What’s a simple, yet sure way to excite a gal and make her day? One sure way is to present her with a classy, elegant, beautiful choker. Gorgeous neck jewelry to be adored!
A choker is a close-fitting necklace worn around the neck. Chokers can be made of various materials, including velvet, plastic, beads, leather, metal (such as silver, gold or platinum), etc. Chokers can either be a simple ribbon or strip of velvet, or lavishly adorned with sequins, studs or a pendant/charm.
Stoke her with a chic choker!
Choker Fun Fact: Chokers were worn as early as the First Century A.D. They are mentioned in the Talmud, book Shabbat, chapter 6 as a common women’s accessory. Historically, chokers are associated with high fashion. Chokers are a popular piece of jewelry that doll up and decorate any face and outfit. The word ‘jewelry’ is derived from the word ‘jewel’, which was anglicized from the Old French “joule” and to the Latin word “jocale”, meaning plaything. Various forms of jewelry vary between cultures but have persisted since ancient times, most notably in European and Asian cultures.
Whether a dainty ribbon strip or an ornament that is thick, feminine chokers do the trick!
Choker Fun Fact: In the late 19th century, ballerinas and the upper class wore certain types of chokers. Chokers were extremely popular into the 1920s and again in the 1940s. Chokers made of luxurious diamonds, pearls, lace and velvet were seen as objects of the elite, made to custom fit one’s neck perfectly.
Choker Fashion Tip: Chokers look their very best when they fit tight and snuggle the neck. A choker that sags looks dowdy and drags!
Popular Types of Necklaces:
- Choker: Sits high on the neck.
- Lariat Necklace: A very, very long variation on rope, with a clasp, often worn draped around the neck or crossed over and/or looped.
- Matinee Necklace: A single strand that rests at the top of the cleavage.
- Opera Necklace: Long and sits at the breastbone.
- Princess Necklace: Longer than a choker, but shorter than a matinee.
- Rope Necklace: Any necklace longer than opera length.
Out of all the types of necklaces to help one look their best, the choker stands out heads and tails above the rest!
So pretty, so elegant, so fair. What gorgeous choker should I wear?
Choker Fun Fact: In recent years chokers have been popular with a number of celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow, Paris Hilton, Rihanna and Kendall Jenner. In the realm of modern fashion, chokers rock!
Necklaces have been an integral part of jewelry since the time of ancient civilizations and pre-date the invention of writing. Necklaces are believed to be as old as 40,000 years, during the Stone Age. The oldest necklaces were made of purely natural materials – before weaving and the invention of string, durable vines or pieces of animal sinew left over from hunts were tied together and adorned with shells, bones or teeth, bird feathers, corals, carved wood, colorful seeds, stones and/or gems. Eventually cloth working and metal working greatly expanded the range of jewelry available to humans.
After the Bronze Age began and humans discovered how to melt metal and cast it into shapes, bronze, silver, gold, electrum, platinum and a variety of other metals were used to make eye catching necklaces for both men and women, with the introduction of metal chains. Gem cutting and glass blowing allowed highly polished gemstones and/or beautiful art glass to be added to pieces.
We love our necklaces, one and all, where the choker stands out above them all!
Beautiful gemstones that make for lovely neck chokers include: amber, amethyst, diamonds, emerald, jade, jasper, pearls and rubies. Other gorgeous materials include beads, glass, shells and wood.
The choker: neck jewelry at its finest!
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