EVER EVOLVING, THE CHOKER IS HAVING A SHINING MOMENT - THANKS TO DIAMONDS

Julia von Boehm wearing Anita Ko diamond tennis choker. Image by Fiona Tsz Yuen Tam

Julia von Boehm wearing Anita Ko diamond tennis choker. Image by Fiona Tsz Yuen Tam

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Throughout history, the choker has often been heralded as a rebellious accessory - a sign of a woman who knows her virtue. A diamond tennis choker is just that.

Chokers have adorned the necks of women for thousands of years. They were and are praised for being able to both conceal the neck and highlight it - depending on the style. Ancient Egyptians wore them for protection. Women in the Renaissance era wore them as signs of wealth. Following the French Revolution, women tied red ribbons around their necks in solidarity with those who had lost their lives to the guillotine.

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Whatever the reasoning behind them, chokers have always served as a symbol of the delicate line between vulnerability and power, especially for women. It is a rebellious accessory - a sign of a woman who knows her virtue.

In recent times, the choker has evolved, with plastic tattoo versions prominent in the 90s, and the rebirth of the victorian ribbon-like version in the late 2000s. A choker can be an elegant statement piece designed to dress up any outfit, or simply remain your everyday accessory. Especially when it’s made with diamonds.

T-shirt by Re/Done, jeans by Calvin Klein

T-shirt by Re/Done, jeans by Calvin Klein

Anita Ko is one such designer creating elegant chokers for any occasion. Her pieces are made in Los Angeles with the modern woman in mind - you have probably seen her designs on celebrities like Rihanna and Jennifer Lawrence. They are timeless yet contemporary - and extremely versatile. They also make the perfect layering piece - and don’t be afraid to add another element, like pearls.

Images by Fiona Tsz Yuen Tam

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