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Battle of the Chokers – Queen Alexandra Division

Queen Alexandra was well-known for making the dog collar necklace a stylish accessory. It was said she adopted the style to hide a scar on her neck. Often she would just stack-em-up, and fashion a multi-layered choker out of several shortened necklaces. She was rarely photographed with her neck uncovered, and thus this style became synonymous with her.

  1. Simple Velvet Ribbon

Princess Alexandra of Denmark had a surprisingly unsophisticated upbringing. Her early chokers, pre-marriage, were often simple velvet ribbons, adorned with small charms.

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2. Shortened Diamond Collet on a Velvet Band

Alexandra became the first Princess of Wales in 80 years, and the wedding gifts flowed in. The City of London gifted the Princess a diamond collet necklace, made up of large old-cut Golconda diamonds. The Princess often wore in on her favorite velvet bands.

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3. Pearl Stacks

The Queen loved diamonds, but on occasion she would pearl it up, too. Here she has three shortened pearl necklaces formed into a choker, along with a necklace.

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4. Stacked Diamond and Pearl Necklaces

Just a plain old do-it-yourself choker here. Nothing too fancy ; ). The shortened collet necklace is stacked alternately with pearls with other diamond pieces to form a choker.

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5. Cartier Collier RĂ©sille

This piece was made for the Queen by Cartier in 1904, and was later remodeled by Queen Mary. It hasn’t reappeared in years, but perhaps it’s still around!

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Which choker is your favorite?