The history of the choker or dog collar necklace is long and varied. They were worn by royalty, prostitutes & ballerinas....quite the cross over piece of jewelry. We have put our efforts into re-inventing the choker! Below you will find several examples from our new line of chokers. We invented the magnetic brooch called a Mag TAK. Our "chick magnet" line can be worn as a scarf pin, a hat pin or a lapel pin brooch. NOW, you can use them as interchangeable embellishments on our line of choker necklaces. 4 different used in one product! Custom orders are welcome....Just convo us for pricing, style, fabric and color options.
Historically, it was associated with high fashion, but could take on different meanings under different circumstances. Ballerinas and the upper class in the late 19th century commonly wore certain types of chokers. However, at that same time, a plain, thin, red or black ribbon choker had ties to prostitution in the late 19th century, as seen in Manet's Olympia (1861), while a plain black woven choker or ribbon could signify secret lesbianism in the Depression
Chokers appeared in 1798 as a French cultural jewel that was worn by wealthy ladies. in 1874 it was worn by ballerinas and in the early 1880s by queens.
By the 1880s, the dog collar - the literal translation of the French collier du chien - had crossed the Channel into England, where it had been adopted by Alexandra, Princess of Wales. The Princess was self-conscious about a scar on her long neck; to hide it, she began wearing wide necklaces - composed of velvet bands or rows of pearls - under her chin. Where Alexandra led, fashionable ladies followed, and soon the dog collar was adorning necks throughout England, Europe and the United States