We are delighted at AC Silver to offer an exquisite range of antique Victorian necklaces. The selection of necklaces in our stock feature spectacular precious gemstones including diamonds, sapphires, and emeralds. These pieces have been crafted in precious metals such as yellow gold, white gold, and platinum.
Our founder, Andrew Campbell, utilises his more than 40 years of experience in hand selecting each piece of antique Victorian jewellery in our collection.
Every purchase from our Victorian necklace category is supplied with free, express shipping worldwide and includes a 14 day return policy.
Antique Victorian necklaces are stunning pieces of jewellery that make excellent gifts year-round. At AC Silver, we are proud to offer a wide range of Victorian necklaces featuring different gemstones, metals, and design styles.
The Victorian era was filled with new techniques and styles in jewellery design. When the high-necked ruffs and collars of previous times fell out of fashion, Victorians found a preference for exposed necks and shoulders, allowing for a lot of necklace styles to evolve. One such style is the collarette necklace. Also referred to as the riviere necklace, this is a style where the necklace sits just at the base of the neck. Usually, the gemstones in these necklaces are all of the same kind, and they graduate in size. The largest stone in a riviere necklace is at the very front, with the smallest stones around the fastening.
Another Victorian necklace style is the cameo pendant. The archaeological discoveries of the Victorian era led to an increased interest in ancient cultures. The Ancient Greek and Ancient Roman practise of the cameo found new life in the Victorian period. Cameos make use of materials like shell and hardstone. The cameo is the act of carving into these materials to create a portrait or a scene with figures included. Victorian cameo jewellery was popular as both a romantic gift and a platonic one. The style of the Ancient Greek portraiture was used in the Victorian period, often imitating the aesthetics of Ancient Greek fashion and even hairstyles.
The cross pendant is also a style that found increased popularity during the Victorian era. Cross pendants have an enduring popularity that extends beyond the 19th century. In the Victorian period, however, they evolved to be more ornate and ostentatious than they had been previously. The advancement of jewellery-making led to larger gemstones being used in pieces like this. Owning a genuine antique Victorian cross pendant is a precious thing, and we are pleased to offer only the finest examples of this style.
Love heart pendants are another style that began before the Victorian period, but came into their own in the 19th century. The famed love heart shape was created with greater precision in the late Victorian period. The exaggerated heart form was as popular a romantic sentiment as it remains today. This is an ideal style of antique jewellery to give as an anniversary gift or Valentine’s Day gift.