website I found. I'm not as excited to know that it's a genuine piece as I am curious about the craftsmanship and origin of the piece. Every one of the small hexagon pieces are hinged and the necklace is 'fluid' feeling, very supple.

    If anyone can shed light on this necklace, I would appreciate it.

    This is the link to the website where I was able to find an identical item to mine. I had looked for days and some that I've seen were similar but not even close to the workmanship of the one I have.


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  2. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

  3. i need help

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  4. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    Welcome, Pearly. At today's gold prices, that's a small fortune you would be wearing around your neck. According to GoldCalc. com, if the weight is 80 grams, the necklace is currently worth $3,442 in meltdown value alone.

    We can ask member @Kronos for the favor of checking the Worthpoint price.
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  5. Ownedbybear

    Ownedbybear Well-Known Member

    SCreams 1960s and I'll bet it's Italian.
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  6. Pearly

    Pearly New Member

    Thank you for the information. It leaves me 'curiouser and curiouser' ;)
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  7. Pearly

    Pearly New Member

    Thanks mod.
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  8. Pearly

    Pearly New Member

    Thank you @Bronwen for the kind welcome. I think that holding onto the piece for so many years may have paid off. I'm interested in the maker. Every little hexagon is hinged together somehow. That's a lot of craftsmanship.
  9. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    It must feel like liquid gold. I agree with OBB's observation that it is likely to be Italian. Have you checked it very carefully for marks, particularly in the area of the clasp?
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  10. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    The word "tessellated" will be helpful in describing your necklace.

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  11. Pearly

    Pearly New Member

    Yes, I brought it to a jeweler yesterday to have it appraised. They still have it trying to identify it. But it's definitely 18k and has no markings. There is a flat piece on the clasp where the jeweler said that may have been some type of marking years ago but there's nothing there now. From what I was told, it's most likely either French or Italian since most jewelers in Europe used 18K versus pieces made in the US that were often made with 14K gold.
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  12. Ownedbybear

    Ownedbybear Well-Known Member

    The style is way more Italian than French.
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  13. Kronos

    Kronos Well-Known Member

    The worthpoint one sold for $3188 in 2017.
  14. alynnfin

    alynnfin Active Member

    Wow! Beautiful and you had no idea! What a great thing to discover!
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  15. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    Thank you, Kronos. Very kind of you, as always.
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  16. Pearly

    Pearly New Member

    Thank you for the help.
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    Hollyblue Well-Known Member

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