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->''"That woman wasn't nude! She had a diamond in her navel!"''
-->--''How to Murder Your Wife''

A woman wears prominent jewelry in such a way as to draw attention to what she's ''not'' wearing. Normally done with a necklace, probably because of [[MaleGaze just where that pendant is hanging]], but can be any jewelry that draws attention to itself, such as dangly earings, bracelets and bangles, or a waist chain [[note]]Do they exist for any other reason?[[/note]]. The [[{{Fanservice}} appeal]] of this is that since the woman's body is adorned but not actually concealed she's showing herself off.

A SisterTrope to NakedInMink, SexyCoatFlashing. Some kinds of BarelyThereSwimwear are made with this in mind as well.

As shown in the page image, this trope works well for a RecliningReigner.

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!Examples

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[[folder:Film]]
* Lisle's enormous torso-covering necklace in ''Film/DeathBecomesHer''. ''Just'' about manages to cover her up, while [[TheissTitillationTheory always looking like it's about to fall open any second]].
* The title/credits sequence to ''Film/DiamondsAreForever''.
** And of course, Plenty O'Toole, initially with clothes, and later without clothes (and then she loses the diamonds after losing her clothes).
* Junebug in ''Film/ImGonnaGitYouSucka'' died from this.
* There is an allusion to this in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom'':
--> '''Indiana Jones:''' Wear your jewels to bed, princess?
--> '''Willie Scott:''' Yeah... and nothing else.
* In ''Film/{{Titanic}}'', Rose (Creator/KateWinslet) poses for her portrait nude, wearing only the Heart of the Ocean diamond necklace.
* In ''Film/ToCatchAThief'', when Francie (Creator/GraceKelly) wants to seduce John (Creator/CaryGrant), who is a jewel thief, she wears a necklace to draw his attention to her cleavage (she normally doesn't wear jewelry). She does wear clothes, though, since the film was made in 1955.
* In ''Film/{{Troy}}'', Paris puts a necklace on Helen while she is otherwise nude.
* In ''Film/FemmeFatale'' the jewel is the {{MacGuffin}}.
* ''Film/AFineMess''. Claudia (Creator/MariaConchitaAlonso) is seen wearing earrings while [[BathtubScene taking a bubble bath and talking with Spence on the phone]], and arrives at Spence's apartment wearing earrings, a necklace and even rings on her fingers. The earrings and necklace are visible when she is on top of him in bed.
* Then there's the scene in which Diabolik puts large emeralds on nude Eva's body in ''DangerDiabolik''.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* This is standard attire (male and female) in the ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'' novels.
** Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/TheNumberOfTheBeast'' refers frequently to ''John Carter Of Mars'', and at one point the female main characters invoke this trope.
* An occasional threat against a [[GoGoEnslavement slave girl]] on ''Literature/{{Gor}}'' is that she will be sent out in public naked but adorned with jewelry, to prove that her master can afford to clothe her but has consciously decided against it.
* In Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/PetSematary'', when Louis buys his wife, Rachel, a sapphire necklace, she says that she will "take everything off except this."
* Dudley Pope's ''Buccaneer'' has a conversation between main character Ned Yorke, recently turned pirate, and his sweetheart in which she teases him that ''successful'' pirates can afford to dress their women "in ropes of pearls and gold bracelets!" His response:
-->"As soon as I can afford it, I will dress ''you'' in ropes of pearls and gold bracelets. And nothing else!"\\
She blushed and looked away. "So you have an added incentive to be successful!"
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's "Literature/TheSlitheringShadow", Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian, fleeing soldiers, runs in on a woman dressed like this. She uses a TrapDoor on him.
** In ''Literature/TheHourOfTheDragon'' Conan encounters a harem girl named Zenobia. She is described as wearing nothing but a wisp of silk twisted about her loins and "jeweled breast-plates."
** Same goes for pirate leader Belit, the self-styled Queen of the Black Coast in the [[{{Literature/QueenOfTheBlackCoast}} eponymous story]], clad in a silken girdle, sandals and unspecified "ornaments".
** The evil Queen Nakari in the Literature/SolomonKane story ''The Moon Of Skulls'' is naked save for a skirt of ostrich feathers, rich golden bracelets and anklets and a plumed helmet. Which for a modern reader would simply convey a barbarian Queen of the DarkestAfrica, but which was also typical for [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-HuqphNzdF2s/TVzRzHC9TDI/AAAAAAAACZ4/0lyKn7KLZKg/s1600/Liliyn+Tashman+Ziegfeld+girl.jpg the attire of cabaret dancers and strippers of the 1930s]], when the story was published. [[InJoke A period reader]] [[PoorMansPorn would understand the titillating allusion]] much better.
* In the ShowWithinAShow play in ''Literature/BookOfTheNewSun'', Severian, Dorcas and Jolenta play what appears to be their culture's versions of [[Literature/TheBible Adam, Eve and Lilith]]. (OK, Lilith [[WordOfDante was never mentioned in the Bible]], but you get the idea.) All three are naked, but Jolenta (who plays the Lilith equivalent) is wearing jewels.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': The fantasy-barbarian-queen parody in ''Discworld/TheColourOfMagic'' is adorned like this, managing to impress both Hrun the Barbarian's libido ''and'' mercenary sensibilities at the same time.
* In [[Literature/TheBible the book of Esther]], Queen Vashti is holding a banquet for the noblewomen of Persia, while her husband, King Xerxes, holds another banquet for his buddies to celebrate his recent victory. He drunkenly asks her to make an appearance before his guests wearing her crown. According to some scholars, she was to wear ''only'' her crown. [[spoiler:Vashti refused, naturally, and Xerxes deposed her as queen and banished her on his buddies' advice.]]
* Done with flowers in the first book of ''Literature/TheDarkswordTrilogy''
* In the FrederickForsyth novel, ''TheDogsOfWar'', a woman seduces Cat Shannon, the lead character, while wearing nothing but a gold waist chain.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', Maeve accidentally gives Harry the priceless [[AWorldWidePunomenon gem]] of a scathing remark in calling her "vajazzled" when she attempts to seduce him. Not only does it fail, but he gives her the hilarious [[TheNicknamer nickname]], "Little Miss Spanglecrotch", to add insult to injury.
-->'''Maeve:''' There's no secret what you were up to, [[LittleBlackDress wearing that dress]].
-->'''Sarissa:''' ''Me?!'' You were wearing ''rhinestones!'' And ''nothing else!''
-->'''Maeve:''' [[ComicallyMissingThePoint They.]] [[VillainousBreakdown Were.]] ''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis Diamonds!]]''
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', Arianne Martell shows up at her secret rendezvous with Arys Oakheart wearing a golden snake bracelet on her arm and naught else. CoitusEnsues.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Batman}}'': The Penguin once directed a movie starring Batman and Marsha, Queen of Diamonds (ItMakesSenseInContext). Penguin seems to have had this trope in mind for a scene where Marsha takes a milk bath, wearing nothing but her diamonds. Aunt Harriet's Gotham City Film Decency League put a stop to it before it happened, though.
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[[folder:Magazines]]
* One issue of the German magazine ''Stern'' had on its cover a photograph of model Naomi Campbell nude except for jewelry.
* [[http://www.plunderguide.com/yamila-diaz-rahi/yamila-diaz-rahi-02/ This outfit]] worn by Yamila Diaz-Rahi in the ''Sports Illustrated'' Swimsuit Issue was the inspiration for ''Dead Or Alive: Xtreme Beach Volleyball'''s Venus (see below in Video Games).
* An issue of ''NationalGeographic'' had a picture of a belt with huge gemstone beads and a quote from its creator, stating that he "imagined a woman emerging from the ocean wearing this belt and nothing else".
* In one ''Magazine/{{Playboy}}'' pictorial, a model posed wearing a small fortune in diamonds. The magazine hired armed security during the shoot to ensure their safety
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* Featured in Creator/{{Bally}}'s ''Pinball/MataHari'' pinball, which shows the title character wearing a gold-played ChainmailBikini encrusted with rubies.
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[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* In 2005, Wrestling/{{Melina}} did a photo shoot for WWE's website where she was on a couch nude and barely covered by [=MNM=]'s [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-t.html WWE [=SmackDown=] Tag Team Title]] belts, while wearing a necklace and other jewelry.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Like the ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'' example in Literature above, this is the standard attire of the [[http://www.pathfinderwiki.com/wiki/Lashunta lashunta]] in ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}''. Lashunta are the natives of one of Golarion's neighbour planets, [[http://www.pathfinderwiki.com/wiki/Castrovel Castrovel]].
* In ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', mariliths (demons with the upper body of a six-armed woman and the [[SnakePeople lower body of a giant snake]]) are often depicted like this, wearing scant or no clothing but a great deal of jewelry. In fact, they frequently dress like this even while [[BlingOfWar commanding]] [[ChainmailBikini demonic armies]]. This is all perfectly justified, since a marilith fits the ObviouslyEvil and EvilIsSexy Tropes ''at the same time'', and as a high-ranking demon has skin far tougher than any physical armor.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Flurrie in ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor''. Before you can recruit her into your party, you have to find her lost necklace, as she would feel completely scandalized without it.
* ''[[VideoGame/DeadOrAlive Dead Or Alive: Xtreme Beach Volleyball]]'' had the game's most expensive swimsuit called the Venus, which is jewelry concealing the ladies' where it matters most. It is available for only one girl to purchase. To give it to the others, you have to [[GuideDangIt really know the game inside and out]].
* In the ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' series, the ladies in the sex mini-games tend to be (un)dressed this way.
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[[folder:Visual Art]]
* OlderThanSteam: This was really popular with the French Mannerist painters known as the School of Fontainebleau. A typical painting shows a woman wearing an elaborate jewelled headdress, a gold choker, a gold necklace, pearl bracelets, several rings ''and nothing else''. [[LampshadeHanging She's reaching into a jewel box for more rings.]]
* In Lucas Cranach the Elder's [[http://nbba.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/cranach-lucas-the-elder-cupid-complaining-to-venus.jpg Cupid Complaining to Venus]], the goddess of love appears clad only in gold necklaces and her NiceHat.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'': Referenced, but doesn't occur. In an [[BonusMaterial [=Omake=]]], Matilda explains that despite not wearing regular clothing, she feels naked without her jewelry on. Another character is quick to point out that Matilda never wears jewelry.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2008-09-21 Monique, in a parody, wants Slick to paint her wearing only her bling.]]
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* The Ancient Indian dancers - the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apsara Apsaras]].
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