Jewelry Trends Report and Free Beaded Choker Necklace Projects

The Choker Redux

The other day, I was walking down the street and spotted a twenty-something wearing the exact same sunflower vest I wore in my 4th grade school picture. Yes, the 90’s are back! While I have yet to see a sunflower vest on a runway or red carpet, one staple of 90’s fashion is unquestionably back with a vengeance: the choker. It’s taken me some time to embrace the re-emergence of the choker. It can be uncomfortable to watch as younger people take up a fashion trend you’ve already lived awkwardly through. But what made us think that chokers were flattering then, still stands: they are feminine, dramatic, and a little provocative. Here are four of our favorite beaded choker and collar projects, all grown up—and free!

Four Free Beaded Choker and Collar Projects

This collar designed by Barbara Falkowitz and Amy Haftkowycz combines four types of shaped beads, including SuperDuos, O beads, Khéops par Puca triangles, and Silky beads. While it clearly has some heft to it, it’s actually quite flexible and drapes nicely. The earthy palette and geometric patterns give it a tribal, organic feel that would pair nicely with a casual outfit.  Attach the beaded section to chain of any length to bring it closer or farther from the neck.

Jewelry Trends Report and Free Beaded Choker Necklace Projects. Fleur De Lis collar designed by Barbara Falkowitz and Amy Haftkowycz combines four types of shaped beads, including SuperDuos, O beads, Khéops par Puca triangles, and Silky beads.

 

Icelandia Necklace

This design by Christina Neit reminds me of the 90’s henna tattoo-style choker but less Dawson’s Creek and more Icelandic sweater. Either way, it’s a beautiful, versatile, and classic silhouette. This right-angle-weave necklace design also incorporates netting, flat peyote stitch and picot techniques. Experiment with the color palette for a variety of looks, and finish with a fully beaded clasp bar and loop using a circular peyote stitch.

Jewelry Trends Report and Free Beaded Choker Necklace Projects. Icelandia Necklace right-angle-weave necklace design incorporates netting, flat peyote stitch and picot techniques.

Siren’s Medallion

Combine circular peyote stitch with two-hole seed beads to create this elegant, ocean-hued medallion suspended by a square-stitch bail and strung with a netted tube and crystals. Because a choker is great, but a choker with a medallion is even better.

Jewelry Trends Report and Free Beaded Choker Necklace Projects. Combine circular peyote stitch with two-hole seed beads to create this elegant, ocean-hued medallion suspended by a square-stitch bail and strung with a netted tube and crystals.

Aurora Borealis Collar

Bead embroidery is an ideal technique for creating unique chokers and collars. The Aurora Borealis Collar mixes iridescent seed beads, bugle beads, fire-polished rounds, and a crystal focal for an awe-inspiring effect. It also has a unique strap that makes putting it on a breeze.

Jewelry Trends Report and Free Beaded Choker Necklace Projects. The Aurora Borealis Collar mixes iridescent seed beads, bugle beads, fire-polished rounds, and a crystal focal for an awe-inspiring effect.

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Tessellations Collar Kit

A simple repeating geometric pattern is a natural design choice when beading a choker or collar. I love how the Tessellations Collar uses SuperDuos, O beads, Kheops par Puca, and Silky beads to create an Escher-esque pattern that is particularly stunning in a pink and gold color palette. If feminine and elegant is your style, this project is for you. Get everything you need to make it in a kit!

Jewelry Trends Report and Free Beaded Choker Necklace Projects. Tessellations Collar uses SuperDuos, O beads, Kheops par Puca, and Silky beads to create an Escher-esque pattern that is particularly stunning in a pink and gold color palette.

Then and Now: The Life and Times of a Jewelry Trend (so far)

Then

Princess Diana, icon and fashion plate, had a thing for chokers made of pearls. Honor her memory and make the Copper Romance choker.

Jewelry Trends Report and Free Beaded Choker Necklace Projects. Princess Diana, icon and fashion plate, had a thing for chokers made of pearls. Honor her memory and make the Copper Romance choker.

The 90’s was a great decade for our favorite fly girl. Channel her confidence and bead the Green Goddess necklace.

Jewelry Trends Report and Free Beaded Choker Necklace Projects. The 90’s was a great decade for our favorite fly girl. Channel her confidence and bead the Green Goddess necklace.

Pheobe Buffay will forever be in the hearts and minds of American TV viewers. Make and wear the Greensleeves wrap choker in tribute to her optimism and spunk.

Jewelry Trends Report and Free Beaded Choker Necklace Projects. Pheobe Buffay will forever be in the hearts and minds of American TV viewers. Make and wear the Greensleeves wrap choker in tribute to her optimism and spunk.

Now

A colorful, tribal-inspired choker or collar is always a fun, bold choice. If Katy Perry can do it, so can you!

Jewelry Trends Report and Free Beaded Choker Necklace Projects. A colorful, tribal-inspired choker or collar is always a fun, bold choice. If Katy Perry can do it, so can you!

The waterfall silhouette is a dramatic and modern interpretation of the choker trend. Tile beads are ideal for creating this shape and will ensure that the piece lays nicely.

Jewelry Trends Report and Free Beaded Choker Necklace Projects. The waterfall silhouette is a dramatic and modern interpretation of the choker trend. Tile beads are ideal for creating this shape and will ensure that the piece lays nicely.

Make the Midnight Masquerade choker in a lighter color palette to mimic Olivia Wilde’s elegant red carpet look.

Jewelry Trends Report and Free Beaded Choker Necklace Projects. Make the Midnight Masquerade choker in a lighter color palette to mimic Olivia Wilde’s elegant red carpet look.

Maybe you haven’t worn a choker since 1992, maybe you just put one on for the first time last week, or maybe you’ve been wearing them constantly for twenty-five years. Either way, you are officially on-trend! Keep it up and start beading some of these 21st century necklaces.


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