Antique and vintage pearl choker necklaces


2015-06-26 11:14:55


Antique and vintage pearl choker necklaces are collectible items of jewellery. Choker necklaces are designed to fit tightly around the neck. They are often highly decorative in nature, and those featuring pearls are particularly sought after.

Antique or vintage?

According to the 1930 Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act’s definition of “antique”, antique pearl choker necklaces were produced more than 100 years ago. Vintage pieces were made within the last 100 years and can include items produced as recently as the 1980s.

Value and notable sales of pearl choker necklaces

The value of pearl choker necklaces can vary significantly according to the number of pearls and other items of worth are featured on the necklace. Pieces made by famous names will also boost the price significantly.

  • A seed pearl choker necklace, featuring diamonds set in around 1850, realised $30,000 at Sotheby’s in December 2003.

  • A pink tourmaline, diamond and cultured pearl choker-necklace, made by Cartier, sold for $47,800 at Sotheby’s in April 2002. It featured 181 cultured pearls.

  • A Carolina Herrera-designed emerald, diamond and cultured pearl choker necklace made $46,750 at Sotheby’s in December 2001.
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