The idea of just dabbing on (and not dripping in) a high-end jewelers' creation is luxury enough these days.
And since so much of it is about owning something from one of the prestigious houses, I suggest treating yourself to one of their much more affordable, yet no less breathtaking, pieces -- a fine fragrance.
Here is a selection of the most brilliant.
Delices de Cartier With big, juicy, ripe notes of iced cherry, this yummy Oriental is spot-on for summer; $60.
Bulgari Omnia Green Jade The Italian jeweler's crisp green and soft jasmine scent is clouded in musk and – get this – pistachio. How very gelato of them; $60.
Chopard Cascade They celebrated the launch of this new Oriental fragrance, which was inspired by red carpet glamour, with a big fête at Cannes. (We can't think of a more appropriate place to debut.)
What's does that smell like? Belle de Nuit, a flower that blooms at night, throws its scent, and closes up in the morning. Leave them wanting more, I guess. Launching later this summer; $79.
Van Cleef & Arpels Féerie I love fantasizing about the jeweler's whimsical Midsummer Night's Dream Collection, but it's this delicate, sparkling floral scent – which has the same lighthearted spirit – which makes the dream a reality; $110.