A SHORT History
Chokers are back in the jewellery fold.
from the runway to your jewellery box
Chokers have been around for an awfully long time thousands of years in fact. First gracing the world’s earliest civilizations: the Sumer Empire in Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt. These necklaces were often made with gold and Lapis Lazuli and thought to be protective and imbued with special powers.
Chokers were worn throughout the Renaissance period and onward, and were especially popular with royals towards the end of the 19th century. In Germany and Austria, women found them useful to hide lumps on their necks caused by goiter, a disease common across the Alps at the time.
Simpler ribbon-chokers were symbols of prostitution, as depicted in Manet’s famous 1863 painting “Olympia.” Soon after it became very popular with ballerinas and lost much of its sordid associations. During the Victorian era, ladies of wealth and in society often wore chokers as a fashion statement, some of which were adorned with precious jewels.
Alexandra, the Princess of Wales (1844-1925), who had a great affect on fashion at the time, often wore chokers to cover a scar on her neck caused in childhood. Society ladies soon followed her lead and during the Victorian era, wealthy ladies often wore chokers as a fashion statement, many of which were adorned with precious jewels.
Though they were never entirely out of fashion, chokers reigned supreme once more in the 1920s and into the ’30s, lending themselves to the beloved Art deco look.