This is just a sample of the necklaces of the Duchess of Cornwall that could be described as chokers. I grabbed the ones I thought might make for an interesting discussion, but feel free to spam the comments with more of her collection. After all, this royal could be described as the current “Queen of the Choker”.
1. Three strand pearl with an amethyst clasp
This is thought to be a gift from Prince Charles, and it is an obviously beloved piece since she chose it both for her mother’s funeral and her engagement announcement to Charles. This loose choker contains three strands of pearls and a small (er) amethyst clasp.
2. Four strand pearl with diamond cross clasp
Four strands of pearls this time, with a complicated diamond clasp. The Duchess just loves this one and wears it frequently. It is definitely an antique, and it may or may not be the central element from Queen Alexandra’s Ladies of Leeds bracelet.
3. Diamond Daisy Choker
This piece was famously worn at a White House dinner in 2005. It was said that Prince Charles purchased a tiara for “parts”, and this modern piece was the result.
4. Art deco sapphire choker
I always feel the Duchess and Art Deco go together like tacos and Tuesdays, which is to say: perfectly. I’d like to see her wear more of that style, honestly. This is a more recent acquisition, but a nice change in the clasp department for her.
5. Three strand pearl with gold and aquamarine clasp
Inherited from her beloved mother, this choker typically gets hauled out for Ascot and other “go big” events.
6. Five strand pearl with pink topaz clasp
Talk about going big, this is one of the “big effect” jewels in a collection that’s full of big effects. Again, Camilla has her husband to thank for scrounging around for parts ; ), this time buying a brooch at a Sothebys auction. That brooch eventually ended up as the clasp here, and for that we are all thankful.