|Chunky necklace fan, Gloria Grahame|
Chunky jewellery had been popular in the 1920s, dipped in the 30s and early 40s and then came back bigger and bolder than ever. Post-war mass production also meant a drop in the price in jewellery, which appeared en masse in innovative shapes and cheaper materials, such as wood, plastic and glass.
Although thinner, streamlined jewellery - such as a single strand of pearls -also became popular in the 1950s, for those who were looking to make an instant impact, a chunky necklace lifted an ensemble from demurely understated to hot sensational.
Chunky necklace designs were bold and big and when teamed with simple outfits, they emphasized drama and a sense of style - eg; a giant' seed pod' choker necklace with a high collar or a scooped neckline and rows of big beads.