C. 1920 George Cahoone Art Deco Sterling and Paste Choker
This 1920s sterling silver choker was made and signed by the reputable George Cahoone Co. They were based out of Providence, Rhode Island and were quite well known for producing top-of-the-line imitations of the day's fine jewelry. Thus, George Cahoone pieces exhibit very meticulous craftsmanship and quality. This choker is something that a chic lady of the 1920s would have been excited to receive and especially proud to own! The individual links are tulip shaped with a handset clear paste stone and four decorative beads. The links are very sturdy and dense with a substantial depth of nearly 2mm. All of the stones are present and have remained securely in their mountings all this time! There is a very subtle variation in their color due to age yet they all sparkle wonderfully and none stand out as being "dead" or "bad". The overall length is 15-1/2" which will fall across the collarbone for most. There is no drape or taper to the links so what I've found is that the best way to position the necklace is to balance it front and back so that it encircles your neck evenly, rather than to wear it pulled forward where it may have a tendency to flip slightly. The heavy, even weight of the links allows it to sit perfectly as described above and the look is very chic. Gorgeous with an open neckline or strapless dress. I have left the natural patina, polishing it only lightly by hand. If you prefer a bright polish please just let me know.