Antique and vintage citrine necklaces
Antique and vintage citrine necklaces are collectible pieces of jewellery featuring citrine, which is a yellow form of the mineral quartz. Items produced more than 100 years ago are classed as “antique” according to the 1930 Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act’s definition.
“Vintage” refers to pieces manufactured within the last 100 years and can include items made as recently as the 1980s.
The citrine gemstone is a form of quartz that can span from brown to yellow.
It is the birthstone for November and is most commonly found in Spain, although examples have been discovered in Scotland, France and Hungary.
Natural state citrine is extremely rare.
Value and notable sales of antique and vintage citrine necklaces
Due to the rarity of citrine, necklaces containing the mineral can sell for sizable sums.
A cultured pearl and citrine necklace achieved $18,000 at a Sotheby’s Geneva auction in May 2003.
A 18k gold and citrine necklace, signed by US jewellery maker Tony Duquette, achieved $24,000 at a Sotheby’s New York auction in December 2006.
An 18k gold and citrine necklace, made by Tiffany in 1910, sold for $37,200 at a Sotheby’s New York auction in April 2007.