Hello 1990s! Chokers are back and this jewellery classic is more modern than ever
Chokers in pearls, textured brass and precious gems are putting a contemporary spin on a jewellery classic
Chokers have gained a bad reputation since their 1990s heyday, but there’s something about their snug and sensual forms which hold us captivated – plus, their prominent placement makes them a great Zoom accessory. With a host of new jewellers creating cool and contemporary pieces, now’s your second chance to get in on the trend.
Choose from these captivating chokers
Insouciant French design is epitomised in Justine Clenquet’s ‘Pixie’ choker, which plays with mixed metals and contrasting links for a cool-girl take on a classic. Designed and made in France, this choker features an easily adjustable link that means it can also be worn as a more relaxed necklace, as the mood takes you.
A loop of irregular pearls and moonstones brings a playful warmth to the snug silhouette of a choker in this ‘Paradiso Perduto’ piece from Parel Parel. Wear with an oversized gold chain for a vintage play on contrasts.
Embrace the retro vibes of a choker with a vintage retailer. Cudoni’s resale philosophy puts the focus on sustainability, and uncovers some true classics in the process. We love the sensual vibes of this Dior velvet ‘J’Adior’ choker.
Anita Berisha sets irregularly shaped freshwater keshi pearls on to a silk thread in this pearl choker, which hugs the contours of the neck, bringing a sensuality to a neglected jewellery silhouette.
Fine jewellery is fun in the hands of Alina Abegg who brings a sweetness to jewellery design. The ‘Candy Girl’ choker rethinks retro chokers of sweets strung onto elastic. In yellow gold and gemstones in sorbet shades, this makes for a very grown-up nostalgia hit.
Chokers don’t have to be ostentatious, and a simple drawn form can make an impact. Ruby Jack encapsulates perfect simplicity with the ‘Labyrinth’ necklace, which sketches a broken circle in textured brass.
Hannah Silver joined Wallpaper* in 2019 to work on watches and jewellery. Now, as well as her role as watches and jewellery editor, she writes widely across all areas including on art, architecture, fashion and design. As well as offbeat design trends and in-depth profiles, Hannah is interested in the quirks of what makes for a digital success story.
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