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[[caption-width-right:300:Meet Marilyn, and her sparkling best friends.]]

->''"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"''

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.

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

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* ''RoseOfVersailles'' not only has MANY {{Gorgeous Period Dress}}es, but also features the ''Diamond Necklace Afair'' 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.
* Appears from time to time in ''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.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* The song "Diamonds are a girl's best friend" from the musical version of ''Film/GentlemenPreferBlondes'' (made famous by MarilynMonroe in the film version).
* Some of Satine's {{Pimped Out Dress}}es in ''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.
* ''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 Fuel}}-tacular [[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.

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[[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.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Several times in ''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}}'' Lady Morgana is usually decked out with elaborate jewelry to denote her wealth and status, in direct contrast with [[{{Foil}} Guinevere]], who usually [[FlowerMotif ornates herself with flowers]].

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[[folder: Music ]]

* The 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.

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[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]

* Jeremy in ''{{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.

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[[folder: Theatre ]]

* The song ''Glitter and be Gay'' from ''{{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."

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[[folder: Toys ]]

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

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Diamonds are a weapon in ''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 ''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 ''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.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In an episode of ''GoldieGoldAndActionJack'', Goldie uses her pearl necklace as an impromptu seal on a magic spirit after the old seal was broken.
* The {{Disney Princess}}es, especially with their "Jewel Princess" set.
* As the name implies, ''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 marks are three diamonds.

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[[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 MarieAntoinette was buying it. It's featured in lots of media, like the aforementioned ''RoseOfVersailles'' and the movie ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Affair_of_the_Necklace The Affair of the Necklace]]'' with Hillary Swank as Jeanne.
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