Wat kost een gouden ketting en waar moet je op letten?

What does a gold chain cost and what should you look for?

Are you looking for a gold necklace but have no idea what it costs? Understandably so. There are a lot of options and considerations, and you probably don't buy a gold necklace every week.

We briefly list the most important things.


The weight of a gold chain is crucial to both price and quality. A heavier chain means more gold, and thus a higher price. But weight also determines the thickness of the chain. A heavier one tends to be sturdier, which is an important aspect for people with active lifestyles. Do you exercise a lot or are you physically active on a daily basis? Then consider a thicker chain for extra durability.

Also consider any pendants. A name tag or charm also adds weight. Sometimes charms are hollow inside, which doesn't increase the weight or price very much. They are often a little less sturdy, though.

Weight is always a good indication of how much gold is in a necklace. Some necklaces may seem expensive, but contain surprisingly little gold. So be sure to check this out before purchasing a necklace.

Gold content

Gold comes in different levels: 9, 14 and 18 carats are the most common. The carat number indicates how much gold is actually in the alloy. For example, 18 karat gold has a higher gold content than 9 or 14 karat and offers more shine, but is less solid. If you want a necklace that will last and you are not afraid of a few scratches, a lower karat content may be a better choice.

When choosing the gold content, it is important to note that 18 karat gold is comparatively more expensive to buy. This is because it contains a higher percentage of pure gold: 18 karat gold consists of 75% pure gold, while 14 karat gold contains about 58.3% gold. Because the purchase price of the gold is higher, the cost of making it is a smaller portion of the total purchase price. This means that you often get more value for your money with an 18kt necklace, especially when you consider the resale value, with higher karat gold usually holding its value better.


The finish of a gold necklace can vary. Detailed work can increase the price. Pay specific attention to the quality of the clasps; a poor clasp can cause you to lose your precious piece of jewelry quickly. Unique designs and patterns can also lead to a higher price. A smooth finish helps avoid scratches.


The choice of gemstones can have a big impact on the price. Some stones are more affordable than others. The size of the gemstone does not always impact the price, as not all gemstones are equally rare:

  • Expensive Gems: Diamonds, emeralds, sapphires and rubies are known for their higher prices. These stones are sought after not only for their beauty, but also for their rarity and hardness.
  • Cheaper Gems: Amethyst, topaz, garnet and quartz are some examples of more affordable gemstones. These stones still offer attractive aesthetics but are significantly cheaper than the previously mentioned gemstones.

The way the gemstones are set is also important. A good setting prevents stones from coming loose, which means more enjoyment from your jewelry in the long run. It pays to pay more for a quality setting.

Finally, the name of a brand can also have a significant impact on the price of a gold necklace. Well-known brands often offer a degree of guarantee of quality, but this does not always go hand in hand with the actual value of the jewelry. Pay close attention to whether the jewelry is actually made of real gold, what type of gold it is, and check the weight. Sometimes you pay more for the prestige of the name than for the necklace itself. However, a piece from a reputable brand, especially if it is an exclusive item, can add value when resold.

Guide prices

Most importantly, what does a gold chain actually cost? Taking the above factors into account, you can expect to pay the following:

Most necklaces can be found between €100 and €500. If you pay more, you are probably paying in part for the brand. If a lot of customization is required (e.g., personalization with name), then the price can also go up further.

Choosing the perfect gold necklace depends on your personal preferences, lifestyle and budget. We hope this information helps you make an informed decision. And remember: a gold necklace is an investment in timeless beauty, so sometimes it pays a little more to enjoy it for a lifetime.

A blog post by
Mom of Charlie (3) and Ralph (1) and founder of Olivia for Kids. On weekends I enjoy a quiet book or going to the Zoo with the kids.