I have always been amused at the name "Chokers" because of where the word is coming from, I guess is a good visual between a hugging length on your neck and the actual jewel. We have a different approach to the name of this particular piece of jewelry in Spanish, cause the name comes from "Garganta" that means throat, so the actual name in Spanish is "Gargantilla". A little less dramatic than in English, I guess.
Either way this wonderful piece of jewelry is pretty common nowadays and there are so many varieties on the market, I am talking about, shapes, materials, with or without a hanging pendant etc. it's a nice option over a longer necklace.
This pieces of jewelry are usually 14 to 16 inches long. Some designs have some kind of adjustment at the clasp on the back to avoid the literally feeling of being choked.
A choker necklace is meant to highlight the neck, so it's important to take into account the neck's thickness and length. Chokers in general look good on longer necks even if they are thick or too elaborate. But if you have a shorter neck and it is a little heavy, you will need a narrower design. These narrow chokers will produce the illusion of having a longer neck.