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Gem-Encrusted
For the rich and nerdy.

Some things are so commonly studded with jewels that it's almost expected, like crowns, tiaras, and scepters, but these days some people will stick jewels on loads of things. Just look up "bling" on an image search.

On clothing, this easily makes Costume Porn. A Pimped-Out Dress is likely to have jewels sewn into the fabric. Tiaras and Imperial crowns even more.

Some instances of Crystal Skull are depicted as skulls with gems on them instead of being solid crystal.

This can include real gems or even plastic gems, which are often seen in girls' toys.

Compare Built with LEGO, Gold Makes Everything Shiny, Power Crystal, Symbol Motif Clothing.

Not to be confused with the game Bejeweled.

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Examples:

     Anime And Manga 

     Art 
  • Damien Hirst's sculpture "For The Love Of God" is a skull encrusted with more than 8000 diamonds.

     Film 

     Literature 
  • Gahan of Gathol wore a jewel-encrusted harness in the beginning of Edgar Rice Burroughs's Chessmen of Mars.
  • The eponymous Macguffin of The Maltese Falcon is a gem-covered statue of a falcon that was later covered with black enamel to hide its value.
  • In Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian story "The Tower of the Elephant" — the title tower. Conan (who is young at this point) is rather dazzled by it; only the Old Master thief Taurus gets him to go on, for the Mineral MacGuffin.
  • Smaug the Golden, the famous dragon from The Hobbit has his belly covered with precious jewels from lying immobile for years on a mound of treasure, neatly making him (mostly) immune to the standard dragon weak spot.
    • Orcrist and Glamdring are described as having plenty of gemstones set all over in their hilts. This is a description Peter Jackson's props department completely missed.
  • The Hunger Games: Katniss's dress for the interview is described as this, with flame designs.
  • E. T. A. Hoffmann was very, very fond of this trope in The Nutcracker.
  • In Holes, the Warden wears boots studded with turquoise stones.
  • While it is not, strictly, gem-encrusted, the city of Matherion, capital city of the Tamul Empire (seen in the Tamuli) is covered in nacre tiles. The end result is that the Empire gets a major economic crisis every time there's a large storm in Matherion.

     Live Action TV 
  • Manages to be an important plot point in an episode of Merlin in which Merlin is suffering from a range of visions that prophesy that Morgana will try to kill the king. One of them is of her unsheathing a Gem-Encrusted dagger, and it's through Merlin's indirect intervention that Arthur swaps a very plain dagger (that he was originally going to give Morgana for her birthday) with the gem-covered murder weapon from Merlin's vision.

     Music 
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic plays this for laughs in "Don't Download This Song" with mention of a diamond-studded swimming pool.
  • Ubiquitous in Lady Gaga's videos - in "Bad Romance" she wears gem encrusted stiletto heels with one of her costumes.
  • The cover of Aryia's "The Gun Song EP" has a bedazzled gun on it.
  • Paul Simon wants you to know that she's got diamonds on the soles of her shoes.
  • Britney Spears has an outfit in her Femme Fatale tour for I Wanna Go with short jeans that are extremely gemmy and shiny. She also wears many shiny body suits.
  • Frank Zappa farming dental floss in "Montana":
    With a pair of heavy-duty
    Zircon-encrusted tweezers in my hand
    Every other wrangler would say
    I was mighty grand

     Pinball 

     Professional Wrestling 
  • The original blingtastic wrestling title has to be Ted Dibiase's Million Dollar Championship. Gold plated and covered with cubic zirconia, with three real diamonds on the inside, it cost a legitimate $125,000.
  • The WWE Championship got a redesign right after WrestleMania 20 to fit this due to the title being won by John Cena. Take a look. The title has over 3000 diamonds and a spinner (that hasn't actually spun since 2007) and looked tackier and tackier every year. The redesign is probably as big a cause of X-Pac Heat as Cena himself.
  • Mercedes Martinez has a set of ring gear encrusted with gems in the shape of a skull and crossbones.

     Tabletop Games 
  • The design aesthetic of Warhammer's High Elves involves quite a lot of this, with their armour and weaponry tending to have dozens of cut oval gemstones embedded into surfaces, as well as a profusion of jewelled bracelets, crowns and belts. The higher-ranking High Elf models can have anything up to forty such stones sculpted on, and even the lowliest rank and file troopers tend to at least have three or four (most commonly on matched pairs of bracelets or vambraces, one on the brow on a helm or circlet and one adorning a metal belt or sash).
  • Warhammer 40,000's Eldar are, if anything, even more gem-encrusted than their High Elf fantasy counterparts, though the oval gemstone shapes on the models can just as easily be painted as blisters in the high-tech plastics they build in. The gemstones are not all decorative, however, as psychically-attuned spirit stones play a huge role in Craftworld Eldar society - providing their souls succour from the predations of a thirsting god when they die. As such many of the gemstones in Eldar technology contain the souls of departed Eldar to control the devices.

     Video Games 

     Western Animation 
  • The Merch for the Disney Princesses often have this on their dresses, and even their fur capes.
  • In Goldie Gold and Action Jack, Goldie had a diamond encrusted nail clipper.
  • When The Simpsons went to Africa they met a No Celebrities Were Harmed version of Jane Goodall, who was using the chimps she was ostensibly studying to mine diamonds for her. She had diamonds Hidden in Plain Sight everywhere, even on the bottoms of her shoes (a Shout-Out to the song "Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes")
    • Also, Homer himself in one of his imagine spots in addition to being plated in solid gold. And 50 foot tall.
    • There was also the self-help guru who had a watch so encrusted with jewels that the hands couldn't even more.
  • In Twelve Ounce Mouse, Rectangular Businessman goes shopping for a harmonica dipped in gold and encrusted with jewels, then dipped in gold again and encrusted with another layer of jewels.
  • In an episode of Spongebob Squarepants, Squilliam Fancyson shows off his "jewel-encrusted toilet paper holder."
  • Mordecai and Rigby from Regular Show had to order tickets for a rock concert decorated with diamonds.
  • Rarity The Fashionista pony from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic loves to include gems in her fashion designs and even has a bunch of gems as her Cutie Mark. She can easily find enough gems for her outfits since her special unicorn magic detects gems with ease.
    • She once created a dragon costume and encrusted it with gems, presumably to mimic the effect of a dragon sleeping on a hoard of treasure, but it only made the Paper-Thin Disguise all the more obvious. Luckily, the actual dragons don't question it because one of them, an oddball named Crackle, just so happens to look identical to the costume, gems and all.
  • Gravity Falls: In "The Hand That Rocks the Mabel" Mabel managed to "successfully bezazzle [her] face". In The Stinger for that episode, she bezazzles Soos and briefly uses him as a human disco ball.
  • Vanity in The Smurfs episode "The Big Nose Dilemma" gets a new nose that looks like a Faberge egg sitting on his face.
  • One episode of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends has Bloo (who, in the episode, has become a baking tycoon due to selling cookies) ask for a pizza with a jewel-encrusted crust. How he expected to eat it, one only can guess.

     Real Life 
  • Cellphone accessories often come this way.
    • In Japan, "decoden" ("decorated cellphone") mostly means adding a thick layer of Swarowski crystals and/or random crud like fake roses or tiny plastic desserts to your cellphone.
    • Nokia's sister company, Vertu, makes cellphones of this sort.
  • There is apparently now a Real Life trend of "Vajazzling"- which is supposedly "bedazzling" one's vagina. But that's a bit of a misnomer, due to the practicalities of doing that to the labia. The gems are actually glued on to the region of skin over the pubic bone.
  • Many Crown Jewels are gem-encrusted. The effect would be much the same if they'd been spray-painted with glitter.
  • Once commonly done with weapons including ones actually meant to be taken into battle. This sort of thing was the mark of the Proud Warrior Race tradition that had aristocrats who wanted custom weapons. Modern armies are more interested in killing people efficiently and you can do that better by issueing more cheap weapons to more people than with the expense of a decorated one. For similar reasons, Greeks and Romans played down that sort of thing.
  • And now taken Up to Eleven by the owner of this car, a 21-year-old Russian national studying business in London. "If you got it, flaunt it" indeed!
  • Taken up to more than eleven with the Ł1.7 million diamond studded iPhone. That's over 2.7 milluon US Dollars. And that's the latest in a line of them.

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