Choker necklaces are a bold fashion statement with a lengthy history.
Chokers appeared in 1798 as a French cultural jewel that was worn by wealthy ladies. in 1874 it was worn by ballerinas and in the early 1880s by queens.
Historically, chokers are associated with high fashion, but could take on different meanings under different circumstances. Ballerinas and the upper class in the late 19th century commonly wore certain types of chokers. However, at that same time, a plain, thin, red or black ribbon choker had ties to prostitution in the late 19th century, as seen in Manet’s Olympia (1861), while a plain black woven choker or ribbon could signify secret lesbianism in the Depression era.
But chokers are certainly not for everyone, especially if you don’t want to draw attention to your neck. Some can also border on the restrictive or uncomfortable, so if you’re the type who simply doesn’t like that sensation, then move on to different types of adornment.
For the ones who simply love chokers, here are a few mentioned in JCK’s latest article on the topic that our staff really liked.
Ball and Chain choker in 14k gold-plated silver, $289; Liberty I. Exchange
Wraparound choker in black silk with an 18k gold fleur de lis motif and 0.2 ct. t.w. diamonds, $330; Gintare
Choker in 14k gold with 0.12 ct. t.w. diamonds, $1,595; Ariel Gordon Jewelry
Choker necklace in 18k gold with South Sea pearls and 24.45 cts. t.w. diamonds, price on request; Yoko London