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[[caption-width-right:330:[-She won't see her family again, but ''just look at this ring''!-] ]]

->''"You asshole! What were you doing with my sister in THAT HOT TUB?... A diamond? So you ''do'' love me!... I don't even know what I was mad at you about!"''
-->-- '''[[Radio/GTARadio Woman in radio advertisement]]''', ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas''

The stereotype of women really liking expensive luxuries, to the point where supposedly they can forget any problems, or do any favors, as long as they get some pretty things to admire. Can be true for some, but ''not all''.

The most common luxury [[EverythingsSparklyWithJewelry is jewelry]], followed by [[PrettyInMink fur coats]], fancy dresses (don't need to be [[PimpedOutDress pimped out]]), and then other various things. Whatever the luxury, this trope is using it as a way to try to distract or please the lady, or to try to get her to give you something in return.

In some horror stories, the luxury will be cursed somehow, and may even overlap with DeathByMaterialism.

Often subverted where a rich guy tries to buy his wife/girlfriend these to distract her from a problem, but it clearly doesn't work. Another variation is a situation where he buys her something luxurious just to be nice, and [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished she assumes he's trying to buy his way out of trouble]].

A GoldDigger will actively seek out this trope.

The closest male equivalent is likely DistractedByTheSexy (should be noted one of the uses for this trope is getting the woman to grant sexual favors).

Usually not connected to AttentionDeficitOohShiny.


* Parodies of the [=DeBeers=] ad campaign have it turn out to be this.
** ''Series/ImportantThingsWithDemetriMartin'' had several De Beers parodies.
* Many commercials for jewelry stores play to this stereotype--your wife loves jewelry, and you have to buy it in order for her to love you.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXnDAPOxIKw See it in action.]] Courtesy of Website/{{Cracked}}:
-->"A man proclaims love for his woman loudly, bravely and in one of the most romantic spots in the world. This generally irks her, and so he gives her a diamond and she's okay with him again. Because passionate heartfelt sentiment doesn't hold a candle to cold, hard ice."
* A commercial for Radio Shack opens with a female customer crying. The male clerk hands her a cell phone case covered in rhinestones, and she immediately stops. "... Diamonds?"

[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* When MarieAntoinette is about to leave home in ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'', her mother gives her a ring as a memento (just in the anime). Marie's expression for a moment certainly fits this trope. Heck, being told she has to give up the ring causes her to almost run away.
* There's a side story in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' in which Ed presents his mechanic Winry with a gift of some earrings. It distracts her from raging at him about having broken his automail again.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* When Golden Eyes, the heroine of the UsefulNotes/WorldWarI serial ''ComicBook/GoldenEyesAndHerHeroBill'', is captured by the nefarious German officer Hugo Von Schwatzenburg he tries to invoke this by plying her with looted French gowns, jewelry, and champagne. He's convinced that the finery will make her fall madly in love with him and make her forget she's an unregistered prisoner of war completely at his mercy.
--> "Captain Hugo had unearthed a bit of his loot that he had dreamed of getting back to Germany if the war was kind. The big chest gave up its treasure of silk and lace, the dainty cob webs that had clothed a French girl in the long-ago peace times, her jewels. her fans and pretty trinkets, the little high-stilted slippers of this age, the gossamer stockings that matched, all eagerly offered to bribe this golden-girl Mars had dropped into the monotony of trench and man life."

* In ''Film/MarieAntoinette'', the young queen distracts herself from her unhappy marriage with [[FoodPorn mountains of pastry]]. [[AllWomenLoveShoes And shoes.]]
* ''Almost'' works in ''Film/MoulinRouge''. Satine doesn't love the Duke, but when he gives her a magnificent diamond necklace it obviously takes her breath away.
* ''Unico The Movie'': Katy has an addiction to luxury.
* Lily in ''Film/{{Legend 1985}}'' can be distracted from mortal peril by a huge, glittery diamond studded necklace.
* In the rich man wish in the first ''Film/{{Bedazzled 1967}}'', Stanley buys Margaret a mink coat to make her like him. She enjoys how it feels, but then takes it off to run around with other guys.
* In ''Film/SinginInTheRain'''s "Broadway Melody" sequence, Cyd Charisse's character regularly flirts with the hapless lead male, only to be swayed back to her thug boyfriend by some shiny piece of jewelry he dangles in front of her.
* In ''Film/CoverGirl,'' Noel tempts Rusty with his huge Broadway theater and lets her try out dancing on the stage alone.
* [[ValleyGirl Cher Horowitz]] in ''Film/{{Clueless}}'' has a fight with one of her friends and is having a self-pitying internal monologue, but when [[AllWomenLoveShoes passing a shoe display]] interrupts herself. "Ooh! I wonder if they have them in my size?" She then goes on a bout of RetailTherapy. This ends up as a subversion, though, as when she's done shopping she's still sad.

* ''Literature/ICaptureTheCastle''. Whenever Rose Mortmain has second thoughts about her upcoming marriage, she cheers herself up by going into her luxurious private bath and counting her peach-colored towels.
* [[GenderInvertedTrope Gender Inverted]] with Bertie of ''Literature/JeevesAndWooster''. When his [[GrandeDame Aunt Agatha]] is about to force him to marry a prissy girl he doesn't love, there's only one thing that can cheer him up...[[TheDandy a scarlet cummerbund]].
* There's no courting involved, but in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear: The Doomsday Ship'' the Arrandas spend a while on a nice cruise ship. Made GenreSavvy by all the prior books in which disaster happened to them no matter where they went, Zak accuses his sister of this because she tries out the pool. She arranges for him to get a look at the ship's computer, and he promptly becomes distracted himself.
* ''Literature/MadameBovary'' uses this trope as a way to deal with depression... and lose your shirt over it.
* In ''Literature/{{Scaramouche}}'', Climene falls for the Marquis' money.
* Cunegonde's situation in Paris in {{Creator/Voltaire}}'s ''{{Literature/Candide}}'' is built on this trope.


[[folder: Live Action Television]]
* ''Series/TheNewStatesman'': twisted [=MEP=] Alan [[MeaningfulName B'Stard]] has been seemingly assassinated along with the entire Fourth Reich. His wife and a member of his staff are [[LesYay congratulating each other]] when he arrives and says if things are going the way they seem to he wants to watch. Both turn on him, poised for attack, when he lifts up two large jewels he rescued from Hitler's hoard. They stop and look ecstatic, he coughs and... makes gestures suggesting what he wants in exchange for them.
* Subverted on ''Series/LostInSpace'': an alien has kidnapped Judy. She cries a river over this. In an attempt to quiet her tears, he fabricates a ''huge'' diamond for her. Judy looks it over for maybe two seconds before throwing it away and resuming crying.
* DoubleSubversion on ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', where Sheldon and Amy have a fight, and Sheldon gives Amy jewelry. Amy is chewing Sheldon out for such a shallow gesture, until she sees it's [[CoolCrown a tiara]].
* ''Series/TwoBrokeGirls'' has Max when she and Caroline sneak into Caroline's old home.
* Played straight in ''Series/TheSopranos'' where it is one of the main traits of Carmela Soprano. For her husband and mob boss Tony the standard way out of a marital problem is to bury it under gifts or loads of money.
* Played with in ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', Niles frequently bribes his wife Maris when they fight, and it works. (At one point they're in a terrible argument and he ends it by buying her a Mercedes.) However, it is not a one-way relationship, as both Niles (and Frasier) are [[GenderInvertedTrope male versions]] of this, often distracted from whatever new drama has come into their lives by their brother's new tie or suit. At one point, Frasier thinks he has a secret admirer sending him gifts and is utterly flattered by the expensive, classy clothing and jewelry he's received, only to find [[spoiler: the gifts were from Maris, intended for Niles in an effort to win him back.]] It's made clear that in the past, the gifts would have worked, but that he can no longer ignore the problems in the relationship. It's pointedly averted when Niles almost gives in to Maris' money, when he is forced to move to a horrible apartment complex after she closes all his credit cards and bank account, which were co-owned. He actually picks up the phone to call her and beg for her to take him back, but his father and brother point out that in spite of it all, he's won his freedom from a horrible marriage. After a moment of thought he puts the phone down and says, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming "Well, it's worth that."]]
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', Prue gleefully dons Ms. Hellfire's expensive outfits and marvels at her jewelry while she and Piper investigate.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}''. Former AlphaBitch turned demon fighter Cordelia has always been a bit shallow where this trope is concerned, despite the HiddenDepths revealed over the course of both ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and its spin-off. One specific example is when she starts getting stuck into Angel for accepting the job of running the Los Angeles branch of OccultLawFirm Wolfram & Hart.
-->'''Cordelia:''' They seduced you with all their fancy facilities, manpower. They threw a whole bunch of money at you, plied you with all these expensive toys and penthouses with spectacular views, and-- ''(looks out his window, admiring the view)'' ...really spectacular. What was I saying?
* PlayedForLaughs in the final episode of ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'': Shun is about to propose to Miu, but she gets distracted by [[Series/KamenRiderWizard a guy with a huge red ring on his finger]] and the moment is lost.

[[folder: Mythology]]
* The myth of Persephone's abduction from Myth/ClassicalMythology. After Hades kidnapped her to be his wife, he tried to woo her with the vast riches of the Underworld. Since Hades' domain was everything in the Earth, meaning ''all mineral wealth'', the riches were vast indeed. [[SubvertedTrope It didn't work.]] That said, it seems like [[AbductionIsLove she grew to love Hades in time]], to the point of turning Minthe into a mint plant and stomping on her when she tried to seduce Hades.
* Atalanta had sworn that she would only marry the man who could defeat her in a footrace (losers would be decapitated). So one smart guy prays to Aphrodite for help. He receives several golden apples, which he threw ahead of him, distracting Atalanta so he could catch up and later win.

[[folder: Stand Up Comedy]]
* Creator/RonWhite has a line basically subverting this trope, "Diamonds -- that'll shut her up. For about two minutes."

[[folder: Theatre]]
* "Glitter and Be Gay" from ''{{Literature/Candide}}'' (the musical adaptation by Music/LeonardBernstein et. al.) pretty much exemplifies this trope. See Kristen Chenoweth's showstopping Lincoln Center performance [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVsLMxam21I here.]]

[[folder: Video Games]]
* ''Radio/GTARadio'', which includes the scene that is quoted, but shortened due to the UnfortunateImplications it would cause by using the proper line which can be heard [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_tzcRUwmoQ HERE]].
** Although Website/UrbanDictionary notes that line as being used to mean distracting ladies with extravagant things.
* In ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'', pretty much any dwarf (regardless of gender) can ignore [[FelonyMisdemeanor the beatings of "criminals"]] over not making a [[ArtificialStupidity bed out of coal]], giant badgers killing said dwarf's family and friends, and seeing disgusting vermin, as long as the dining room is nice enough.
* In ''VideoGame/YesPrimeMinister'', the correct answer to one puzzle is for Hacker to offer his daughter Lucy a fur coat. It's a very non-obvious answer, since her only appearance in canon is as an animal-rights activist, but the game explains it as a XanatosGambit: If Lucy rejects it, Hacker will get praised for offering her a valuable gift, and Lucy for staying true to her principles. If she accepts it, it'll prove her principles aren't as strong as all that.

[[folder: Web Comics]]
* The ''WebComic/BrawlInTheFamily'' strip [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/comic/81-weakness/ Weakness]] has VideoGame/MegaMan charming Splash Woman into throwing the fight by firing the Jewel Satellite at her.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' has a fake ad where the shadow of the lady shows her going down on the guy. Has the fake slogan "Diamonds. She'll Pretty Much Have To."
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' episode "Date With Destiny", Kitten is shown dating Fang--a guy with a human body and a spider head on top. Apparently looks don't matter in their relationship, or lack thereof, considering how Fang regularly steals jewelry and gives them to her as gifts.
** Averted in the episode "Sisters." Starfire does go into "shiny pretty yay!" mode when Blackfire gives her a valuable necklace and wears it for most of the episode, but once she realizes that it was stolen ''and'' Blackfire only gave it to her to frame her for all her other crimes, she immediately gets rid of it and goes to settle things with her sister.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'' episode "The Lost Crown of Genghis Khan," a female abominable snow monster loves jewelry, which is apparently why she has accumulated a massive horde of treasure.
* Ronda from ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' was obviously pleased whenever her father bought her things, or when she got a fancy pearl necklace.
* [[GenderInvertedTrope gender inverted]] parody on ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether''. Captain Hero is quickly able to get over losing the love of his life when he realizes he's won fifty dollars!
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' has an episode where Timmy discovers that this works on his mother and fairy-godmother, so he wishes up the perfect boyfriend for his evil babysitter. Since said wish resulted in a human, this also counts as DistractedByTheSexy.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' episode "Time is Money", Jimmy learned his father once had the chance to become wealthy by investing in a fast-food franchise. Jimmy, Sheen and Carl then went back in time to prevent Hugh from missing the chance. When Jimmy returned to present time, he saw that his parents became [[RichBitch rich bitches]]. Jimmy's father insulted Carl and Sheen, who stopped minding about it when he gave them a gold bar.
** In TheMovie, Jimmy attempted to bribe his mother to let him go to the amusement park on a school night using a diamond ring and a pearl necklace he'd concocted in his lab. [[SubvertedTrope It didn't work]].
* A WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}} story where he was TheGamblingAddict had Mrs. Goof scolding him after he came back home late at night. The scolding ended when she found out he actually won.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheKidsFromRoom402'': When Nancy learns that her school project partner Jordan is SecretlyWealthy, she's so impressed by Jordan's mansion and valuable objects she barely does anything regarding the project, which gives her an excuse to visit Jordan several more times.