Antique & Estate Jewelry / Diamonds / Gold

The 5 Best Chokers of the Season


While the choker has had its fashion moments throughout history (think: Princess Diana’s pearl and sapphire one, among many others), the style is seeing a resurgence in popularity as of late. And why not? It’s a bold and strong statement piece with minimal effort. But not all chokers are created equal. Below, we’ve rounded up everything from chunky, vintage ones to delicate, streamlined pieces and even more interpretative iterations. The one thing they all have in common is power they emit.

Weingrill necklace
Vintage San Marco choker circa 1960 in 18k gold with Florentine finish, Weingrill, $8,980; 1stDibs

Created by Italian jeweler Carlo Weingrill, this vintage choker may be chunky but it has hidden, fine-tuned details such as invisible pins that allow the links to gently move. That’s what makes the difference between a necklace and a statement piece.

Haute Victoire necklace
Twisted choker in 18k yellow gold with a South Sea baroque pearl, $9,990; Haute Victoire

With a completely unique South Sea baroque pearl on every piece, this Haute Victoire choker is truly like no other. Incorporating hand-twisted 18k yellow gold, it measures approximately five inches on each side.

Anita Ko necklace
Hepburn necklace in 18k rose gold, 11.4 cts. t.w. sapphires, and 0.3 ct. t.w. diamonds, $20,700; Anita Ko

Taking a bit of a playful approach, Anita Ko’s diamond and multicolored gemstone necklace works well on its own or as the perfect accent piece among layers of equally delicate chokers.

Delfina Delettrez necklace
1987 necklace in 18k white and yellow gold with 1.46 cts. t.w. white brilliant-cut solitaire diamonds, €8,000 ($9,083); Delfina Delettrez

A thoroughly streamlined design, Delfina Delettrez’s white diamond and gold necklace showcases minimal, contrasting lines for a modern effect.

Evren Kayar necklace
Big Coral necklace in 22k gold vermeil by Evren Kayar (also shown at top), $2,066; Moda Operandi

A transitional piece between a choker and necklace, Evren Kayar’s coral necklace showcases natural forms created through the handcraftsmanship of artisans in Istanbul. Even more, coral is believed to be a symbol of protection.

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By: Annie Davidson Watson

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