Chokers are an unforgettable statement in jewelry, which are always trendy with or without gemstone adornments, pendants or other slides. Chokers are made in all types of jeweler's metal, or the more inexpensive ones are made of twine or suede and decorated with common adornments like shells.


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Chokers generally have an 18-inch maximum length. Some are elaborate with multiple strands of metal or gemstones. The 15-inch or 17-inch unisex chokers with shells and wooden beads are popular with teens and young adults.

For a more luxurious look, chokers are often gold or silver plated and come in a variety of colors. Adding a pendant creates an even more distinguished appeal.

As fashion evolved through the centuries, chokers had their time at the forefront of acceptable jewelry for the neck. During the Middle Ages, for instance, it was virtually impossible to wear a necklace of any kind due to the high necklines of the clothing. When necklines came down a bit, it was easier for a lady to wear a choker that didn't interfere with the neckline of her dress.

Alas, fashion changed again, bringing plunging necklines to the scene. This put chokers on the top shelf once again as elaborate, long necklaces were once again in favor.