Diamonds in the Buff
That's a pricy, yet pretty, Scenery Censor.

"That woman wasn't nude! She had a diamond in her navel!"
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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—do they exist for any other reason? The appeal of this is that since 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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    Comic Books 


  • This is standard attire (male and female) in the John Carter of Mars novels.
  • 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!"
  • A male example in Emerald Prince—the palace musician Florin regularly dresses like this. Standard attire in Thyreia, regardless of gender, is also probably closer to this than it is to what you might consider fully dressed.
  • 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.
    Maeve: There's no secret what you were up to, wearing that dress.
    Sarissa: Me?! You were wearing rhinestones! And nothing else!
    Maeve: They. Were. Diamonds!
  • In A Song of Ice and Fire, Arianne Martell shows up at her secret rendezvous with Arys Oakheart wearing a golden snake bracelet on her arm and naught else. Coitus Ensues.
  • In Atlas Shrugged, Hank Rearden gives Dagny a ruby necklace that she doesn't think will look good on her... until he explains that she's supposed to wear it without any other clothing.
  • A variant in Kushiel's Legacy Melisande contracts Phèdre (a courtesan) to accompany her as a "pet" to a court function wearing a very see-through gauze gown studded with diamonds, and a collar with a magnificent diamond (and ring for a leash). Phèdre-1an experienced courtesan at this point—is still both amazed at the opulence of the outfit, and more than a little mortified at being that exposed in front of every high-ranking noble of the realm.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 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".
  • 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


     Professional Wrestling 
  • In 2005, Melina did a photo shoot for WWE's website where she was on a couch nude and barely covered by MNM's WWE SmackDown Tag Team Title belts, while wearing a necklace and other jewelry.

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    Video Games 
  • Flurrie in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. Before you can recruit her into your party, you have to find her lost necklace, as she would feel completely scandalized without it.
  • 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 really know the game inside and out.
  • In the God of War series, the ladies in the sex mini-games tend to be (un)dressed this way.
  • Shiva in Final Fantasy XV wears an outfit made out of jewelry, which is the most revealing outfit worn by any female character in the game and one of the biggest in all her recurring appearances in the series to date. It was so revealing it was censored in the Chinese version of the game that replaced it with a one-piece suit instead.
  • Desire demons in Dragon Age had their upper bodies covered in gold ornaments and nothing else.

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    Real Life 
  • The Ancient Indian dancers - the Apsaras.
  • A (possibly apocryphal and decidedly unsexy) male example comes from General Junot, Napoleon's first aide de camp, who, having lost his mind as a result of syphilis and repeated head trauma, once entered a ballroom wearing nothing but his belt and medals.