"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 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
. The appeal
of this is that the woman's body is adorned but not actually concealed — she's showing herself off.
A Sister Trope
to Naked in Mink
, Sexy Coat Flashing
. Some kinds of Barely-There Swimwear
are made with this in mind as well.
As shown in the page image, this trope works well for a Reclining Reigner
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- This is standard attire (male and female) in the John Carter of Mars novels (pictured above).
- An occasional threat against a slave girl on 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 Stephen King's Pet Sematary, 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 Robert E. Howard's "The Slithering Shadow", Conan the Barbarian, fleeing soldiers, runs in on a woman dressed like this. She uses a Trap Door on him.
- In the Show Within a Show play in Book of the New Sun, Severian, Dorcas and Jolenta play what appears to be their culture's versions of Adam, Eve and Lilith. (OK, Lilith 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.
- Discworld: The fantasy-barbarian-queen parody in The Colour of Magic is adorned like this, managing to impress both Hrun the Barbarian's libido and mercenary sensibilities at the same time.
- In 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. Vashti refused, naturally, and Xerxes deposed her as queen and banished her on his buddies' advice.
- Done with flowers in the first book of The Darksword Trilogy
- In the Frederick Forsyth novel, The Dogs of War, a woman seduces Cat Shannon, the lead character, while wearing nothing but a gold waist chain.
- In The Dresden Files, Maeve accidentally gives Harry the priceless 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 nickname, "Little Miss Spanglecrotch", to add insult to injury.
Sarissa: Me?! You were wearing rhinestones! And nothing else!
- Batman: The Penguin once directed a movie starring Batman and Marsha, Queen of Diamonds (It Makes Sense in Context). 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.
- One issue of the German magazine Stern had on its cover a photograph of model Naomi Campbell nude except for jewelry.
- 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 National Geographic 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".
- The Ancient Indian dancers - the Apsaras.
- Body jewelry is also quite popular among girls who work as dancers at strip clubs.
- In one Playboy pictorial, a model posed wearing a small fortune in diamonds. The magazine hired armed security during the shoot to ensure their safety.