Chokers are back! While one might believe the seductive necklace worn tight-to-the-neck originated in the 1990's, this accessory actually has a history dating back thousands of years. It is a style that has appeared across cultures in a variety of metals, stones, and materials. So how old is the choker necklace really? The oldest choker necklaces can be attributed to the Ancient Egyptians, who created them not only for adornment, but more for protection, along with jewelry worn on other parts of the body. Using gold to represent the sun, and lapis lazuli for the Nile River, the chokers were worn as powerful amulets.
This eclectic selection of modern-day chokers by Etsy artisans are designed to make an impression. From timeless metal collars to this handpainted boho-chic eagle, they are wearable works of art.
Contemporary styles include a minimalist spheres necklace employing traditional glass-blowing techniques and a choker designed with metal forms using cast bones.
Nicoletta is a lifelong artist and art educator, with an M.A. in Art Education and Administration. She travels the world seeking cultural inspiration for her art, and has worked in fibers, acrylics, oils, and sculpture. Her current work is inspired by the reinvention of the mundane zipper, elevated to an art form into unexpected jewelry designs. Nicoletta’s artwork is shown throughout New York/New Jersey area and worldwide.