Magical Accessory

Jerrica's earrings aren't just swanky, they also create Holographic Disguises.

"I do so love a functional accessory."
Rarity, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "Power Ponies."

This trope is for accessories and jewelry that don't just look pretty, but do stuff! There's a common "formula" behind the making of a Magical Accessory; you take a Power Crystal with superpowers and hire the Ultimate Blacksmith to cut it and embed it into a mystic silver setting. This Super Trope covers just about any Glowing Gem studded piece of sparkly magical jewelry that has or grants powers and effects.

Because humans are historically quite good at making bling, there's a lot of tricked out trinkets this trope covers. From top to bottom, they are:

Occasionally, the jewelry is technological rather than magical. Sufficiently advanced technology and all that. In both cases what would normally be purely decorative is now also very powerful and useful. When the trinket isn't a solitaire it may be part of a pair, like earrings or sets of rings. All the pieces may be needed to get the full Set Bonus, though individual parts may keep some power. Much like the Silver Slippers in the Wizard of Oz have to be together to grant wishes, but are individually still powerful Protective Charms. Expect there to be a Dramatic Necklace Removal at some point.

See also Clothes Make the Superman for when it's clothing rather than jewelry. For purposes of trope differentiation, if it's jewelry it goes here, even if it's not made of gems and metal (like say an enchanted leather and bone necklace).

See also Amulet of Concentrated Awesome. See also these other augmented artifacts: Transformation Trinket, Mask of Power, Goggles Do Something Unusual, Tricked-Out Gloves, Tricked-Out Shoes, Amplifier Artifact, and Armor of Invincibility.

Contrast Useless Accessory; this trope may justify the accessory-loaded design by making all of them useful in some way.


Examples:

Anime and Manga

Film
  • The Medal of Everlasting Life from The Book of Life. Anyone who wears it cannot be harmed or killed, making them effectively immortal.
  • Some of the witches in Oz: The Great and Powerful, rather than use wands, use magical artifacts to chanel their magic. Evanora has a necklace with a huge emerald. Theodora has a Ring of Power, and Glinda is the odd witch out with a Magic Wand.

Literature
  • A recurring motif in the Deryni works:
    • Haldane empowerment rituals use a number of different pieces, starting with a single ruby earring called the Eye of Rom. Rhys Michael Haldane pressed an enameled brooch into service for a self-designed triggering of his powers; this piece was used later in the timeline for the more structured rituals of his successors. Donal Haldane used a silver bracelet to encode his son's ritual; Alyce de Corwyn Morgan triggered part of the process on her deathbed, and her son Alaric finished it years later.
    • Brion Haldane commissions a new ducal signet ring for Alaric Morgan (reflecting his personal coat of arms, a blend of those of his parents), This ring becomes a Ring of Power, at one point magically securing items for Brion's son's ritual as well as securing the door of Morgan's study.
  • Technological version: in Hard to Be a God Don Rumata (a disguised observer from a spacefaring Earth on a medieval planet) wears a circlet with a single large gem. The gem is actually a camera and the circlet contains a one-way communicator that constantly transmits camera footage to mission control. He uses it to transmit his intelligence data and to alert other observers in case of danger. it's because of this device Earth forces arrive in a nick of time in the finale to evacuate Rumata when he goes against his directives and puts himself in mortal danger.
  • Pops up a lot in The Dresden Files, Harry Dresden himself has a shield bracelet which serves as a focus to generate a magical shield, as well as rings that store kinetic energy when he moves his hand and can unleash the energy at an enemy later.
  • In The Wheel of Time series, many Angreal and ter'angreal take the forms of accessories, though most are shaped like statues, rods or other ornamental items. Notable examples include Nynaeve's angreal consisting of a set of rings attached to a bracelet by fine chains, Aviendha's turtle brooch angreal, Cadsuane's paralis-net, a set of hair decorations that do various things mostly related to detecting and locating use of magic, and the bloodknife ring, which gives its user increased speed and the ability to hide in shadows at the cost of poisoning the user's blood so that they die within a few weeks. Several of the Forsaken also had angreal in the form of rings.
  • Nita from the Young Wizards series has a charm bracelet which lets her hold up to nine pre-cast spells, with a spell taking instant effect just by plucking off one of the charms. The bracelet is actually a complicated matrix of pure magic which Nita made manifest physically by adding "virtual mass" to it.
  • Several kinds of fabrials in The Stormlight Archive, but most prominently the Soulcaster fabrials.

Tabletop Games
  • Dungeons & Dragons had a plethora of magical jewelry items, including various amulets, bracelets, brooches, cameos, crowns, earrings, medallions, necklaces, rings, scarabs and torcs.

Video Games
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword gives Link a pair of earrings that allow him to walk into super-heated areas without his clothes catching fire.
  • In Captain Commando, Baby Commando (Hoover)'s pacifier is a special device that lets him talk in thousands of language, including alien ones.
  • On Dark Cloud 2 the two protagonists Max and Monica derive their powers from two amulets they wear around their necks; with them they can go back and forth in time, among other things.
  • In The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion the Amulet of Kings is the magical necklace that the entire game is about. It can only be warn by the Septim heir, however; he uses it to light the dragon fires as he wears it.
  • In Kingdom Hearts Sora is able to change the properties of the keyblade by equipping keychains.
  • Haunting Ground: Fiona can forge several accessories with beneficial effects for herself, including chokers that improve her stamina, boots that make her footfalls inaudible to nearby stalkers and a pair of earrings that make her turn invisible if she stays still for a few seconds.

Web Comics
  • In El Goonish Shive, Tedd creates a belt that works on the principles of the Transformation Gun. It transforms the wearer into a cat-human hybrid and back with a press of the appropriate button. Unfortunately since it was one of Tedd's earlier creations it does so painfully.
  • Kayn'dar's would-be Protective Charm in Inverloch is still linked to him. Acheron can glean various memories from it and uses it to try and find him. It turns out that Kayn'dar stored his memory in the pendant when his soul was swapped into the real Acheron's body, and later helps to restore him.

Western Animation
  • Jerrica in Jem and the Holograms had her two earrings, which are incredibly powerful hologram emitters paired with an advanced AI, Synergy. Together they allow her to have a dual identity and cause much misdirection.
  • The amulet given to Mrs. Brisby by Nicodemus in Don Bluth's The Secret Of NIMH gives her the power to pull an entire cinder block with her children and worldly goods inside it out of a mudhole, and levitate it several feet to place it gently beside a large rock. Once the transposition is complete, Mrs. Brisby collapses as if from exhaustion.
  • Spongebob Squarepants once got hold of Mermaid Man's special belt, which allows him to shrink things.
  • The Nessies in Happy Ness: The Secret of the Loch have magical pendants called Loch-kets. These can transfer their emotions to anyone they choose.
  • Esmeralda's locket in The Magical Adventures of Quasimodo grants her magical abilities.

Alternative Title(s):

Magical Jewelry