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->''"Men grow cold''\\
''As girls grow old''\\
''And we all lose our charms in the end''\\
''But square-cut or pear-shaped''\\
''These rocks don't lose their shape''\\
''Diamonds are a girl's best friend"''
-->-- ''Film/GentlemenPreferBlondes''

When Jewelry is shown in fiction, it's to pretty up a scene. Pretty much like RealLife, since wearing jewelry is almost always to enhance appearance and/or to show off wealth.

Sparkly jewelry also makes a great MacGuffin; a MineralMacGuffin, even.

{{Sub Trope}}s include:
* GemEncrusted (Sticking jewelry on anything it would pretty up)
* DiamondsInTheBuff
* DistractedByTheLuxury (as jewelry is the most common luxury used)
* RingOfPower (since rings are jewelry)
* PowerCrystal
* MagicalAccessory

A SisterTrope to PrettyInMink, GoldMakesEverythingShiny, HighClassGloves.

Compare EverythingsBetterWithSparkles, PimpedOutDress, ConspicuousConsumption (which this trope almost always is).


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'' not only has MANY {{Gorgeous Period Dress}}es, but also features the ''Diamond Necklace Affair'' mentioned below.
* Naru Osaka's mother in ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' is a widow who owns a jewelry store, and the first episode of TheNineties [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]] features it.
** Of course we also have the Silver Crystal aka the Ginzishou, which takes the form of a diamond. And then ''all'' of Usagi's {{Transformation Trinket}}s are basically shiny lockets whee she keeps her magical crystals, Ginzishou included.


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* Even though she's an army nurse serving during UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, Golden Eyes of ''ComicBook/GoldenEyesAndHerHeroBill'' gets to wear some serious bling when she's captured by a German officer who tries to get her to fall in love with him by invoking DistractedByTheLuxury - not only does she get dolled up in looted French evening wear, she's dripping in gemstones & strings of pearls so that she'll look nice for their CaptiveDate. When Golden Eyes is rescued by her boyfriend Bill, she sells "every pretty thing, down to the last glitter and glint of gold and diamond," and [[PetTheDog donates the proceeds to an orphanage]].
* ''ComicBook/{{Thunderstrike}}'': When Marcy opens her health salon, she combines CostumePorn and Sex sells, which includes a diamond necklace that subtly points to her cleavage.


[[folder: Film ]]

* The song "Diamonds are a girl's best friend" from the musical version of ''Film/GentlemenPreferBlondes'' (made famous by Creator/MarilynMonroe in the film version).
* Some of Satine's {{Pimped Out Dress}}es in ''Film/MoulinRouge'' have "Diamond" in the name by the costume designer -- and the evil Duke offers her a necklace so stunning that even she is [[DistractedByTheLuxury briefly dazzled]].
* In ''Love Potion #9'', Sandra Bullock is offered a diamond necklace by an Italian car magnate. At first she refuses, but when she finds out that his company is the one that made her piece-of-crap car, she takes it from him.
* ''Bollywood/JodhaaAkbar''. [[http://nowrunning.com/comingsoon/JodhaaAkbar/stills/JodhaaAkbar01.jpg What did you expect?]] [[http://s.chakpak.com/se_images/102069_-1_564_none/jodhaa-akbar-wallpaper.jpg Rajputs love their bling.]]
* ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'' and its very sparkly, fetish-laden [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxST-YyICGM title sequence.]]
* Ginger in ''Film/{{Casino}}'' loves showing hers off.
* The ruby slippers in ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' were changed from silver in the book -- both shiny.
** The change was partly so the slippers would show up better in Technicolor. As a MacGuffin, they need to be clearly visible.
* In ''Film/BatmanForever'', the Riddler and Two-Face are later seen covered in expensive jewelry as they're driving through Gotham following a robbery. Riddler's actually wearing a diamond tiara as he's trying to count money.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* Literature/SisterhoodSeries by Creator/FernMichaels: Myra Rutledge has a pearl necklace that she tends to play with out of habit. In ''Home Free'', she apparently pulled on her necklace too hard, breaking it, causing pearls to spill on the floor, and she had to go shopping for a new necklace chain.
* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', Jerin owns one piece of jewelry passed down from his grandfather. Ren sees it and believes it's the Emerald Hart, which was worn by the Prince Alannon when he was abducted.
* ''Literature/TheGoblinEmperor'': There are loads of jewels that the elven emperor just ''has'' to wear. Maia feels weighed down by all the opals.
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', bracelets and necklaces are signs of status among ranking Aiel women, not least because they are the standard currency of wagers among the Wise Ones. A heavy load of jewelry gives the message that it was won through extensive, judicious shrewdness in a {{Proud Warrior Race|Guy}} culture.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Several times in ''Series/SexAndTheCity'', the girls have reacted with near orgasmic glee when given fancy jewelry by their beaus. Miranda being the exception, she's the only one who hates grand romantic gestures.
* In ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'' Lady Morgana is usually decked out with elaborate jewelry to denote her wealth and status, in direct contrast with [[{{Foil}} Guinevere]], who usually [[FlowerInHerHair ornates herself with flowers]].
* A male example in ''Series/{{SCTV}}'' with Bobby Bittman, who wears costume rings on each finger (except his thumbs and often his right middle finger) and is virtually never seen with less than 3 or 4 gold necklaces at any given time. To a lesser extent, Sammy Maudlin, host of his own eponymous late-night gabfest, always has a couple of rings on and a necklace or two, though he's nowhere near as glittery as Bittman.


[[folder: Music ]]

* The Music/JenniferLopez song "Jenny From the Block" has the line "Don't be fooled by these rocks", although the video and her lifestyle did make the line seem empty.
* Jamster created a female cat character named [[CuteKitten "Pussycat Tiger"]] in 2009. The female cat tries to win the heart of a male cat in the music video. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSOWAJHkQtQ The music video itself is filled with tons of diamond which both cats are seen riding.]]
* Luke "Emperor" Steele of [[Music/EmpireOfTheSunBand Empire of the Sun]] is very fond of gold, having numerous custom pieces made for stage, music videos and, apparently, just swanning about.


[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]

* Jeremy in ''ComicStrip/{{Zits}}'' is trying to ask a girl advice for what to give his mom for her birthday, and before he can complete his sentences the girl keeps interrupting "Jewelry. Yep, definitely jewelry." On another occasion, he bought his girlfriend Sara one earring with an I.O.U (a very tiny one that fit where the earring would go in the box) for the other one when he can afford it. Sara was nonetheless touched by the gesture.


[[folder: Theatre ]]

* The song ''Glitter and be Gay'' from ''Theatre/{{Candide}}'' is (almost) all about how much the character loves her flashy wardrobe, especially the jewels.
* In ''Theater/{{Kismet}}'' there's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=od9u3yRoj-0 "Baubles, Bangles and Beads."]]
--> "I'll glitter and gleam ...
--> Baubles, bangles and beads."


[[folder: Toys ]]

* {{Franchise/Barbie}} has loads of jewelry, and even has some in the OfficialCosplayGear sets.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Diamonds are a weapon in ''VideoGame/DeadRising'', although not very effective at first.
* Redd White in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'', is covered in jewelry and can make it sparkle just by showing it off.
* The ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series has Accessories/Relics which could increase stats of the user.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2'' has Scions, a group of accessories which the wearer can summon Espers which appear from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII''.
* In the ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'' series, it's often possible to have jewelry crafted from {{orichalcum}}. It has no real use, but makes a good gift.
* Parodied in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'' radio ad.
-->(handsome voice) "Nothing says 'love' like a lump of carbon mined by wage slaves in Angola."
* ''{{Videogame/Bejeweled}}'' is basically this trope.
** ''VideoGame/{{Gyromancer}}'', which was co-developed by the same company and is essentially Bejeweled embedded in a RolePlayingGame, carries the jewel motif over. There's no stated reason in the plot as to why jewels are important in-game, though - they're just pretty.
* Found all over the place in the ''VideoGame/DarkParables.'' Because they're fairy tale princess-related games, there are dozens of sparkly shiny objects in almost every installment, including carriages, scepters, tiaras, and other jewels. There are also GemEncrusted everyday items like axes.
* ''VideoGame/{{Guenevere}}'': A lot of focus is given to the purple emerald KingArthur gives Guen (by way of Lance) for their wedding, especially once [[spoiler: it goes missing in Book II.]]


[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* Appears from time to time in ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod''. At one point, Viole's team has to enter a giant water beast's blow hole to find Jigena's flower, a plant that [[BodyToJewel grows a jewel in it's blossom]]. Yeongsook's wands are [[RingOfPower rings]], giving them a HiddenWeapons bonus. Family crests worn as jewelry also play an important role.


[[folder: Web Original]]

* ''WebAnimation/DSBTInsaniT'': Portica gets a silver star-shaped hairpin as part of her ClothingSwitch in 'Store Story'.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/GoldieGoldAndActionJack'', Goldie uses her pearl necklace as an impromptu seal on a magic spirit after the old seal was broken.
* The Franchise/{{Disney Princess}}es, especially with their "Jewel Princess" set.
* As the name implies, ''WesternAnimation/PrincessGwenevereAndTheJewelRiders'' used them for loads of things, from {{MacGuffin}}s to {{Transformation Trinket}}s.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', Rarity's dresses are decorated with lots of gems, and gems are a shovel away to get in Equestria. Plus her cutie mark is three diamonds.


[[folder: Real Life ]]

* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diamond_Necklace_Affair "Affair of the Necklace"]] was a historical scandal where a con artist named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeanne_of_Valois-Saint-R%C3%A9my Jeanne de Saint-Remy de Valois]] stole an extremely expensive diamond necklace, and tricked the jeweler into thinking UsefulNotes/MarieAntoinette was buying it. It's featured in lots of media, like the aforementioned ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'' and the movie ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Affair_of_the_Necklace The Affair of the Necklace]]'' with Hillary Swank as Jeanne.