After being abandoned in the late 90s, the choker trend has made a huge comeback in the past year, seen today on every other neck on the catwalk and invading the high street shop by shop.
From plastic to velvet to pearl to diamond, we take a look at the evolution of the choker and some of the beautifully-designed versions available on Barnebys.
From Then To Now
Women of the 1800's - Manet's Painting Olympia, Edgar Degas' Ballerinas, Alexandra Queen Of Denmark
Further confusing our understanding of the choker’s meaning are the official royal photographs of Alexandra of Denmark, Queen consort to King Edward VII. Most surviving photos of Queen Alexandra show her wearing fantastically elaborate chokers embellished with precious metals and stones, suggesting that this may have been the fashion amongst royalty and aristocracy.
Where to Buy
Whilst there is an array of material and plastic chokers available on the high-street, unique and elegant styles can be tricky to find.
Online jewellery auctions and dealers, such as those listed on Barnebys.co.uk , offer new and vintage chokers for that special occasion or to add a touch of glamour to your everyday outfit. Here are some of my favourites…
(Right) White gold square patterned choker. Designed as three rows of square-shaped diamond-set links, embellished with circular-cut diamonds, and mounted in white gold.
(Left) Gold chain necklace in 18 ct. Crafted in high polish yellow gold and designed with three rows of interlocking solid gold links. Adjustable to be worn either at a choker length right on the neck or at a longer standard length.
(Right) Diamond flower collar necklace. Yellow gold Carrera y Carrera collar necklace with diamond-set floral motif and lobster claw closure.
(Left) Diamond and pearl Chantecler Capri choker of openwork and floral design, set with cultured pearls, alternating with col-let-set brilliant-cut diamonds and yellow-gold flowers.
(Right) Yellow and white gold scalloped collar necklace featuring round brilliant diamond embellishments with cultured south sea pearl accents and slide lock closure.
Barnebys is the largest search service for art, antiques and collectables, with around half a million unique items from over 1,600 auction houses and dealers around the world.
What do you think of the fashion for chokers?