The world of fashion is often influenced by what celebrities are choosing to wear and it is no different with accessories.

Kate Middleton’s sapphire engagement ring saw a huge increase in the number of coloured gems being used in jewellery, while Beyonce’s passion for big chandelier earrings has helped the style to stay on trend for many years.

But there seems to be a new fashion that is fast emerging for chunky gold chains and jewellery to be right on trend, with the high street sure to follow where the celebrities lead.

Reese Witherspoon is one of the A-list stars who was quick to pick up on the trend, as she showed that gold styles can work well, even when you are dressed casually.

The pregnant star was snapped wearing a plain grey dress and carrying a huge brown handbag while she carried out some errands close to her Los Angeles home.

While her outfit was relaxed, she brought some glamour to the look by adding several pieces of what could be 9ct gold jewellery with a long gold chain with wide loops, several gold bangles and gold hooped earrings.

Dressing up gold jewellery is also an option, as Kelly Brook recently attended an event wearing a multi-coloured dress that she teamed with just a chunky gold chain.

While the design was simple, the necklace helped to give the outfit a very modern look and brought her style right on trend.

But chunky gold chains could be set to get their biggest endorsement yet as Cheryl Cole has featured the designs prominently in the artwork for her new single.

The singer has gone for a strong designer look for the new track Call My Name and is seen wearing a chunky gold necklace made up of rows of round beads.

She also has a matching bracelet on her wrist, which is fasted by a huge square clasp.

But it is a stunning necklace made up of interlocking keys that forms the main focus of the picture, as she is shown twisting it into a heart shape and holding it up to her face, with just her right eye seen peeping through.

19-04-12 3 Chunky gold chains emerge as latest star trend