Everything's Sparkly with Jewelry

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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"

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

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

Sub Tropes include:

A Sister Trope to Pretty in Mink, Gold Makes Everything Shiny.

Compare Everything's Better with Sparkles, Pimped-Out Dress, Conspicuous Consumption (which this trope almost always is).


Anime and Manga
  • Rose of Versailles not only has MANY Gorgeous Period Dresses, but also features the Diamond Necklace Afair mentioned below.
  • Naru Osaka's mother in Sailor Moon is a widow who owns a jewelry store, and the first episode of The '90s 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 Trinkets are basically shiny lockets whee she keeps her magical crystals, Ginzishou included.


  • Sisterhood Series by Fern Michaels: 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 A Brother's Price, 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.

Live-Action TV
  • Several times in Sex and the City, 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 Merlin Lady Morgana is usually decked out with elaborate jewelry to denote her wealth and status, in direct contrast with Guinevere, who usually ornates herself with flowers.


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.

  • The song Glitter and be Gay from Candide is (almost) all about how much the character loves her flashy wardrobe, especially the jewels.
  • In Kismet there's "Baubles, Bangles and Beads".
    "I'll glitter and gleam ...
    Baubles, bangles and beads."


Video Games
  • Diamonds are a weapon in Dead Rising, although not very effective at first.
  • Redd White in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, is covered in jewelry and can make it sparkle just by showing it off.
  • The Final Fantasy series has Accessories/Relics which could increase stats of the user.
  • In the Harvest Moon series, it's often possible to have jewelry crafted from orichalcum. It has no real use, but makes a good gift.
  • Parodied in Grand Theft Auto III radio ad.
    (handsome voice) "Nothing says 'love' like a lump of carbon mined by wage slaves in Angola."
  • Bejeweled is basically this trope.
    • Gyromancer, which was co-developed by the same company and is essentially Bejeweled embedded in a Role-Playing Game, 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.

Web Comics
  • Appears from time to time in Tower of God. At one point, Viole's team has to enter a giant water beast's blow hole to find Jigena's flower, a plant that grows a jewel in it's blossom. Yeongsook's wands are rings, giving them a Hidden Weapons bonus. Family crests worn as jewelry also play an important role.

Western Animation

Real Life

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