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The Secret Craze: Why Celebrities Are Collecting Vintage Gold Necklaces?

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Beyonce and Gwyneth Paltrow wear gold chains

Beyoncé and Paltrow are two A-listers that are known for champion vintage and even antique jewellery.

Why are celebrities collecting vintage gold necklaces?

Celebrities have always had a reputation for being avid collectors of high-end fashion and jewellery. But in recent years, there has been an uptick in the collection of vintage gold chains by A-listers. Many people seek these vintage jewellery staples for their rare elegance, rich background, and enduring appeal. So, what is it about vintage gold chains that has caught the attention of so many celebrities?

One-of-a-kind necklaces

Celebs and collectors alike love gold link chains firstly for their uniqueness. Traditionally, these chains were created by master craftspeople who meticulously fashioned each link by hand. Unlike now, when jewellery is produced in vast quantities, it was once handcrafted in smaller batches. As a result, vintage gold chains are often hard to come by because they were only produced in small quantities.

Furthermore, vintage gold chains are valuable because they are generally passed down through families as heirlooms and cherished possessions that were passed down through generations. Therefore, many of the gold chains available today are a result of these hand-me-downs being sold, making them both collectible and allusive. Jump ahead > to see which celebs we've found loving vintage chains.

The heyday of fetter link chains

Prince Albert sat next to Queen Victoria

Gold chains were worn by men and women alike as fashionable accessories in the 19th century. Intricate, delicate pendant necklaces were all the rage during the Victorian era, and they were frequently embellished with lockets, charms, and other ornaments. The Albert chain or pocket watch chain also became very popular and was worn by all strata's of society during the period. In the early 20th century, the geometric and streamlined designs of the Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements inspired new types of gold chains, from guard chains to the French 'sautoir'.

Every link has its own history to share and can shed light on the fashions, and skilled, artisan labor of bygone eras. Antique gold chains, whether Art Deco or Victorian never go out of style and remain one of the most popular vintage jewelry trends. People who understand the significance of the stories behind these treasures of jewellery are always on the lookout for new additions to their collections.

A chain thats Versatile will last you a long while!

This versatility has contributed to the rise in popularity of vintage gold chain necklaces in recent years. Many trend-setters consider them an essential piece because they go with so many different looks and unlike fine jewellery, like an encrusted diamond necklace, can be worn everyday.

There is a wide variety of vintage gold chains available in terms of length, weight, and design, all of which can be combined in a variety of ways. When paired with a dress or blouse, a longer, chunkier chain can give a sophisticated touch, while a shorter, daintier chain can add a delicate touch of glamour to an otherwise simple look. They can be worn alone or stacked with other necklaces to create a totally unique look.

Another great thing about vintage gold chains is that they come in a variety of colours, from buttery 18k yellow gold to 9k peachy rose gold and silver. This allows them to complement a range of skin tones and personal styles.

The options for accessorising with antique gold chains are limitless. Beautiful vintage chains can be worn in a variety of ways, whether dressed up or down, alone or in combination with other items of jewellery such as earrings, brooches, bracelets and of course gold rings. A vintage gold chain is a great investment because it can elevate every outfit to the next level.

Celebrities who appreciate the versatility of vintage gold chains often incorporate them into their red-carpet looks or wear them on a daily basis as a way to elevate their everyday outfits making them always in demand. They recognise the value of investing in a piece of vintage jewellery that can be worn with so much versatility that also acts as a wearable financial investment too makes them an antique or vintage collection must have!

Antique and vintage gold chains

A selection of vintage and antique gold chains that we have in stock and also a layered look inspired by the celebrity trend for the less is more look! Head to see our necklaces for inspiration.

Papped' wearing their vintage jewellery

Let's take a look at some familiar names who covet their gold chains...

Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian wearing layered gold necklaces

The reality TV star and fashion icon is known for her love of vintage jewellery, and her collection of gold chains is no exception. Kim favours layering, so you'll often see her in many different vintage chains at once.

"I love the idea of vintage pieces because they're not something you can just go and buy anywhere. It's special and unique, and I think there's something really beautiful about that. Plus, vintage jewellery has a history and a story behind it, which makes it even more special.”

Margot Robbie

Margot Robbie wearing vintage jewellery

Robbie has worn vintage jewellery on numerous occasions, adding to her reputation as a fashion icon. Robbie's engagement ring, a pear-shaped diamond set in a yellow gold band, is a vintage-inspired design that reflects her taste in antique jewellery.


Beyoncé wearing vintage gold chains

"Queen Bey," has also been seen frequently donning vintage gold chains. The necklaces in her collection range from large and flashy to small and subtle but opts for only the best favouring 18k gold over other weights.

Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow wearing vintage chains and pendants

Paltrow's chains and pendants are always eye-catching and give her modern looks a touch of vintage glamour whenever she wears them.

As a style icon and founder of the lifestyle brand Goop, Paltrow's fashion choices are often sought after and emulated. Vintage gold chains some with gemstones and some without are a staple in many of her outfits, whether she is dressed up for a red carpet event or dressed down for a casual day out.

Final thoughts

The key takeaways form our foray into why celebrities are so avidly collecting unique antique gold necklaces and chains;

  1. Vintage gold chains are highly sought after since they are either one-of-a-kind or extremely rare due to their age and provenance.

  2. They have a varied and fascinating history, beginning in the Victorian era and continuing on through Art Deco and beyond.

  3. Vintage gold chains can be worn with a variety of outfits, from casual to formal, and can add a touch of elegance and sophistication.

  4. Many celebrities, including Margot Robbie and Gwyneth Paltrow, are known for their love of vintage and antique jewellery, including gold chains.

  5. Purchasing vintage gold chains is a wise investment because they are timeless in style, always in demand, and always have a story to tell.

Overall, vintage gold chains are a symbol of timeless luxury and sophistication that appeals to many celebrities. But they aren't merely reserved for A-listers, at Howell 1870 we have been offering the finest antique chains and necklace featuring gems of all colours and cuts. Today we focus mainly on link chains and pride ourselves on being one of the best places in the vintage jewelry market for antique Albert chains notably 18k gold trombone link chains. Unlike the large jewellery brands such as Cartier, Bulgari or Tiffany who specialise in fine jewellery we cater for all budgets and believe everyone should be able to express their sense of style and own a piece of vintage jewellery. Why not have a look at our latest pieces or even those that have gone but not been forgotten and if you require something special contact us today and our team can assist you with your quest to find your dream vintage gold necklace.


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