A story that traces the history of choker necklaces was the most-read story on National Jeweler last week.

New York--Here are the top five stories published on NationalJeweler.com last week, according to Google Analytics.

1. The History Behind … The Choker
Choker necklaces were being worn long before they encircled the necks of goth girls in the 1990s or were popularized by a princess in the late 1800s. This story takes a look at who first wore them and why.

2. 3 Indicted in Nationwide Credit Fraud Scheme
Federal prosecutors allege that the men presented fake California driver’s licenses when applying for in-store credit at jewelry stores across the country and then used it to purchase luxury watches.

3. 4 Trends from Baselworld 2016
After spending a few days at the Baselworld show in Switzerland, Editor-in-Chief Michelle Graff highlights the trends she saw dominating the show floor.

4. GIA: More Large Lab-Grown Diamonds Likely Are Coming
The Gemological Institute of America said it expects even more large lab-grown diamonds to enter the supply pipeline in the future.

5. Rocks On: Rubies and Name Recognition
The future of the ruby market seems to lie with the stones originating from Africa, but will the trade ever hold them in the same high regard as it does the Burmese stones? This month’s Rocks On explores.


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