The Evolution Of Choker Necklaces

Be it plain ribbon and embellished bands or elaborate necklaces, chokers have come a long way. Do you know when they made their first appearance?

Chokers have always been considered high fashion, but do you know when they made their first appearance? Chokers made of gems, gold and animal charms were first seen in Ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt, which were believed to have special healing, protective powers. In 18th century Britain, women used to wear
red ribbons to pay homage to those who lost their lives during French Revolution. Chokers gained a lot of popularity during Victorian Era and Queen Alexandra of Denmark used to wear thick band necklaces that immediately popularised chokers as ‘Dog Collars’.

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While chokers were seen less often after this, they made a big comeback in the 70s. This time around, it was the men who donned them. Rockstars like Jimi Hendrix and Mick Jagger made sure their fans adopted their style and made it a trend. In the 90s, it made a grand comeback and plastic tattoo chokers were all the rage. From Bollywood to Hollywood celebs, everyone started wearing them as a statement piece.

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In recent years, chokers have become a staple jewelry piece and a common hand-me-down in Indian households. Be it plain ribbon like threads and embellished bands or elaborate necklaces, chokers have come a long way.

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