No offense to singer-songwriter Jule Styne, but clearly, he didn’t think about a women’s relationship with books when he wrote diamonds are a girl’s best friend!
Far more than anything, books have been close companions for women since the word was written, taking us on a journey to the ends of the earth and back and far beyond. However, he wasn’t as far off the mark. Along with books, jewelry and simpler trinkets held a special place in our hearts, especially those mentioned within the pages.
If you can’t think of a certain jewelry piece that might have caught your attention while reading your books, allow us to remind you!
1. The Necklace from The Diamond Necklace by Guy De Maupassant
You might remember this 1884 short story from your school days. A gorgeous necklace that was actually just paste(!), this necklace was said to be expensive and beautiful, which turned out to be bad news for the main character Mathilde since she lost it at a fancy ball.
What was worse was that the necklace wasn’t even hers. Although the twist ending did somewhat take away from the appeal of the necklace, we’d still call it what it was – a gorgeous piece of jewelry.
2. The Brooch from Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
We of course speak of Marilla’s amethyst brooch from Anne of Green Gables. Mentioned to be prettier than diamonds, Anne tried the brooch and is quite taken by it. However, when the brooch is lost, it is assumed that Anne lost it, after which she is forbidden to go to a picnic. Luckily for her though, it is found that Marilla had left behind the brooch on her shawl.
3. The Diamond from The Diamond as Big as the Ritz by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Imagine a diamond as big as a mountain. This was the diamond that the Washington Family in The Diamond as Big as the Ritz had to keep secret. Although the diamond is the stuff of fairytales, the story isn’t. Having to maintain their secret, the family has to indulge in many unethical and illegal things which makes the diamond mountain clearly not worth it.
4. The Pearl Necklace from The Jewel Robbery at Grand Metropolitan by Agatha Christie
A priceless and absolutely breathtaking pearl necklace gets stolen; right from Mrs. Opalsen’s hotel room. There are only two suspects, according to the world-famous detective Hercule Poirot. Does the detective catch who did it? You’ll have to read the book to find out. No spoilers!
5. The Ring from Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkein
Who hasn’t heard of “The One Ring to Rule Them All”? Said to be the most powerful of all rings, this ring was meant to have power over all the other rings that were forged during the Second Age. It also had most of Sauron’s power since Sauron committed a significant part of his strength to it, ultimately making it one of the most powerful weapons to have.
6. Hermione’s Time Turner from the Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
A nifty little device that could turn back time, this was the necklace that let our favorite geek-witch take extra classes during her third year. However, it was able to let them save Harry’s godfather Sirius Black. Loved and admired by millions, the time turner was also a powerful trinket that was in the right hands.
7. The Hand of the King Pin from Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
This is a small but impactful pin in the GOT world. The Hand of the King is supposed to not only be the king’s chief advisor, but also the executor of his command in all of the Seven Kingdoms. The highest position, second to the Iron Throne itself, the quest to have this pin has been bloody indeed.