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"That woman wasn't nude! She had a diamond in her navel!"
How to Murder Your Wife

Beautiful Girls

Wearing nothing but pearls

Caressing me

Undressing me

I'd have an attack
—Leo Bloom, The Producers Musical

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 [1]. 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.

Examples of Diamonds in the Buff include:


Fanfiction

Film

 Indiana Jones: Wear your jewels to bed, princess?

Willie Scott: Yeah... and nothing else.


Literature

  • 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 The 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 (in some versions, out of arrogance since Xerxes was a Self-Made Man rather than a noble) and Xerxes deposed her as queen and banished her on his buddies' advice. Which opened the gates for her succesor and The Heroine of the story, Esther herself.
  • Done with flowers in the first book of The Darksword Trilogy


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.


Magazines

  • 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). May be a subversion, however, as it's specifically got metallic straps, and the bottom has some pink cloth covering her lower privates from underneath.

Tabletop Games


Webcomics

  • Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures: Referenced, but doesn't occur. In an Omake, Matilda explains that despite not wearing regular clothing, she feels naked without her jewelry on. Another character is quick to point out that Matilda never wears jewelry.


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.
    • This is more of a subversion as, while scantily clad, it was still designed as an actual bathing suit with metallic straps holding it together. Another, comparably less expensive version is the Diamond, Sapphire, and Aquamarine, which basically covers the girls in pearls (though like Venus, it's not a true example as it's designed specifically as a microbikini).
  • In the God of War series, the ladies in the sex mini-games tend to be (un)dressed this way.

Visual Art


Real Life

  • The Ancient Indian dancers - the Apsaras.

Notes

  1. Do they exist for any other reason?
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