And cats tend to hiss and dig their claws into me, rather than rest beneath my bejewelled stroking fingers.
The paraphernalia of security in Britain - the funny hats, silk stockings and bejewelled swords - are ancient symbols of open government.
I'm heading back to Cornwall tomorrow, where I shall recline in a bejewelled chaise-longue in one of the many glittering salons and wow the courtiers with tales of the mysterious ways of the natives here in London Village.
The bejewelled visitor to the Metropolitan Opera, facing a bank of paparazzi at the entrance.
This summer's crinkled, patterned and bejewelled gypsy skirts trigger something powerful in anyone who was young in the Sixties and early Seventies.
She was dressed in pale pink silk, her gown gently caressing the floor and her head adorned with a dainty, bejewelled crown.
If I squint I can just make out a bejewelled monk on a throne.
Ms Ward said she had to splash out on an outfit from Harvey Nichols and a bejewelled handbag by Dolce and Gabanna.
A small bejewelled crucifix is found in a pond, and it passes from hand to hand, sometimes being sold, sometimes being given away.
As for the vital stats of the bauble, it is bejewelled with 8,000 diamonds weighing 200 karats, set in over a kilo of 18-karat pink gold.