a Choker Romance

By Xah Lee. Date:

Have you heard a story where, the guy met a ravishingly beautiful girl, slept with her, then next day, waking up, she's not moving. When he unclasped the necklace that covers her neck, her head rolled off on the floor!

Moral: never date a girl who's wearing a choker.

The Adventure of the German Student, by Washington Irving, 1824.

Choker, what a beautiful word.

Now let's look at some chokers.

cloisonne enamel choker
“Cloisonné Enamel Choker” Source etsy.com

Wondering what is “Cloisonné”? Cloisonné is an ancient technique for decorating metalwork objects.

goth bobbin lace choker with bronze seed beads
“Goth Bobbin Lace Choker with Bronze Seed Beads” Source etsy.com

Note that Bobbin is a spindle or cylinder for winding threads or wires.

vampire bite choker
“Vampire Bite Choker” Buy at amazon
damask choker
“Damask Choker” Source etsy.com

Damask (Arabic: دمسق‎) is a reversible figured fabric of silk, wool, linen, cotton, or synthetic fibers, with a pattern formed by weaving.

rosethorn choker
“Rosethorn Choker” Source etsy.com
renaissance flower choker
“renaissance flower choker” image source
flower of dance choker
“La Fleur de Baudelaire Gothic Choker style Necklace” Buy at amazon

Note that “fleur” is French for flower. “Baudelaire” may refer to the French poet Charles Baudelaire (1821 – 1867).

cats eye necklace-s
cats eye necklace. Not exactly a choker, but beautiful nevertheless. 1024×768 Source etsy.com