A year or so ago, I did some research into types of jewelry, so I could have something besides simply rings, necklaces, and bracelets.
I had been meaning to make a table out of it, and finally did it the other day while working on organizing my various campaign notes into a coherent form.
This information is taken from multiple Wikipedia articles. I had no idea there were so many formal classifications of necklaces. Other than a watch, wedding ring, or occasional friendship bracelet at camp, I have not worn jewelry. Not being my thing, I knew there were a lot more options that seem to come to mind.
If anyone has a type of jewelry that I missed, please let me know.
The whole issue of whether or not any of these items is magical, is for the DM to determine.
Jewelry Type (d20)
- Anklet – Like a bracelet, but on the ankle.
- Armlet – Also arm ring, or arm band. Like a bracelet, but on the upper arm, can also be thicker.
- Badge – Specific type of pin worn to identify oneself to others. Like a watchman or a clan badge.
- Bracelet – Various widths worm on the wrist.
- Bracer – A decorative item, not the armor or arm protection for archers.
- Brooch – Decorative jewelry item designed to attach to garments to hold them together. See video below on penannular brooches.
- Buckle – Used to hold a belt or other article closed/together.
- Chatelaine – Holds keys and various useful implements like scissors, thimble, watch, household seal, etc. Historically signified the woman of the house.
- Circlet – Circle of gold, silver or jewels worn on the head.
- Collar – Like a necklace, but hangs flat to the body. Can be attached to a garment.
- Necklace – see subtables
- Pin – Decorative item attached to the clothes for ornamentation. May also serve as a functional piece to help hold clothing in place.
- Ring – see subtable
- Sash – Colorful ribbon or band of material worn around the body, draping from left shoulder to the right hip, or right shoulder to left hip. Can also run around the waist. Ceremonial sashes in a V-shape drape from both shoulders to the stomach like a large necklace.
- Toe Ring – Ring designed to be worn on the toes.
- Torc – Also Torq, or Torque – A large rigid or stiff neck ring in metal, of either a single piece or from pieces twisted together. Open at one end.
Ring Subtable (d8)
- 1-2 – Signet
- 3-4 – Thumb Ring (like an archer)
- 5-6 – Key (like used by the Romans)
- 7-8 – Poison (hidden compartment)
- 1 – Choker 14-16 inches
- 2- Princess 18-20 in
- 3 – Matinee 22-23 in
- 4 – Opera 30-35 inches
- 5 – Rope > 35 inches
- 6 – Lariat (Very long version of the Rope necklace, looped multiple times.)
- 1-3 – None
- 5-6 – Pendant – Something that hangs down from a necklace. (see subtable)
Pendant Subtable (d10)
- 1-2 – Cameo – Features a positive (relief), i.e. raised image, as opposed to a negative image (intaglio).
- 3-4 – Emblem – An abstract or representational image, like a moral truth, a king or saint, or a badge or patch, like a coat of arms.
- 5-6 – Locket
- 7-8 – Medal or Medallion – Small, flat and round or oval piece of metal that is marked by casting, stamping, engraving, etc. with an insignia, portrait or other artistic rendering.
- 9-10 – Combination of above.
Pendant Special Feature (d6)
- 1-2 -Amulet/Cartouche – Alleged power to protect owner from danger or harm. Holy symbols, holy water, wolvesbane, belladonna, and garlic can be considered amulets.
- 3-4 Talisman – Believed to bring luck or some other benefit, though it can offer protection as well. Items such as four leaf clover, rabbit’s foot, lucky penny, etc.
- 5-6 Holy/Unholy Symbol