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Not Your Grandmother’s Choker

chokers featured

Chokers (close fitting necklace worn high on the neck) have come a long way. From Chinese origin to Victorian England, from simple ribbons with perhaps a cameo common in Early America to the beaded versions of the Jazz Age, the genre is come and go. Today’s interpretations are designed with modern materials and/or contemporary attitudes. Show off your shoulders-wear with a strapless or low neckline dress, pull your hair back or up to spotlight.

Starting with the Showstopper (Prices following range widely)

Aurelie Bidermann Enamel Coral Choker Necklace

Inspired by organic shapes, Bidermann wraps your neck with a graceful coral “collar” kept light by its latticed design. This piece is so strong and original, it will shine even on apparel that goes up to your neck beneath it, though skin is recommended for a better background. Heads will turn. You are clearly wearing art. Bold, bright and completely original. Do not compete with elaborate earrings. Red enamel and 18kt yellow gold plate. Hinged metallic closure. $3365.00

Goldtone Points of View

Left: Rodrigo Otazu “Brilliant” Choker Crystal Necklace- This one is a marriage of both classical and fashion. The softly draped brass chainmail might be from an ancient culture; its variously sized Swarovski crystal cluster looks decidedly today. For ensembles with clean silhouettes-nothing too draped or balance will be off. The piece will also look well with a crisp white shirt and jeans. 2” wide, 16” long. $470.00

Right: Anndra Neen Barrel Choker- The way these sections connect makes it appear to be handmade, giving the choker a more interesting look than something sleekly manufactured. One wouldn’t be surprised to find something similar in a case at The Metropolitan Museum. The impression is stark. Not to be worn with ruffles or bows. Brass and gold cage choker with open back. 1” wide, about 5” in diameter. $625.00


Delicate meets edgy. For women with the courage of their convictions. Wear to an evening event or with a t-shirt. Definitely do not hide with hair. For more impact keep apparel colors muted. Cameo centerpiece, Swarovski crystals, ox brass plated chains; suede 12” long, 2” – 3” wide; adjustable. Handmade. $720.00


Left: Lanvin Boule and Pearl Choker- The big bow balances a delicate front piece with this feminine choker. Don’t hide it in a shirt. Great with a gamine haircut; other pearls or crystals. Can be worn haute or funky, to dinner at Eleven Madison or gallery hopping in Chelsea. Ribbon choker with boule and pearl beads. Adjustable tie closure. 48” long. On sale $279.00 (50% off)

Right: Panacea Choker Necklace- Egyptian inspired choker perfect for the lightest, breeziest clothing-silk, gauze, crisp cotton, or draped polyester. Smashing with white, gray or beige. Best against skin. Wear with long, dangling earrings and lots of bangles. From city terraces to the beach. Faceted crystal and plastic beads. 19” long. Lobster clasp. $128.00

James Murray Sea Glass Beaded Choker

This version looks more like a traditional choker sitting close around the neck with a decorative clasp including hanging beads. Perfect spring/summer colors evoke the sea and sky. Feminine but contained. Wear with casual daywear or when the sun sets to accessorize a long, flowing dress or palazzo pants and a bandeau top. Add gold earrings and high heeled sandals. Gold tone metal. Lobster clasp with adjustable chain. $225.00

And now for something completely different…

Mimco Abstract Cubist Choker

Arty and fun, this piece should be worn with constructed clothing from your crisp khakis and canvas whites to shift dresses and pencil skirts. Needless to say your top should be uncomplicated. Red earrings, bag or shoes (not all three please- one night be yellow). Red lipstick. Will make you smile when you put it on. Eclectic twisted statement piece of resin, colored beads, metal mesh, glass pearls, and faceted Czech stones. Adjustable. $299.00

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